How MyLiaison Helps Overcome Challenges for International Students and U.S. Universities  

May 17, 2024

Embarking on an educational journey in the United States is an aspiration for millions of international students. Liaison’s mission is to help them accomplish that goal while simultaneously empowering higher ed undergraduate and postgraduate programs to achieve their most important enrollment objectives. However, navigating this path can be overwhelming for students, especially when it comes to identifying best-fit programs, obtaining international student visas, adapting to a new culture, and achieving academic success.  

To overcome admission and enrollment barriers for international students as well as the U.S. higher ed institutions serving them, Liaison has launched MyLiaison features rich school profiles, information about post-degree career pathways, the ability to submit applications directly to programs affiliated with Liaison’s CAS (Centralized Application Service) communities, and an option for students to create unique profiles to save relevant information. 

By helping international students make the right decisions about choosing and applying to the right undergraduate or graduate programs, MyLiaison now functions as an unrivaled pipeline uniting undergraduate and graduate students from abroad with the U.S. higher ed institutions that will be at the center of their academic and professional lives. 

MyLiaison’s extensive Student Resources content library covers everything international students need to know about realizing their vision of studying in the U.S., including the following. 

Understanding International Student Visa Procedures 

Securing a student visa is an important step in any international student’s U.S. academic experience. Understanding the types of visas (e.g., F-1, J-1, and M-1) and their requirements is crucial. The process includes getting acceptance from a U.S. institution, proving financial stability, and attending a visa interview.  

MyLiaison offers detailed guidance, including early preparation and a comprehensive checklist for SEVP registration, I-901 fee payment, and DS-160 form completion. MyLiaison also offers advice for students on gathering the necessary documentation, preparing for the international student visa interview, and focusing on their study plans. Additionally, the portal covers visa extension procedures and tips on maintaining academic standing, which is crucial for earning a degree and experiencing ongoing success in the United States. 

Mastering English Before Heading to the U.S. 

MyLiaison understands the pivotal role that mastering English plays for international students embarking on their educational journeys in the United States. That’s why the platform emphasizes the value of English as a Second Language (ESL) programs for international students. These programs are more than just language courses; they are gateways to academic success and cultural immersion.  

Through a variety of learning methods, including interactive online courses, language exchange programs, and innovative educational apps, ESL courses offer a practical and engaging approach to language learning. MyLiaison not only sheds light on these programs, but also highlights the transformative impact of ESL—namely, enhancing communication skills, easing cultural adaptation, and opening doors to broader academic and professional opportunities. MyLiaison is committed to helping all students thrive, and mastering English through ESL programs for international students is a crucial step in that journey. 

Preparing for the IELTS Exam 

For international students planning to study in the U.S., International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam preparation is a crucial step. MyLiaison’s resources on IELTS exam preparation offer a comprehensive approach to achieving a high band score. The platform provides resources on both the Academic and General Training tests, detailing each module: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking.  

MyLiaison provides practical tips, such as understanding the test format, practicing with sample questions, and improving time management skills. It also focuses on regular practice in English through various mediums like music, TV shows, and books. By following these tailored strategies, students can enhance their English proficiency, not only for the exam, but also for their future academic and professional endeavors in the United States. 

Embracing a New Life and Culture 

A major challenge for international students might be adapting to American culture—but it can also be exciting! MyLiaison’s resources help visitors understand the nuances of American life, from classroom dynamics to social customs. Tips on dealing with culture shock, making new friends, and engaging in campus activities will help newly arrived students integrate smoothly into their new environment. 

MyLiaison’s various guides on graduate student life in the U.S. expand on these topics, discussing the unique challenges and opportunities international students face. The platform covers critical topics like adjusting to different teaching and learning styles, managing time effectively for studies and research, and navigating financial aspects like scholarships and assistantships. Furthermore, MyLiaison emphasizes building a support network through campus resources, language proficiency programs, and international student organizations, providing a comprehensive overview of life as an international graduate student in the U.S. 

Understanding Strategies for Academic Achievement 

Academic success in the U.S. requires adapting to different teaching styles and evaluation methods. MyLiaison offers strategies for effective study habits, time management, and resource utilization to illustrate how to be a successful international student. Learning the credit system, participating in class discussions, and utilizing campus resources like libraries and writing centers are also essential for international students. 

Expanding on academic strategies, MyLiaison offers guidance on graduate school applications. It covers preparation for key entrance exams like the GRE, GMAT, and LSAT and provides tips for crafting a standout personal statement. Additionally, the platform simplifies the graduate school admissions process, assisting students in selecting programs, understanding deadlines, and preparing the necessary documents. These comprehensive resources ensure that international students are thoroughly prepared for both the academic and procedural aspects of enrolling in U.S. graduate programs. 

Navigating International Student Work Authorizations 

For international students in the U.S., understanding work authorizations like Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT) is key for practical experience. CPT programs allow students to work during their studies, and OPT is for postgraduation employment, with up to 36 months authorized for STEM students. Both require university and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services approval. MyLiaison can help students navigate these international student work authorization options, blending education with professional growth. 

Studying in the United States as an international student is a journey filled with opportunities for growth, learning, and personal development. With the right preparation and guidance from MyLiaison, those students can successfully navigate their unique challenges, embrace rewarding possibilities, and make the most of their American educational experience. That, in turn, benefits the U.S. institutions and programs that realize their own long-term relevance and success depend on building well-diversified classes composed of students with global views and aspirations. MyLiaison is here to offer support every step of the way, ensuring the journey is as smooth and rewarding as possible for all parties involved. 

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Over the last three decades, Liaison has helped over 40,000 programs on more than 1,200 campuses more effectively manage admissions through its Centralized Application Service (CAS™) technology and complementary application processing and support services. The higher education technology leader supports its partner institutions’ total enrollment goals by pairing CAS with its Enrollment Marketing (EM) platform as well as the recently acquired TargetX (CRM) and advanced analytics software Othot.