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

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Poll: How Would You Like to Spend Spring Break?

Toward the latter part of the school year, colleges and universities in the United States suspend classes for a week or two, usually in the month of March or April. This is widely known as spring break – or as some international students call it, reading week or spring recess. Back in the day, students used spring break to catch up on school work; nowadays, more students are traveling to warm climates in search of a party.

So tell us, how would YOU like to spend your spring break this year?

Spring break is right around the corner. How would you most like to spend your time off?

Binge-watching your favorite TV shows on Netflix

Heading to the library and preparing for the rest of the semester

Working and saving up some extra cash

Embarking on outdoor adventures like hiking or skiing

Partying on the beach

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

How to Request a Recommendation Letter for a College Application

Yuanyuan “Rebecca” Fang 
World Education Services

U.S. colleges and universities often ask for one to three letters of recommendation as part of a college admissions packet. At least one of these letters is typically written by someone who taught you in a core academic discipline – math, science, history, writing or language. Depending on specific program requirements and individual situations, other recommenders could also be mentors, coaches, counselors, employers, supervisors, family members, peers, or clergy. As a rule of thumb, recommenders should be people who are familiar with your studies, work, or extracurricular activities.

So, how does one request a recommendation letter?

Don’t hesitate to ask! The following guidelines will provide you with the information you’ll need to efficiently and effectively request letters of recommendation.

Friday, March 13, 2015

U.S. Scholarships for Ukrainian Students

By Naimeesha Murthy 
World Education Services

We want to give a big shout out to all our Ukrainian readers. We've noticed a lot more of you on the site lately, and we really appreciate you checking out WES Student Advisor. As our way of saying thanks, we've put together a list of scholarship opportunities especially for Ukrainian students who want to study in the U.S.

We all know getting an American education is expensive. A recent study by found that the average yearly cost of studying at a four-year private non-profit college in the U.S. is over $46,000. Just for one year! So if you're looking to study abroad but worried about the costs, check out these scholarships for undergrad, graduate and doctoral students. Even if you're not Ukrainian, you may still be eligible for many of these opportunities. Good luck!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

March Madness is Coming!

If you’re a first-time international student in the U.S., you may be wondering what’s the big deal with March Madness. WES Student Advisor is here to get you up to speed.

March Madness refers to the joy of the final few weeks of the college basketball season. It’s basically a big college basketball tournament played across the United States that features many major schools. It’s called “Madness” simply because there are so many games going on throughout the country, usually at the same time, in rapid succession during the month of March. Teams that win mustn’t celebrate too much because they may have to play again just two days later. And the tournament is a single-elimination event, so a loss means the end of the season.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Graduate Admissions: Step by Step

By Mohsen Aladwani
Student: Regis University

Attending grad school in the U.S. is a dream for many students. However, it is important to understand the graduation admissions process before applying. Preparation, choosing the right university and program, and completing the application are the main steps that every student needs to complete. Handling these steps the right way will increase your chances of getting into graduate school in America.

First of all, international students need to prepare at home before they can come to the U.S. Students from non-English speaking countries need to translate their documents from their own language to English. They may need to have their original transcript evaluated by a service like WES. And they must apply for an F-1 student visa to study in America.

The second step is choosing universities and programs that match your interests. This is a difficult task because you need to learn a lot about a school to make a good choice. You should look at several aspects to gain a comprehensive view, including both the institution and its location. Look up the faculty at every school on your list and see if they share your interests. Research course offerings. And examine the communities in which the schools are located; consider factors such as safety, cost of living, weather, and public transportation.

Finally, you will need to complete the application. Requirements change from one school to another, so it’s essential that you visit each university’s website for exact requirements. Check departmental websites, too, for more detailed instructions. In general, however, you will need to submit the following:

List of documents required to apply to U.S. universities:

Monday, March 9, 2015

What International Students Should Know About Credential Evaluations

By Sangeetha Shanmugham
World Education Services

Credential evaluations enable international students to pursue higher education or seek employment in the U.S. After you apply to have your transcript evaluated, you will receive a report that includes information about your credentials and their U.S. equivalency. The report helps U.S. colleges and universities – and employers – to understand the quality of the education you received in your home country, and how you performed academically.

Here’s an example of a credential evaluation report:

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Top 10 States Hosting International Students: No. 10, Indiana

Indianapolis, Indiana
By Brendan Twist
World Education Services 

When you imagine coming to study in the U.S., you may picture yourself somewhere glamorous like New York or Los Angeles. And those places are great. But America is a huge country! There is so much to explore beyond the big coastal cities. And there are great schools all over the 50 states. One area that is drawing a bigger and bigger share of international students every year is the Midwest. Situated in America’s heartland, the Midwest is known for its beautiful countryside, working class ethos and genuinely nice people. And it doesn’t get much more Midwestern than Indiana.

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