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New in the Glossary of Confusing Words: University Catalog

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, April 30th, 2012 at 1:36 pm

International student advisor Megan wrote to our Glossary of Confusing Words to suggest the following: I’m an international student advisor, and I’ve noticed that new students generally have no idea what a university catalog is. This would be a great addition to your glossary! We asked our current bloggers, and even they were unsure what […]

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Events for International Students: April 30-May 4

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, April 27th, 2012 at 10:45 am

You know what they say, “When it rains it pours.” Well, they also say, “From feast to famine.” After last week’s overwhelming roster of online events, there’s precious little to share this week. But we did what we could! As always, if you attend any of these events, report back and let us know what […]

On Being an African in the US: Your Responses

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, April 24th, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Simba’s impassioned post yesterday (On Being an African in the US: Navigating an Endless Web of Stereotypes) has generated a lot of discussion around the impact of negative stereotypes, and how to begin to change them. It was clear that Simba wasn’t alone in encountering negative stereotypes while living overseas – and that America isn’t […]

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Events for International Students: April 23-27

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, April 20th, 2012 at 10:47 am

We’re searching the web to find webinars and other online events of interest to prospective international students. Check here each Friday to find out what’s coming up in the next week.  This coming week is a particularly packed one for webinars and college fairs! Your end of the bargain? If you attend, report back and […]

Events for International Students: April 16-21

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, April 13th, 2012 at 6:23 pm

We’re searching the web to find webinars and other online events of interest to prospective international students. Check here each Friday to find out what’s coming up in the next week. Your end of the bargain? If you attend, report back and let us know what you learned! (Use the comments, the Facebook page or […]

Two Chinese Students Killed at USC

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, April 12th, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Two Chinese graduate students at the University of Southern California were shot and killed Wednesday, in what CBS reports appeared to be an attempted carjacking. Hundreds of students turned out to a candlelight vigil to mourn Ming Qu and Ying Wu, who were both 23 years old and studying electrical engineering. Photos of the vigil:

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New in the Glossary of Confusing Words: Undergraduate-Focused

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Someone recently submitted the phrase “undergraduate-focused institution” to our Glossary of Confusing Words, saying: It might be confusing to spanish students because it’s not commen in spanish So, what does it mean if a college or university says it is “undergraduate-focused”? First of all, an undergraduate is someone who is pursuing an associate’s degree or […]

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Western Easter v. Eastern Chingming

by Dandan - Posts (11). Posted Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Ah, Easter is approaching! It is April 8 this year, when Christians will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, and many Americans will have a four-day break from this Friday to next Monday to mark the holiday. But did you know there is also a festival in the East Asian culture for remembering the dead and […]

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Events for International Students: April 2-6

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, March 30th, 2012 at 12:51 pm

We’re searching the web to find webinars and other online events of interest to prospective international students. Check here each Friday to find out what’s coming up in the next week. Your end of the bargain? If you attend, report back and let us know what you learned! (Use the comments, the Facebook page or […]

New in the Glossary of Confusing Words: Faculty, Alumni

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, March 27th, 2012 at 10:34 am

Today’s additions to the Glossary of Confusing Words are the words “faculty” and “alumni.” Olesya suggested them, saying she had come across them while preparing for the TOEFL, and asking: What’s the difference between these terms? Good question! Here’s the answer: Faculty = The professors and instructors of a university If you want to see […]

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Events for International Students: March 26-31

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, March 26th, 2012 at 9:25 am

We’re searching the web to find webinars and other online events of interest to prospective international students. Check here each Friday (yeah, we’re a couple of days late this week.  Sorry!) to find out what’s coming up in the next week. Your end of the bargain? If you attend, report back and let us know […]

Events for International Students: March 19-23

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, March 16th, 2012 at 10:16 am

We’re searching the web to find webinars and other online events of interest to prospective international students. Check here each Friday to find out what’s coming up in the next week. Your end of the bargain? If you attend, report back and let us know what you learned! (Use the comments, the Facebook page or […]

New in the Glossary of Confusing Words: Public School

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, March 15th, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Many thanks to Hassabo, who submitted today’s addition to the Glossary of Confusing Words: public and private schools. I think these terms have different meanings in American – British context and are therefore confusing to many Arab students and parents. Absolutely right.  “Public school” means something a bit different in the U.K. than it does […]

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Why We Blog: ‘When You Write Something From Your Heart …’

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, March 14th, 2012 at 11:02 am

Thanks to Kari Barber for putting together an inspiring profile of our blogger Alex! Find out why Alex blogs: When you write something from your heart and then someone reads it and is like, “I’ve been through the same situation … and thanks for offering some direction in your work,” that’s just amazing. And hear […]

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Events for International Students: March 12-16

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Saturday, March 10th, 2012 at 11:38 am

We’re searching the web to find webinars and other online events of interest to prospective international students. Check here each Friday to find out what’s coming up in the next week. Your end of the bargain? If you attend, report back and let us know what you learned! (Use the comments, the Facebook page or […]

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