Thursday, April 16, 2015

Breaking Down the H-1B Petition Lottery and Cap Gap

By Xiao Lu
World Education Services

The H-1B visa filing period for fiscal year 2016 opened on April 1, and the 65,000 cap was reached within a week. The 20,000 cap for H-1B petitions filed under the U.S. advanced degrees exemption was also reached, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). WES Student Advisor is here to answer some of the questions we see most often about the H-1B petition process.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Quiz: Which Ivies Are Most Popular With International Students?

Ivy League schools offer prestige, brand recognition and great educations. Not surprisingly, they hold a lot of allure for international students – a group that’s often stereotyped as ranking-obsessed. But Ivy League schools aren’t as popular with international students as you might think. With over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S., many international students are choosing public institutions, like Michigan State and Penn State, or other private institutions, such as New York University or Carnegie Mellon. According to the latest OpenDoors Data report, there are only two Ivies among the top 25 U.S. schools with the most international students. Can you guess which ones they are?

Check back next week for the answer!

Which Ivies Are Most Popular With International Students?

Brown University and Harvard University
Princeton University and Yale University
Columbia University and University of Pennsylvania
Cornell University and Dartmouth College

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

April Webinar Reminder: Study Abroad in the USA – Graduate Admissions Tips

Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 

Time: 9-10 a.m. EST

Location: Online/Virtual

Cost: FREE

Are you interested in applying to graduate school in the U.S.? Not quite sure how to start the process or what to expect?

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Top 10 States Hosting International Students: No. 8, Ohio

By Xiao Lu
World Education Services

As an international student, you may have no idea where to find the state of Ohio on a map of the U.S. But you’ve probably heard of Cleveland, Columbus or Cincinnati, the biggest cities in the state. Or perhaps you’re familiar with Procter & Gamble (P&G), the world’s largest and most profitable consumer products company, which calls Ohio home. If you want to take in the beauty of all four seasons, and enjoy studying abroad without spending a fortune on rent, utilities and groceries, then Ohio might be a great choice for you. There are over 50 colleges and universities in Ohio, and more than 40 two-year schools and community colleges. The Ohio State University and University of Cincinnati, for example, are world-famous institutions. And over 30,000 international students currently attend school in Ohio.

Ohio is considered part of the Midwest, though it borders the Northeast and mid-Atlantic states. Its name comes from an American Indian word meaning “great river” or “large creek,” a reference to the Ohio River, which forms the state’s southern boundary. Ohio is known as the “Buckeye State” (a reference to a tree known as the Ohio buckeye) as well as the “Mother of Presidents,” having produced the most U.S. presidents aside from Virginia. It currently ranks seventh in population and 34th in size. Ohio is home to numerous professional sports franchises, including the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team, which boasts the biggest star in the American sports world today, LeBron James. The Ohio State University football team is among the most storied programs in the history of college sports.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Campus Spotlight: Northern Arizona University

By Brendan Twist
World Education Services

In Flagstaff, Arizona, not quite halfway between the city of Phoenix and the Grand Canyon, sits the main campus of Northern Arizona University, an institution with a 100-plus year history and a student body of over 20,000. Over 1,100 international students attended NAU last year, making it the third most popular school in the state among international students.

That’s not an enormous number of international students, but Northern Arizona University is going to great lengths to recruit students from abroad and give them an amazing education experience: academically, culturally and socially.

NAU boasts an entire Center for International Education, which provides a wide variety of complementary services to international students, from visa assistance, to OPT workshops. During International Week, it hosts a festival and an “Idol”-style karaoke competition. To learn more about the Center for International Education, check out its newsletter, NAU Global.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Top 10 States Hosting International Students: No. 9, Michigan

Michigan State University in East Lansing
By Sangeetha Shanmugham
World Education Services

International students from around the world look to the U.S. as a popular destination to expand their educational opportunities, but they usually think of big cities like New York or Los Angeles. And while those places are peppered with great schools, it’s worthwhile to consider some of the great universities in other locales. Michigan isn’t a household name across the world, but considering how many reputable universities the state houses, it should be. In fact, it’s already quite popular with international students!

Michigan’s extraordinarily beautiful places range from beaches and sand dunes, to forests and farm lands, to tens of thousands of lakes, some of which contain islands where horses and bicycles are the only means of transportation. In Michigan, you’re never more than a few hours from one of the Great Lakes (the state has four). Apple trees, blueberry farms, and cherry festivals are abundant in Michigan.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

American Academic Culture: Finding Success in a U.S. Classroom

By Todd Shumway
Director of Global Exchange,

University of Hawaii at Hilo

When we define the idea of culture, we talk about religious beliefs, food preferences, or music that people with similar backgrounds share. But while culture definitely helps us understand the difference between Italian and Korean food, it is just as important in understanding the expectation, rules and environment of a classroom. Different cultures have different classroom rules and expectations, and the chances are good that the classroom you will experience in the United States is quite different from the classroom that you are used to at home.

What are the characteristics of an American classroom?

American classrooms are typically learner-centered. In a learner-centered classroom, less time is devoted to lecture and more time given to discussion. In a learner-centered classroom, students are often asked to work in small groups or individually to present material from the class to other students, and the teacher often plays the role of facilitator rather than absolute authority. American students are taught from a young age that independent thinking, supported opinions, and skeptical questioning are attributes of a good student. Students who challenge ideas, ask questions, and participate in discussion are often more successful than those who merely listen, memorize, and repeat what they hear.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Nigerian Students Are On the Rise

By Michael Liu
World Education Services

Over the past five years, one African nation has seen a 98 percent increase in the number of its students heading abroad, and 14 percent of those students are choosing U.S. schools. That country is known as the Giant of Africa: Nigeria!

In “Opportunities and Growth in Nigerian Student Mobility,” a new research article from WES Research & Advisory Services, author Megha Roy states that Nigeria is the 18th leading place of origin for international students in the U.S.

“The country has both the largest economy and population in Africa, as well as rich oil reserves [that are] fueling the growth of a middle class, particularly in its urban areas,” Roy writes. “Paired with a booming population of college-aged students and an overburdened domestic education system, the country is a promising source of international students.”

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Composing Your Résumé for College Applications

Yuanyuan “Rebecca” Fang
World Education Services

A résumé for a college application is slightly different from an internship or job résumé, but the main idea is still to summarize and highlight your experiences, skills, and accomplishments. You want U.S. college admissions counselors to quickly see that you are a best-fit student. Instead of focusing on your work experience in the way you would in a professional résumé, focus on your academic achievements and extracurricular activities. Your college application résumé is like a “brag sheet” that helps you think about who you are and what makes you special. A strong résumé can help you stand apart from other applicants.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Upcoming Webinar: Graduate Admissions Tips

Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 
Time: 9-10 a.m. EST
Location: Online/Virtual

About the Webinar: More and more international students are earning graduate degrees in the U.S., but it can be confusing to know how and when to start the application process. Stene Verhulst, director of international recruitment at Emporia State University, will tell you how to make your international student application as competitive as possible. Verhulst will also share advice for international students who hope to work in the U.S. after graduation.

What You Will Learn:

- Difference between undergraduate and graduate applications
- What to consider when shortlisting schools
- When to begin the application process
- Tips for finding jobs and internships during grad school

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