What’s it like to study in the U.S.? How do you get accepted to a university and earn a scholarship? How difficult is it to get a visa? Will you succeed academically and personally once you arrive?

On this website, international and American students will tell their stories and give their best advice about everything from college applications to making friends to passing final exams. We’ve added experts, too, who will help you navigate the choppy waters of getting here and making it all work out.

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    1. Hi,
      Sorry If my questions is irrelevant.But I really need some information to continue my study.

      Currently I am a permanent resident in New York and doing full time job here in western new york.I did my Bachelor in Business Administration from Bangladesh.Now I want to continue my study on marketing or any business related major.But I dont know if my certificates are accepted here or not.Is there any way I can continue my masters here with the foreign bachelor degree.Also masters or MBA looks really expensive to me.Is there any way I can study Bachelor or something equivalent again here with less than 2 years.

      Would be grateful if anyone answers me.

  2. I want to apply for graduate study in clinical psychology. I have Bachelor of science degree (zoology,botany and chemistry) without psychology so can you guide me through the process.

  3. I’m a 600L medical student in Nigeria, would graduate next year. I’m interested in urology for residency but don’t have money for the program in the US. Please I need help on how to come over & begin residency in urology.
    I learnt that so many people in dire financial state had been helped through this medium.

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