Category: International Student Help

International Students! Are you ready for your journey to the USA 🇺🇸?


Hello everyone!

I am Sandhra, an MBA (Master of Business Administration) student at UCO (University of Central Oklahoma). I come from the state called “the God’s Own Country,” Kerala in India. I went to the United States on February 1st, 2021, amidst the pandemic. My journey was not as easy and usual as it was before Covid-19. But proper planning and preparing myself for the trip helped me sit for a 24-hour flight without any chaos.

So, I am here to share my pre-departure checklist and explain how I prepared to pack up to move to another country for my studies. The primary thing to always have is your documents and I.D.s such as passport, I-20, etc.

Get Involved!

Hello everyone! My name is Trung (Victor) Vu, and I’m a Vietnamese 🇻🇳 student at the University of Central Oklahoma. I major in Marketing with a minor in Interpersonal Communication. When I first arrived on campus, I was excited yet nerve-wracking to make new friends and discover more about myself and my home away from home.

I’d seen many American college movies: Wild parties, Beer pong, and red Solo cups. On the contrary, the overall college experience I was after was getting that degree and investing my time in academics. I understood the price tag of my education and had no intention of wasting the experience.

Why I love Oklahoma 🦬

Hi! My name is Giannina Albines, and you might have already seen me around or in videos. I am in a lot of them! I am from Peru, a country located in South America. I moved to Oklahoma three years ago. I went back to visit Peru once, but since COVID started, I could not go back. During all this time, Oklahoma became my home. There are many reasons why I love Oklahoma, for example, the friendly people, the sky, the BBQ! etc.

How To Start Your UCO Application? 

Hello friends! I hope you all are doing well. My name is Yana. I am an International student from Kazakhstan 🇰🇿, and I am a current graduate student at UCO studying Business Analytics. I also happen to work at the UCO Office of Global Affairs. Therefore, for today’s blog, I am going to talk about the application process. Finding a university, and choosing a major, already puts enough pressure, right? And I get that. Of course, another obstacle everybody must face is starting your application. It seems like it is an effortless process; however, there are many hidden things that people do not expect to encounter. So, I will give you some tips and advice on how to complete your application correctly. 

Yuyu’s Tips On Taking The IELTS Exam

Hi everyone, my name is Yuyu and I’m from Japan 🇯🇵! A little bit about me, I’m a senior here at UCO studying Marketing. I love fashion and exploring cute cafes around OKC. I also like playing instruments, eating, and trying new things!

So like you guys, when I applied to the university in the US, I had to submit something to prove my English skills. IELTS and TOEFL are the most popular English exams. Each university has its English requirement for incoming international students. At the University of Central Oklahoma, the condition is broadband 5.5 in IELTS, 61 in TOFLE IBT, or 500 in TOEFL PBT. So, how do you get these scores before admission? Don’t worry. I will tell all of you a secret to get these scores!

1. What is IELTS?
2. IELTS 4 sections explained
3. Tips for studying for IELTS
4. The day before the exam
5. On the day of the test