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All My Plans Fell Apart, and That’s a Good Thing

by Anna Malinovskaya - Posts (17). Posted Monday, June 11th, 2012 at 12:37

One thing I have learned over the past school year is the importance of being flexible. Before I even landed in the U.S., I knew what I would be majoring in, what classes exactly I would take each of my five semesters at Mount Holyoke, and what extra-curriculars I would pursue. However, now, one year […]

Need Information About Grad School? Start Talking

by Dandan - Posts (11). Posted Wednesday, June 6th, 2012 at 17:11

Before you apply to graduate school, you have to do a lot of research to figure out where to apply.  What schools offer the courses you want?  Where will you have the best rapport with the professors?  What program will set you up for the best career? I’m going through this process right now, as […]

Learning How to Take the SATs: Vladimir’s Story

by Guest Post - Posts (71). Posted Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 at 11:23

Vladimir applied to college in the U.S. from Bosnia this year.  While not his favorite part of the process, he says taking the SATs gave him a certain sense of satisfaction.  This is his story of preparing for and taking that often-dreaded exam. I remember exactly how I felt filling in the last bubble on […]

Why You Should Consider Quality of International Student Services When Picking a School

by Anna Malinovskaya - Posts (17). Posted Monday, April 9th, 2012 at 07:43

When we, international students, make a list of schools we will be applying to, we may have a lot of criteria. For some of us, academic reputation is the most important factor, and for many availability of financial aid will play a decisive role. Location also tends to come into our calculations. But a commonly […]

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More Student Visa Advice From a Visa Officer

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, April 2nd, 2012 at 09:07

You might remember we have previously shared advice from visa officers for getting your student visa.  They explained how to set yourself up for a successful visa interview by applying early, coming prepared with the correct paperwork properly filled out, and being able to show that you will return home after your studies. In a […]

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Finding Work Experience in the US: What I Learned (and What I Wish I’d Known)

by Olena - Posts (4). Posted Thursday, March 1st, 2012 at 21:49

At this point in the year, international students like myself are starting to think about what to do for the summer.  If you’re an international student and you haven’t started thinking about it yet, you should. It’s not always easy to find a good internship or summer job that will provide you with valuable work […]

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Perfecting the Scholarship Search: A Mother’s Story

by Guest Post - Posts (71). Posted Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 at 11:55

A mother from Kazakhstan wrote to us to suggest we add the word “scholarship” to our Glossary of Confusing Words. As we talked more, it turned out the meaning of the word “scholarship” had been important for her – her two children went to college in the U.S. Here’s her story about what she learned […]

Is Passion More Important for Admissions Than Test Scores or GPA?

by Anna Malinovskaya - Posts (17). Posted Thursday, February 16th, 2012 at 12:12

One thing I learned when I was applying to U.S. universities is that standing out to the admissions committee requires much more than good test scores.  The most competitive candidates will all have well beyond average SAT and TOEFL scores, outstanding recommendation letters, and thoughtful essays.  But even that won’t guarantee them a spot at […]

Financial Aid Tips from Admissions Officers

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 at 06:55

In some recent interviews, admissions officers from U.S. colleges have been explaining how schools provide financial aid to international students. Their biggest message? It varies. A lot. Here’s one approach, explained by a representative from Mount Holyoke College: Eric Furda, dean of admissions at the University of Pennsylvania, told U.S. News and World Report that […]

Watch it Again: Live Chat on Studying in the US

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, October 27th, 2011 at 15:16

I had the great pleasure today to join VOA Learning English for a live video chat about studying in the U.S. A lot of you submitted questions in advance on Facebook, and we took some Skype calls during the chat as well. It was a great time and we covered a lot of topics, including […]

How I Made Myself a Good Candidate for US Admissions (and Other Advice from a Successful Applicant)

by Anna Malinovskaya - Posts (17). Posted Monday, October 10th, 2011 at 09:10

In the summer of 2007 I, a high school graduate in Russia, spent hours on the Internet in search of a cheap summer school in the United States. I had been studying English for a couple of years, but I never had a chance to practice it with native speakers. Summer school seemed like a […]

Tips for Narrowing Down a School Search

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, October 6th, 2011 at 15:20

Sometimes you guys ask really useful questions on our Facebook page.  I wanted to share this one, because I think a lot of you may want to know the answer… …because of the number of University are so high, it really make difficult for me to find the one which may best suit to my […]

Advice from Admissions Experts on Strengthening Your Application

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 at 09:30

US News and World Report recently asked college admissions experts to answer the question: “What are some tips for international students to keep in mind and how are they evaluated compared to U.S. students?”  And they came away with  some useful advice for prospective international students on how to get accepted to U.S. schools. The […]

What to Pack for Your First Trip to the United States

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, August 18th, 2011 at 15:48

In anticipation of the start of the new school year, bloggers from across the internet are sharing their tips for coming to the U.S. for the first time, and a lot of them are talking specifically about what to pack in your suitcases: – Make sure you know the weight limit for checked bags on […]

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The First Stages of Planning for a US Education

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, August 10th, 2011 at 10:28

Yesterday we shared Homayoon’s first question, which was about the biggest obstacles to studying in the U.S. His second question was: When you planned to get your Master Degree in U.S, UK, or Australia, How do you planned? What have you done as a first thing? We’ve actually covered this very topic in a previous […]

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