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The Inherent Value of International Exchange

Filed in American Culture by on November 26, 2019 0 Comments
The Inherent Value of International Exchange

During International Education Week (IEW), the United States celebrates the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. The joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of an effort to attract talented individuals from abroad to study, work, and hone their skills in the United States. There […]

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What Is Day of the Dead? This Mexican Holiday Grows in Popularity in the US

Filed in American Culture by on October 30, 2019 0 Comments
What Is Day of the Dead? This Mexican Holiday Grows in Popularity in the US

American culture is increasingly a blend of traditions, holidays, and customs adapted from around the world. This is the case with the rise in popularity of the Mexican holiday Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, in the United States. As the Latin American population has grown in the United States, so too has […]

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A Guide to the 2020 Presidential Election for Exchange Visitors

Filed in American Culture by on September 19, 2019 0 Comments
A Guide to the 2020 Presidential Election for Exchange Visitors

If you’re in the United States for your exchange program right now, you’ve chosen an exciting time to be here—during the 2020 presidential election season. But our election process can be complicated to understand—even for many Americans who experience it every four years. As the election season gets into full swing, it will be helpful […]

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What’s Next for American Astronauts 50 Years After the Moon Landing? 

Filed in American Culture by on July 30, 2019 0 Comments
What’s Next for American Astronauts 50 Years After the Moon Landing? 

This month, the United States celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. After years of a tense “space race” between the United States and the then-Soviet Union, American astronauts became the first to land on and walk on the moon. This feat—globally recognized as one of the most important scientific advancements of the 20th […]

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Why Do Americans Celebrate Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican Holiday?

Filed in American Culture by on May 3, 2019 0 Comments
Why Do Americans Celebrate Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican Holiday?

If you’re just arriving to the United States for your exchange program, you may be wondering: why do Americans celebrate Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican holiday? In the United States, the May 5 holiday is celebrated with tacos, margaritas, and music at bars, restaurants, and parties around the country. But if you cross the border […]

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How Did Exchange Visitors Celebrate the Holidays? See Our Video Contest Winner

How Did Exchange Visitors Celebrate the Holidays? See Our Video Contest Winner

For many of our exchange visitors, the winter season marks the first time they’ve celebrated the holidays in the United States. From our country’s Thanksgiving feast to Christmas and New Year’s traditions that are unique to the United States, exchange visitors have the opportunity to see the holidays in a new way. That’s why this […]

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Why Is the US Government Shut Down and What Does It Mean for J-1’s?

Filed in American Culture, J-1 Regulation Explainers by on January 15, 2019 0 Comments
Why Is the US Government Shut Down and What Does It Mean for J-1’s?

As an exchange visitor to the United States, you may have some questions about how the nation has entered a government shutdown and what comes next. Simply put, the U.S. government can enter a shutdown if Congress doesn’t provide enough money to keep it open, or if the president refuses to sign bills that would […]

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The Culture Exchange Team Shares Their Favorite Thanksgiving Dishes

The Culture Exchange Team Shares Their Favorite Thanksgiving Dishes

Thanksgiving is one of the most popular holidays in the United States. Families travel from afar to gather around a table of food and give thanks for all that has happened in the past year. One of the most important parts of this holiday is the food. Many of the recipes are passed down from […]

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How Women’s Role in the Labor Movement Helped Create Labor Day

Filed in American Culture by on August 31, 2018 0 Comments
How Women’s Role in the Labor Movement Helped Create Labor Day

Each year on the first Monday of September, the United States celebrates Labor Day. Considered to be the official end of the summer season, many Americans spend the holiday gathering with family, swimming, or barbecuing. But Labor Day is far more than just a Monday off from work—in fact, it honors the very people who […]

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Is Your Exchange Program Almost Over? Consider Taking These Day Trips Before Leaving the US

Filed in American Culture by on August 17, 2018 0 Comments
Is Your Exchange Program Almost Over? Consider Taking These Day Trips Before Leaving the US

With many exchange visitors’ programs ending in August and September, you may be wondering which excursions you should take before leaving the United States. There are plenty of options for tourists looking to plan last-minute trips at a low cost. August and September are some of the best times to travel in the United States, […]

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