The International Student’s Guide to Studying in the United States

Holly R. Patrick

Dazed and confused, nervous and excited, over 800,000 international students step off the plane and into new lives in colleges and universities all around the United States each year. The journey is exhilarating, but it is not always easy. International students share a number of challenges that can hinder success, including limited English language skills, culture shock and a lack of familiarity with academic norms and expectations in the U.S.

Negotiating through life in a strange new environment calls for a reliable guide, a solid source of information and tips to help international students make the transition to life in the U.S., meet expectations inside and outside the classroom, and reach their academic, social and career goals. The International Students’ Guide to Studying in the U.S.A. is that guide. Addressing the broad range of questions international students ask about the U.S., the Guide has information on everything from what to pack for the trip, to how to write papers, to why networking is important for career success. The Guide is a unique and invaluable resource for international students coming to the U.S. for the first time.

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Holly Patrick

Holly Patrick holds a Master’s Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language/Applied Linguistics and has been teaching ESL for over 20 years. More recently, Holly earned a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta where she also works as International Student Program Associate, developing and implementing programs and services for international MPH students. Holly has traveled extensively and lived in both Europe and Latin America.