Life in the USA

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  • Article Image Learning new languages through VR visits

    Learning new languages through VR visits

    On a Friday morning in November in Houston, Texas, a group of 12 Rice University undergraduates in Jayoung Song’s second-year Korean language class took out their smartphones, opened the YouTube app and fastened their phones to a virtual-reality headset.

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  • Article Image A taste of home on campus

    A taste of home on campus

    Jiaao Xue, a Chinese native studying at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, has a special remedy for those inevitable bouts of homesickness. When he’s missing his family’s home-cooked meals, he heads to the Chinese restaurant near campus.

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  • Article Image At this school, the language of football is mandarin

    At this school, the language of football is mandarin

    What’s a flea flicker? Ever heard of a quarterback sneak?

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  • Article Image When You Miss Your Country’s Food

    When You Miss Your Country’s Food

    I don’t think I realized Ecuadorian food was my favorite kind of food until I went to study in Seattle. I finally understood why people say that the food is one of the main reasons you start to feel homesick. It’s a daily reminder (or hourly, if you snack a lot like me) that you’re not home. 

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  • Article Image I Wanted a Pet While Abroad

    I Wanted a Pet While Abroad

    Anyone who knows me has seen at least 3,000 pictures of my dog, Chloe, and heard me say she is literally the most beautiful shih tzu that has ever lived. I’ve posted pictures of her with the caption “South America’s Next Top Model,” and she’s 50 percent of my Instagram stories when I go back home. I am in the U.S. and I love my dog. 

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  • Article Image How to Host a Party or Gathering in Your Apartment

    How to Host a Party or Gathering in Your Apartment

    Whether it’s a holiday, a great test score, or just a fun Friday night, there are plenty of reasons to gather your friends and throw a party in your apartment. If your apartment feels too tight to host all your friends, use these tips to help you throw an exciting event in a small space.

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  • Article Image Weekend Getaways

    Weekend Getaways

    While it’s true we come to the U.S. to study, experience the culture, and improve our language skills, I think we all reach a point where we just feel a little burnt out. Emotionally and mentally, it can get exhausting to always show your best side, keep up with assignments, and occasionally be misunderstood because of some language barrier. You start feeling like you need a break, and that starts making you homesick as well.

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  • Article Image 5 Things I Wish I’d Known in My First Year Abroad

    5 Things I Wish I’d Known in My First Year Abroad

    The year before I came to study in Seattle, my brother had just graduated from Seattle University as well, so I felt like I had someone to give me general advice on how to be prepared. My brother has always been more extroverted and interested in business and finance. I have always been a little more introverted and interested in art. Because we are completely different people, our experiences were very different, but that didn’t make his advice any less valid. 

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  • Article Image College Move-In: What to Leave at Home

    College Move-In: What to Leave at Home

    Attending a university in the United States will allow you the opportunity to earn a degree and immerse yourself in a new culture, but it can feel overwhelming to move your whole life to another country. As you prepare to make the move, here are a few things you won’t need to pack in your suitcase.

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  • Article Image Learning English in the U.S.: What Makes Philadelphia Different

    Learning English in the U.S.: What Makes Philadelphia Different

    Located in the northeastern U.S., Philadelphia is an underrated gem with much to offer. As one of the oldest U.S. cities, its history and cultural diversity make it a standout destination for international students.

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  • Article Image Four Things to Do Before You Get to Campus

    Four Things to Do Before You Get to Campus

    Opening your acceptance email and finding out you’ll attend university in the United States is one of the most exciting moments of your life. Immediately, you’ll have a long list of things you’ll want to do when you arrive in the U.S.

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  • Article Image What to Do When You Get Homesick

    What to Do When You Get Homesick

    Back during the new students’ orientation when I was a freshman, I remember talking about homesickness

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  • Article Image When You Are the Only One from Your Country

    When You Are the Only One from Your Country

    Be it a sense of independence, the cultural exchange, the language, programs and opportunities, or for personal growth, it is undeniable that the United States is one of the top destinations for international students who want to explore beyond physical boundaries.

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  • Article Image Big or Small: What Size University Is Right for You?

    Big or Small: What Size University Is Right for You?

    There are many factors to consider during the application process. When you decide to study in the United States, you’ll need to research potential universities thoroughly to ensure you’re making the best choice.

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  • Article Image The Importance of Health Insurance for International Students & Travelers

    The Importance of Health Insurance for International Students & Travelers

    Study Abroad can be inspiring and rewarding – meeting new friends, learning valuable knowledge, experiencing new cultures and customs, and exploring exciting and faraway places.

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  • Article Image Living Large in Small Spaces

    Living Large in Small Spaces

    The apartments you live in during your college years are not likely to be very spacious, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be comfortable and stylish. Creating the apartment you want out of the space you have can be accomplished by keeping these tips in mind.

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  • Article Image Internships 101: What You Need to Know

    Internships 101: What You Need to Know

    If you’re interested in getting a head start on your job search and your visa allows you to work in the United States following graduation, interning is a great way to gain industry skills.

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  • Article Image Learn English and Discover New York City, New York

    Learn English and Discover New York City, New York

    Learn to speak English with confidence through casual everyday conversation while exploring one of the most popular cities in the world.

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  • Article Image Learn English and Discover Santa Monica, California

    Learn English and Discover Santa Monica, California

    Exploring your new city and having fun while practicing your new English skills. 

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  • Article Image Learn English and Discover Orlando, Florida

    Learn English and Discover Orlando, Florida

    Explore beaches, theme parks, shopping, and more – all while practicing your everyday English skills. 

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