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U.S. Colleges Focus On Making International Students Feel at Home



By Michael Sewall

When Ivan Sekyonda, a 23-year-old student from Uganda, came to study in the United States, he felt lonely. After all, his native country wasn't well represented at Binghamton University.


But he eventually made friends, including American and international students, and he became more comfortable on the campus. He gives credit to Binghamton's international-student office.


"The orientation staff made us feel welcome and made it easy to understand what was going on," says Mr. Sekyonda, a rising senior studying computer engineering. "They knew we were probably experiencing some culture shock and feeling a bit homesick, and they were willing to work with us and be patient with us."


By Sergiy Gorbachov


The Center for International Education at UW-Eau Claire organizes a program called the Cultural Connections Program, which used to be called International Speakers Bureau. This program has existed for more than 20 years and consists of UW-Eau Claire international students who are interested in broadening cultural understanding in the Eau Claire and Chippewa Valley communities. The participants give speeches, presentations and interviews where they share their own perspectives about international topics with others. 

With the global nature of business today, it is no surprise that business and management fields are the leading areas of study for international students pursing higher education in the United States. In January 2010, EducationUSA Connections editors discussed this historic time with Robert Bonner, Associate Dean of Graduate and Executive Programs, Villanova School of Business and Judy Phair, VP of Communications for the Graduate Management Admission Council(R) (GMAC(R)).

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Rosetta Stone works by immersion but is expensive
Person's ability to learn languages never goes away, expert says
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The College Application: Behind Closed Doors, February 24th, 2009

You are a college applicant. It's mid-winter. Your applications have been submitted and all you can do is wait. After months of mail, interviews, phone conversations, and campus visits, the chatter from the colleges has all but disappeared and the silence is deafening. What happens to your application when it reaches the admission office?
Who reads it? What will they think? How will they decide? Surprisingly,  the answers aren't that simple.


Fears for UK strength as its institutions slip down top 200

9 October 2008

By John Gill

High levels of investment mooted as reason for continued dominance of the US, writes John Gill

The position of UK universities in the 2008 Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings has deteriorated as the US elite cement their place at the top of the table.

The article written by an international student from University of Leeds, UK, looks at the issues you have to pay arrention to while choosing a college or university to study in another country.
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