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Students Speak: “International Students in the US – Misconception vs. Reality”

by Guest Post - Posts (69). Posted Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 9:15 am

This week’s guest student post comes from Lei Wu, an international student studying at the University of Nevada, Reno. Lei looks at some of the popular misconceptions international students – including himself – have about studying in the United States, and how these beliefs can be far from the truth: As a Chinese student, I […]

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“Reflections from Mai Mano: Focus On That Which Matters”

by Andrew Palczewski - Posts (6). Posted Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 10:11 am

Education USA is a great resource from the US Department of State for students looking to study abroad in the United States. Among the information the site offers are blogs with tips about the study abroad process, from finding a school, to applying, to living and studying in the US. Rebecca Mano, a country coordinator […]

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Students Speak: “Becoming a College Football Fan”

by Guest Post - Posts (69). 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 […]

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Michigan State University to New International Students: Know the Law

by Andrew Palczewski - Posts (6). Posted Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 12:57 pm

In last week’s blog post, guest writer Gwen said it can take some adjusting to study abroad in the US. An article from Michigan State University’s student newspaper reminds foreign students studying in the US that one important thing to adjust to is the rule of law. All students – regardless of country – must […]

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Searching for a School? This Graph Could Help

by Andrew Palczewski - Posts (6). Posted Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 9:29 am

US News and World Report is well-known in the United States for its annual rankings of the best colleges and universities in the country. But some new information recently published by the news magazine focuses specifically on international students studying in the US, including which schools have the most international students, which schools give international […]

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Welcome Back to School…and to the New Student Union Blog!

by Andrew Palczewski - Posts (6). Posted Friday, September 26th, 2014 at 9:11 am

As the new school year gets underway, we’re pleased and excited to announce the brand new VOA Student Union blog! In addition to highlighting valuable information for students looking to study in the United States, we’ll be showcasing experience and advice from students who are currently studying or have studied in the US. If you’re […]

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Coming Soon: the New Student Union Blog!

by Andrew Palczewski - Posts (6). Posted Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 at 9:53 am

Voice of America is pleased to announce that we’re re-launching the Student Union blog! Check back in the next couple of weeks for brand new posts from students studying abroad in the United States. We’re also looking for new contributors who want to share their stories. If you’re a student currently studying or working in […]

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The Personal Perks of Studying Abroad

by Guest Post - Posts (69). Posted Thursday, December 5th, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Todays post comes from Maria Torstad. Maria is from Norway, and is in Washington DC for one semester abroad. In this post, she shares her thoughts on what you can achieve while studying abroad, and her own personal experience on this subject.  Studying abroad encompasses loads of perks; you get to develop your language, it […]

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We’re Back!

by Doug Bernard - Posts (17). Posted Monday, October 14th, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Well, that was interesting. Since October 1st, the U.S. government has been on partial shutdown. That means a lot of different things, but most relevant for us is that since about 11:30am last Tuesday, I have been officially furloughed as an employee at the Voice of America. You may have seen a couple posts we […]

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Life During Shutdown

by Doug Bernard - Posts (17). Posted Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 at 10:45 am

The Student Union will be right back… This just might be what some of my colleagues call a “teachable moment.” Or, it just might be a longish silence. As I expect many of you have heard, the U.S. federal government is in a partial shutdown. Partial because some government services, like the border patrol or […]

US Shutdown: An International Perspecitve

by Doug Bernard - Posts (17). Posted Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 at 12:00 am

Today’s post comes to us from Jialing Huang, a second-year graducate in communications studies at the University of China. This is her second year studying in the United States, traveling here from her home in China. For those unfamiliar, the U.S. government is presently partially shutdown due to major policy disagreements between Republicans and Democrats. […]

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10 Links For International Students

by Doug Bernard - Posts (17). Posted Thursday, September 12th, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Ideas, More Ideas and a Few Last Ideas on Studying in the U.S. You never know what you’ll find when you’re rummaging around in the attic. As we mentioned earlier, the Student Union’s founding editor, Jessica Stahl, recently left VOA to purse some new and exciting career opportunities. That’s left yours truly, the new editor, […]

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What’s Fair Game In The Student Union?

by Doug Bernard - Posts (17). Posted Friday, September 6th, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Some Thoughts on the New Year First of all, we’re still recruiting new writers for the Student Union team in 2013-14! It’s been great to hear from many of you writing in with questions about what being a contributor would mean, the kinds of projects you can work on and the like. All questions are […]

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New Year, New Faces at the Student Union!

by Doug Bernard - Posts (17). Posted Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 at 11:47 am

The Student Union Begins Another New Year Doug Bernard | Washington DC For every one of you who are still not quite moved into your new housing for the year, I feel your pain. Anyone who is frantically hunting for that packed-away book or trying to figure out where to put everything in your dorm […]

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Dear Student Union Community…

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 at 9:48 pm

Dear Student Union community, When we launched the Student Union almost exactly three years ago, we didn’t really know what we were doing. Or, more accurately, I had no idea what I was doing. All I knew was that it should be a place for international students to share their stories – stories to help […]

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