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11 Most Affordable U.S. Colleges for International Students

11 Most Affordable U.S. Colleges for International Students

Posted by Lauren McNitt on July 22, 2016 in Study Abroad

Universities throughout the United States accept international students every year for graduate and undergraduate programs, but education at American universities is often very expensive, and the financial aid options can be hard to navigate. Here is a list of affordable colleges for international students, including options in the eastern, western, middle, and southern U.S. These colleges range from large to small and include technical institutions and liberal arts.... Read More ...

What Questions Should I Ask When Buying Study Abroad Insurance?

What Questions Should I Ask When Buying Study Abroad Insurance?

Posted by Emmet Pierce on July 15, 2016 in Study Abroad

If you plan to study outside your home country, you'll need to purchase an international student health insurance plan to make sure you have access to quality medical care while abroad. Your goal should be to find insurance coverage that gives you access to excellent healthcare at a price that matches your budget. Here are 10 questions to ask before you begin shopping:... Read More ...

How to Create a Realistic Study Abroad Budget

How to Create a Realistic Study Abroad Budget

Posted by Robert DiGiacomo on June 23, 2016 in Study Abroad

Study abroad is a popular way to broaden your education while gaining a first-hand perspective on the world. The experience also comes with a price that may be higher than the cost of your primary college or university. Here are seven tips for creating a realistic study abroad budget that will help you cover the basics, as well as travel:... Read More ...

How to Choose a College or University in the U.S.

How to Choose a College or University in the U.S.

Posted by Emmet Pierce on May 26, 2016 in Study Abroad

Earning a four-year degree in the U.S. may seem impossible for many international students because of the costs involved, but financial planning and careful school selection can help you achieve your goal. StudyUSA.com notes there are more than 3,000 colleges and universities in America from which you can choose. Tokio Marine HCC-MIS Group's Passport to American Education: A Simple Guide to International Student Financial Aid says that many U.S. schools are respected worldwide.... Read More ...

How a College Student Should Prepare to Manage Finances as a Working Adult

How a College Student Should Prepare to Manage Finances as a Working Adult

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on May 25, 2016 in Life Transitions

Graduating from college is an incredible accomplishment and a significant life event. As your academic years will soon be behind you, it is important to get your finances in order so you can start on the path to personal financial success. If you are one of the growing number of students graduating with student debt, getting on track to pay off your loans is a vital first step after graduation. Most student loans give you six months before payments are due, but the sooner you start making these payments, the sooner your hard-earned money will start adding up in your savings account.... Read More ...

How to Spot and Avoid Scholarship Scams

How to Spot and Avoid Scholarship Scams

Posted by Robert DiGiacomo on May 19, 2016 in Study Abroad

Although U.S. universities, service and non-profit organizations, and private companies offer billions of dollars each year in scholarships and financial aid, they typically provide such opportunities only to students who meet specific academic, financial, or other requirements. In other words: if a scholarship offer sounds too good to be true — with few or no requirements necessary to qualify — it may not be legitimate. Here are tools to evaluate whether a scholarship opportunity is the real deal- and some resources for legitimate aid:... Read More ...

7 Tips on Preparing for Graduation

7 Tips on Preparing for Graduation

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on May 4, 2016 in Life Transitions

Graduation is a major step in life. It marks the end of an era of education and the start of a new career or other life adventure. Whether you plan to go to work, graduate school, or take time to travel the globe, follow these tips to get ready for the real world as an adult with a college degree. ... Read More ...

Advantages of Studying Abroad

Advantages of Studying Abroad

Posted by Andrea Emerson on April 28, 2016 in Study Abroad

Hop on any social media platform and you'll notice how small the world has become, shrinking by the minute. Succeeding in any aspect of life — school, business, relationships, personal development — means you'll have to interact with people, ideas, and values from across the planet. Want to give yourself an advantage (or several)? Below are five ways studying abroad can enrich your life and help you get ahead.... Read More ...

5 Best Cities for Recent College Graduates

5 Best Cities for Recent College Graduates

Posted by Robert DiGiacomo on April 27, 2016 in Life Transitions

After graduating from college, your next big decision is where to start the first chapter of your adult life: Will you move back home with your parents? Stay in the same city or town where you attended university? Or strike out on your own in a new city? Of course, landing your first job or picking a graduate school will figure mightily in these decisions. But also plan on factoring in a host of other considerations, including cost of living, housing options, and outdoor and cultural activities. Here are five cities that offer a compelling case for young graduates:... Read More ...

How to Find a Job Abroad After College

How to Find a Job Abroad After College

Posted by Robert DiGiacomo on April 18, 2016 in Travel

If you're getting ready to graduate from college — and looking to cast an international net for a job — you need to do much more than book a plane ticket to Paris, Buenos Aires, or another city of your dreams. Your to-do list should include determining visa requirements, researching global job markets, drafting a worldly resume, and determining how much it will cost to live in a particular country or region. Here are some resources and tips for realizing your goal of working abroad:... Read More ...

Everything You Need to Know About Getting an F1 Visa

Everything You Need to Know About Getting an F1 Visa

Posted by Robert DiGiacomo on April 14, 2016 in Study Abroad

International citizens who wish to enter the United States are generally required to obtain a visa. For citizens of foreign countries who wish to study in the U.S., a student visa is mandatory. If you are entering the United States to attend a college or university, high school, private elementary school, seminary, conservatory, or other academic institution (including a language training program), you’ll need to take the following steps to obtain your F1 visa:... Read More ...

How to Find Internships for College Graduates

How to Find Internships for College Graduates

Posted by Lauren McNitt on April 13, 2016 in Life Transitions

Post-college internships are a great way to introduce yourself to full-time work. With an internship, you have the opportunity to gain experience in different areas of your field, get real-world experience before heading on to graduate school, and maybe even land a full-time position at the company where you intern.... Read More ...

9 Countries Where Americans Can Study for Free (or at a Fraction of U.S. Costs!)

9 Countries Where Americans Can Study for Free (or at a Fraction of U.S. Costs!)

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on March 31, 2016 in Study Abroad

Tuition prices are skyrocketing in the United States. According to data from College Board, between 2005-06 and 2015-16, the cost to attend an American four-year university increased at an average rate of 3.4% per year beyond inflation. With costs on the rise, savvy students and parents are looking elsewhere for education. Europe, South America, and Asia all offer free (or very cheap) education options for Americans. Here are some top destinations where Americans can earn a college degree on a budget.... Read More ...

Challenges for International Students in the United States

Challenges for International Students in the United States

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on March 24, 2016 in Study Abroad

Are you one of many students from all over the world who has applied to study in the United States- or are you thinking about studying in the U.S.? The U.S. is home to several of the top universities in the world and offers many opportunities for research and other academic endeavors. Whether it is finding international student aid, dealing with cultural differences, or finding a solution to an academic problem, international students in the United States face many challenges.... Read More ...

Moving to a New City After Graduation

Moving to a New City After Graduation

Posted by Brianna Weidman on March 16, 2016 in Life Transitions

Some college students graduate with the same dream they had when they first received their acceptance letters in the mail- to receive a job offer in a faraway state so they can pack up their things and begin their lives somewhere else. Others are perfectly content to remain in their college town, surrounded by friends (and maybe even family), but the reality of the job market forces them to start submitting applications across city and state lines.... Read More ...

How to Work While Studying Abroad in the U.K.

How to Work While Studying Abroad in the U.K.

Posted by Cheryl Alkon on March 10, 2016 in Study Abroad

Thinking about holding down a job while you study abroad in the United Kingdom? New regulations put into place in 2015 may make it harder to do so. Here's what you should know before you apply to schools or programs in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. According to a report by ICEF Monitor, a research firm that focuses on international education, the British government declared in July 2015 that students who are based outside the European Union and enrolled in further education programs can no longer work part time while they are studying.... Read More ...

Passport to Study Abroad: CIEE Program

Passport to Study Abroad: CIEE Program

Posted by Robert DiGiacomo on March 3, 2016 in Study Abroad

CIEE: The Council on International Educational Exchange is providing funding through 2020 for the cost of processing 10,000 student passports. The program is part of CIEE's $20 million Generation Study Abroad Initiative, which seeks to address the biggest obstacles to participating in study abroad, identified by the group as cost, curriculum, and culture. Research shows that those who get to study abroad reap significant short-and long-term benefits from the experience, recording higher grade point averages and garnering more interest from prospective employers.... Read More ...

5 Advantages and Disadvantages of Graduate Study Abroad

5 Advantages and Disadvantages of Graduate Study Abroad

Posted by Brianna Weidman on February 25, 2016 in Study Abroad

When you make the decision to attend graduate school abroad, you’re opening yourself up to the endless opportunities and long-reaching benefits than an international degree provides. Not only do these degrees afford students the opportunity to set themselves apart from other candidates vying for similar jobs and careers, but they’re oftentimes shorter and cheaper than graduate programs in a student’s home country. And while there are several potential roadblocks to consider, there are also means of navigating each one.... Read More ...

How to Prepare for Graduate Study Abroad- And Adjust to Life Back Home

How to Prepare for Graduate Study Abroad- And Adjust to Life Back Home

Posted by Brianna Weidman on February 18, 2016 in Study Abroad

So you’ve decided to earn your graduate degree abroad. Whether you’re still deciding on a program or you’ve already been accepted - congrats! - it’s imperative that you prepare for this journey well in advance. Not only will the extra time and prep work make the transition to your host country that much smoother, but it’ll result in an easier adjustment period when you return home. So check out the following considerations- and enjoy your study abroad experience!... Read More ...

Coping with Unemployment After College

Coping with Unemployment After College

Posted by Ashley Norman on February 10, 2016 in Life Transitions

So you've recently graduated. You're thinking, gone are the days when you're forced to speak in front of the class, write 200-page papers, and stay up all night to study for tests (well, maybe you're never had to write a 200-page paper, but nonetheless, distinguishing between MLA format and AP style are no longer your concern). You are free to jump right into the career your major has prepared you for. WRONG! The chance of you getting a job related to your major [immediately after college] is the same chance as you being selected as tribute in The Hunger Games.... Read More ...

The Disadvantages of Study Abroad

The Disadvantages of Study Abroad

Posted by Brianna Weidman on February 5, 2016 in Study Abroad

Planning for your study abroad experience can be equal parts exciting and overwhelming, and every decision you make should involve an assessment of both the positives and the negatives. While it’s only natural to imagine the glamorous aspects of your trip abroad, these expectations can cloud your judgment of the reality that awaits you. Studying abroad is a worthwhile and often life-changing experience, but be sure to check out these 5 disadvantages of study abroad- before you start planning.... Read More ...

5 Career Advantages of Studying Abroad

5 Career Advantages of Studying Abroad

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on February 4, 2016 in Study Abroad

In addition to gaining life experience, seeing new places, and immersing oneself in a new culture, studying abroad has major career, education, and lifestyle benefits. From increased earnings to better job prospects, studying abroad can pay off big. One of the most important study abroad advantages that alumni look forward to seeing is the noteworthy difference in pay between those who have studied abroad and those who have not. A study found that study abroad students have a 25% higher starting salary than those who do not study abroad.... Read More ...

Top 5 Study Abroad Destinations

Top 5 Study Abroad Destinations

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on January 28, 2016 in Study Abroad

Each year, hundreds of thousands of American students depart for a study abroad experience. In recent years, the number of students taking part in international study programs has grown steadily. For many, the destination is the most important factor when selecting a program or organization. Here are our top 5 destinations for American students going abroad:... Read More ...

Timeline for Study Abroad Planning

Timeline for Study Abroad Planning

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on January 21, 2016 in Study Abroad

Study abroad preparation is important for a smooth trasition and successful experience. This timeline breaks down the process into helpful steps to follow, beginning as early as 18 months prior to departure. Timelines for all students will vary based on country of origin, the procedures of the university they will attend, and more. For some students, the process can take as long as two years; for others as short as 6 months.... Read More ...

8 Ways Students Can Stay Safe Studying Abroad

8 Ways Students Can Stay Safe Studying Abroad

Posted by Robert DiGiacomo on January 14, 2016 in Study Abroad

Students interested in study abroad can take pro-active steps to fully reap the benefits of the experience, despite concerns about global security in the wake of recent terrorist attacks. Study abroad offers many personal and practical benefits, according to IES Abroad. Alumni of such programs report starting salaries that are $7,000 a year higher than other graduates; have much greater success in finding a job within one year of graduation, and have a 90 percent acceptance rate into the first or second graduate school on their list.... Read More ...

The Best Ways to Make Studying in the U.S. Affordable

The Best Ways to Make Studying in the U.S. Affordable

Posted by Brianna Weidman on January 8, 2016 in Study Abroad

It’s easy to dismiss your dream of pursuing a college education in the United States- after all, the prospect of traveling to the U.S. for an international study program can seem financially daunting, if not downright impossible. But a strategy that combines financial aid, scholarships, and/or loans with personal savings and realistic decision-making is a solid approach that can make your dreams come true. With careful planning and the following tips, you can find ways to cut the cost of your college education in America.... Read More ...

Best Study Abroad Scholarships and Grants for 2016

Best Study Abroad Scholarships and Grants for 2016

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on January 7, 2016 in Study Abroad

Studying abroad is a unique opportunity for college students to live and learn outside the United States. While these programs are available all over the world, they can be very expensive, and paying for them is often a challenge. If you are looking to study abroad, be sure to check out these scholarship opportunities that could cover part- or all- of your study abroad experience.... Read More ...

The 15 Best Study Abroad Organizations

The 15 Best Study Abroad Organizations

Posted by Brianna Weidman on December 31, 2015 in Study Abroad

There are thousands of cultural exchange programs all across the globe that can make your dreams of international study come true. The following study abroad program providers are some of the best in the business, awarding millions in scholarships each year and offering destinations from China to Argentina- and nearly everywhere in between. Whether you’re looking for a year-long program or a short summer stay, we’re sure that our list of the 15 best study abroad organizations has you covered!... Read More ...

6 Tips for Meeting People While Studying Abroad

6 Tips for Meeting People While Studying Abroad

Posted by Brianna Weidman on September 1, 2015 in Study Abroad

The value of studying abroad is undeniable; these once-in-a-lifetime programs provide opportunities for educational and personal growth, intercultural development, and professional advancement- all while immersing you in a foreign culture!... Read More ...

Music Study Abroad: Top 5 Destinations

Music Study Abroad: Top 5 Destinations

Posted by Brianna Weidman on August 31, 2015 in Study Abroad

Studying abroad offers a unique opportunity for college students to broaden their horizons and get a glimpse into the inner workings of the global community. For most, the once-in-a-lifetime experience of studying abroad and engaging with a foreign culture is both valuable and enriching. This unique experience will provide you with a world-class education in global human relations, while also expanding your international network- thereby putting you a step ahead in the career process.... Read More ...

J-1 Visas: Your 5-Step Checklist

J-1 Visas: Your 5-Step Checklist

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on May 27, 2015 in Travel

Figuring out the application process for a J-1 visa can be challenging, so HCC Medical Insurance Services (“HCCMIS”) created this easy, five-step checklist to help you as you explore opportunities abroad.... Read More ...

International Medical Insurance for Students Studying at American Universities

International Medical Insurance for Students Studying at American Universities

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on May 5, 2015 in Insurance

Traveling to the United States to study at an American university can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience that gives you more of a global outlook and helps you identify what you’re passionate about in life. From visiting Mt. Rushmore to standing in the middle of Times Square, international students studying in the U.S. have... Read More ...

How to Study Abroad in Japan

How to Study Abroad in Japan

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on May 4, 2015 in Study Abroad

The decision to study abroad can be a life-altering one. Spending an extended period of time on your own in a foreign country changes your outlook on life and exposes you to things you would never see had you stayed home. If you have made that decision and are looking for a destination, consider Japan.... Read More ...

Finding the Best Study Abroad Program For You

Finding the Best Study Abroad Program For You

Posted by Ryan Love on April 22, 2015 in Study Abroad

After first deciding to study abroad, the next step might be one of the most exciting: choosing a destination. You may be lured by where your friends want to travel, but it’s important to choose a country that fits your academic needs and has a history and culture that interests you.... Read More ...

Getting Prepared for College in a Foreign Country

Getting Prepared for College in a Foreign Country

Posted by Jarred Juett on April 22, 2015 in Study Abroad

Whether you are entering college right after graduating high school or you are enrolling after some time off, getting prepared for college can be tricky. It can be even trickier to prepare when your new school is in another country!... Read More ...

F1 Visa Guidelines and Rules

F1 Visa Guidelines and Rules

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 2, 2015 in Study Abroad

Are you a student looking to travel to the US for studies? If so, then the F1 visa is the visa that you need to think about. The F1 Visa is for foreign students attending a university, college, high school, private elementary school, seminary, conservatory, or a language-training program in the United States. However, there ... Read More ...

Coming to the U.S. for a Masters Program

Coming to the U.S. for a Masters Program

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on February 23, 2015 in Study Abroad

Many decisions accompany the choice to get a graduate degree. One decision is picking the university to complete your master’s program. There are many graduate programs throughout the world, but many people decide to go to the United States. Wherever you decide to go, you’ll want to receive a quality education from a respected university.... Read More ...

A Review of HCCMIS from T.E.S.S.

A Review of HCCMIS from T.E.S.S.

Posted by Jarred Juett on January 20, 2015 in Study Abroad

From T.E.S.S.’s Ron Reisler: T.E.S.S. – THE EXCHANGE STUDENTS SERVICE (www.tessusa.com) is an agency headquartered in Massachusetts that brings international students to the U.S. to study in a variety of programs.... Read More ...

Summer Study Abroad

Summer Study Abroad

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on December 19, 2014 in Study Abroad

So, you’ve decided to study abroad. Good for you! The next decision to be made is when and where you’ll go. For some students, the benefits of studying during the regular academic year make sense. However, every student, like every study abroad experience, is unique, and you have to find the right program. If you are interested in studying abroad, but cannot go during the academic year, consider studying abroad during the summer.... Read More ...

Benefits of Studying Abroad

Benefits of Studying Abroad

Posted by Abigail Pratt on December 18, 2014 in Study Abroad

Studying abroad is a major decision, and plenty of smaller decisions fall under its umbrella. Sure, it’s easy to decide you’ll study abroad. However, once you decide to go, you need to do some research. Where are you going to study? What are you going to study? Do you want a foreign-language program? How are you going to get there? How do you apply for the program? How much is it going to cost to study abroad? What options are there for financial aid? These questions can be overwhelming, but don’t let them deter you. After all, there are many great benefits to studying abroad.... Read More ...

Loans for International Students

Loans for International Students

Posted by Jarred Juett on December 18, 2014 in Study Abroad

One of the most difficult aspects of studying abroad is the cost. The cost of studying abroad is often what keeps students from taking advantage of the amazing opportunity. When you decide to study abroad, you open yourself up to new experiences that will continue to shape and influence your life for years after your trip. You will have the chance to explore foreign cities, live on your own, meet new people, eat new foods, and learn about a new culture firsthand. You also will be able to study and learn from professors and other students that you would not have met otherwise.... Read More ...

Turning Your Degree Into a Career

Turning Your Degree Into a Career

Posted by Courtney Guggenberger on December 9, 2014 in Life Transitions

Are you about to graduate from college? Have you recently graduated? Are you asking yourself, “I’ve got my degree, now what?” You have probably heard from multiple sources—friends, family, professors, news outlets—that due to the economy, the job market is less than ideal. What does that mean for you? That means finding job openings, landing interviews, and getting job offers will be rather difficult and often frustrating. Searching for a job is practically a job in itself,... Read More ...

Jobs On the Rise for College Graduates

Jobs On the Rise for College Graduates

Posted by Randee Portteus on December 9, 2014 in Life Transitions

One of the hardest parts about searching for jobs for recent graduates is making sure you find a position that you enjoy and one that will provide you with enough income to cover your expenses. You should realize that not every major or degree prepares you for jobs on the rise or jobs that are going to make you enough money. For example, some of the lowest-paying jobs in the United States are in the fields that involve fine arts, drama, music, philosophy, and social work.... Read More ...

Preparing for Your First Job Interview

Preparing for Your First Job Interview

Posted by Ryan Love on December 9, 2014 in Life Transitions

As you prepare for graduation, you are no doubt preoccupied with finding a job or some type of employment for your post-graduate life. For some students, the job-search process begins before graduation, while others choose to wait until after graduation. No matter what you are planning to do or when you think you might start this process, there are a lot of things that you need to keep in mind as you look for and apply to jobs.... Read More ...

Sticking To A Budget After Graduation

Sticking To A Budget After Graduation

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on December 9, 2014 in Life Transitions

One of the most difficult parts of being a graduate is creating and sticking to a budget. Along with all the other challenges of being a recent graduate such as finding a place to live and getting a job, learning how to manage your money is critical. For some, this responsibility may not be all that new. However, for other recent graduates, the idea of managing their own money may be a foreign concept.... Read More ...

Challenges of Recent Graduate Underemployment

Challenges of Recent Graduate Underemployment

Posted by Allison Ammermuller on December 5, 2014 in Life Transitions

One of the hardest parts about graduating college is the process of finding and landing your first job. Unfortunately, for many recent graduates the reality is that this first job is likely going to leave you underemployed. Being underemployed typically means your job will not offer you a high-paying salary or even a comprehensive package of benefits and perks. This may be hard to take after spending four years working toward a degree.... Read More ...

Top 5 Advantages of Studying Abroad

Top 5 Advantages of Studying Abroad

Posted by Jarred Juett on December 3, 2014 in Study Abroad

Taking advantage of the opportunity to pursue an education outside of one’s home country is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Being aware of the advantages of studying abroad will help you make the most out of your time learning away from home.... Read More ...

Top 5 Places For U.S. Students To Study Abroad

Top 5 Places For U.S. Students To Study Abroad

Posted by Jarred Juett on December 3, 2014 in Study Abroad

When choosing where to study abroad, U.S. students often think of popular destinations, such as Italy, France, Greece, Spain, and the U.K. All of these countries offer rich cultural experiences and top-tier academic programs, but there are several excellent college and university options that students tend to overlook.... Read More ...

3 Steps for Moving Home and Staying Classy

3 Steps for Moving Home and Staying Classy

Posted by Randee Portteus on September 24, 2014 in Life Transitions

Four years of independence at college is more and more frequently ending in a return to “the nest” after graduation. According to the Pew Research Center, 36% of young adults ages 18 to 31 were living with their parents in 2012. At that time, I was blissfully entering my junior year of college living in an apartment with four other girls after spending the summer 20 hours away from home in Colorado. In 2014, I am a graduate reluctantly but gratefully living with my parents in the bedroom I painted when I was 18, right before I left.... Read More ...

What to Do After College Graduation

What to Do After College Graduation

Posted by Randee Portteus on September 24, 2014 in Life Transitions

A college degree used to mean that you were guaranteed a career in your chosen field and a higher salary than those who hadn’t earned a bachelor’s degree. After the economic recession in 2008, however, many college graduates found themselves saddled with thousands of dollars of student loan debt and few, if any, job prospects. Things have picked up... Read More ...

Resources for Students Studying Abroad

Resources for Students Studying Abroad

Posted by Jarred Juett on September 24, 2014 in Study Abroad

No matter your home country or where you will study, studying abroad may be a challenging experience. As you transition from your home into a new culture, you will experience culture shock. One of the best ways to deal this transition period is to know what resources are available to you and how to best use those resources. International student resources come in various forms: critical information, programs that can help you get connected to school and make living abroad easier, and where to find these resources.... Read More ...

Timeline for Study Abroad Planning Infographic

Timeline for Study Abroad Planning Infographic

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on September 18, 2014 in Study Abroad

Students preparing to study abroad must complete several steps in the months leading up to their departure. The following infographic illustrates a timeline with the general breakdown of the steps you should follow to ensure the process moves smoothly. Keep in mind... Read More ...

Moving Back Home After Graduation

Moving Back Home After Graduation

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on September 5, 2014 in Life Transitions

You probably did not plan to move back home after graduating from college. You may feel like you are taking a step backward or that you will miss out on certain experiences. However, in the long run, it may just be the best option for you and for you current situation. Because you may be leaving college with a mountain of student debt,... Read More ...

How to Pay Off Student Loans

How to Pay Off Student Loans

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on September 5, 2014 in Life Transitions

Almost every college graduate has to deal with this, and we are not talking about finding a frame for your diploma. We are talking about paying off student loans. Unfortunately, attending college can cost a lot of money, and not every student finds helpful scholarships or receives grants or financial aid, which leads to many students taking out loans to cover their costs. When you take out a student loan, you need to understand that you will pay back more than what you initially borrow. As time passes, interest accrues to your loan, so you will pay back the amount borrowed in addition to the interest.... Read More ...

Top 5 Alternative Destinations for College Mission Trips

Top 5 Alternative Destinations for College Mission Trips

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on July 30, 2014 in Travel

Traveling is becoming a growing trend among today’s student population. Most students tend to travel to Western Europe or Australia in order to study abroad in countries that are culturally similar to their homes, but college mission trips offer an exciting alternative to the traditional college student trip. College mission trips take place all over the world similar to study abroad programs. While many missionaries flock to a few typical destinations to work (Haiti and Mexico top many lists for good mission fields), you are only limited by your imagination when it comes to choosing a place to volunteer abroad. If you’re looking for a unique place to lend a hand, consider our top 5 alternative destinations:... Read More ...

How Young Adults Between Jobs Can Find Health Insurance

How Young Adults Between Jobs Can Find Health Insurance

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on April 9, 2014 in Life Transitions

The American healthcare landscape continues to change before our eyes as new parts of the Affordable Care Act begin to take effect. The changing landscape can be especially confusing if you’re a young adult between jobs. Should you get back on your parents’ insurance plan, sign up for... Read More ...

College Graduate Tips: What to Wear and When to Wear It

College Graduate Tips: What to Wear and When to Wear It

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Life Transitions

Congratulations, college graduate, it’s time to transition into the workforce. You have a stack of resumes hot off the printer and maybe you have even purchased some short-term medical insurance to make sure you are covered until you find that dream job. But have you looked in your closet lately? Many people, especially recent college graduates, frequently have no idea how to dress in a professional situation.... Read More ...

Using Social Media to Find a Job

Using Social Media to Find a Job

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Life Transitions

The ritual of circling help wanted ads in the classifieds section of your local paper is quickly becoming extinct, and the paper resume has been placed on the “endangered species” list. Many recent graduates are finding that, if they are not using social media to find a job, opportunities are sliding by.... Read More ...

Five Tips for Life After Graduation

Five Tips for Life After Graduation

Posted by Shelby Walton on March 27, 2014 in Life Transitions

The period of time following college graduation is often characterized by uncertainty.  On one hand, you’ve accomplished something both incredibly enlightening and rewarding. On the other hand, no college course has definitively provided an answer to the inquiry “What am I going to do with my life?” While you most likely have some idea of... Read More ...

Moving Back Home After College

Moving Back Home After College

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 27, 2014 in Life Transitions

It was only seven months ago that I was slaving away in a library while trying to maintain and mend friendships and relationships. My feeling of growth and accomplishment still depends on the achievements that I look back on in school.... Read More ...

The Importance of Business Networking

The Importance of Business Networking

Posted by Shelby Walton on March 27, 2014 in Life Transitions

While completing my undergraduate degree at a private four-year college, there was one piece of advice that was reiterated time and again- There is one crucial, yet often overlooked, element that deserves careful attention when preparing to take on my first job: business networking. Most elite jobs are no longer listed in newspapers or even... Read More ...

Preparing Your Young Adult for Life After College

Preparing Your Young Adult for Life After College

Posted by Courtney Guggenberger on March 27, 2014 in Life Transitions

As your young adult is preparing for life after college, you no doubt want to help them in any way possible. For some, this means helping them find a job, or even providing them with financial support as they transition into the next phase of their lives. For much of your child’s life, you have... Read More ...

Must Know Study Abroad Scholarships

Must Know Study Abroad Scholarships

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 27, 2014 in Study Abroad

Students who choose to study abroad make the decision of a lifetime. While studying abroad offers a lot of awesome experiences, it can also be extremely expensive. While you think about studying abroad, consider looking into study abroad scholarships for students. There are many scholarship programs for international students. If you choose to use an ... Read More ...

Scholarship Programs for International Students

Scholarship Programs for International Students

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 27, 2014 in Study Abroad

There are plenty of universities and organizations that provide scholarship programs for international students. Whether you are looking to study in the U.S. or on the opposite end of the world, each program is different and provides a unique experience for each individual looking for a well-rounded educational and cultural learning experience. Many universities provide... Read More ...

Study Business Abroad

Study Business Abroad

Posted by Courtney Guggenberger on March 27, 2014 in Study Abroad

In today’s economic market and job climate, it really helps to have a little something extra on your resume. In fact, many employers look for potential hires that not only have relevant experience, but who can also provide a competitive advantage. Whether you are currently studying business, management, or international business, going to study business abroad will not only improve your resume, but also provide a wonderful educational and cultural experience. Studying business and management abroad is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to advance your skills and gain practical and applicable experiences on an international level.... Read More ...

Mission Trips Abroad for Young Adults

Mission Trips Abroad for Young Adults

Posted by Shelby Walton on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Mission trips are a great way for young adults to have unique experiences in foreign countries while working toward something that matters. Many teenagers go on these trips and have life-changing adventures. So you want to go on a mission trip? But where to start? There’s a few things to consider when thinking about a mission trip.... Read More ...

Work and Study in Indianapolis

Work and Study in Indianapolis

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on March 27, 2014 in Travel

While life in Indiana may be cheaper than some other states like New York or California, you will find that work and study in Indiana may still be costly. Whether you need to pay rent, tuition, or other bills; you may find that having a job is a great solution. Not only can you earn ... Read More ...

Tips for Internship Success: Turn An Internship Into a Full-Time Position

Tips for Internship Success: Turn An Internship Into a Full-Time Position

Posted by Shelby Walton on March 26, 2014 in Life Transitions

You did it! You’ve graduated college and the world is yours for the taking. Well…it would be if this was the 90s; but this is 2012 and the job market and economy are struggling. When it comes to your job search, it’s likely that you won’t be in the corner office right away.... Read More ...

How to Study Abroad

How to Study Abroad

Posted by Cynthia Roush on February 6, 2014 in Study Abroad

Making the decision to study abroad at any age must be done carefully. There is a lot you must consider before you actually leave home and embark on this great opportunity. Where will you go and when? How will you pay for it? Where will you live while you are there? Why do you want to go? The truth is, there is a process to studying abroad. It is not as simple as applying to a program and leaving home. In fact, depending on the program, it could take a few months for you to be fully prepared to leave home and begin your adventure.... Read More ...

Scholarships for International Students

Scholarships for International Students

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on January 29, 2014 in Study Abroad

One of the most difficult parts of studying abroad is coming up with the money. Besides program tuition, students must factor in airfare, any additional travel plans to get to their destination, food, souvenirs, travel to neighboring cities and countries, fees for clubs or other activities, and miscellaneous costs. Often this high cost of a study abroad trip deters many students. However, the benefits of the experience have the potential to far outweigh the costs.... Read More ...

Why Study Abroad?

Why Study Abroad?

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on January 29, 2014 in Study Abroad

As a student, you may have heard talk about studying abroad. Perhaps your friends are considering it or maybe your school even requires some degree of off-campus study. You may be hesitant. You ask, “Why study abroad?” You might love to see the world, but your education has to come first. Or maybe you have avoided the experience because you are not sure you would like being on your own for so long in a foreign country. While those are certainly understandable reasons for never having seriously considered studying abroad, here is an opportunity to reconsider.... Read More ...

Finding Financial Aid for Study Abroad

Finding Financial Aid for Study Abroad

Posted by Allison Ammermuller on January 27, 2014 in Study Abroad

Studying abroad involves quite an investment, not only of time and energy but of money. This last investment can be quite a deterrent to many students, which isn’t surprising. Besides program tuition, students must book flights, secure enough money to purchase food and some souvenirs, and hope to have some cash left over to travel and participate in other activities once they’ve arrived at their destination. With all of those different costs, the cost of studying abroad can quickly add up, which means you can quickly find yourself paying a lot of money for this opportunity.... Read More ...

Grants for International Students

Grants for International Students

Posted by Courtney Guggenberger on January 27, 2014 in Study Abroad

Finding the monetary resources to study abroad can be a challenge. In fact, many students calculate the cost of studying abroad and decide they can’t afford it. You have to factor in tuition, cost of transportation to your new school, and cost of living while you are abroad. Unfortunately these costs do not cover the cost of extras like visiting museums, traveling to other cities and countries, purchasing souvenirs, and participating in other activities that interest you. With all these costs adding up, you might quickly realize how much your experience abroad will cost. However, there are great financial aid opportunities for international students to support a study abroad experience.... Read More ...

Finding a Career After College

Finding a Career After College

Posted by Cynthia Roush on January 24, 2014 in Life Transitions

Preparing to graduate from college can be an extremely stressful time of your life. With senior projects, presentations, and examinations looming over your head, you might not have had the opportunity to really think about your future career very much. You may not have had the chance to seriously consider what you want to do next in life, with adulthood quickly approaching. However, finding a career after college doesn’t have to be so stressful.... Read More ...

Finding a Job After College

Finding a Job After College

Posted by Cynthia Roush on January 24, 2014 in Life Transitions

As you are preparing to graduate, one of the biggest questions on your mind (unless you have a job lined up already) is probably, “How do I find a job after college?” As a student, you might think that finding a job is going to be easy and you will have plenty of time to search after graduation. However, the truth about life after college, for most graduates, is that finding a rewarding job in the current economy is difficult and will require you to invest a lot of time into searching for and applying to various jobs.... Read More ...

Finding a Job with No Experience

Finding a Job with No Experience

Posted by Jarred Juett on January 24, 2014 in Life Transitions

As you prepare to graduate college, or if you are a recent college graduate, you might be wondering, “How am I going to get a job?” As someone who most likely does not have a lot of work experience in your desired field, the entire process of finding a job may be new to you. This can leave you feeling overwhelmed, and you may feel a lot of pressure to find that perfect job right after graduating. Whether that pressure comes from yourself or someone close to you, it can make this time needlessly stressful.... Read More ...

Finding a Place to Live After Graduation

Finding a Place to Live After Graduation

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on January 24, 2014 in Life Transitions

You may have just spent the last four years in dorm rooms. Or maybe you lived off-campus with a friend or two in an apartment. Or maybe you commuted to school. In any case, with graduation approaching, it is time to start thinking about your living situation. You may have already found a place to live, or you have decided you will move back home with your parents. But maybe you have not found somewhere to live yet, and you do not know the first thing about searching for an apartment. This process can be both intimidating and overwhelming.... Read More ...

How Do I Find A Job After College: Internships

How Do I Find A Job After College: Internships

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on January 24, 2014 in Life Transitions

You’ve just graduated college. You did everything right: went to class, studied hard, made good grades, participated in student organizations, and had a summer internship. But you are still wondering, “How do I find a job after college?” The truth is that the answer to the question is slightly difficult. Because of the current job market, landing a job right after college can be pretty difficult. In fact, some recent graduates are making the decision to spend time right after school participating in internships, whether they have interned before or not. Gaining real-world work experiences, like those provided through an internship, really does go a long way when it comes to landing your first job.... Read More ...

Entry-Level Jobs for Graduates

Entry-Level Jobs for Graduates

Posted by Jarred Juett on January 23, 2014 in Life Transitions

The reality of the job world for many recent graduates is a difficult one to accept. Gone are the days when easily transitioning from college to a job was the norm. Now, many recent graduates find themselves underemployed or taking work that has little to do with the degree they earned. Many students daydream about their ideal job and, because they are enthusiastic and ambitious, they want to begin that dream job right away, right after graduating.... Read More ...

Life After Graduation

Life After Graduation

Posted by Shelby Walton on January 22, 2014 in Life Transitions

Inevitably, preparations for life after graduation are taking a backseat as you focus on everything mentioned above. However, in addition wrapping up projects and hanging out with your friends, you need to make time to plan for what comes next. You need to think about where you will live and how you will support yourself.... Read More ...

U.S. Study Abroad Programs

U.S. Study Abroad Programs

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on August 15, 2012 in Study Abroad

Learn about U.S. study abroad programs from coast to coast and everything in between. See which universities offer the most robust learning abroad programs including specific information about study abroad programs and contact information to get you started. You’ll find everything you need from international student health insurance recommendations to international university demographics.... Read More ...