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Preparing to Study in the USA

15 Things Every International Student Should Know


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The United States welcomes more international students than any other country. They come from all over the world to access the country’s rich and dynamic education system. But the depth and breadth that attracts international students is also a source of complexity and confusion. That’s why international careers expert Stacie Nevadomski Berdan and IIE president Allan Goodman have written their third co-written student guide, Preparing to Study in the USA: 15 Things Every International Student Should Know.

This new book prepares students planning to attend a U.S. college or university to succeed in and fully embrace the U.S. education system by addressing the topics most critical to international student success, identified by U.S. international student advisors, including:

  • Finding and applying to the right school
  • Understanding the importance of critical thinking and the value of liberal education
  • Taking full advantage of the broad range of available resources
  • Becoming immersed in a wide variety of campus activities beyond academics

Print copies are available from IIE Publications for $4.95, with a steep discount for bulk copies for schools to give out to students (20 copies for $20.00). Stock your international student office or give away at orientation!

Now Available in Chinese

The convenient eBook format is now available for purchase from iTunes, as well as from BookShop for customers from within mainland China.

"Preparing to Study in the USA: 15 Things Every International Student Should Know, is highly recommended for students as well as parents considering post-secondary education in the U.S. [...] Books like this new one address a very important need: to help guide the process of selecting a school which is a good fit for the individual student, and offering some pointers on ways to prepare to adapt and adjust, avoiding pitfalls along the way."

- Tom Gorman, Editor in Chief, Fortune China

"A must-read for anybody contemplating university in the USA - both students and parents! This should be on the mandatory reading list for any prospective student in the U.S., and there is a double whammy bonus that makes much of the guidance pertinent even for those planning on education elsewhere: the suggestions and ideas put forward beg reflection that will aid all those on the path to higher education."

- Claire Harbour-Lyell, Global Coach and Consultant focused on talent and career, The Culture Pearl

"We've been looking for a book like this to share with our international partners and students. Preparing to Study in the USA: 15 Things Every International Student Should Know delivers. This gem of a book provides critical information into uncharted territory for many students wanting to study in the U.S."

- Ivy Yeung, Director of International Cooperation at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa

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