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Each year, 700,000 students from around the world come to the United States and Canada to study. For many, the experience is as challenging as it is exciting.  Far from home, they must adapt to a new culture, new university system, and in many cases, a new language. The process can be overwhelming, but as Charles Lipsons Succeeding as an International Student in the United States and Canada assures us, it doesnt have to be.

            Succeeding is designed to help students navigate the myriad issues they will encounter—from picking a program to landing a campus job. Based on Lipsons work with international students as well as extensive interviews with faculty and advisers, Succeeding includes practical suggestions for learning English, participating in class, and meeting with instructors. In addition it explains the rules of academic honesty as they are understood in U.S. and Canadian universities.

            Life beyond the classroom is also covered, with handy sections on living on or off campus, obtaining a drivers license, setting up a bank account, and more. The comprehensive glossary addresses both academic terms and phrases heard while shopping or visiting a doctor. There is even a chapter on the academic calendar and holidays in the United States and Canada.

           Coming to a new country to study should be an exciting venture, not a baffling ordeal. Now, with this trustworthy resource, international students have all the practical information they need to succeed, in and out of the classroom.

About the Author

Charles Lipson is professor and director of undergraduate studies in political science at the University of Chicago. He is the author of Doing Honest Work in College: How to Prepare Citations, Avoid Plagiarism, and Achieve Real Academic Success, as well as How to Write a BA Thesis and Cite Right, all published by the University of Chicago Press.

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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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Lipson, Charles
University of Chicago Press
Foreword by:
Goodman, Allan E.
Goodman, Allan
Goodman, Allan E.
Goodman, Allan E.
General Reference
Students & Student Life
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Students, foreign
College Guides
College student orientation -- United States.
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