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The History Behind the Star Spangled Banner

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The History Behind the Star Spangled Banner

This weekend marks the 200-year anniversary of the writing of America’s national anthem. “The Star Spangled Banner” is one of the most recognizable songs in the United States. But it is more than just a patriotic song. Behind this piece of music is a rich history that sheds light into the country’s first years as […]

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How It Felt to Return Home after My J-1 Experience

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How It Felt to Return Home after My J-1 Experience

Heinke Conrad was J-1 Participant in Billerica, MA. She is originally from Germany. Before describing how it felt to come home to Germany after working in the United States, I should mention that I had visited Germany twice during my 18 month stay as a trainee in the field of biology in the Boston area. […]

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Celebrating Labor Day and the End of Summer

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Celebrating Labor Day and the End of Summer

By the calendar, summer ends in the Northern Hemisphere at 10:29 P.M. EDT on the night of September 29, 2014. This is the day when the sun sets exactly twelve hours after sun rise. For the next three months the hours of sunlight will shorten by a few minutes each day. Forget the calendar! In […]

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Getting to Know a J-1: Tausifa Hasin Tajalli

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Getting to Know a J-1: Tausifa Hasin Tajalli

Current Location: Seattle, WA Originally From: Bangladesh Where are you currently working? In Business Development at the Starbucks Corporation What have you found most surprising about America? All people seem rich. Even the living standard of the dogs seems higher than mine! What’s the strangest thing you’ve observed while on your visit? People don’t use […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Traveling Outside the U.S. During Your J-1 Program

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Everything You Need to Know About Traveling Outside the U.S. During Your J-1 Program

In our new series of articles “Common J Visa Questions”, Jai Misra, International Exchange Center Program Specialist, will take frequently asked question received from exchange program participants and attempt to answer them in the most comprehensive way possible. This information and much more is available in our FAQs section on our website. Can I travel […]

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September J-1 Participant Meetup: Chicago, Illinois

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September J-1 Participant Meetup: Chicago, Illinois

You’re invited to an event for J-1 participants in the Chicago, Illinois area! Please join us on September 10th at The Golden Triangle, a high-end gallery/museum environment, housing Asian and European antiques and artifacts, who have generously offered to be our hosts. Who: About 50 J-1 trainees and interns from different visa sponsor organizations What: Event […]

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The Thrill of the Hunt—Finding Bargains and Pieces of American Culture at Garage Sales

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The Thrill of the Hunt—Finding Bargains and Pieces of American Culture at Garage Sales

For a visitor from another country, garage sales can be a source of inexpensive necessities as well as a peek into American popular culture. Many people in the U.S. will readily acknowledge that they have too much stuff. Thus, from spring to fall, you will find people trying to unload all this excess at yard […]

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Who Are the Amish in America?

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Who Are the Amish in America?

Technology is an integral part of life for the majority of Americans. Our society is constantly wired in, with over 90 percent owning a cell phone and nearly 50 percent reporting use of a computer at work. However, there is a group of Americans who do not use any electronic devices in their everyday life. […]

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My Life in Utah and Georgia

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My Life in Utah and Georgia

Mayur Shukla is from Bilimora, Gujarat, India and is completing a training program in microbiology in Springdale, UT. I arrived in Utah last year on Thanksgiving Day. At first sight, I was really amazed to see the beautiful mountains. It was almost fall, and I saw snow covering the mountain tops and it was very pretty! It […]

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A Summer Road Trip to America’s National Parks

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A Summer Road Trip to America’s National Parks

Documentary film maker, Ken Burns, describes national parks as “America’s best idea.” National parks are indeed popular destinations in the United States. Many Americans plan summer road trips to one or more of the over 400 units of the National Park Service, which was created in 1916, and now spans the nation from coast to […]

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