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Making Money Make Sense: Funding a US Education

by Simbarashe - Posts (7). Posted Thursday, October 24th, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Just how shocking is the cost of a U.S. college education? In my country, Zimbabwe, the tuition at the country’s top university is US$674 per semester – US$1074 including room and board. When I began to research schools in the U.S., I found the total annual cost of many colleges broke the $50,000 threshold, with […]

Find Your School Online Today!

by Doug Bernard - Posts (17). Posted Tuesday, September 10th, 2013 at 9:09 am

A Virtual School Fair for International Students For many international students, especially those interested in studying in the United States, the process of finding the right schools, applying, working to find financial aid and housing and all the rest is a year-round activity. It obviously can be challenging when you’re so far away to really […]

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Mike Got Into Harvard Med School as an International Student. Here’s How.

by Promise Okeke - Posts (5). Posted Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 at 10:04 am

I spend about a third of every single month thinking about medical school and what I have to do to get in. It wouldn’t be a surprise to me if I were to be diagnosed with medical school admission O.C.D. (obsessive-compulsive disorder). We all know the chance of an international student getting into medical school […]

Getting the Edge as an International Applicant to Medical School

by Guest Post - Posts (66). Posted Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 at 10:25 am

Just like every foreign student planning to apply for medical school in the United States, I have heard all the stories deterring us from even considering this option. They’re not just rumors. The admissions office at Yale University says on its webpage: It is extremely difficult for international applicants who are not citizens or permanent […]

Life at One of America’s Most Prestigious Prep Schools

by Guest Post - Posts (66). Posted Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Phillips Academy Andover (sometimes called Phillips Academy, Andover or P.A.) is one of the most prestigious schools in the U.S. It’s hard to get admitted, not much easier when you get in, and far removed in pretty much every way from the public high schools most Americans experience. Joy Wang left her high school in […]

How to Get Summer Experience as a Pre-med (Without Making Yourself Miserable)

by Promise Okeke - Posts (5). Posted Tuesday, June 18th, 2013 at 11:24 am

It’s summer, a time of year that always leaves ambitious premeds confused about how to spend their time. There are so many possibilities: volunteering at a clinic, shadowing a physician, taking classes, traveling abroad. If you asked me which one is the best, my response is that you might as well flip a coin. For […]

Did You Wear Your T-Shirt to Celebrate College Decision Day?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 at 1:52 pm

May 1 is “National College Decision Day” in the U.S., the deadline for accepted students to make their choice and commit to a school. A fun tradition at many high schools is for students to wear the t-shirt of the college they’ve picked, announcing their decision to their friends and classmates. YEAH DECISION DAY YEAH […]

Can I Receive Multiple I-20s?

by Guest Post - Posts (66). Posted Monday, April 15th, 2013 at 10:27 am

We got an email from Mike, who said he just got his first acceptance letter and is waiting to receive the I-20 form. But: “…there are still 2 other universities i’m interested in. IS IT POSSIBLE TO HAVE TWO I-20s FROM DIFFERENT COLLEGES AT THE SAME TIME THEN CHOOSE ONE AFTER RECEIVING THE I-20s?” The […]

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Willing to Do Almost Anything to Beat the GRE

by Hein - Posts (3). Posted Thursday, April 11th, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Studying for any standardized test can be stressful, especially when English is your second language. Sometimes that stress can drive you to try the most unusual strategies for acing the test, and it can even tempt you towards unethical approaches to beating the test. But trust me, there’s only one way to “beat” the test, […]

K.K Describes What it Feels Like to Get Rejected From Your Dream School

by Guest Post - Posts (66). Posted Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Some people submit their college applications not knowing where they will end up. They try for some reach schools and some safe schools, hoping for multiple acceptances and the chance to make a choice between options. For them, rejections are tough, but there’s always a plan B. But some students know exactly where they will […]

The US in Words #8: Dang It! (The Most Polite Way to Express My GRE Frustration)

by Paula - Posts (11). Posted Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 at 10:53 am

The eighth in a series looking at U.S. life and culture through its idioms.  View previous entries. Dang it = Exclamation to express frustration or anger, a more polite version of “damn it” Applying to graduate school is a long and complex process that begins well before you actually send in an application. While some of […]

Why the Instructions are the Most Important Part of an SAT Subject Test

by Shree Raj Shrestha - Posts (5). Posted Thursday, February 28th, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Over the past few months Shree has been sharing his experience applying to colleges in the U.S. Several of the steps have caused him some stress, but perhaps none so much as when he took the SAT subject tests. A mistake on his answer sheet caused his scores to be delayed, and left him in […]

He Who Gives His All: Andreas’s Story of Applying for the CCI Program

by Guest Post - Posts (66). Posted Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 at 6:32 pm

Man Jadda Wajadda – he who gives his all will surely succeed. Through this Arabic phrase, I finally reached my dream to study in the U.S. After a long selection process, on August 2, 2011, I went to Atlanta, Georgia as a Community College Initiative (CCI) student. This was how Andreas started his story of […]

Top Posts of 2012 #2: Keeping Standardized Tests in Perspective

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Sunday, December 30th, 2012 at 11:08 am

In the few days before 2012 ends and 2013 begins, we’ll be looking back at some of our top posts from the past year, starting with number five and counting down to number one. If you missed these articles the first time around, now’s your time to see why we’ve found these particular pieces so […]

The Surprising Thing I Learned about the GRE

by Guest Post - Posts (66). Posted Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 at 9:42 pm

This guest post comes from Yun Ye, who is not only interning at VOA this semester, but also applying to graduate school. She recently attended an information session for her top choice school, and came back with a new perspective on the role of the GRE in admissions. More and more Chinese students are attending […]

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