The Stress-Free Guide to Studying In The States: A Step-by-Step Plan for International Students
In today’s global world, many students attend universities outside the country, culture and education system in which they were born or grew up. For an increasing number, the USA will be their aim, but few will have an understanding of the US education system, the best universities for their field of study, or the application requirements for international students. Where do you start? With this book. For the first time crucial information is in one place, answering all your questions on US universities – applications, academics, visa requirements, arrival on campus and beyond. This book is an essential first resource for any student, or parent of a student, looking for a comprehensive, easily accessible, stress-free guide to studying in the States.
“A very thorough introduction for international students considering university study in the US, this book covers everything from vocabulary and abbreviations through campus life and academic culture. Definitely a must-read for parents and students unfamiliar with the application process in the US.” – Amanda Eckler, Assistant Director for Programs, Yale University, Office of International Students & Scholars (OISS)
“For international students trying to decide which US university to choose, and then navigate the complexities of the application system, the comprehensive advice in this guide is a must-read.” – Louise Tickle, Award-winning Education and Social Affairs Journalist. louisetickle.co.uk.
“The jargon, the cultural differences and the inside track on the application process are all explained in this guide for anyone thinking about studying in the US.” – Sean Coughlan, BBC News education correspondent, Education Journalist of the Year 2011.
“Wise advice demystifies the process, from first thoughts about an application to arrival and settling in, and makes this excellent book an essential ‘must-buy’ guide for applicants, parents and school Higher Education applications staff.” – Peter J. McDonald, Director of University Entrance, Magdalen College School, Oxford, England
“Applying to university or college in the USA is a minefield for those studying outside the country. In this Guide however Toni Hargis has succeeded in ‘demystifying’ what is in essence a very complex process in a thoroughly clear and comprehensive manner.” – Julia Douglas, Head of University US Applications, Sevenoaks School, Kent, England.
Drinking Camel’s Milk from the Yurt: Expat Stories from Kazakhstan
The Republic of Kazakhstan emerged from the former USSR as an independent nation in 1991. It is one of the largest countries in the world and Astana, its capital, is one of the youngest (and coldest) capital cities. In this anthology of expatriate experiences in Kazakhstan, 24 authors from 11 countries show us this Central Asian country as they know it.
In Drinking Camel’s Milk in the Yurt, we travel to the country’s bustling, multicultural cities, to its rural homesteads steeped in rich traditions, and to the Kazakh Steppe, the vast open plain that has for centuries been home to a nomadic way of life. During the journey, we come to understand the importance of the yurt, or nomad’s tent, we are privy to a powerful reflection on Soviet-era labour camps, and we witness the build-up to a traditional Kazakh wedding.
In a variety of cross-cultural exchanges – some bewildering, some funny – we meet locals, try new cuisines, discover the work of a talented local artist, join one man’s quest for a unique piece of Kazakh furniture for his wife, and explore the steppe as it deserves to be explored – on horseback. More importantly, we are introduced to the warmth of Kazakh hospitality and we learn it is possible to survive the extreme temperatures of a Kazakh winter.
Whether you are an expat, a traveller or just curious about other cultures, Drinking Camel’s Milk in the Yurt: Expat stories from Kazakhstan will introduce you to the Kazakh landscape, people and cultures as experienced by its expatriates – both those who are passing through and those who have decided to stay.
‘A unique exploration of Kazakhstan through the eyes of foreigners, Drinking Camel’s Milk in the Yurt touches upon cross-cultural exchanges, city living, history, traditions, unexpected friendships, adventure and more. With a generous mix of light-hearted expat tales and reflective stories of adaptation and discovery, this anthology enthrals the reader from beginning to end. Neboli has perfectly assembled captivating stories of uncovering a land largely unknown and often misunderstood, while simultaneously exposing a beautiful destination where selfless hospitality, overt kindness and longstanding traditions are common threads that weave this vast nation together.’ – Alison Cavatore, Founder, CEO & Editor-in-Chief of Global Living Magazine, www.GlobalLivingMagazine.com
‘Twenty-four stories of impressions, memories, thoughts and emotions by expatriates in Kazakhstan – all topped with descriptions of aromas, flavours, colours and landscapes that trigger the imagination and carry one into this country straddling Europe and Asia…’
– M. Elena Spikermann, Literary Scout & Agent
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