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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 […]

Events for International Students: May 21-25

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, May 18th, 2012 at 4:58 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. As always, if you attend any of these events, report back and let us know what you learned! (Use the comments, the Facebook page […]

New in the Glossary of Confusing Words: Arts (and Sciences)

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, May 16th, 2012 at 4:19 pm

When you hear the word “arts,” you probably think of things like painting or singing. So why can you get a liberal arts degree in biology?  And why does a School of Arts and Science offer courses in history?  It’s pretty confusing, which makes it a great submission for the Glossary of Confusing Words! (Thanks […]

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Why Does Everything Look Different???

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 at 5:51 pm

Why, thank you for noticing.  We DID change our layout today. Our parent site, voanews.com, went through a major overhaul.  If you are a VOA reader and haven’t checked out the new site design yet, pop over and take a look.  It’s cleaner, more visual and hopefully easier to navigate. It’s also a lot wider, […]

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More Majors Now Eligible for OPT Extension

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, May 14th, 2012 at 4:24 pm

The Department of Homeland Security announced it is expanding the list of science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs that qualify international students for an OPT extension. The OPT program allows international students to stay in the U.S. for up to 12 months after their graduation in order to work and gain experience in their field. […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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:

Busting OPT and CPT Myths

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, May 1st, 2012 at 2:31 pm

An international student advisor at Michigan State University has made it a personal project to address and redress some of the myths she’s heard from students about the rules for doing your OPT. In a series of blog posts, Brooke Stodyk examines the regulations around OPT and goes through some common misconceptions about what you […]

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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 […]

How Admissions Rates for International Students Compare

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, April 27th, 2012 at 10:10 am

We were lamenting just last week that it’s difficult to find statistics on acceptance rates for international applicants at American universities, and the New York Times must have heard our cries.  This week they published international admissions statistics for 8 U.S. universities.  You can take a look at the numbers on their India Ink blog.

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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