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  • Article Image The Truth About College Rankings

    The Truth About College Rankings

    Every year, as a new college admission cycle begins, there’s always a lot of news about rankings. Editors from U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, The Princeton Review and others have once again begun to provide a parade of ranking guides that presume to reveal the “best values” in education, identify the best “party” schools or, simply, quantify the mythical pecking order of colleges.

    Before you get out your credit card or rush to print out a list of the “best” colleges, though, take a moment to consider the following:

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  • Article Image Starting A Career In Medicine: Where To Begin

    Starting A Career In Medicine: Where To Begin

    Pursuing a career in medicine is at the top of many young students’ minds. The industry has many opportunities, it is noble, and the pay is well above average. But what deters most of these dreams is the fact that becoming a medical practitioner takes lots of dedication, is expensive, and not anywhere near the list of the easiest things to do. That is why many opt for the shorter, cheaper, but rewarding career path of being medical assistants.

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  • Article Image 4+1 = Fast Track to a Master's Degree

    4+1 = Fast Track to a Master's Degree

    Hoping to get a master’s degree from a U.S. college or university? For most students, the process will take at least six years: four years of undergraduate study plus two or more years of graduate-level work.

    But what if that degree could be earned in just five years — saving both time and money?

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  • Article Image How to Handle Homesickness

    How to Handle Homesickness

    Many students feel homesick when they leave home for the first time. Being away from friends and family can present you with an opportunity to grow but getting through the initial emotion of being on your own is difficult for many students. If you’re experiencing homesickness, use these tips to help get you back on track and ready to make the most of your time at your new university.

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  • Article Image Ludimila Moreira de Souza from Brazil: Studying English in the Loyola University Loyola Intensive English Program (LIEP)

    Ludimila Moreira de Souza from Brazil: Studying English in the Loyola University Loyola Intensive English Program (LIEP)

    Ludimila Moreira de Souza from Brazil holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is studying English in the Loyola University Loyola Intensive English Program (LIEP) 

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  • Article Image Four Easy Stress Relievers for Students

    Four Easy Stress Relievers for Students

    The first thing to do when you feel overwhelmed is take a deep breath. Being a student can be overwhelming. Hours of homework, studying for tests and writing papers added to being attentive in class and making time for your friends can leave you feeling fatigued. If you’re feeling stressed out, the best thing to do is get out of your current headspace for a little while and shake out all the anxiety. Try some of these “brain break” ideas the next time you’re feeling stressed.

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  • Article Image Bandar from Saudi Arabia: Studies English at ELS Language Centers, Grand Rapids, Michigan

    Bandar from Saudi Arabia: Studies English at ELS Language Centers, Grand Rapids, Michigan

    ELS/Grand Rapids is the best place to learn because if you want to save the money, the city is affordable. The city is also friendly. The people in the city are friendly, and the teachers at ELS are more than friendly, and you will not feel homesick. Also, you can get a host family—they will help you to find good one. The bus is free. You can ride the bus anytime in the day without paying anything.

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  • Article Image Alejandro from Brazil: Studies English at ELS Language Centers, New York-Manhattan

    Alejandro from Brazil: Studies English at ELS Language Centers, New York-Manhattan

    Favorite thing about ELS: Teachers at ELS. They always respect you, and that is an important thing when you want to learn a language. I made friends from Japan, Taiwan, Cuba, Venezuela, Peru, and China, and I am very grateful that I can meet people from other cultures.

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  • Article Image Tips for Staying Focused Through Finals

    Tips for Staying Focused Through Finals

    Your final exams are the last box to check before you head home for a well-deserved winter break. But after a long semester, it can be difficult to stay focused. Use these tips to set yourself up for success and finish your semester strong.

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  • Article Image What to Consider when Applying for Universities in the U.S.

    What to Consider when Applying for Universities in the U.S.

    Applying to universities and colleges after high school is probably one of the biggest decisions in a student’s life.

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  • Article Image Studying Fashion in the USA

    Studying Fashion in the USA

    Fashion is an artistic expression of cultural mores and attitudes. Learning about fashion in the U.S. offers students the chance to get to know the American culture and its place in the world of fashion.

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  • Article Image Academic Coaching

    Academic Coaching

    Academic coaching is a support service offered to many students attending American universities often through university writing or advising centers.

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  • Article Image The Most Popular U.S. Majors Among International Students

    The Most Popular U.S. Majors Among International Students

    In 2018, around 891,330 international students studied in the United States according to the Institute of International Education’s Open Doors Report. 

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  • Article Image Academic Coaching

    Academic Coaching

    Academic coaching is a support service offered to many students attending American universities often through university writing or advising centers.

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  • Article Image Choosing a University:  Keep an open map, an open mind and ask lots of questions

    Choosing a University: Keep an open map, an open mind and ask lots of questions

    “This place is both more and less than what I expected,” says Abdul* an international student attending university in a small town. When I press him on what he means he explains that when he first arrived, he was disappointed that the town where his new university is located is so small.

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  • Article Image You Don’t Have to Study Business to Do Business

    You Don’t Have to Study Business to Do Business

    Why are so many young Vietnamese studying business in the US, among other countries? Because parents - as the key decision-makers – have bought into the seemingly logical notion that their children need to major in business in order to work in the private sector. In other words, they believe that their sons and daughters have to study business in order to do business. This is in part because most Vietnamese are not yet familiar with the concept of a liberal arts education and its many benefits, both intrinsic and tangible.

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  • Article Image Top 5 Universities for International Student Attendance

    Top 5 Universities for International Student Attendance

    Studying in the USA is a dream for many international students. Furthering your education in the United States provides many opportunities to learn about American culture and other cultures as well.

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  • Article Image Enjoy the Many Varieties of American Colleges and Universities

    Enjoy the Many Varieties of American Colleges and Universities

    Most Americans think that “Indian food” consists mostly of some curries, rice, naan, and a few vegetarian dishes.

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  • Article Image What is a High School Completion Program?

    What is a High School Completion Program?

    When it comes to exploring your options for attending university in America, you have perhaps assumed that you will need to finish college or secondary school first, as well as pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (or TOEFL).

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  • Article Image Small Town ESL Program + American Family = Happy Students

    Small Town ESL Program + American Family = Happy Students

    Many students who are planning to study in the U.S. are naturally attracted to such exciting cities as San Francisco, Boston, New York, or Los Angeles. However, in these big cities, students tend to hang out with friends from their own countries, eat food from their own countries at ethnic restaurants, watch movies in their language, and essentially continue to live as they did at home, only this time they have to pay a lot of money for the experience.

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