Places To Seek Help in A Campus

PierpontflagsWhen a person has decided to pursue studies in a college or university in the United States, the experience can be a truly pleasant one. This is mainly because of the many services offered to local and international students alike. There are several places to turn to for help or assistance in every university, whether one needs counseling services, legal assistance or just to polish one’s writing. Given below are eight places that one can turn to when for help, while studying in any university in the U.S.

The International Student Office

The International Student Office stands ready to students with all kinds of assistance, such as solving issues related to school, answer possible cultural questions and so on. Here one can also meet with fellow international students, who might also be of assistance, in answering any questions that one might have.

The Writing Center

A person might be very good at expressing himself/herself conversationally in English, but there are times when it is necessary to make sure that his/her skills in writing are indeed very good. The university writing center offers one-on-one tutoring, for international students as well as any person who requires additional help. Here even highly experienced writers can learn something.

Your Professors

One’s professors understand that most international students might have to face extra challenges, whether they are related to culture or language. Never feel shy to ask any questions or seek clarification about academic assignments, whenever needed. To ask questions is a normal thing at all American university.

Student Union

Studying abroad means also means the many friends one is going to make. Many students prefer to have international students as friends, but having local friends is more important while studying internationally. The Student Union is a good place to begin meeting other students as it is the social center in most campuses in the U.S. Then there are clubs that suits one’s interests and to come across like-minded people.

Career Services

To find a job while in the US for your studies, a student can check with the career services. They will of help in preparing resume, hone interview skills and even help in searching for jobs during CPT and OPT. If a resume has been made already, they can spruce it up, and guide one in finding positions that are worth applying for, and to offer excellent advice, when one starts on a career.

The Academic Adviser

While studying in a US university or college, an academic adviser will be assigned to a student, as a guide in all academic aspects. He/she will inform you of the courses to take, and help in fulfilling the many requirements of the course, and do much more. The adviser will be of help in planning one’s education, as also in the change to a potential career. Usually, there will be one or meetings scheduled every semester, but one can ask for extra appointments if necessary.

Counseling Center

Whenever one moves to a foreign country, it is only natural that one undergoes some culture shock. This can be a bit overwhelming or isolating, at times. This is where university counselors come in, to guide students with similar problems. By working around his/her own schedule, they will make a make a significant difference in the way students feel about differences in culture. So never hesitate to set up an appointment with them.

Legal Services

Hopefully, one will never have to visit the department of legal services while pursuing one’s studies. However, if a student comes across immigration or visa issues, he or she will need assistance from legal services department of the college or university. They can be of help in unraveling the rather confusing legal process and be at one’s side while working to settle the problem.  If the college doesn’t have a legal services department, then the international student advising office will be of help.

By taking advantage of these eight helpful resources, a student stands poised to experience a winning cultural transition, as well as college experience.

Marian Moore – Social Media Manager

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International Students, English Language Requirements

english-language-requirements-greenhandshakeInternational students pursuing their studies in the U.S, have some language requirements to get admission to a university, college, or school, not necessary for American citizens. To get such an admission, one has to be adept at the English language. Many colleges test the English language skills by requiring all foreign students to present test scores certain specified English language aptitude tests such as TOEFL or Test of English Language as a Foreign Language, or IELTS or the International English Language Testing System, the ACT-COMPASS test. These tests assess the level of international students in reading, writing, listening, and speaking English.

How to Prepare For These Tests?

First of all determine what test is required by the college or university, one is seeking admission to, as well as the course. Once it is determined, a visit to the website of the concerned test is necessary. There are several websites that offer online study guides that provide complete information as to the types of questions asked, the number of questions and how and where to take the required test. For instance, TOEFL provides an online test, and a candidate enters his/her answers to the questions into a computer. This test is termed TOEFL iBT. A conventional paper based test is also available, known as TOEFL PBT. The test guide available on the TOEFL website is constantly updated, and offers invaluable tips, on the ways to prepare for the exam.

After finding out what test is required for one to write, the next step is to find out where is the most convenient test center. Some tests are given only during certain times of the year, and so prepare accordingly. Universities and colleges in the US have deadlines for submitting applications for admission. So one should take particular care not to miss them, as one failed to take the required test, well ahead. It is better to take the test, at least one year in advance, if possible.

Actually such tests are meant for those who can speak English, and have already undergone some kind of training in speaking the English language. So, if a candidate cannot speak English fluently, it will be hard for him/her to attend these tests.

Applying to universities and universities in the U.S. can be very stressful, as the whole process includes a lot of test scores, transcripts and other documentation. By completing the whole process successfully, one is paving a good way, to a bright future for one.

Marian Moore – Social Media Manager

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Important Tips While Applying for An Internship in the U.S.

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A lot of international students studying in the U.S. get opportunities to obtain real-world work experience via CPT or OPT. Although these two options might have limitations, it is still a fine opportunity to add to one’s industry knowledge as well as build one’s Resume up. But, the procedure for applying for internships in the U.S. can be different from that of in other countries, and so can be rather intimidating. To make certain that one is not compelled to begin the process of internship application, without having any idea as to what to anticipate, here are some helpful tips:

Fierce Competition

There will be literally thousands of students who are seeking an internship. This signifies that it is necessary to compete with all the other applicants, to get the type of internship that one is looking for. So, it’s crucial to make the best efforts, to be precise and punctual, and do the necessary follow up, often.

Find Out And Apply Well in Advance

While planning for a summer internship, one should not wait till May or June to start searching, but begin months in advance. Most internship positions, particularly the really sought after ones will get filled up right early. Internship positions can be found in websites such as LinkedIn, Craigslist, or any other student job search sites, and when a suitable one is found, apply early.

Get Ready The Necessary Documents

Internships in general require the submission of certain documents such as a cover letter, job application to the company, and updated Resume. They might require other documents besides, such as a transcript or letters of reference, so get all these documents ready. If one doesn’t know how to write a cover letter, get help. If lacking in a letter of reference, one ask one’s professor for one. Unless all the documents the company asks for are presented, the application can be summarily rejected.

Through Editing is Important

Proofread as well as edit all the documents before submitting them. Edit them, asks a friend to edit it too, or contact the campus writing center. When a company gets a lot of applications for any position, they sift through all the initial applications and discard the ones with errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar or any other type of writing mistakes.

Say Thank You

If called for an interview as a part of the hiring process, follow it up by means of a thank you note, either by ordinary post or an email. Prior to leaving the interview, don’t forget to request the business cards of all persons one has spoken to, and follow up, by thanking them for their precious time.

Stay legal.

Before looking for an internship position in the US, the student should ensure that he/she is eligible to work legally while studying in the U.S. If unsure, or confused about the whole process of participating in CPT or OPT, seek the advice of international student advisor, in the campus.

Marian Moore – Social Media Manager

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Master of Business Administration

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Wherever one turns to nowadays, one sees myriads of advertisements for MBAs. These ads are displayed prominently on buses, huge billboards, TV shows and what not. With all these around, and people talking about it in awesome tones, there seem to be something very significant about MBA. Let’s look into this super educational qualification, in some detail!

History

With the advent of the 20th century, a wholly new industrial era came into being, necessitating the employment of individuals trained in advanced practices in the field of business administration.  The very first MBA degree was awarded at the Harvard University as far back as in 1908, and as time passed by several US universities and colleges began to grant this highly coveted degree. Beginning with 1950, numerous international universities followed suit, by providing like graduate business programs, culminating in the conferring of MBAs upon the successful completion of the course.

How to Be Eligible for an MBA Program

As is the case with most graduate degrees, various MBA programs ask for different prerequisites for gaining admission. To gain masters in business administration, one needs to have an undergraduate degree in a subject, as well as excellent GRE or GMAT scores. Several prestigious MBA programs ask for work experience, and sometimes need a number of applicant interviews. Interestingly, there is no prescribed timeline for getting the MBA degree. Some students join the program immediately after college, while some so do so after working for scores of years in the business arena.

The Actual MBA Program

MBA programs in general feature the basic business courses. Classes such as Management, Accounting, Human Resources, Human Resources, etc. make certain that all MBA students possess all-rounded in their respective disciplines and their foundations remain strong before they can proceed to advanced coursework.

There are some programs that move straight into the many specialized business concentrations. MBAs courses include global business, real estate, technology business, human resources, entrepreneurship, and e-commerce, to name a few.

These programs are of various types such as be part-time, full-time, distance learning, online, specially designed programs for working professionals, and as part of a dual-degree program. However, in spite of the variety, accreditation bodies work in the background with the aim of maintaining uniformity as well as quality of programs.

 

Why People Want to Get an MBA?

People have their own particular reasons for studying for an MBA degree, but most applicants do so for three important reasons. Firstly, an MBA degree brings about an increase in salary and possibly advancement into senior management positions. Secondly, this prestigious degree can lead to fresh job opportunities that call for an advanced business degree. Lastly, an MBA provides most business professionals an opportunity to enhance their skills, an aim that is shared by almost all professions.

MBA Considerations

Of the myriads of considerations that make people go for an MBA, three stand out. Firstly, the consideration of money! MBA programs are generally very expensive to pursue, but at times financial aid might be forthcoming from institutions or the student’s own employer is willing to provide it. The second consideration is location. Some wants to attend a brick and mortar classroom, when some prefer online programs. Third and last is prestige, which is a deciding factor in pursuing an MBA. Some have their eyes planted on prestigious business schools such as Harvard, Northwestern or Pennsylvania, or may be a highly ranked MBA program online like that of the one available at the Washington State University. In fact one should aim high, but at the same time realistic too about it, by knowing one’s limits and potential.

Now one must have a good idea as to what an MBA degree is all about. Whether it is a new opportunity to be derived from masters in the field of international business, or a promotion with an MBA in finance, this coveted degree has persuaded many takes stock of themselves, and their potential and the need to enhance it.

Marian Moore – Social Media Manager

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