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10 Tips for International Students in the U.S.

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1: Learn key English phrases and slang

This seems obvious, but the slang is the important part. College students in America typically don’t speak as formally as the books and guides that teach non-English speakers, so be sure to research some commonly used phrases and slang terms among the youth of America. If you hear a phrase that confuses you, don’t be afraid to ask! It will be easier to make friends with other students if you show genuine interest in what they’re saying.

2: College = University, or “Uni”

What is widely known as “uni” across the globe is most commonly called “college” by American students. Knowing this will help you avoid confusion about the type of school you enrolled in.

3: Get involved!

Extracurricular activities are a huge part of American school culture, especially in universities. Since American universities typically work to serve a wide variety of needs, you’re likely to find a club for just about any activity you can imagine. Get involved with sports, a charity organization or something relevant to your course of study, and it’ll help you make friends and gain genuine immersion into American culture.

4: Make friends in your classes

In the U.S., group projects and study groups are prominent across college campuses. Professors often encourage or even require working together in classes, and getting to know the people around you is a great way to make friends and excel in your classes.

5: Go to class

When I was studying in Ireland, many of my professors told us that class was optional, as long as we kept up with the material on our own. There is a high level of responsibility professors give students to work on their own, but this is not the case in the U.S. Many professors take attendance, give grades for class participation, and assign weekly papers, quizzes and tests to ensure students are keeping up with the material. Be prepared to attend and participate in class regularly.

6: Tip!

Tipping, while not a common practice throughout the rest of the world, is expected in the U.S. Restaurants do not typically add gratuity to a bill, so patrons are expected to tip their server somewhere between 15-20% to reward them for their service. It is considered extremely rude not to do so, so be sure to check your bill and tip your waiter if gratuity hasn’t been added.


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