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Are you planning to study in the U.S. from another country? We’ve compiled some helpful resources and tips below.

Visa Information for Students Coming to the U.S.

In order to study in the U.S., you’ll need to apply for a visa. There are several types of visas depending on what type of school you’ll be attending and if you have a sponsor. Learn about the different types of visas, and select the right one for you.

Making It Happen: Preparing for Your Study Abroad Experience

Before you embark on your journey, you’ll want to do your research and prepare as much as possible for your move. Visit the U.S. State Department website and learn about Your 5 Steps to U.S. Study. You can also learn on this site how to get ready for your trip.

Health Coverage for International Students

Once you select a school and secure your visa, you will have to consider how you will be covered for health insurance, as healthcare in the U.S. can be very expensive. Some schools and universities in the U.S. mandate that you take their health coverage. Others, however, allow you to select your own plan.

If you're looking for a trusted student health insurance plan that meets the requirements for most U.S. schools, check out Study USA-HealthCare, offering four plan levels to meet the diverse needs of international students. Thousands of international students across the U.S. rely on Study USA-HealthCare from Travel Insurance Services to provide coverage during their studies. You can enroll online and receive your waiver forms the next day.

Enroll now or call 1-800-937-1387 for more information.

(Are you a U.S. student planning to study abroad? Study USA-HealthCare is for you, too! Learn about the plan and benefits, and secure your health insurance today.)


Terrorism and Studying Abroad: Convince Your Parents it’s Safe to Travel Abroad

By Chaitanya Bala

Students during Paris AttacksThis past year has been tough – we’ll admit. With the Paris attacks that happened this past November, one of the major hubs of study abroad programs is now looked at with fear and reluctance as parents hesitate allowing their kids to venture out of the country. And it’s not even just Paris – study abroad programs all over the world have had a marked decrease in the number of students participating. According to The Setonian, Seton Hall University’s online newspaper, the recent terrorist attacks have caused a decline in the number of students who enroll in their study abroad programs. However, despite the fear factor associated with studying abroad, it’s still a rich, unforgettable experience students deserve to take part in. And as long as they’re insured from terrorist activity, parents should feel some relief while their kids are away. But if you’re still struggling to convince your own parents to let you travel abroad, show them these 4 thought-provoking ideas that might just change their minds!


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Why they did it: International students tell us why they chose to study in the United States!

By Chaitanya Bala

Brutus BuckeyeDid you know there has been an exponential increase in the number of international students studying in the United States over the past decade? With the majority of these students coming from various Asian countries, it has really turned our American universities into a diverse, colorful, melting pot. So why do these students choose to study in the United States? We can read statistical information all we want, but what really makes them tick and what have been some of their best experiences here in college? I reached out to a number of international students/alumni I met as a college student at The Ohio State University, and this is what they had to say!


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Spring Break Dilemma?
Explore These 4 Must-Visit Destinations

By Chaitanya Bala

It’s alShutterstock_165824879most here guys! Just a few more exams left to study your brains out for and a couple more pages to write for your essay on the theory of modern Confucianism. Then you’re off to a week of sunny, warm paradise with your besties and buddies. Spring Break is the ultimate time to let loose, have fun, and do a ton of sightseeing! But let’s be honest – there are way too many places and too little time to see everything. But maybe we can help you narrow down your choices. Whether you’re a foodie, a party animal, a beach aficionado, or a lover of rich culture, there are plenty of options for every single one of you. And the best part? We’ve got just the destinations to suit each of your needs! And no worries – we realize you’re working off a budget, so don’t be worried about breaking the bank. Now sit back, read some of our great suggestions for the best Spring Break destinations this year, and then get back to work. You’ve got a midterm coming up!


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