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Comment These are INTERNSHIP visas (Score 1) 490

Most of the J-1 visas are for "International Practical Training" or International Summer Internship EXCHANGES through organizations like amscan.org, IAESTE, and AIESEC.

When a university hires a foreign student in this case, it is very likely that a student at the same U.S. university will get a summer job in an interesting country, like say, Germany or Japan.

Comment Supporting International Internship exchanges (Score 1) 490

The purpose of this document is to provide official support to student organizations that do International Summer Internship EXCHANGES like amscan.org, IAESTE, and AIESEC.

When a university hires a foreign student in this case, it is very likely that a student at the same U.S. university will get a summer job in an interesting country, like say, Germany or Japan. I have worked with students on these programs and enjoyed working with them, and I had a friend that went on one of these internships to Finland.

Very frequently the question comes up on slashdot: "How do I work abroad?" THIS IS HOW.

The summary was probably written by some bitter washed up university IT guy looking to stir up trouble.
 

Comment Re:Do what you want yourself (Score 1) 834

I agree with this guy - the first really objective comment that wasn't just some salary cost benefit analysis.

I would add to point 1, if there are classes and subjects in your field which you want to learn about, but you are about to graduate -> go directly to grad school, do not pass go, do not collect $200.

If you are tired of school, get a job and see how you like it - see what interests you in the real world, and use that knowledge to decided if/what to study in graduate school.

3+4 are also great advice.

I did 1, 4, and briefly 5, before going back to 3 again.

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