Students beginning their studies at a U.S. college or university have a lot on their minds. Whether American or international, incoming students arrive on campus with a dose of nervous anxiety, accented by a host of concerns about roommates, dorm rooms, class schedules, even food!
International students have even more to consider, including getting a visa, acquiring translations of academic transcripts and personal documents, managing foreign money, and shipping their belongings cross-border.
Packing college supplies can be especially difficult for international students. Unlike your U.S. counterparts, you can’t pack a car-load of stuff and simply drive to school. Since you’ll likely be limited in how much you can pack, stick to the basics – clothes and personal electronics. School supplies, linens, toiletries and the like can all be purchased at reasonable prices when you get to school.
Before you send everything you own (or a little less!), consider the shipping costs, how much luggage you can physically carry, and how much is provided and furnished by the school. Consider shipping clothing such as winter coats which are light but bulky — and will cost less to ship than some of your smaller but heavier items.
Whether you’re applying to work at the campus bookstore, or interviewing for your first professional job post college, it’s likely you’ll need to conduct an interview to land the position. To help you nail your interview, we’ve rounded up 5 of the most common interview questions. Read on to find out what hiring managers are really looking for and get a head-start on preparing thoughtful responses.
1. “Tell me about yourself.”
This question seems simple, so many people fail to prepare for it, but it’s crucial. Here’s the deal: Don’t give your complete employment (or personal) history. Instead give a pitch—one that’s concise, compelling, and shows exactly why you’re the right fit for the job. Start off with the 2-3 specific accomplishments or experiences that you most want the interviewer to know about, then wrap up talking about how that prior experience has positioned you for this specific role.
Are you an international student studying in the U.S.? Are you looking to gain experience or make extra money by working while attending school? If you answered yes to both questions, you should know the U.S. has specific rules about how and what type of work you can do as an F-1 student.
The U.S. government takes working illegally very seriously, and for F-1 students work eligibility is often dependent on your visa and program of study. Read on for the 4 main types of work opportunities available to you as an international student in the United States.
From planning trips home to calculating currency exchange rates, studying abroad comes with its own set of unique challenges. Luckily, the app market is chock full of apps that will have you navigating your new life as an international student like a local.
1. Google Maps
This free map and navigation app will quickly become a favorite as you explore your new city. Use it to get walking, driving, or public transportation directions and locate shops, restaurants, and landmarks nearby. Get voice prompts, traffic alerts, and best route suggestions. This app is free for Android and iOS.
Wondering how much to tip the waiter? Need to convert from Celsius to Fahrenheit? Converter+ contains over 100 converters and calculators including temperature, length, weight, and currency. It’s simple to use, and invaluable for those adjusting to a foreign country. Download Converter+ for free on iTunes.
If you’re an international student looking to study in the United States, you’ve probably heard of the TOEFL exam. The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is a standardized English language proficiency test for non-native English language speakers wishing to enroll in U.S. universities. Most universities require it as part of their admission criteria, so passing the test is a must if you plan to study in the States.
Though the TOEFL Speaking section is the shortest section of the TOEFL test, many students struggle with it the most. Speaking in English, into a microphone, under a time constraint, in a room full of other test takers—it can be stressful if you’re not prepared.
Luckily, there are a lot of ways to prep yourself. By understanding the format of the TOEFL Speaking section you’ll be able to answer all six speaking questions in the allotted time. Check out the infographic below for a preview of the test format, question types, scoring, and tips for boosting your performance. If you’re a parent or friend of a student about to take the TOEFL test, be a hero and pass this post along.
College internships are a great way to get ahead of the game. Students with an internship or two under their belt have a leg up when it comes to applying for their first post-college job because employers increasingly want to see experience in the new college grads they hire. According to a survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, 95% of employers saying candidate experience is a hiring factor with college grads.
That said, it’s important to have a game plan when preparing for your internship. If you’re looking to gain college credit from your internship, there are a few steps you’ll need to take to ensure your credits are accepted.
When figuring out your first move post-college, it’s natural to feel a little lost. You’re still discovering what your strengths are, what kinds of roles could be a good fit, and even what industry resonates with you. But, at the end of the day, you still need to find a job, which we know can be even more challenging as an international student. And in order to find a job, you need know what kind of job you actually want.
The U.S. tax system is complicated; there’s no doubt about that. If you’re an international student attending an educational institution in the United States, that process may seem even more convoluted. With tax season in full swing, we’ve broken down the basics that you should know about filing a tax return.
It’s time to start planning spring break! If you’re in school in the wintery Northeast or Midwest, sunny climates such as Florida, California, the Caribbean and Latin America are attractive. Research, plan your trip, book reservations and have a fantastic time. Travel is a great learning experience and an opportunity to discover different cultures and to meet new people.
Most cities and popular tourist destinations in the US are completely safe with friendly, helpful locals. The same is true for most international travel, too. But that is not always the case, and travelers today should be as savvy as possible when venturing the world.
University, college, liberal arts, community college… you may have heard of these different types of institutions and programs of higher education in the United States. But what are they all, and what does each mean for you when applying or transferring to a U.S. program of study?