Enrolling in graduate school is a major step for anyone. For someone leaving his or her home country and moving to the United States, it is an extremely huge step and can be somewhat intimidating.  As a former graduate and business school admissions dean who had the privilege of meeting hundreds of international students over three decades, I understand the trepidation. However, I also know the…
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Small Colleges in Cities Offer Advantages for International Students to Earn their Degree or to Study Abroad International students who attend small colleges in cities have many opportunities that make their educational experience unique. Small colleges offer students nurturing staff, small classes, and a cohesive student body. Cities are cultural and business centers that offer students access to internships, social, and cultural activities that…
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Like many other Canadian students, Kitty Sun lived at home with her parents during her undergrad at the University of British Columbia. With her whole life in one place – family, friends, school and work – life was comfortable. But upon completing her degree, she felt ready to explore the world.
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High school students often wonder, "What should I do during the summer to prepare for applications to U.S. colleges and universities? Should I stay at home and rest, take a part-time job, take summer courses, or prepare for standardized tests?" If you are like most high school students in Canada, and you are interested in studying in the United States, chances are that you…
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There are over 380,000 student-athletes in the United States. Over one thousand U.S. colleges and universities offer opportunities for talented students to play for the college team as a means of paying for their education. Are you ready to compete?
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Students applying to a four-year undergraduate program at a college or university in the United States are required to take an admission test such as the SAT. Administered in over 170 countries, the SAT is integral to your dreams of studying abroad. Virtually every four-year college or university in the United States requires a standardized entrance exam as part of the admission process. Most…
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United States of America

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Form of government: Federal Republic

Population: 310,232,863 (2010 estimate)

Capital: Washington

Area: 9, 826, 630 km2, 3, 794, 083 sq mi

Largest cities: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia

Ethnic groups: White 83,4%, African American 12,4%, Asian 3,4%, Native American 0,8%

Languages: English (official), Spanish, French, German, Italian, Chinese, and others

Religious affiliations: Protestant 56%, Roman Catholic 27%, Jewish 2%, Nonreligious 8%, Other 7%

Education expenditure as a share of gross national product (GDP): 5.3% (2005)

Number of years of compulsory schooling: 12 years (2007)

Monetary unit: 1 United States dollar (US$), consisting of 100 cents

Economy: Agriculture Cattle (dairy products, corn, soybeans, vegetables, broiler chickens, fruits and nuts, greenhouse and nursery products, hogs, wheat, cotton) Forestry, Fishing, Mining (natural gas, petroleum, coal, materials used in construction, gold, copper, clays, iron ore, lime, salt, phosphate rock, zinc, magnesium, boron, potassium salts, lead, silver), Manufacturing (chemicals, transportation equipment, food products, industrial machinery, electronic equipment, printed materials, fabricated metal products), Services

Major trade partners for exports: Canada, Mexico, Japan, United Kingdom, and Germany

Major trade partners for imports: Canada, Mexico, Japan, China, and Germany

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