Showing Archived Posts

Jeonghyun Kim

Stay, or Get Away? The American Education Tradition of Spring Break

by Jeonghyun Kim - Posts (13). Posted Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 at 3:18 pm

Spring break – a much-welcomed week off from school for American students – is coming soon. For American students, the break offers a chance to vacation with friends or visit family. For international students, spring break is a new experience. Sehr Jamil Aslam, a student at Georgetown University, faces her first spring break this year. […]

Jeonghyun Kim

Three Steps to Making New Friends in the U.S.

by Jeonghyun Kim - Posts (13). Posted Thursday, March 5th, 2015 at 4:48 pm

International students sometimes have trouble making American friends for the first time. They can assume American students don’t hang out with international students based on negative stereotypes. “I think my several Chinese friends are struggling to make American friends,” said Di Chen, a student at University of Arizona. “Especially the difference in food is a […]

Jeonghyun Kim

Students Speak: On Having Surgery in the U.S.

by Jeonghyun Kim - Posts (13). Posted Monday, March 2nd, 2015 at 12:46 pm

In a follow-up to her post last week on student health insurance, Student Union writer Jeonghyun Kim interviews one of her classmates on how she dealt with an injury during her time studying in the U.S. When international students are sick in the U.S., they have to struggle with not only illness, but living in […]

Jeonghyun Kim

“Insure” You’ll Stay Healthy in the U.S.

by Jeonghyun Kim - Posts (13). Posted Thursday, February 26th, 2015 at 2:55 pm

America’s health care system is unique among industrialized democracies: there is no universal, government-sponsored health care plan for all citizens. Most Americans pay for private health insurance. Without health insurance in the United States, a surgery or illness could cost thousands of dollars; according to The Commonwealth Fund, Americans pay more than people in other […]

Jeonghyun Kim

Photos: Asian Students Bring Lunar New Year to Georgetown University

by Jeonghyun Kim - Posts (13). Posted Thursday, February 19th, 2015 at 12:47 pm

Many Asian associations at Georgetown University held 2015 Lunar New Year Celebrations with cultural events and food. International students work together cooperatively in small and large groups to celebrate the Lunar New Year in the U.S. Students who are involved in the Korean Graduate Students Association enjoyed a Lunar New Year party on February 6. […]

Jeonghyun Kim

Lunar New Year in the U.S.: Not Just “Chinese” New Year

by Jeonghyun Kim - Posts (13). Posted Thursday, February 19th, 2015 at 12:34 pm

Happy Lunar New Year! 2015’s Lunar New Year is February 19. Even though Americans don’t celebrate the Lunar New Year, many call the Lunar New Year “Chinese New Year.” However, from late January to the middle of February, China, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Singapore and many Asian countries celebrate the Lunar New Year as national holidays. The […]

Jeonghyun Kim

Understanding the Super Bowl as a Foreign Student

by Jeonghyun Kim - Posts (13). Posted Monday, February 2nd, 2015 at 4:31 pm

Features Sport + Entertainment reported that global viewers’ favorite sporting event in 2014 was the FIFA World Cup Final. Most international students might be familiar with the FIFA World Cup – it’s watched by billions around the world. But another championship is capturing attention in the U.S.: the American football championship known as Super Bowl, […]

Jeonghyun Kim

Photos: Sharing the International Spirit – Without Leaving the U.S.

by Jeonghyun Kim - Posts (13). Posted Friday, January 23rd, 2015 at 2:22 pm

International students sometimes get lumped together as one large group, like when people talk about “international students” studying in the US. But within that group are dozens of different ethnicities and cultures. At Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies, a recent event –  “International Spirit” – promoted cultural exchange and gave students an opportunity to […]

Andrew Palczewski

“Study Abroad” Confronts Stereotypes of Foreign Students in U.S.

by Andrew Palczewski - Posts (13). 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 (71). 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 (71). 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 […]

Tags: Posted in Campus and Social Life

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 […]

The Student Union is…

A place to hear stories about studying in the U.S. Our bloggers have come from all over the world to U.S. universities, and they'll be sharing their experiences, advice and more.

Learn more about this blog »

Share your own story!
Tell us about your experiences applying to the US, studying in America, or doing an exchange, and we may include it on the blog.


Glossary of Confusing Words

Find definitions of confusing words and terms about studying in the U.S. in our Glossary of Confusing Words.

All the words were submitted by YOU, so visit the glossary to see the words that have been defined already and to suggest your own.