Students Who Attend Schools in the US and Abroad Find Benefits in Both

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Students who have studied in the United States and in another country say foreign schools often place more emphasis on collaboration and teamwork than their American counterparts, which tend to focus on the individual's success.

Students were asked to describe the differences between attending schools inside and outside of the US for an essay contest sponsored by University Language Services, a US-based translation company. Submissions came from students who have studied around the world.

Despite the differences they found in educational style, few students definitively stated that they preferred one to the other. Rather, they noted that the combination of both approaches helped them become more capable and well-rounded students.

The winner, SoRi Jang, found studying in both the US and Korea invaluable to her academic life. She wrote, "I am stronger and more independent than I ever was. I still cannot say I have found myself entirely, but I can say that I am on my way, with a good start."

Following this great interest in University Language Services' first annual essay contest, international students as well as US students who have studied abroad are invited to enter the second annual essay contest for a chance to win one of four scholarships.

Students may submit an essay of no more than 1,000 words answering the following question:

"When you arrived in the US after studying for two or more years in another country, what did you expect from your US college, university or high school? Have your expectations been met?"

One grand prize winner will earn a $500 scholarship. Three runners-up will receive $100.

Essays must be submitted by February 28, 2009. The submission form, contest rules and past winning entries are online at

About University Language Services:

Since 1983, University Language Services has specialized in the translation of academic transcripts, records and personal documents. Its website,, provides assistance to international students in the United States and American students who wish to study abroad.

ULS translates, transcribes and interprets 150+ languages and dialects from its international headquarters in New York City and affiliated offices around the world.


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