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Events for International Students: June 11-15

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, June 8th, 2012 at 2:11 pm

After taking a week to clarify the meaning of the word “webinar” (well, and because there were no events to be found), we’re back with our regular Friday roundup of webinars, online events and virtual fairs for prospective international students. And the upcoming week is a big one. As always, if you attend any of […]

New in the Glossary of Confusing Words: Webinar

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, June 1st, 2012 at 10:33 am

Normally on Fridays we post a list of webinars and virtual fairs coming up in the next week. But what is a “webinar” anyway?  The person who submitted it for our Glossary of Confusing Words wrote: I couldn’t find this word in Longman Dictionary and also in google translate online. We use it, EducationUSA uses […]

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Top 10 Pieces of Advice We’ve Heard This Year

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, May 31st, 2012 at 9:21 am

In case you couldn’t guess, I love the articles our bloggers write about culture and culture clash.  I’m fascinated by what happens when different cultures come into contact and coexist, and by finding out all the little differences that end up making a huge impression, like whether getting a tan is beautiful or whether writing […]

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5 Articles That Might Change How You See the World

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, May 30th, 2012 at 8:52 am

As promised, since yesterday I shared YOUR favorite posts of the past school year, today I’m sharing MY favorite posts.  These weren’t always the most read or most shared items, but they all had something insightful, interesting and important to say.  These were the posts that made me see the world through someone else’s eyes, […]

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Top 5 Posts of the Year

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, May 29th, 2012 at 11:26 am

It’s hard to believe that another school year is coming to an end!  It seems like just yesterday we were introducing you to a new crop of writers, and now we’re saying goodbye, wishing some of them good luck in their post-graduation futures, and some of them a happy summer spent pursuing internships and other […]

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Events for International Students: May 21-25

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, May 18th, 2012 at 4:58 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. As always, if you attend any of these events, report back and let us know what you learned! (Use the comments, the Facebook page […]

New in the Glossary of Confusing Words: Arts (and Sciences)

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, May 16th, 2012 at 4:19 pm

When you hear the word “arts,” you probably think of things like painting or singing. So why can you get a liberal arts degree in biology?  And why does a School of Arts and Science offer courses in history?  It’s pretty confusing, which makes it a great submission for the Glossary of Confusing Words! (Thanks […]

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Why Does Everything Look Different???

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 at 5:51 pm

Why, thank you for noticing.  We DID change our layout today. Our parent site, voanews.com, went through a major overhaul.  If you are a VOA reader and haven’t checked out the new site design yet, pop over and take a look.  It’s cleaner, more visual and hopefully easier to navigate. It’s also a lot wider, […]

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Events for International Students: May 14-18

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, May 11th, 2012 at 10:19 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. As always, if you attend any of these events, report back and let us know what you learned! (Use the comments, the Facebook page […]

Some of My Favorite Websites for International Students

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, May 10th, 2012 at 3:32 pm

I had the pleasure of talking this week with VOA Special English, who wanted to know about the types of questions international students ask when applying to study in the U.S.  You can listen to the report they put together from our conversation here: After the interview, they also asked me to share some of […]

Why a BMW Became Newsworthy When Chinese Students Died at USC

by Qian - Posts (7). Posted Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 at 10:46 am

After waking up in the morning of April 11, 2012, I turned on my laptop, and suddenly I was shocked by some breaking news – two Chinese students had been shot to death that morning near the campus of the University of Southern California (USC). [Our coverage] Like me, many Chinese students in the United […]

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State Department Revises J-1 Summer Work Travel Program in Attempt to Protect Participants

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, May 7th, 2012 at 6:02 pm

The State Department has announced some much-awaited changes to the Summer Work Travel Program, made after a review process stemming from revelations that some international students had been exploited during their participation. “In recent years, the work component of the Summer Work Travel Program has too often overshadowed the core cultural component,” said the State […]

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Events for International Students: May 7-11

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, May 4th, 2012 at 5:42 pm

As always, if you attend any of these events, report back and let us know what you learned! (Use the comments, the Facebook page or just email me – jstahl@voanews.com). And also please share any online events you’ve found that we haven’t. Coming up next week: May 8 CollegeWeekLive: New York Colleges Day 1pm US […]

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 […]

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