International Student Office
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Your school’s international student office (ISO) should be one of your first stops as you get acclimated to campus. Advisers there will be able to help you with visa and immigration issues
, and can connect you with other school resources, too.
In the United States, professors often encourage interaction with their students. Don’t be afraid to participate in class
and take advantage of your professors’ office hours. The one-on-one setting will allow you to ask questions or simply get to know your instructors
Your Academic Adviser
Many U.S. colleges allow students to register for elective courses to broaden their education, regardless of their majors
. Meet with your academic adviser to ensure you stay on track
to complete your major while pursuing your other academic interests.
The Counseling Center
It’s normal to experience feelings of stress, culture shock, and isolation as a new college student in the United States
. But you don’t have to handle them alone. Take advantage of counseling services, a common resource used by American students.
The Writing Center
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Sure, you took the TOEFL
, but writing in English still might seem tricky. Utilize your school’s writing center, where other students can help you perfect your grasp of English grammar, research paper structure
, and more.
The Career Services Center
International students don’t typically have the same employment options
as their domestic peers, but the career services center at your school should be able to help you determine what jobs or internships
you are eligible for.
The Legal Services Center
Whether you run into legal trouble or are simply curious about U.S. laws, stop by your school’s legal services center. Officials there may be able to help you understand anything from immigration issues to underage drinking restrictions in the United States.
The Student Union