Study in the USA

  • A New Way for International Students to Get Into College in America

    Barry Lenson

    Are you an international student who is eager to go to college in America? If so, you are thinking in a very smart way. What are your motivations? Perhaps you are simply interested in getting a top-notch education at an American university. Perhaps you are a gifted student who didn’t score at the very top of your final high school examination tests, which we know are the most important hurdle that many international students must overcome before entering university. Or perhaps you have relatives who already live in America, and you are eager to join them here. At the same time, the prospect of moving to America to begin your studies can be daunting. You need to handle American immigration issues, pay for transportation and housi ...

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  • Lady Liberty Welcomes Students to Our Shores

    Barry Lenson

    Lady Liberty Welcomes International Students to Our Shores On October 28 in 1886, president Grover Cleveland presided over a ceremony that officially dedicated the Statue of Liberty in New York Bay. As you know, Lady Liberty was a gift given in friendship to America by the people of France. Some years later – in 1903, to be precise, a bronze plaque was installed on the base of the statue. It displays a poem called “The New Colossus,” by an American poet named Emma Lazarus. Lazarus, you might not know, was a young Jewish woman whose family members had been in New York since colonial times. Here’s an excerpt from her poem, which she actually wrote nearly 20 years earlier . . . “Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries s ...

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  • It's Time to Cut Tuition in Half

    Barry Lenson

    Cutting Tuition: Canada Does, Britain Does, Why Not Us? Canada does some things so well, we ought to be paying attention. First of all, the government functions on a parliamentary system. That means that if the sitting Prime Minister gets a vote of no confidence from Parliament, a new election just happens any old time. By the way the current PM is Stephen Harper, who is a member of the Conservative Party. (You knew that, right?) Although some people gripe about it, Canada has a fairly robust universal health care system that is administered at the Provincial level. There is also a well-funded program called Social Insurance, which is the equivalent of American Social Security. Another thing that Canada does pretty well is funding highe ...

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  • Why Education Makes Kate Middleton the Reigning Royal “It” Girl of Today

    Barry Lenson

    Why Education Makes Kate Middleton the Reigning Royal “It” Girl of Today Who is today’s reigning “It” girl? We know it’s not Paris Hilton anymore, or Lindsay Lohan, or even Blake Lively. So who is it? We’re nominating Kate Middleton for the honor. First of all, she is a certified British royal now that she has married Prince William.  That means she is now the Duchess of Cambridge. Those are pretty compelling “It” credentials. But here are some more . . . She’s educated! She met her future husband while they were both students at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. It’s one of the oldest and finest universities in the United Kingdom and the world.  And do you know what? If and when her husband becomes ...

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  • Is It Better to Go to College in The U.S. or in the U.K.?

    Barry Lenson

    Is It Better to Go to College in The U.S. or in the U.K.? Do college students in the United States have it better than college students do in the United Kingdom? That’s a good question. The short answer is, it depends on what you mean by “better.” Let’s take a closer look . . . A university education usually costs less in the United Kingdom. That’s because the government is not squeamish about funding institutions of higher learning.  Tuition for U.K. students tops off at roughly what in-state American students pay to attend their state universities.  But there’s another reason why students generally pay less in the U.K. It’s because the government offers grants to students, based on family income, with lower-earning ...

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