Real World:America

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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Duolingo Offers Test to Assess English Skills of International Students

Duolingo, international student voice magazine

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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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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Top 5 Things International Students Should Know About American Culture

For several international students, studying in America brings the excitement about living in and learning different cultures. Most international students prepare for this journey by understanding the level of cultural differences that they will come across in the United States. For your convenience, we listed below the top 5 things that international students should know about American Culture. Individuality The …

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A Road to Success: The Kati Touré Story

Young Africans can often tell you that growing up in an African household was very tough or strict in some ways. From the onset certain traditions are instilled in you and you are told that “education is the greatest gift your parents could give to you” It isn’t surprising that a lot of Africans try as much as possible to …

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The Importance of Family While Studying Abroad

The very next day of New Year’s Day, I left my home country, Japan, by myself for the first time to start my new university life in Hawaii. My university is located in Hilo, Big Island of Hawaii, which is famous for the great amount of rain and active volcanos. When I arrived at Hilo, the weather was perfect and …

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A Russian Girl in the United States

From my childhood, I treated the United States as a country totally different from Europe in terms of culture. As a little girl, I considered it even an unreachable magic world with Disney and Universal Pictures characters living in. Also, I knew that it was a huge producer of mass media and mass culture: series, talk shows, music, films, musicals …

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What is NAFSA and Why Should Students Care?

NAFSA is the largest non-profit organization that advocates for international education in the United States and around the world. Learn more why international students and American students should care about NAFSA. First of all, what is NAFSA? This is kinda a long article, but keep reading.  To explain, let’s start with your own journey. As an international student, your journey …

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Scholarship Revoked for International Students at University of Texas at Tyler

“We initially thought we could include you as fellow this year, but the popularity of the program was far greater than expected.” That is what more than 50 international students read in an email from the University of Texas at Tyler, announcing their full-ride scholarship had been revoked. Most of these students are from Nepal and are now trying to figure …

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Should I Study in the United States?

It is that time of year when thousands of aspiring international students anxiously wait to hear from their “dream universities” in the United States to know if they if they have made the cut and to know whether they will be “Coming to America” to study in cities  they have only heard of on the TV and seen in the …

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The Benefits of Studying Abroad

Diana Moore is an international student from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil studying architecture and urban design at the University of New Mexico. At first it may be scary to study abroad, but Diana shares why the benefits outweigh the fears!

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