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  • 8 Tips For Studying Abroad When You Don’t Know Anyone

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    Heading away to study abroad but worried you don’t know anyone in your new country? Just follow these 8 steps and you’ll be  just fine!

     

    Step 1.  Do your research

    Prepare before you go! Use everything at your disposal; Google, friends and family who have visited, etc. Try to understand what is the lifestyle there. One of the biggest challenges is also the most exciting prospect; a new culture!

    This will also help you understand how to greet people and will ease up the transition and make you feel more at home.

     

    Step 2.  Try new things

    Once you arrive, go out and try the local cuisine – the restaurants, bars and don’t forget the nightlife! Join societies or clubs at  your new university or school because this is one of the best ways to meet new people! Get a part-time job! You’ll earn some extra cash and meet new people. And if you’re learning a new language, this is one of the best ways to learn.

    Make sure you attend orientation meetings and gatherings so you can meet like-minded people. Experiencing these things will make you adapt faster to the new atmosphere and will enable you to make new friendships.

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    Step 3. Sights and trips

    Take the time to visit the museums, local stores and famous landmarks. This is a unique opportunity for you to see things that most people can’t!

     

    Step 4.  Be very friendly and talkative

    At first it might be difficult to make new friends but don’t shy away. Join things and approach people. There will be plenty of other students from abroad in the same boat. Don’t be shy and talk to them!

     

    Step 5. Be prepared for differences

    It’s a new place, with new people and possibly a completely different culture, so it’s normal for some things to be different. Expect that people will not think like you do and will not have the same moral values like yours. It’s normal!

    Their lifestyle and nation is different than yours. Be open-minded, so you can experience new things along the way.

     

    Step 6. Study!

    Don’t forget to pay attention to your studies! You are there mainly to study and learn, not on a vacation or a trip. Stay focused and do not overlook your grades.

     

    Step 7. Contact your family and friends

    Don’t forget to keep in touch with friends and family.  Use everything available to you including Skype, WhatsApp and email. They will want to know how well you are doing.

     

    Step 8. Have fun!

    This is the most important thing. Don’t get too homesick and use the time wisely because it will be over before you know it! Until then – have a great time during your stay and make the most out of it!

    And don’t forget to read our guide to working and studying in the US here.

  • Colleges and Universities Attended by U.S. Presidents

    Where did some commanders-in-chief graduate from?

    Surprisingly, not every American president had a college education. Abraham Lincoln, for example, was self-taught. But for the most part, thirty-one colleges and universities have been home to some of the most influential leaders of the last two hundred years or so. These three schools are top of the chart. 20 of all 44 American Presidents –almost 48% – have attended one or more of them.

    Harvard University

    Harvard has produced eight presidents of the United States of America, which is over 18% of the total. John Adams and his son John Quincy Adams each received two degrees from Harvard. Next president to have graduated from Harvard, after nearly half a century was Rutherford B. Hayes. In 1880, Theodore Roosevelt finished his studies (22nd of 177) with an A.B. magna cum laude. Franklin D. Roosevelt graduated from Harvard in 1903 with an A.B. in history and later received an honorary LL.D. from Harvard in 1929. John F. Kennedy left from Harvard College with a Bachelor of Science cum laude in international affairs in 1940. George W. Bush received his B.A. from Yale, but went on to earn an MBA from Harvard Business School. Most recently, current commander-in-chief Barack Obama earned a law degree from Harvard Law School.

    Yale University

    Five American presidents – 11% of all – were Yalies. In 1878, William Howard Taft, graduated from Yale, ranking 2nd in his class out of 121. Gerald Ford hoped to attend Yale’s law school beginning in 1935 while serving as boxing coach and assistant varsity football coach. Yale officials at first denied his admission to the law school, because of his full-time coaching responsibilities. Ford was eventually admitted in spring 1938 to Yale Law School and earned his LL.B. degree in 1941. George H.W. Bush had been accepted to Yale University prior to his enlistment in the military, and took up the offer after his discharge and marriage. He graduated as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa from Yale in 1948 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. The 42nd president of the United States, William Jefferson “Bill” Clinton, first attended Georgetown University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (B.S.) degree in 1968. In 1973, he earned a Juris Doctor degree from Yale. George W. Bush attended Yale University from 1964 to 1968, graduating with a B.A. degree in history.

    College of William and Mary

    William and Mary is “America’s second-oldest college” and one of its alumni is the 3rd President of the United States – Thomas Jefferson. At age of 16, he entered the college and graduated in 1762, completing his studies in only two years. Only a little more than a decade later, James Monroe enrolled in the College of William and Mary. John Tyler, the 10th US President entered the preparatory branch of the elite College of William and Mary, continuing the Tyler family’s tradition. Tyler graduated from the school’s collegiate branch in 1807, at age seventeen.

    Other American schools that have produced Presidents are United States Military Academy, Princeton University, Columbia University, and University of Virginia. Even if you are not pursuing a political career, a degree from any of these schools looks very nice on a resume.

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  • Get ready for the new academic year with a new exclusive offer from Sprintax!

    The new Sprintax partnership offer is already live!  Have you heard of it?

    If you somehow missed it, there is still time to catch up with the latest Sprintax news. You might be aware that Sprintax is an online tax preparation tool that helps international students and scholars in USA file their tax returns. What you might not know is that Sprintax is constantly striving for the best, providing a service tailored to both, students’ and universities’ needs.

    Lots of US universities have already chosen Sprintax software to help their international students deal with the complicated and stressful tax matters. Now is the perfect time to join them! Choosing Sprintax tax filing solution means happy students, no tax workshops arrangements and dealing with tax procedures and laws during the academic season.

    Start the new semester with an amazing opportunity which will benefit both your university and students. All universities that sign up with us before August 31st will receive a limited offer from Sprintax. Along with the package purchased, you will receive additional FREE codes for federal tax return preparation.

    There are just a few weeks till August 31st – seize this great opportunity right here, right now at: https://www.sprintax.com/partners.html

  • NAFSA 2014 Annual Conference & Expo at San Diego – Passion for international education

    If you wonder what event gathered international educators from all over the world in one place – the answer is the  NAFSA 2014 Annual Conference & Expo.

    This year the event took place in San Diego, California and brought together approximately 10,000 people – all passionate for international education, new business opportunities and knowledge.

    The conference program was made up of  – 45 workshops, more than 200 sessions with  inspiring guest speakers, experts in international education or related business fields; open meetings and discussions with attendees from more than 89 countries.

    The NAFSA  Conference & Expo always has a great atmosphere and gives organizations the opportunity to meet other educators and future business partners from all over the world. Its a chance to share experience and ideas, to meet people with similar interests and goals, to broaden both  educational and personal horizons. New opportunities were discussed and new partnerships established.

    Being a part of the educational world and a partner to US universities, helping their international students with their tax refunds, Sprintax could not miss the NAFSA San Diego conference. The Sprintax team was happy to catch up with some old friends and meet new ones; to discuss new ideas and projects, dedicated to the well-being of international students in USA.

    In order to make the event even more exciting, Sprintax organized an iPad competition. Congratulations to the lucky winner Doug Podoll, the director of International Education for the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia!

     The Sprintax team was really inspired being a part of NAFSA 2014 Annual Conference & Expo. As John Dewey, a prominent American educational reformer, once said – “Education is life itself”.  We look forward to seeing you all again next year in Boston!

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    Step into the US education experience as prepared, secure and solid as possible

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  • How to start the new semester stress-free

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    A few tips on how to prepare for the start of the semester at US colleges

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  • What to pack when leaving to study in the US

    What to pack when leaving to study in the US

    Cool packing tips and tricks for international students

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