Succeeding as an International Student

in the United States and Canada

by charles lipson

Table of Contents

      Foreword by Allen Goodman, President and CEO, Institute of International Education

Part I: Moving Here

1.   What to Bring with You
2.   Passports and Visas: A Quick Overview
3.   The First Ten Things You Should Do Here

Part II: Succeeding at Your University

4.   The Biggest Academic Challenges for International Students
5.   Succeeding Academically
6.   Thinking Creatively: Going Beyond What the Professor Said
7.   Working as a Teaching Assistant, Lab Assistant, or Research Assistant
8.   Avoiding Plagiarism and Doing Honest Work
9.   The Culture of Universities in the United States and Canada

Part III: Living in the United States and Canada

10.   Settling In
11.   Learning the Terrain
12.   Learning the Language
13.   Identification Cards
14.   Earning Money
15.   Managing Money: Bank Accounts, Debit Cards, and Credit Cards
16.   Spending Money: Shopping at Local Stores, Malls, and Online
17.   Getting Around: Buses Bikes, and Taxis
18.   Getting Around: Cars
19.   University Housing and Meals
20.   Apartment Rentals
21.   Kids and Family
22.   Health Care
23.   Campus Life
24.   Telecommunicating: Phone Calls, Internet, Cable TV, and More
25.   Dealing with Problems

      Appendix 1. A Glossary of Words and Phrases for International Students
      Appendix 2. Abbreviations, Acronyms, Nicknames, Holidays, Floor Numbering,
      and Clothing Sizes

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