Living in the USA

Entertainment
Entertainment

We know you came to the USA to study, but you also need some down time. Your options for how to have fun and relax will vary very much depending on where your school is located, who your friends are, and of course what you consider as fun. If you run out of your own...

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Families with Children
Families with Children

If your visa allows it, you may be able to bring your spouse and children to live with you in the USA while you’re working hard on your degree. It’s a great opportunity, but what will your kids do all day while you’re attending classes? If they’re old enough, they’ll be in school. Though the...

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Health Care
Health Care

For better or for worse, unlike other countries, the USA does not provide socialized healthcare. And because medical care can be very expensive, it’s vital to have health insurance in order to reduce overall medical- and health-related costs. Health insurance for international students in the USA Health insurance is not mandatory for U.S. citizens, and...

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Safety and Security
Safety and Security

Being in a foreign country can feel, well, foreign. How do you feel safe in a new place? Or in any place? We have advice for you. First, and most importantly, in case of emergency or an unsafe situation, dial 911 on your phone and get help from emergency services. It’s also important to note...

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Mailing and Shipping
Mailing and Shipping

You’re happy in school, but you miss your family and your mom’s birthday is coming up. Send her a card and gift! There are several types of mail delivery and shipping options, and we’ve laid them all out below. U.S. Postal Service The U.S. Postal Service (USPS), by definition, does everything related to mail. Not surprisingly,...

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Shopping
Shopping

We know, everyone shops online these days. But just in case you decide to go shopping to a real, physical store, you should have insider knowledge about what to look for and how to get the best deals. Things to know The hours of operation for every store is different, depending on the type of...

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Money and Banking
Money and Banking

Let’s talk about money. Whether we pay with cash, credit card, or online payment, we still have to pay for stuff – and that money has to come from somewhere, too. So read on to learn more about all the details about money in the USA you know you should know but are too embarrassed...

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Transportation
Transportation

You’ve traveled far and wide to get to the USA and to start your education. But once you’ve found your way to your school’s campus and unpacked, you have to figure out how to get to the bank, grocery store, and campus bookstore. After all, even if you live on campus you might want to...

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Housing
Housing

In order to do your best in school, you’ll need a place to live so you can watch TV with the goal of being extremely productive. Some schools generously provide housing to international undergraduate students, or to any graduate students, but it’s not a guarantee and you may have to look for accommodation on your...

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