Thursday, July 30, 2015

Overcoming Homesickness to Make Your Experience Memorable

By Deliece Knights
Student Ambassador, CUNY Baruch College

Unless you are a seasoned traveler or a free-spirited nomad, moving to another country as an international student can be a daunting experience. You have left your home country, your culture, your friends and family, and your customs to adapt to another, albeit momentarily.

Fortunately for you, this is quite common, and there are several ways to combat and overcome homesickness. Here are four ways to make your international student experience more memorable.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

WEBINAR PREVIEW: Applying to Law School in the U.S.

Date: Thursday, August 6, 2015
Time: 10-11 a.m. EST
Location: Online/Virtual
Cost: FREE

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

megaVOICE: 5 Things to Know Before You Get Off the Airplane…

By Meghavaty Suresh
Contributing Writer

It’s that time of the year again. Airline execs have smiles on their faces, health insurance companies are rubbing their hands in anticipation and a great many parents have anxious butterflies in their bellies (I’m looking at you, India). It’s time for the great American education migration from far and wide, from east and west and north and south, from varied countries… though, let’s be honest, mostly from India and China.

So before you get off the airplane and begin your American study abroad adventure, there are five things I’d like you to wrap your mind around.

Monday, July 27, 2015

New e-Guide Offers Advice on U.S. University Admissions Process

Need tips or guidance on applying to U.S. colleges and graduate schools? Check out our newly released e-Guide, available now for free on our website!

“The U.S. College Application Process” offers a comprehensive overview of the U.S. university admissions process – everything from composing a résumé or CV, to requesting recommendation letters, to scoring high on English proficiency exams.

We know that with 4,000 colleges and universities to choose from in the United States, applying can be overwhelming, especially for international students. So take a look at our new e-Guide to get the answers to all your pressing questions.

What to Expect From Your Arrival at the U.S. Port of Entry

By Xiao Lu
World Education Services

Before your departure, double check that you have your:

1. Passport: Valid for at least six months
2. Visa: Make sure you have the correct visa type. Usually, an international student receives an F-1 visa.
3. I-20 form

When you get off the plane:
  • Claim your luggage. You can use your flight number to find your respective luggage claim counter. Also, double check that the luggage you take is yours, not one that doesn’t belong to you. If you can’t find your luggage, fill out a lost luggage report with your contact information. Airport staff will reach out to you once your luggage has been found.

Friday, July 24, 2015

CAMPUS SPOTLIGHT: Hofstra University

Calkins Quad at Hofstra University
By Jordan Friedman
World Education Services

At Hofstra University in Long Island (or more specifically, the town of Hempstead, N.Y.), international students are provided with ample resources to acclimate to university life. Students from all across the world enroll at Hofstra, and the school’s Multicultural and International Student Programs Office aims to ensure that they have the best study abroad experience possible.

The private institution is located in a suburban setting just a train ride away from New York City, which is ideal for any international student with an internship or job in the NYC area. The school has more than 200 student organizations as well, including about 20 fraternities and sororities, so there are plenty of opportunities to meet new people and make friends.

WEBINAR RECAP: Applying to MBA Programs in the U.S.

By Jordan Friedman
World Education Services

On July 23, WES Student Advisor held a webinar for international students focusing on the MBA admissions process in the United States. We live tweeted the webinar using the hashtag #WESSAwebinar.

Joining us for this webinar were Jack Nelson, director of recruitment for graduate business programs at Hofstra University's Frank G. Zarb School of Business, and Deliece Knights from Trinidad and Tobago, who will begin working toward her MBA at Baruch College - City University of New York this fall. The webinar was hosted by Ian Wright, institution relations manager at World Education Services.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Why I Chose to Study in the San Francisco Bay Area

By Tanmayee Potluri
Student Ambassador, San Jose State University

I always had this strange interest and affinity for California since I decided to pursue my master’s degree in the United States. This interest gradually narrowed down to the the San Francisco Bay Area, which refers to the counties in and around San Francisco such as San Jose.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

U.S. Becoming a Top Study Abroad Destination for Nigerian Students

By Brittney Bodden
World Education Services
Graphic by Brittney Bodden

Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa, is often referred to as the “Giant of Africa.” With a populated country full of youth and a steadily booming economy, it’s no wonder Nigerian students have become more prevalent at colleges and universities across the U.S. Presently, the United States is the second most popular study abroad destination for Nigerian students.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Business School: Salary Differences Between Bachelor’s and Advanced Degrees

By Jordan Friedman
World Education Services

International students: Are you interested in increasing your earning power? Thinking about pursuing an advanced business degree? Data shows that it might pay to do so – literally.

According to a Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) 2015 report, the median starting salary for recent MBA graduates in the United States is $100,000, which is nearly double that of bachelor’s degree candidates at $55,000. This differentiation has remained consistent year after year, according to GMAC research. (Side note: The report states that the 2015 median salary for advanced degree holders also marked a $5,000 rise from 2014.)

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