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EDUCATION REPORT - Foreign Student Series #15: International Student Handbook  - 2004-12-08

Broadcast: December 9, 2004

This is Gwen Outen with the VOA Special English Education Report.

We continue our Foreign Student Series with a report about the two thousand five International Student Handbook. Students may find much of the information they need to attend college in the United States. This guide is published by the College Board, an educational organization.

The International Student Handbook explains the American system of higher education. It tells how to apply for college. It explains the different costs and what kinds of financial aid that foreign students can get. The handbook also gives information about required tests.

The material is organized for both undergraduate and graduate students. Information is included on more than two thousand five hundred colleges.

The International Student Handbook costs twenty eight dollars if purchased through the College Board Web site. You might find it for less at a site like

Students who want to know about undergraduate education only can buy the Online Undergraduate Edition at the College Board site. It costs twelve dollars and can be read on the computer or printed out. The online version includes links to learn about colleges, prepare an admissions application, estimate costs and find financial aid.

The Web site is collegeboard, Or you can write to the College Board at forty-five Columbus Avenue, New York, New York one-zero-zero-two-three, U-S-A.

We are now in the fifteenth week of our Foreign Student series. So far, we have explored the American college system, how to choose a school, and government rules about coming to the United States.

We have also talked about the TOEFL and other tests, the costs of education and the different forms of financial aid. Next week, the subject is how to decide what kind of housing situation to choose once you are admitted to a school.

Future reports will take you to different colleges and universities around the country. And we will discuss working as a teaching assistant.

Our Foreign Student Series is online at If you have a general question about American education, send it to We cannot answer questions personally, but we might be able to give an answer on the air.

This VOA Special English Education Report was written by Nancy Steinbach. I'm Gwen Outen.