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What is the Best University in America?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, October 4th, 2012 at 3:25 pm

In recent weeks, as they do about this time each year, several publications have attempted to crown the best university in America. So what is the best university in the country? The answer’s not quite so simple. In fact, just about the only thing these rankings agree on is that they really don’t agree what […]

How International Students Get a Driver’s License and Social Security Number

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, August 28th, 2012 at 5:14 pm

International students in America can get a U.S. driver’s license and a social security number (which you need in order to work), and the Department of Homeland Security compiled some useful guidance for students planning to apply for either. They tell students: 1. Wait ten days after you arrive in the United States. You may want […]

Here’s Exactly What a College Application Form Looks Like

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012 at 12:45 pm

A preview version of the 2012-2013 Common Application has been posted online, giving you a look at exactly what you will face if you plan to use the Common App next year, and a good sample of what your application could look like no matter where you’re applying. You can check out a PDF of the […]

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 […]

No Student Visa Required: Where to Take Courses Online for Free

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 at 3:49 pm

How do you get a taste of American education without actually becoming a student in the U.S.?  We’ve shared one way, but here’s another: take advantage of the ever-growing number of online courses available. Here’s a list of some websites where top American universities give away course materials, or even teach real courses, for free:

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

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

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 […]

How Do I Get an F-1 Visa?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, December 20th, 2011 at 11:39 am

Question #2 in our weeklong online event comes from “nhung” who asked: How can we get the visa F1 , I think I have enough condition to study in USA but US consulate refused to issue visa Let’s start out with me reminding you that I’m not an immigration lawyer, nor am I a consular […]

How Much Does it Cost to Study in America?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, December 19th, 2011 at 3:34 pm

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that each Friday we search the entire internet (from “a” right through “∞”) to find online events and webinars happening in the upcoming week that you might want to attend. Well, we couldn’t find any for this week (and we even searched all the way […]

New Websites Walk You Through Application Steps

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 at 4:21 pm

If you’ve been looking on U.S. government websites for information about how to study in America, but finding it confusing, two new websites are trying to help. 1) Study in the States The Department of Homeland Security launched its Study in the States website this summer to streamline information about the visa process, including forms […]

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 9:10 am

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 3:20 pm

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 […]

Who Else is Joining the Fun?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, September 29th, 2011 at 9:47 am

We’re not the only ones on the interwebs talking about what it’s like to be an international student in the U.S. (although obviously we think we’re the best!). If you want to get even more perspectives, check out some of these blogs by current and former foreign students. Berkeley College Life José Navarro from Spain […]

State Dept. Launches New J-1 Visa Website

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 at 11:28 am

The State Department today launched a new website dedicated to providing information on J-1 visas.  J-1 visas apply to exchange programs and must be sponsored through an established exchange visitor program.  They’re used in many different scenarios, but one common one is for summer work travel programs in the U.S. If you’re confused about all […]

Places to Hear Real Experiences in Applying for a US Student Visa

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, January 5th, 2011 at 10:48 am

Want to hear from students who got through the visa interview and stamping process?  Nareg talked about his experience earlier this year. We also recently stumbled across the Happy Schools Blog, which shares stories from students about their F-1 visa interviews. They have success stories and visa denial stories, which come largely from India, but […]

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