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Episode 11: What International Students Need to Know About Applying to College in the U.S.

March 8, 2021

Top-tier American universities like Bucknell (which welcomed its first international student in 1858) have been attracting talented international students for generations.

But even as more international students choose to attend college in the United States, the process for exploring, applying to and attending American universities has not gotten any easier.

This episode of College Admissions Insider is all about the unique — and sometimes complicated — journey that international students must take if they want to attend college in the United States. 

In addition to sharing advice for international students, we also help families living in the U.S. understand what colleges are doing to make international students feel more welcome — and how you can help.

Our guest is Brett Basom, Bucknell's associate director of international recruitment. He’s been in college admissions for 30 years and at Bucknell for three years. In addition to meeting with students from around the world, Brett reviews every application to Bucknell from an international student or an American student living overseas.

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Episode 11 Transcript