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The Benefits of Community College for International Students

Posted on Monday, August 14th, 2017 under Applying to College, Choosing a College, International Students, Learning English, Living in the US, Paying for College

international students applying to US community colleges online

Less expensive tuition, relaxed English proficiency requirements and the ability to easily transfer to another school convince many international students to attend a US community college.

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3 Ways Lecture Transcription Benefits International Students

Posted on Friday, April 15th, 2016 under Blog, College Classes, International Students, Learning English

transcribing college lectures

One of the biggest hurdles international students who choose to study in the US have to overcome is the language barrier. Fortunately, there is a tool that these students can utilize in order to ensure they are getting the most out of their educational experience: lecture transcription.

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How to Maximize Language Learning While You’re Abroad

Posted on Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 under International Students, Learning English, Study Abroad

Fez, Morocco

You go to class every day, do your homework and you’re living in another country, but that conversation with your downstairs neighbor is still next to impossible.

Why is that?

It’s because learning another language requires more than just reading your textbook. And though studying abroad is greatly helps language learning, fluency can’t be obtained by osmosis – you need to really take advantage of your surroundings while you’re abroad.

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What to Consider Before You Retake the TOEFL

Posted on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 under International Students, Learning English, Testing

taking the TOEFL

If you are not happy with the score you got on the TOEFL, don’t worry! You can retake the test, which means you have another chance to get a score you are satisfied with.

Of course, it’s best not to repeat the same mistakes you made the first time around. That’s why you should consider a few tips before you retake the TOEFL.

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Minimum TOEFL Scores at Top English-Speaking Universities

Posted on Monday, November 18th, 2013 under Applying to College, Choosing a College, International Students, Learning English, Testing

TOEFL scores for top unis

The TOEFL is an exam that tests your ability to speak, write, read and listen to English as a college student.

In fact, TOEFL stands for “Test of English as a Foreign Language.”

Many English-speaking colleges require international students to take this exam before the admissions process, so it is a good idea to find out what kind of scores you are expected to get on the TOEFL.

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3 Ways for International Students to Succeed in College

Posted on Wednesday, July 31st, 2013 under Academics, International Students, Learning English

college help international student

If you’re struggling with your classes as an international student in the US, you’re not alone. In fact, most college students — whether international or lifelong US citizens — run into academic issues at some point.

Luckily, there are resources available to help, as well as steps you can take to make college a little easier.

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What Is the TOEFL?

Posted on Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 under Applying to College, International Students, Learning English

preparing for the TOEFL

Do you have any idea what the TOEFL is? TOEFL is an acronym for Test of English as a Foreign Language. Its purpose is to determine how well you can read, write, speak and listen to the English language.

If you are a foreign student hoping to go to college in the US, you should familiarize yourself with this exam because you will likely be required to take it.

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What Does Conditional Admission Mean for International Students?

Posted on Friday, January 14th, 2011 under Applying to College, International Students, Learning English

conditional admittance for international students

Conditional admission is good news for international students!

A growing number of US colleges are offering conditional admission, welcoming international students who would previously have been barred due to insufficient English language skills.

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American Slang You Should Know: Video

Posted on Friday, November 26th, 2010 under International Students, Learning English, Video

No matter how many hours are devoted to learning a language from a textbook, it’s impossible to get a full grasp of it from reading alone.

Why? Textbooks don’t teach you the ever-changing vocabulary that is considered “slang.”

Check out today’s video, which breaks down the meanings of a few popular American slang words.

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4 Tips On Translating Your Name into English

Posted on Wednesday, June 9th, 2010 under Applying to College, International Students, Learning English, Translation

Statue of Liberty

If you’re an international student, or simply moving to an English speaking country, it’s important to know the best way to spell your name.

Legal officials often butcher the spellings of names, especially if they’re translating from a non-Latin-based alphabet. Although your name isn’t necessarily permanent, it’s certainly a lot easier to get it right the first time rather than going through the tedious process of getting it changed.

Here are a few guidelines for how to translate your name into English and have it understood.

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TSE Exam: What Is It? Who Takes It?

Posted on Monday, March 29th, 2010 under Learning English, Testing

answer sheet and pencil

Are you a student or working professional who speaks English as a second language? You might be asked to take the TSE!

It’s important to know the format of the exam (also known as the Test of Spoken English) and what you will be asked in order to be prepared.

Stay calm! We’ve compiled a brief explanation of the TSE’s purpose and format.

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How American Roommates Help International Students

Posted on Friday, June 5th, 2009 under International Students, Learning English, Living in the US, Student Housing

international and american students

An American roommate not only can help you practice your English language skills, but also is a great resource to learn more about American culture, etiquette, holidays, pop culture and more.

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