Preparing to Study in the USA


$4.95, Institute of International Education, 2016

International students in the United States are seeking a combination of intellectual and cross-cultural experiences that will prepare them to succeed in the global marketplace. With billions of dollars of funding, cutting-edge research and innovation, and unmatched flexibility on more than 4,700 campuses, the United States offers unparalleled educational opportunities. But with this depth and breadth also comes complexity and confusion. Succeeding at a U.S. college or university can be difficult if you don’t understand the system.

To address this need, IIE President Allan Goodman and international careers expert Stacie Nevadomski Berdan have teamed up to write their third student guide, Preparing to Study in the USA: 15 Things Every International Student Should Know, as a resource for international students overwhelmed and confused by the nature of higher education in the U.S. The book prepares students planning to attend a U.S. college or university to understand, embrace and succeed in the U.S. education system by addressing some of the topics most critical to international student success identified by U.S. international student advisers, including

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

Every student who is considering studying in the U.S. should read this book.


“U.S. schools welcome the invaluable cultural, intellectual, scientific, and technological contributions that global students bring. This intellectual wealth is an integral part of what makes a U.S. education so valuable.”

Buy the book today.

“We look forward to welcoming you to a U.S. campus soon.”

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