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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 […]

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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