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What's your tip for international students to succeed in their first year?

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    IDP Education

    IDP Education

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    My tips to first the international students is don't be afraid to make friends there, they'll be your connections later on, or if you have any concerns about well-being or you know, your academic related matter, make sure you get to talk to the universities. They're here to help you. And also, don't be afraid to reach out to us, your local onshore counselors. We are here to help you from accommodations to insurance to all kinds of academic related matters.

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    Portland State University

    Portland State University

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    I think in my first year, what was crucial for me, you know, thinking back on where I am now, was building relationships with your professors or faculty. I think these relationships are really important moving forward in your college career because they become such a support, especially that constant support. They know you since you first got in and they will support you throughout your experience. So just having that person that knew you from the start is always super, super special.

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    Western New England University

    Western New England University

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    One piece of advice that I have for international students studying in the US is to get involved on campus as much as possible. It's a really great way to meet other students, connect with faculty and staff and really integrate with the campus community, whether you're at the undergraduate or postgraduate level. There are a lot of clubs and organizations you can join and some leadership opportunities that you can take part of, too, which is a great way to enhance your resume. Whatever you do, make sure that you're brave. Put your name out there and get involved as much as you can.

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    Shoreline Community College

    Shoreline Community College

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    Strong community college has plenty of services that will help students be successful in their first year in the United States from our USC advising services to our tutoring services that are free for all students to the library and support services that the International Education Department does for our students. Students have services for almost any type of opportunity when it comes to living on campus, off campus and support within their classroom every day on campus.

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    Florida Institute of Technology

    Florida Institute of Technology

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    OK, guys, my name is Tanner, and I'm from Baltimore, Maryland. I'm going to be answering a few tips international students can use while their time at Florida Tech. My biggest and most important is get involved, utilize travel or international student services, keep an open mind and overall, have fun and relax.

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    Edith Cowan University

    Edith Cowan University

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    One of the most important things is to join one of the clubs and use student guild. There's a fantastic number of clubs that you can choose between. And also, it's always easy to stick to people from your own country, but make sure that you actually interact with students from all over the world that widens your networks from day one.

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    University of La Verne

    University of La Verne

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    I think it is extremely important to try not to be shy and make friends with not just people who speak your language, but American friends as well, so that you can truly gain the full experience of studying in the US. Second, also really ask for help if you need it. Don't be shy. Reach out to your professors, your peers, as well as administrators so they can get the help early and not wait until the end where you feel like you're falling behind. Stay positive. That will be my advice.

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    The University of Waikato

    The University of Waikato

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    Hidir, the tip I would give students to succeed in their first year of studying here at the University of Waikato is get involved, get to know your lecturers, get to know your peers, get to know our careers, service, our library facilities, your tutors, make sure you're connecting with as many people as possible so you know where to go if you need help. But you also meet lots of people.

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    The University of Waikato

    The University of Waikato

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    What tips would I give international students for succeeding? I think probably one of the best things a lot of our students have done is the Employability Plus program. This offers students opportunities to participate in community voluntary activities, and they'll get this recorded on the transcripts once they've completed. So a lot of students have told me they get such a great benefit from doing that program.

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    University of Ottawa

    University of Ottawa

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    First-Year, international students get a lot of help and support from the University of Ottawa to succeed in their first year. I am an international student mentor at the international office and we help you succeed in your first year by helping you in the cultural differences. And enrolling in course is the best tip I can give you is to ask for help because there is always someone like us happy to help you.

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    Queensland University of Technology

    Queensland University of Technology

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    I'm an international student at Gayety, my best advice for international students in the first year of university duty is to take part in every event and workshop you can join in clubs. And attending campus events is the easiest way to get to know the campus. They can help you to adjust to university life and are the best way to meet new friends. Kiuchi has events and workshops all year round for all the students, so you should definitely take advantage of them all.

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    Lakehead University

    Lakehead University

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    There are three tips I would give a student starting in their first year, the first one would be get involved and keep an open mind. There are so many activities that students can do on campus or in the community, including volunteering or joining a club. The second would be to make sure that you're familiar with all of your academic support. This includes free tutoring and academic writing support. Last but not least, I would say live on campus or at least close by so that you can access these supports and meet up with friends.

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    UWE Bristol

    UWE Bristol

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    I think there's loads of stuff that students can do to succeed in the first year. I think one is joining all of the events and that the university will put on for you when you arrive at the university. Not only will this mean that you're occupied and busy and enjoying yourself, but it's a great opportunity to meet loads of new people, which will be a big part of your experience. And I think the other thing as well is don't be afraid to ask. Lots of students will be in the same situation as you, including UK students as well. So please do ask.

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    Full Sail University

    Full Sail University

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    They both said I would help our international student is to get involved at Poolesville University, we hold a ton of events throughout the year. So whether it's industry professionals or alumni events, you should go do your homework about the speakers, go talk to them, have meaningful conversations, exchange information, join our student club and become an officer or a mentor. Taught the students that are from outside of your country, teach them about your country, get to know about their country. You know, really, the key thing is to network, network, network.

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    California State University, San Bernardino

    California State University, San Bernardino

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    Studying in the United States is an exciting experience, so we encourage our students to get involved on campus and academic and social clubs. This is going to be your home for a couple of years. So make friends and get involved.

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