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How to Master the College Admissions Essay

Posted on January 21st, 2022 by Connor Blay

Having great grades and outstanding test scores will certainly make your college application stand out. But many students don’t know that having a thoughtful, well-written essay also goes a long way. Sometimes, your admissions essay can be the difference between the acceptance or the denial of your application to a college or university. For non-native […]

Preparing for the F1 Visa Approval Process

Posted on December 17th, 2021 by Connor Blay

Getting admitted to a college or university in the US is a big accomplishment. If you have recently received an acceptance letter from a Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) approved college or university in the US, you’ve already completed the first step of the F1 visa application process. However, the rest of the process […]

Getting Part-Time Work as an International Student

Posted on September 30th, 2021 by Connor Blay

Whether you study in a college town or a metropolitan area, employers tend to hire college students. Many students work part-time at local restaurants, retail stores, boutiques, etc. for extra cash or to help with academic and living expenses. But for international students who are studying in the US, there is a little more to […]

The 2021 Travel Video Contest is Now Open!

Posted on September 3rd, 2021 by Connor Blay

No matter what background you come from, community is a large part of shaping who you are. The community or communities that you are a part of have a great impact and influence on your life and sometimes even the decisions you make. That’s why for the 16th annual Travel Video Contest, we’re asking you […]

Fall 2021 Essentials for US International Students

Posted on June 15th, 2021 by Connor Blay

With travel restrictions starting to ease up, many first-year international students will now have the option to come to the US for the fall 2021 semester. If you’re not quite ready to make the journey yet or you’re in a country where travel restrictions haven’t yet been lifted, we understand and so do colleges and […]

What Are Intramural Sports?

Posted on May 21st, 2021 by Connor Blay

There are currently more than 20,000 international student-athletes enrolled and competing at schools associated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). We encourage any students who would like to compete in collegiate sports at the highest level in the US to reach out to NCAA recruiters. The opportunity to become an NCAA athlete is certainly […]

Boost Your Career Prospects at Manchester Metropolitan University

Posted on May 14th, 2021 by Connor Blay

With the international jobs market more competitive than ever, it’s important for students to begin planning for their future career prior to entering the workforce. At Manchester Metropolitan University, your employability is a priority. You will have several opportunities to network and gain experience throughout your time at Manchester Met. Keep reading to find out […]

5 Tips for Taking Summer Classes

Posted on May 7th, 2021 by Connor Blay

So, you’ve decided to take classes during the summer. Good choice! My very first semester in college was during the summer and now I recommend summer classes to everyone. But while taking summer classes is an excellent way to get a head start on your program, it may be challenging to work at an accelerated […]

Thriving at Manchester Metropolitan University

Posted on April 30th, 2021 by Connor Blay

Located in the city centre of vibrant Manchester, England, Manchester Metropolitan University is one of the largest universities in the UK. The university has welcomed over 3,000 international students from more than 130 countries and is still growing. When you’re a student at Manchester Met, you can take comfort in knowing that you are never […]

Seven Reasons to Study in Canada

Posted on April 9th, 2021 by Luke Clausen

At some point, you may have heard that Canada is a lot like the United States, but colder and with more affordable healthcare. This is partially true, as many of the things that are attractive and popular about the United States exist in Canada as well. However, Canada is its own unique place with climate […]


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