Life in the USA

Learn about American culture and education direct from our experts at Study in the USA.

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  • Article Image The Dorm Life-Roommate Diaries

    The Dorm Life-Roommate Diaries

    Ah... roommates. Whether you chose your roommate or not, whether they are already your friend or you were set up together by the housing office, if you are going to be sharing a living space with someone, you truly don't know how that will end up until you experience it.

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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 At University of Illinois, The Language of Football is Mandarin

    At University of Illinois, The Language of Football is Mandarin

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

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  • Article Image Books to Heal Your Stressed Student Heart

    Books to Heal Your Stressed Student Heart

    Some may argue that this is not realistic, that there’s no time, but if you want to stay sane as a college student, you have to find ways to de-stress. It’s all about priorities, so make sure that your own mental health is on the list if it’s not the first thing.

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  • Article Image How to Host an American Thanksgiving

    How to Host an American Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving is a fun way to gather your friends and try a classic American tradition for yourself. Invite one or two close friends to cook with you and share the joy of making your dinner together or watching American football after your Thanksgiving meal. No matter how traditional your Thanksgiving Day is, these tips can help you host a successful gathering of your friends and celebrate the holiday.

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  • Article Image University of Kansas Senior Comes to U.S. Knowing No English, Four Years Later Will Attend Harvard

    University of Kansas Senior Comes to U.S. Knowing No English, Four Years Later Will Attend Harvard

    Esias Bedingar always knew he wanted to study medicine. After deciding he wanted to experience a new culture in an English-speaking country, he came to UK to pursue this dream. There was one challenge that Bedingar knew he had to overcome: he spoke no English.

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  • Article Image 30 minutes in the melting pot of the University of Kentucky

    30 minutes in the melting pot of the University of Kentucky

    I walk past the University of Kentucky bookstore and on towards the social staircase of the student center. The student center has new things waiting for us UK students each day.

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  • Article Image Post-Graduation Crisis in the U.S.

    Post-Graduation Crisis in the U.S.

    I went home recently, after graduation, to renew my F1 visa. Talking to some high school friends I hadn’t seen in months or even years since we were all studying in different parts of the world, I realized that we all shared a pattern. We’d all changed while abroad. We’d all realized the world is simultaneously big and small, and friendships across the world are real and precious. We’d grown up, but we also all had the same question...

    What do we do now?

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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 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 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 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 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 You are now entering Champaign, Illinois!

    You are now entering Champaign, Illinois!

    When deciding where to study abroad in the United States, there is a lot to consider. You’ll want to find a city with affordable housing options, a thriving culture and entertainment scene and, of course, world class educational opportunities. One city that fits this description perfectly is Champaign, Illinois, part of the Champaign-Urbana metropolitan area. 

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  • Article Image Head to the Midwest and Discover Indianapolis!

    Head to the Midwest and Discover Indianapolis!

    Indianapolis is home to more than 850,000 people, making it the second largest city in the Midwest region of the United States and the largest city in the state of Indiana.

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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 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 Moving to the USA? Check out all that Seattle offers

    Moving to the USA? Check out all that Seattle offers

    Making the decision to study abroad in the United States will open doors to experiences and opportunities that will last a lifetime. Here’s our look into one of the most exciting and unique cities in the country—Seattle, Washington.

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  • Article Image Why Spend a Semester Studying in America

    Why Spend a Semester Studying in America

    Increasing numbers of university students are opting to spend one or two semesters studying at a university in another country.

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