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Andrew Palczewski

“Study Abroad” Confronts Stereotypes of Foreign Students in US

by Andrew Palczewski - Posts (9). Posted Monday, December 8th, 2014 at 12:02 pm

As we’ve talked about before, studying in the United States can lead to misconceptions – about school, about peers, and about American culture. But the misunderstanding can come from both sides: while foreign students might have unfounded beliefs about the United States, some in the United States have their own misconceptions about foreign students. A […]

Students Speak: “Becoming a College Football Fan”

by Guest Post - Posts (70). Posted Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 10:35 am

Students studying in the US can prepare for living in a different country, taking classes, and making new friends. But one thing that’s hard to prepare for is seeing college sports up close. When guest blogger Munyaradzi Mahiya came to the US from Zimbabwe to study at the University of California and Berkeley, he knew […]

Students Speak: “I Wasn’t Ready”

by Guest Post - Posts (70). Posted Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 12:15 pm

Worried about the start of school? You’re not alone. Gwen Mugodi was too. A student from Zimbabwe studying at Brown University, Gwen had her own reservations about studying in the US, living up to expectations, and confronting challenges. In our first student-submitted post on the new VOA Student Union blog, Gwen talks about preparing for […]

Why Is It Hard To Make Western Friends?

by Doug Bernard - Posts (17). Posted Monday, February 24th, 2014 at 3:22 pm

Today’s post comes to us from Jemince, (or in Mandarin ‘如馨 贾’)  from Beijing, China. She was studying English Chinese translation in Beijing International Studies University for her Master’s Degree until she arrived at Binghamton University together several month ago. She’s currently majoring in Comparative Literature and studying law on her own so as to […]

Blogging International Study

by Doug Bernard - Posts (17). Posted Monday, October 21st, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Today’s post is a Question and Answer with José Navarro, a business student from Spain studying at Berkeley College in New York City. This isn’t his first experience studying abroad, as he spent some time attending university in Tallinn, Estonia. José authors the blog JoseNavarroNYC, where he shares his experiences being a student in one […]

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The American Social Network

by Doug Bernard - Posts (17). Posted Friday, October 18th, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Today’s post comes to us from Jemince, or “Jem” for short. Jem is an English/Chinese translation student from Beijing, and recently arrived at Binghamton University to study comparative literature. If that weren’t enough, she’s also independently studying law in anticipation for her return to China. She describes herself as a sociable person who likes meeting […]

Dorm Inventory

by Doug Bernard - Posts (17). Posted Monday, September 23rd, 2013 at 7:50 am

Today we bring our first post from the growing Student Union team this year. Maria Torstad is an international student, as you’ll learn, and she’s also our intern! So you’ll probably be hearing directly from her soon. Today, she’s hit upon a problem I hadn’t ever thought about – and finds a great solution! Hello […]

“Imported From China”

by Doug Bernard - Posts (17). Posted Monday, September 16th, 2013 at 11:52 am

“A Mirror of America Through the Lens of Chinese Students” If you want an example of how a growing tide of international students are changing the cultures and climates at American universities, look no further than Michigan State University. Located in the quintessential Midwest college town of East Lansing, MSU sprawls over 5,200 acres and […]

Mirrah Explains Why Fasting During Ramadan is Harder in the US

by Guest Post - Posts (70). Posted Friday, August 16th, 2013 at 10:01 am

Mirrah is starting a master’s degree in bioengineering this fall at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. But before she begins her studies, she had to conquer another challenge – her first Ramadan and Eid-al Fitr in the U.S. She wrote to us to “share my story about how I fasted and how I celebrated.” […]

This is How Much Money You Need When You Study in the US

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 at 6:28 pm

“One thing I’m concerned about,” an incoming student told us several weeks ago, is “whether there are any hidden costs that you can’t really find out about unless you’re there.” He was worried that, even if he was able to cover his tuition at an American university, he might still end up in financial trouble thanks to […]

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Why Chinese Students Don’t Need an English Name

by Guest Post - Posts (70). Posted Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Names can be a tricky thing for an international student. We’ve had some fun exploring how names that are unfamiliar to Americans can be mispronounced and mangled, and we’ve discussed how many international students attempt to preempt this by choosing an English name. Hậu became Nick, Tiantiac chose Tara. When Chinese student Jialing Huang started […]

The US in Words #10: Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

by Paula - Posts (11). Posted Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 at 10:05 am

The tenth in a series looking at U.S. life and culture through its idioms.  View previous entries. Nothing ventured, nothing gained = If you don’t try something, you will never achieve it (idiom) I had always dreamed of going to the United States; since I was a child I felt such passion for the English […]

Photos: Extracurriculars Build Community at a US Boarding School

by Guest Post - Posts (70). Posted Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 at 4:28 pm

Yesterday Joy Wang gave us a peek inside her life at the prestigious and exclusive Phillips Academy Andover, a high school with an acceptance rate lower than most colleges. It was in part her desire to stay involved with extracurricular activities that led her to apply, and almost certainly her passion for these activities that […]

FAQs for Students Starting School in the US: What to wear, where to live, how to study, and much more

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, June 24th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

We know it’s not always that easy to find things on our site (sorry :/ ), but over the past three years we’ve covered just about anything an incoming student might need to know, from life in the dorms to getting along with Americans to how to avoid a plagiarism charge. Here are some of […]

Jose Explains 3 Types of Americans and How to Interact With Them

by Guest Post - Posts (70). Posted Thursday, June 20th, 2013 at 10:50 pm

On the question and answer site Quora, Jose Carlos Marquez described the many ways Americans may react to international students. “Americans are very friendly in general,” he wrote, explained that forming deep friendships with American classmates can be difficult but that these friendships do develop with time. However, he noted, some Americans are easier to […]

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