Succeeding as an International Student in the United States and Canada

Paperback | April 15, 2008

byCharles Lipson

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Each year, 700,000 students from around the world come to the United States and Canada to study. For many, the experience is as challenging as it is exciting.  Far from home, they must adapt to a new culture, new university system, and in many cases, a new language. The process can be overwhelming, but as Charles Lipson’s Succeeding as an International Student in the United States and Canada assures us, it doesn’t have to be.
            Succeeding is designed to help students navigate the myriad issues they will encounter—from picking a program to landing a campus job. Based on Lipson’s work with international students as well as extensive interviews with faculty and advisers, Succeeding includes practical suggestions for learning English, participating in class, and meeting with instructors. In addition it explains the rules of academic honesty as they are understood in U.S. and Canadian universities.
            Life beyond the classroom is also covered, with handy sections on living on or off campus, obtaining a driver’s license, setting up a bank account, and more. The comprehensive glossary addresses both academic terms and phrases heard while shopping or visiting a doctor. There is even a chapter on the academic calendar and holidays in the United States and Canada.
           Coming to a new country to study should be an exciting venture, not a baffling ordeal. Now, with this trustworthy resource, international students have all the practical information they need to succeed, in and out of the classroom.

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Each year, 700,000 students from around the world come to the United States and Canada to study. For many, the experience is as challenging as it is exciting.  Far from home, they must adapt to a new culture, new university system, and in many cases, a new language. The process can be overwhelming, but as Charles Lipson’s Succeeding as...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:380 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:April 15, 2008Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226484793

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Allen Goodman, President and CEO, Institute of International Education
Introduction

Part I: Moving Here

1          What to Bring with You
2          Passports and Visas: A Quick Overview
3          The First Ten Things You Should Do Here

Part II: Succeeding at Your University

4          The Biggest Academic Challenges for International Students
5          Succeeding Academically
6          Thinking Creatively: Going Beyond What the Professor Said
7          Working as a Teaching Assistant, Lab Assistant, or Research Assistant
8          Avoiding Plagiarism and Doing Honest Work
9          The Culture of Universities in the United States and Canada

Part III: Living in the United States and Canada

10        Settling In
11        Learning the Terrain
12        Learning the Language
13        Identification Cards
14        Earning Money
15        Managing Money: Bank Accounts, Debit Cards, and Credit Cards
16        Spending Money: Shopping at Local Stores, Malls, and Online
17        Getting Around: Buses, Bikes, and Taxis
18        Getting Around: Cars
19        University Housing and Meals
20        Apartment Rentals
21        Kids and Family
22        Health Care
23        Campus Life
24        Telecommunicating: Phone Calls, Internet, Cable TV, and More
25        Dealing with Problems 

            Appendix 1      A Glossary of Words and Phrases for International Students
            Appendix 2      Abbreviations, Acronyms, Nicknames, Holidays, Floor Numbering, and Clothing Sizes
            Index