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Personal Space: I Need You to Step Back

My husband and I walk into a Rischart, a well-known coffee establishment in Germany, with a friend and scan the area for a place to sit down. I consider myself a pretty easy-going person. I am flexible and not picky. But after my eyes do a quick look around, a slight feeling of anxiety starts creeping up from my stomach. …

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Surviving Winter in the United States

In case you are an international student in the United States and you are preparing for a forthcoming winter, then it is advisable you start making plans now! Especially if you haven’t experienced freezing weather before. Below are few tips for surviving winter in the United States. 1. Accessorize smarter Accessories are not just for fashion, especially when the weather …

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2019 Winter Photo Contest Announced: Win a $500 Scholarship

The team at International Student Voice is excited to announce another scholarship opportunity for international students studying in the United States. We are grateful to International Student Protection  for sponsoring this scholarship! International students can enter for a chance to receive a $500 scholarship by participating in the 2019 Winter Photo Contest. “We are curious to see how international students represent …

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Is Your Study Abroad Experience Changing Who You Are?

Katherine Zacapa from Honduras is doing a study abroad in Japan after being an international student in the United States.  We all go through different experiences in life. People classify them as either positive or negative. Usually, a change in personality comes with them as a combo. At times, we realize this change instantly. But sometimes, we change slowly and …

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Maintaining Your Resilience When the Honeymoon Phase Ends

So you’ve made it past the first few weeks of the semester and you are on fire for the rest of it. Absolutely brilliant! BUT, what are you going to do once the honeymoon of studying in the US wears off and things aren’t as great as when you first arrived? The weather is going to get colder, the excitement …

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Minnesota State University-Mankato

Minnesota State University-Mankato offers an affordable education for international students who are looking to earn a degree in the United States. Minnesota State University-Mankato is home to more than 1,300 international students from 92 countries. With a strong foundation of helping international students, they have a long-standing culture of supporting international students. More than 14,000 students study at Minnesota State University-Mankato, …

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Duolingo Offers Test to Assess English Skills of International Students

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For nearly 45 years, higher education institutions in the U.S have been using the “Test of English as a Foreign Language” (TOEFL), for assessing a foreign applicant’s level and understanding of English. Likewise, a similar test called IELTS has been used in European English-speaking universities and colleges since 1989. Now, Duolingo has entered the arena of English skills assessment. Duolingo …

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Chinese Students Return Home to a Disappointing Job Market

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In recent times, more Chinese are leaving their countries to study abroad. These students are nicknamed “haigui”, which also means sea turtle. While it is a great feat to study abroad, these “haigui” have experienced a lot of disappointment when they return home only to find out that the jobs, which satisfy their aspirations, are not readily available. Or many …

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Remembering September 11, 2001

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Carrie Circosta, Editor in Chief, shares her memories of September 11, 2001 in remembrance of those lost and where we stand 17-years later. On the day of September 11, 2001 I was sitting in English class watching a movie about MacBeth, one of the notable plays written by William Shakespeare. I was a junior in high school, trying to keep my eyes …

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Your Body May Be in New Country, but is Your Soul?

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Your soul may have to catch up with your body when you live in a new country. Katherine Zacapa from Honduras is currently studying in Japan. She explains more why your soul takes some time to follow you in a new country. When I was 16, I did an exchange year in Switzerland. That was the very first time I …

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St. Cloud State University: Offering International Students Substantial Scholarships

St. Cloud State University has a tradition of welcoming international students to its campus and to the state of Minnesota. With its substantial Academic and Cultural Sharing Scholarship and the ability for state institutions to offer in-state tuition, this helps international students earn an affordable education in the United States. St. Cloud State University is home to more than 1,400 international …

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Cameroon Student Selected Winner of Summer Photo Contest

Mary-Magdalene Chumbow from Cameroon, studying at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, has been selected the winner of the International Student Voice Summer Photo Contest. As the winner, she will receive a $500 scholarship to help with her studies during the 2018-2019 academic year. More than 30 international students entered the contest for a chance to win the scholarship. Students were …

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New York University Offers Full Scholarships for Medical Students

Medical students are now looking more closely at New York University since it announced that they will offer full scholarships to medical students. The scholarship covers tuition for all current and future medical students, a cost of more than $55,000 per year. It doesn’t matter a student’s financial need or academic performance, if you are accepted and enrolled in the …

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2.8 Million Non-Immigrant Visas Rejected in 2017

Non-immigrant visas saw changes in 2017 on the order of the current U.S. President, Donald Trump. These changes in the policy were made only to restrict entry of people from certain countries. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released numbers regarding non-immigrant visas to see if there have been any changes in numbers since the policy changes in 2017. …

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International Students: Are You Unlawfully Present in the United States?

Are you “unlawfully present” in the United States? On August 9, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) implemented a new policy regarding what is called “unlawfully present” particularly for exchange and foreign students in the U.S. The change has many students concerned. First, “unlawfully present” is used to describe the status of students who spend some time …

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Saudi Arabia Forces Its Foreign Students in Canada to Study Elsewhere

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Tensions are high between Saudi Arabia and Canada. After Saudi Arabia expelled the Canadian ambassador from their country, they now want their students in Canada to study somewhere else. There are about 16,000 students from Saudi Arabia who are currently studying in Canada. The Saudi government has frozen their scholarships and given them all orders to find a school in …

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