Taking Online Classes as an International Student

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With the world becoming an even more digitally connected place, online classes and programs have become quite popular. In fall 2011, more than 6.7 million students took an online course at a U.S. institution, which was an all-time high. For international students, distance learning can be an especially attractive option because they don’t need to physically be in the country of the institution but can still achieve a top-notch education. If the school is in the United States, the UK, or Australia, students can avoid the high costs of living in these countries. For students who have families, a full-time job, or other similar commitments, online education provides them the opportunity to take classes at their own pace.

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A Basic Guide to Greek Life for International Students

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Greek life – fraternities and sororities – may not be an integral part of every university in the United States, but it is definitely a uniquely American concept and institution. Fraternities and sororities, which make up Greek life, probably seem very foreign to international students – and some domestic students. Before you decide against it too quickly or jump into it and end up regretting it, you should at least know the basics.

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How to Get Through a Group Project

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If you’re going to college, it’s inevitable that you’ll be placed in a group project at least once. Many people cringe when their instructor speaks the words, anticipating the awkwardness of working with classmates, tense situations, and knowing that there will be at least one person who does nothing to contribute. However, if you have the right tools, the right attitude, and make the most of the situation, you can not only survive but thrive in your group project.

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Safety Tips for College Students

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Safety is one of the five most important factors for international students when considering where to study abroad. Most university campuses and their surroundings are quite safe, especially in the United States. Campus safety is a priority, and many schools even have their own security staff or campus police. But students will undoubtedly stray from their university environment to explore neighboring communities, cities, and even countries, which is a large part of their study abroad experience.

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How to Tip in the UK

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Are you an international student in the UK? If so, you need to learn about one of the touchiest subjects in the history of cultural customs.

Tipping.

Tipping etiquette in the UK is similar to the rest of Europe, partially because of the way the service industry works. As mentioned in our previous post about how to tip in the United States, the federal minimum wage in the U.S. for tipped employees like bartenders and waitresses is just $2.13/hour, or about £1.31. By contrast, all staff in the UK over 21 must be paid at least the National Minimum Wage (£6.50/hr starting October 1) whether they receive tips or not. Therefore, the need and culture for tipping is much less than in the U.S or Canada. So when and where should you tip in the UK?

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What You Forgot to Bring to College

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Whether you’re already settled into your new dorm room or you’re still packing for your international flight, there’s a significant chance that you either forgot to pack something or didn’t even think to bring it. There are hundreds of ready-made lists available (see here, here, and here), but most of them lack certain items you never think you’d need but actually do. Rather than providing a list of what to bring to college, we’ve put together a list of what you forgot to bring (or don’t have on your packing list), and those “essentials” you brought along (or are thinking of bringing) and will sit unused in your dorm room all year.

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The 7 Best Student Discounts on Laptops

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As a student, you’re probably always looking for the best deal, largest savings, and most convenient way to make purchases. With the school year starting, we want to make sure you’re aware of student discounts at some of the most popular stores for laptops and other technology products. Even if there isn’t a physical store nearby, you can always order online. Read on to see which retailers offer special deals for students!

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How to Live Without a Car in the U.S.

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According a U.S. News & World report, 48% of students at the U.S. universities surveyed have a car on campus. That percentage varies widely from campus to campus; at some colleges virtually all students have cars, at other schools only a small handful do, and some campuses are nearly car-free. Buying and maintaining a car can be expensive, especially for college students. So how else can students get where they need to be?

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How to Get a Cell Phone as an International Student in the U.S.

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Virtually all college students in the United States own a cell phone, which probably doesn’t come as a surprise. If you look around any college campus, you’ll notice students texting, making a call, listening to music, or checking their email. Cell phones allow students to stay connected with their school, classmates, friends, and family – which is especially important if you’re an international student.

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American Food: Perception vs. Reality

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What comes to mind when you think of American food? Many people, no matter what country they’re from, would probably say burgers, French fries, ice cream, pizza, hot dogs, processed foods, and pretty much anything overly sweet or especially salty. More than once, American food has been called disgusting – and this is partially true. But not all of the food in the United States is disgusting, and Americans do not exclusively eat hamburgers and French fries. So, what do the people of the United States of America really eat?

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