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The Doors I Closed When I Came to the US

by Anna Malinovskaya - Posts (17). Posted Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Perhaps all international students discover at some point that going to college in the States costs more than they pay in money terms. I have experienced personal costs that will impact my life long after my education here is done. Some I was prepared to encounter, and others caught me off-guard. I don’t regret my […]

The Ups and Downs of Summer Work Travel

by Guest Post - Posts (71). Posted Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011 at 4:22 pm

This post is by VOA intern Matthew Kupfer, and was originally written in Russian for our sister blog, Альма-матер.  Matthew says, “although my post is written with a Russian-speaking audience in mind, the topic should be relevant to most everyone because the Work and Travel program is open to students from around the world.” When […]

Top 5 Informational Posts: Start Here

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Saturday, June 18th, 2011 at 8:44 am

The final, and possibly most important, of our recaps looks back at the most informative posts we’ve done over the past year. If you’re just discovering this blog or just starting to think about studying in the U.S., these posts will be a good way to start. Top 5 most informative posts: #1) Applying to […]

Top 5 Most Shared Posts on Facebook and Twitter

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, June 15th, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Continuing our look back at the top posts of the past school year, here are your… Top 5 most shared posts on Facebook and Twitter: #1) Transforming from Passive Student to Active Advocate: Shu Wen’s Story They talked about how free the U.S. education is and they talked about liberal arts education where if you […]

Studying in the U.S. is Easier…or Maybe Just Different

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, June 9th, 2011 at 12:29 pm

On Tuesday we shared Ebrahim’s story of coming to the U.S. to complete his civil engineering degree.  In the interview, he talked about how he found it easier to complete his degree in America than back home in his native Kuwait.  The comment has sparked a debate over on, an online community for Malaysia. […]

Is the US Still the Preferred Destination for International Students?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, June 8th, 2011 at 10:38 am

This chart comes from a new Institute of International Education (IIE) survey measuring how prospective students view different study abroad locations.  According to their data, the U.S. is viewed as having the most diverse, highest quality and most welcoming educational system … as well as the highest tuition and most complex visa procedures.

Coming to America to Get the Degree: Ebrahim’s Story

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, June 7th, 2011 at 10:43 am

A few months ago (yes, months – sorry for the delay), Ebrahim Alattar posted on our Facebook wall offering to share his experience coming from Kuwait to study civil engineering in the U.S.  Since we love to learn from others, we took him up on his offer, and asked him your questions…and some of our […]

Will Improvements in Education Encourage Students to Study at Home?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, June 6th, 2011 at 10:13 am

I wanted to share this response to our Don’t Study in the U.S. series from a few weeks ago, in which we discussed some of the pros and cons of coming to America for higher education.  Ting replied in the comments: Studying abroad has been considered as the best option amongst parents thinking their kids […]

DO Study in the US, says UK’s Telegraph

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, May 19th, 2011 at 9:17 am

We’ve spent the first half of this week getting realistic – talking about the situations in which someone might choose not to study in the U.S. Coincidentally, The Telegraph newspaper published a story yesterday explaining why studying in the U.S. is a great option for British students. “Many world-class institutions in the US are not […]

Don’t Study in the US: Part 3, the Cultural Side

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, May 18th, 2011 at 10:12 am

Though it feels like most people talk about improving their career prospects or getting a better education when they discuss why they want to study in the U.S., in an informal survey on our Facebook page, the majority of you said the cultural experience of studying abroad was the most important reason to study overseas. […]

Don’t Study in the US: Part 2, A Deeper Look at the Pros and Cons

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, May 17th, 2011 at 10:01 am

“I believe the education system in U.S. ranked the best in the world, and people who have studied in the United States are offered better jobs with better salaries and it’ll be easier for them to find a job,” said Abdullah Habibzai, a civil engineering student at the University of Missouri in an interview for […]

Don’t Study in the US (or, How to Make an Informed Choice): Part 1

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, May 16th, 2011 at 9:56 am

For a whole academic year on this blog we have talked about what it’s like to study in the U.S. and how to make it happen, giving tips on everything from getting financial aid to acclimating to American society. But let’s be clear – our goal is not to say that studying in the U.S. […]

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