Tuesday, February 9, 2016

WES Research: How Grad Students Search for Schools


By Jordan Friedman
Contributing Writer

Thinking about which colleges and universities to apply to in the U.S.? Where you’re from, your financial resources and your academic preparedness could all play a major role in determining what you look for when exploring your options.

New research from World Education Services sheds light on the various factors that students consider when choosing a master’s program, and highlights the fact that students from different countries value different attributes when making a decision.

WES conducted a survey of nearly 2,400 credential evaluation applicants to explore the areas in which different universities can improve in targeting their marketing efforts toward different populations with various financial backgrounds.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

International Education Week Essay Contest: 1st Runner-Up


During International Education Week 2015, WES Student Advisor asked you for submissions for our third annual Essay Contest. The prompt was inspired by a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – "Intelligence plus character: That is the goal of true education" – and asked readers to explain how studying abroad can impact a person beyond academics.

We received some great submissions, and over the next month we’re going to share with you our favorite four. Today, we share with you the first runner-up, written by Nastaran Navari, of Iran. Good job, Nastaran!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Webinar Recording: Getting Admitted to U.S. Business Schools




Did you miss last week’s webinar on Getting Admitted to U.S. Business Schools? Not to worry! The recording is now available on our YouTube page. If you’re interested in applying to U.S. business schools, check it out!

The most popular field of study for international students in the U.S. is business and management. This webinar features admissions expert Shri Ramakrishnan, assistant director of graduate recruitment for the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. It also features Student Ambassador Sherry Yu-Hsuan Liao, a master’s candidate at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Discussion topics include:

  • Program types: MBA vs. MS, and specializations
  • General steps and timelines for business school applicants
  • How to use exam scores, GPA and work experience to select best-fit schools
  • Finding scholarships and financial aid
  • CPT and OPT
  • And much more!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

How Different Is the US Education System?


By Akemi Wijayabahu
Student Ambassador,
University of Florida

I am Akemi, and I come from Sri Lanka. I am currently enrolled in a master’s program at the University of Florida. I would like to share my experience with incoming international students.

Most of the undergraduate education in my country is lecture based. In the U.S., lectures are mixed with other study models – for example, the new “blended learning” technique is used here at the University of Florida. It’s an interactive learning process wherein students access online and e-learning materials, videos, assignments, and also engage in group discussions. In class, it’s all about interactive group work and conversations.

Friday, January 22, 2016

International Education Week Essay Contest: 2nd Runner-Up


During International Education Week 2015, WES Student Advisor asked you for submissions for our third annual Essay Contest. The prompt was inspired by a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – "Intelligence plus character: That is the goal of true education" – and asked readers to explain how studying abroad can impact a person beyond academics.

We received some great submissions, and over the next month we’re going to share with you our favorite four. Today, we share with you the second runner-up, written by Dyutee Dawda, of India. Way to go, Dyutee!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

megaVOICE: Choosing Your School in 5 Steps


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By Meghavaty Suresh
Contributing Writer

I had an interesting conversation with an international student about a week ago. We were discussing how we chose our American schools, and I started thinking about all the reasons I went to Syracuse University. Looking back, was it the right decision? It was actually a very tough call for me back in 2013 to decide that I would go to SU. Syracuse was a city I had barely heard of and I didn’t know anybody who had gone to SU. It wasn’t a school that was thrown around in conversations back home when discussing the great universities of the west. However, as I got to doing my research before applying to different schools, my opinion changed drastically.

Here's how I approached the process in five steps.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

How to Start Your Spring Semester Strong: 12 Tips



By Justine D'Souza
World Education Services

Congratulations! You made it to winter break. Here are some tips to help you prepare for a successful spring term.

1. Reflect on last semester: What did you do well? How can you improve your academic and personal development? Use the lessons learned to frame this upcoming semester.

Friday, January 8, 2016

What’s the Difference Between an MS and MBA?


By Xiao Lu
WES Student Advisor

It’s one of the most asked questions from prospective business school students: What’s the difference between an MBA and a master’s degree? Our free Jan. 21 webinar on business school admissions will answer that query and many more, but right now let’s explore the differences between these two types of graduate business programs.  Here are the three main distinctions:

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

International Education Week Essay Contest: 3rd Runner-Up


During International Education Week 2015, WES Student Advisor asked you for submissions for our third annual Essay Contest. The prompt was inspired by a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – "Intelligence plus character: That is the goal of true education" – and asked readers to explain how studying abroad can impact a person beyond academics.

We received some great submissions, and over the next month we’re going to share with you our favorite four. Today, we share with you the third runner-up, written by Fatima Mahmood, of Pakistan. Well done, Fatima!

Monday, January 4, 2016

megaVOICE: My Education and Its Real-World Applications


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By Meghavaty Suresh
Contributing Writer

I was pondering my goals for the New Year and it got me thinking about my time here in the U.S. so far. Reflecting on my experiences gave me a profound feeling of joy. I realized that being international is amazing, even though it’s sometimes scary and frustrating. It really is beautiful to experience new ways of life. For instance, I’ve now had the privilege of living in both India and New York City, and while I learned quite a bit in my classes, I’ve also learned some big lessons about life in general.

So what have I learned through my experiences in these countries? How has living and studying internationally changed my perspective? Well, I could give you quite a few responses to those questions. But here are my top three answers and their real-world applications.

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