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American Culture

Spill the Beans: American Idioms Explained (A-R)

Idioms exist in every language. Understand more common idioms will help you understand better what American people are talking about. So be sure to check out our other American idioms series part 1 and part 2.   Raining cats and dogs When it is raining particularly heavily. Example: “It’s really raining cats and dogs out here. I mean,... Continue reading Spill the Beans: American Idioms Explained (A-R)
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American Culture, College tips, Life at FIU

How to Decorate your Dorm Room so it Feels Like Home

Dorm rooms, like 8am lectures, can be boring.  Good thing it’s easy to give your dorm room an interesting, happy vibe. Find some decoration inspiration thanks to other students at dormdesign.tumblr.com. Because your dorm room can still like home, even if your family is thousands of miles away.     Bring decorations from home  dormdesign.tumblr.com   ... Continue reading How to Decorate your Dorm Room so it Feels Like Home
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American Culture, College tips, Life at FIU

How to Beat New School Nervousness

Admit it – even if you’re excited about studying internationally, you’re also a bit scared. Luckily, you’re not alone. We asked international students what their top concerns were about studying abroad, and how they conquered those fears. Here’s how you can turn new school nervousness into new school success.   If You’re Nervous About a... Continue reading How to Beat New School Nervousness
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College tips, Life at FIU, Check out FIU highlights, which include summer activities, student internships, university culture, and various things to do in Miami! Miami

Hungry for Variety? Here’s How to Find Good Places to Eat

Want to explore your new city and new cuisines? From local specialties to cuisine from around the world, America has a lot to offer you when you’re hungry. With some help from Hunger Games star (and lover of food) Jennifer Lawrence, here are four great tips for going beyond just the dining hall! 1. Check... Continue reading Hungry for Variety? Here’s How to Find Good Places to Eat
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College tips, Life at FIU, Check out FIU highlights, which include summer activities, student internships, university culture, and various things to do in Miami! Miami

FIU Study Abroad Checklist for New International Students

Good news: You’re about to go on an exciting and rewarding adventure. And while there’s a lot to get done before you start, we’re here to help! You don’t want to miss a thing, and we don’t you to, either. So here’s what you should do as a new international student preparing to study abroad... Continue reading FIU Study Abroad Checklist for New International Students
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College tips, Life at FIU

Bookmark This Now: 12 Helpful FIU Links You Need

The beautiful Florida International University campus has a lot to offer. You know, in addition to that cute person in your English literature lecture. While we don’t have links to help with flirting, here are twelve official FIU resources worth bookmarking. They’ll help you make the most of getting around campus, studying and finding cool... Continue reading Bookmark This Now: 12 Helpful FIU Links You Need
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American Culture

Letting the Cat Out of the Bag: American Idioms Explained (G-P)

Adjusting to life in a new culture can be challenging enough without language getting in the way. We’re here to explain even more idioms you’ll hear in the USA so these phrases actually make sense. Missed part 1 of our American idioms series? Check that out too!   Get off my back When you want someone... Continue reading Letting the Cat Out of the Bag: American Idioms Explained (G-P)
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American Culture, College tips

5 “app-ealing” Ways to Learn English

Did you know that there are some great mobile apps to help you with your English? With these apps below, you can get more comfortable using English and discover new words. Soon, you’ll be talking more in class, making new friends and even having fun learning!    Duolingo  Learning should be fun. And Duolingo makes learning and practicing English very fun! How? By turning... Continue reading 5 “app-ealing” Ways to Learn English