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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 ...

Top 10 Places to Visit on Your Great American Road Trip

Top 10 Places to Visit on Your Great American Road Trip

Posted by Joe Laing on June 6, 2016 in Travel

Visitors to America have so many choices for exciting vacation destinations that it’s sometimes difficult to know which ones represent the “real America.” To help you plan an authentic American experience, here are our picks for the top 10 places to visit on your Great American Road Trip.... 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 ...

3 Levels of Travel Medical Coverage for U.S. Visitors

3 Levels of Travel Medical Coverage for U.S. Visitors

Posted by Brianna Weidman on May 24, 2016 in Insurance

If you're in the process of planning your trip to the United States, you've probably come across hundreds of resources directing you toward the latest-and-greatest travel deals, hotel and flight accommodations, and must-see tourist attractions. But understanding your options when it comes to travel medical insurance? That can be tricky. It's important to understand that many standard medical insurance policies do not cover you outside of your home country -- and that, in the United States, people are responsible for their own health care costs. As a result, travelers without applicable healthcare coverage are exposed to these high costs, which can lead to deep debt or even bankruptcy.... 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 Get a USA Green Card

How to Get a USA Green Card

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on April 20, 2016 in Life Transitions

People around the world look at the United States of America as a land of opportunity, but moving to the United States can be a major challenge. The culmination of efforts to move to the United States permanently comes in the form of a Green Card, or Permanent Resident Card. If you are looking to become a permanent resident, here are the steps you need to take.... 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 ...

Travel Medical Insurance for Parents Visiting the U.S.

Travel Medical Insurance for Parents Visiting the U.S.

Posted by Emmet Pierce on April 12, 2016 in Insurance

It's wonderful to receive a visit from parents who live in a foreign country, but don't forget to have a travel medical insurance policy in place to help cover any unexpected medical costs that might arise while they're in the U.S. When your parents travel, it's likely their domestic medical insurance policy will no longer cover them once they've left their home country. U.S. medical care is among the most costly in the world, and a simple fall could send your parents to the hospital, leaving them with large medical bills.... 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 ...

4 Ways to Work in the U.S. with a Student Visa

4 Ways to Work in the U.S. with a Student Visa

Posted by Andrea Emerson on March 17, 2016 in Study Abroad

Few experiences can match the personal growth, cultural insights, and opportunities that studying abroad provides. For this reason, many international students seek out U.S. schools each year. At some point, many of these students set their eyes on a job, whether for the money, the experience, or just to lighten the load of their tuition. There are four ways to work in the U.S. on an F1 (student) visa that won't land you in hot water with the U.S. government: on-campus, off-campus, Curricular Practical Training, and Optional Practical Training.... Read More ...

How to Navigate Transportation in the U.S.

How to Navigate Transportation in the U.S.

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on March 14, 2016 in Travel

Getting around in the United States is quite a bit different than in many other countries around the world. While large cities across Europe and Asia have expansive public transportation systems, these systems are fairly rare in the United States. If you are planning a trip to the United States, check out the following tips for easily navigating American cities.... Read More ...

How to Complete Your Medical Residency in the U.S.

How to Complete Your Medical Residency in the U.S.

Posted by Lauren McNitt on February 11, 2016 in Study Abroad

Practicing medicine in the United States can be appealing to many international medical students and doctors, but the U.S. requires these physicians to undergo an extensive process — including re-completing residency in the U.S. One way to avoid completing two residencies, which could take as long as 10 years, is to complete just one residency — in the United States. However, this can be challenging due to a shortage of slots in residency programs in many states and roadblocks for international students qualifying for financial aid.... Read More ...

U.S. Department of State: Travel Warnings, Health Coverage Advice

U.S. Department of State: Travel Warnings, Health Coverage Advice

Posted by Andrea Emerson on February 8, 2016 in Travel

Lost luggage. Running out of medication. A bad case of traveler's tummy. What overseas traveler hasn't considered these mishaps when packing for their journey? While prepping for possible misadventures, it's also smart to stay on top of the risks specific to the country you're visiting, and to know how to get help if things go haywire. Luckily for you, that's information you can access with a tap or two on your mobile device, courtesy of the U.S. Department of State. Below, we break down quick, resource-rich links you'll want to note or bookmark for your trip.... Read More ...

Top 9 Resources for U.S. Immigrants

Top 9 Resources for U.S. Immigrants

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on February 3, 2016 in Life Transitions

Moving to the United States is a challenging process. In addition to crossing borders and potential language barriers, new immigrants must consult with many government offices in order to acquire visas and green cards-both of which come with tons of forms and paperwork. While there is no way to remove all of the hurdles of immigration, the following resources may make the process a bit easier to navigate.... Read More ...

Retirement Planning: Advantages and Disadvantages of Early Retirement

Retirement Planning: Advantages and Disadvantages of Early Retirement

Posted by Ashley Norman on January 20, 2016 in Life Transitions

Early retirement is often an opportunity to restore order to a proper life balance by spending more time with family and working on your favorite hobbies. But with these joyous prospects comes an income reduction, regardless of whether you take Social Security or an early pension. Different employers have different plans, but it pays to be aware of both the advantages and disadvantages of taking an early retirement.... Read More ...

How a High Deductible Health Plan Affects Your Finances

How a High Deductible Health Plan Affects Your Finances

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on January 19, 2016 in Insurance

Your health insurance plan is a major factor in your finance. If you've arrived here, you likely have questions about how you can save money on health insurance and medical expenses. No two situations are alike, so read on to determine whether a high deductible health plan is a good match for your needs.... Read More ...

Managing the Health Insurance Waiting Period

Managing the Health Insurance Waiting Period

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on January 12, 2016 in Insurance

Signing up for healthcare coverage is an important step to take in protecting yourself and your family from financial expenses should a medical issue arise unexpectedly. However, simply signing up does not mean your coverage will begin immediately. If you are enrolling in a new healthcare plan, you can take the following steps to ensure that you remain protected throughout any gaps in coverage.... 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 ...

Top 7 International Festivals for 2016

Top 7 International Festivals for 2016

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on January 4, 2016 in Travel

Music, lights, sounds, and a pulsing sea of people draw millions to festivals and dance events around the world each year. If you want to make 2016 a year to remember, fit one of these seven amazing festival experiences into your schedule.... Read More ...

Thousands Left Without Insurance as Nevada Health Co-Op Shuts Down

Thousands Left Without Insurance as Nevada Health Co-Op Shuts Down

Posted by Brianna Weidman on August 28, 2015 in Insurance

Thousands of Nevadans will be left without insurance coverage come January 1, 2016, when the Nevada Health Co-Op (NHC) closes its doors. If you are a member of the NHC, you have several options for continued health coverage.... Read More ...

Guide to Sightseeing in the U.S.

Guide to Sightseeing in the U.S.

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on June 11, 2015 in Travel

Traveling to the United States can be intimidating. Because of its size, the U.S. offers a dizzying array of destinations. This vastness means the country offers a wide variety in terms of climate, culture, history, foods, and fun. From big cities to open spaces to museums and tours exploring U.S. history, there is something for every visitor.... Read More ...

Tips for Visiting the USA

Tips for Visiting the USA

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on June 11, 2015 in Travel

The United States is home to many amazing landmarks, both man-made and natural. Have you always dreamed of taking the quintessential road trip out West? Perhaps you want to pay homage to important sites of the Civil Rights Movement in the South. Or maybe the American Revolution in the Northeast has always captivated you. Whichever... 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 ...

Individual Mandate Changes for Cancelled Insurance Plans

Individual Mandate Changes for Cancelled Insurance Plans

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on May 5, 2015 in Insurance

The Obama administration has announced that Americans whose insurance plans have been canceled this year will get a temporary exemption from the “individual mandate” section of the Affordable Care Act. This means that if your insurance company cancelled your insurance plan in 2013, the federal government won’t require you to get health insurance in the... 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 ...

Inexpensive Sightseeing in the US

Inexpensive Sightseeing in the US

Posted by Jarred Juett on May 5, 2015 in Travel

We have written before about inexpensive vacation destinations for the international jet-setting traveler. But what if you want to enjoy the United States on the cheap? There is no shortage of sightseeing destinations or breathtaking landmarks of natural beauty for the American traveler to see in their home country.... Read More ...

How to File a Student Visa Application

How to File a Student Visa Application

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on April 28, 2015 in Study Abroad

The student visa application process can be confusing and time consuming. There are certain steps and procedures than must be done in a certain order; otherwise, you could end up having to start the process over again. Not only is it recommended, but it is also encouraged that you start to file your student visa application as soon as possible. Because of wait times and application review processes,... Read More ...

Guide to Transportation in the U.S.

Guide to Transportation in the U.S.

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on April 23, 2015 in Travel

Transportation is different all over the world. From streets filled with cars to streets filled with bicycles, every city has its own way to travel. In the U.S. the main forms of transportation change depending where you are in the country.... Read More ...

The 2015 Masters Tournament: Your Guide to Augusta

The 2015 Masters Tournament: Your Guide to Augusta

Posted by Ashlee Taylor on March 19, 2015 in Travel

If you’re traveling to the Masters this year, you need to know where to stay, where to grab something great to eat, and what else there is to do while you’re there. Augusta is a great city full of history and culture, and you won’t want to miss these top attractions.... Read More ...

Expatriate Tax Basics for U.S. Citizens

Expatriate Tax Basics for U.S. Citizens

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 1, 2015 in Travel

The United States is one of the few countries that tax a citizen on their worldwide income, regardless of where the income comes from. Finding accurate, easy-to-understand expatriate tax information is difficult. U.S. citizens will need to file taxes no matter if they reside in Italy, Singapore, or China. Read up on some things that... Read More ...

Culinary Travel in New York City

Culinary Travel in New York City

Posted by Shelby Walton on February 26, 2015 in Travel

One of the best parts about taking a trip anywhere is exploring all of the delicious foods that location has to offer. Whether you are enjoying local delicacies or dining at the finest restaurants, the joy of culinary travel is something to which we can all relate. Undeniably, one of the food capitals of the... 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 ...

Making Sense of Healthcare Insurance Extensions

Making Sense of Healthcare Insurance Extensions

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on January 12, 2015 in Insurance

You aren’t alone if the constant changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) deadlines are making you feel confused. Difficulties with the Healthcare.gov website, program rollouts, and uncertainty about levels of coverage have many American consumers unsure where to begin. A recent development... Read More ...

Five Tips For Visiting The U.S.

Five Tips For Visiting The U.S.

Posted by Courtney Guggenberger on July 29, 2014 in Travel

Traveling to the United States can differ from traveling around your own country, or other places around the world. Like any time you travel, there are things you should consider doing before you leave home, and a few things you’ll want to do when you arrive. Here are a few tips for visiting the USA. ... Read More ...

Volcanoes, Glaciers, and Caves, Oh My!

Volcanoes, Glaciers, and Caves, Oh My!

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on May 9, 2014 in Travel

What’s your ideal travel destination? For some, discovering all your home country has to offer is more than enough. Others are content to visit theme parks every opportunity they get. Those who love the outdoors have no shortage of choices. Hiking, rock climbing, skiing – the list goes on and on.... Read More ...

5 Major Decisions for New Immigrants to the United States

5 Major Decisions for New Immigrants to the United States

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

Whether you’re transferring here for work or taking an extended stay with your family, coming to live in the United States can be a thrilling experience as you find your place in a new land filled with promise and possibilities. But once your “honeymoon period” ends you might become frustrated with the complexities of living abroad in a country that’s much different from your homeland. There will be all kinds of important decisions to make... Read More ...

Types of Tourist Visas for the US

Types of Tourist Visas for the US

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 28, 2014 in Travel

If you want to visit the United States, there are several types of tourist visas for the US. For temporary visits, there are three different types of non-immigration visas. There is the visitor visa, the temporary worker visa, and the student/exchange visa. We will look at each type so you can figure out which one is right for your trip to the United States.... Read More ...

Warm and Sunny Winter Travel Destinations

Warm and Sunny Winter Travel Destinations

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Travel

Do you get the winter blues? You may be experiencing the effects of something called Seasonal Affective Disorder. If you suffer from SAD, you are definitely not alone. The American Academy of Family Physicians estimates that up to 20% of people in the United States experience at least mild symptoms of SAD. SAD occurs most frequently during winter.... Read More ...

Changes in Healthcare in 2013

Changes in Healthcare in 2013

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on March 27, 2014 in Insurance

The healthcare and health insurance industries have experienced many changes since the passing of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, with more changes to come. The Act will implement more changes to healthcare over a predetermined timeline, and insurance companies and citizens alike will be able to follow this timeline to anticipate changes and react... Read More ...

City Living and Traveling: Indianapolis

City Living and Traveling: Indianapolis

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Convenience is one major benefit of living in a bigger city like Indianapolis. Shops, convenient stores, and grocers can be found a couple blocks from each other in downtown Indy.  This enables individuals to step out of their front door, turn the corner, and get the ingredients for that amazing balsamic-glazed salmon recipe featured during ... Read More ...

Getting Around: A Guide to Transportation in the U.S.

Getting Around: A Guide to Transportation in the U.S.

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 27, 2014 in Travel

One of the difficulties of traveling to the United States is that getting around once you’re there can be confusing. There are several different types of transportation that are used, and every city is different. Some major cities have excellent subways and trains, while others have extensive bicycle paths. Other cities rely more on personal vehicles and buses. Before you go, it is helpful to know about the different types of transportation that you may encounter. Here are a few of the most common.... Read More ...

Latest Travel Trends in the U.S.

Latest Travel Trends in the U.S.

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Travel trends change just as quickly as fashion trends, technology trends, and social trends. Just like leather goes in and out of style, our demand in vacation spots, such as Cancun, increases or decreases. One of the most prominent travel trends recognized in history is The Grand tour, which was the traditional trip of the... Read More ...

The Best 4th of July Fireworks Shows

The Best 4th of July Fireworks Shows

Posted by Ryan Love on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Whether you are preparing to travel to the United States or are already in the U.S., the Fourth of July is a huge time for celebration. The , or Independence Day, is a national holiday in which friends and family gather together in order to celebrate America’s independence. Typically, these gatherings consist of grilling food,... Read More ...

Top 5 Moments in the U.S. and Russia Rivalry

Top 5 Moments in the U.S. and Russia Rivalry

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on March 27, 2014 in Travel

From the Space Race to the Cold War to the Arms Race, Russia and the U.S. have a long history of tension—most notably in politics. But the two nations have also had a fierce rivalry in sports. With this year’s Winter Olympics being held in Sochi, Russia, here’s a quick look at some of the... Read More ...

Visa Requirements for U.S.A.

Visa Requirements for U.S.A.

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Applying for a visitor visa to the United States can be a tricky and confusing process. With these handy tips however, it doesn’t have to be that difficult. While every country’s process is a little different, there are some basic steps that are the same.... Read More ...

Travel Warning for Burkina Faso Issued

Travel Warning for Burkina Faso Issued

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 27, 2014 in Travel

The U.S. Department of State has issued a Travel Warning for Burkina Faso due to incidents of violence and lawlessness within the country. The Travel Warning states:... 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 ...

Types of Tourist Visas for the US

Types of Tourist Visas for the US

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 27, 2014 in Travel

If you want to visit the United States, there are several types of tourist visas for the US. For temporary visits, there are three different types of non-immigration visas. There is the visitor visa, the temporary worker visa, and the student/exchange visa. We will look at each type so you can figure out which one is right for your trip to the United States.... Read More ...

Where to Travel in October

Where to Travel in October

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Autumn leaves are frequently looked over when you are traveling through your home town. In order to truly appreciate the beauty of fall and all of the colors that come with it, taking a holiday trip may help you see the wonders of the world with a different perspective. Here are some ideas on where ... Read More ...

What to Pack for Alaska

What to Pack for Alaska

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Taking a trip to Alaska is a great opportunity to explore a new part of the world. Filled with wildlife, natural wonders, and new experiences; Alaska is a world of its own. Whether you enjoy ice fishing, climbing glaciers, or taking a relaxing hike; you are sure to find something worth your time in Alaska.... Read More ...

Obtaining a Visitor Visa for U.S. from India

Obtaining a Visitor Visa for U.S. from India

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 26, 2014 in Travel

Planning a trip to the United States can be very exciting, although the visitor visa process can be daunting. There are a few things that are slightly different when obtaining a visitor visa for U.S. from India, so be sure to read through this process carefully to make sure you follow the directions correctly.... Read More ...

U.S. Visitor Visa Application Tips

U.S. Visitor Visa Application Tips

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 26, 2014 in Travel

Applying for a United States visitor visa can be a long and difficult process. Wading through all of the forms and fees only to be rewarded with an intense interview can seem very scary. However, with the help of these handy tips and tricks, you could be breezing through it in no time.... Read More ...

Where to Travel in February

Where to Travel in February

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 26, 2014 in Travel

The winter months provide great opportunities for you to travel all over the world. Because traditional summer vacation spots are not overly crowded, you can enjoy the beach with far fewer people. However, February is also a great time to go check out those places that get a lot of snow, sit by the fire,... Read More ...

What You Should Know About Planning a Trip to Alaska

What You Should Know About Planning a Trip to Alaska

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on March 26, 2014 in Travel

The opportunities to experience the state’s natural beauty are seemingly endless. If getting out in nature is your idea of a great vacation, Alaska’s 54 million wild acres, 15 national parks and 6640 miles of coastline has you covered. One of the top sights on the list is the Aurora Borealis, which can be seen very clearly in Alaska.... Read More ...

US State Department Revamps STEP: What it Means to International Travelers

US State Department Revamps STEP: What it Means to International Travelers

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 24, 2014 in Travel

The U.S. State Department has revised its Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to better inform travelers of potential dangers abroad. Provided below is a summary of the updated STEP and what it means to international travelers.... Read More ...