Links to More Information on U.S. Life

Below are links to some additional useful sources of information on U.S. life for students from the Middle East/North Africa, all available online. See also the resources related to planning for U.S. arrival on the Visas section of this Web site.

  • EducationUSA U.S. Department of State site provides information about study in the United States to prospective students living in other nations and assists them in their quest for further education.
  • Edupass Information for international students on admissions, financing, visas, orientation, and more.
  • Open Doors Statistics on international student enrollment in U.S. academic programs.  

Practical Matters and Cultural Support/Resources

Almost all U.S. colleges and universities have associations specifically for international students.  There are also numerous community associations likely to be helpful, including the small sampling of U.S. national groups listed below that have been established by and for Muslim individuals and/or individuals of Arab world origin.


  • Dollar A collection of links to articles on frugal living. Topics include food, shopping, traveling, home maintenance, and education.
  • Provides information and coupon codes for discounts with on-line retailers.
  • Provides academic discounts of up to 85 percent off retail prices on computer, software, and consumer electronics products. Students and faculty and staff members at accredited U.S. higher education institutions are eligible to purchase.
  • STA Travel Provides a discount card for students. Benefits include savings on travel arrangements, accommodations, museums, cultural events, entertainment and more.
  • Student Advantage Another discount card provider. Benefits include savings on entertainment, travel, books, computer software, glasses, clothing, and more.
  • Tax Information for International Students
  • Young Money Web site for national magazine written primarily by students; journalists provide a variety of money-saving ideas.


Postal Services:

Study Skills:

Travel Sites

Major U.S. Airlines

U.S. Train Travel

U.S. Bus Travel:

Alternate/Budget Overnight Accommodations:

Kelley Blue Book. Information on new and used car prices.

Your Health, Rights, and Safety

  • American Civil Liberties Union U.S. national, grassroots civil rights organization. Web site includes such useful material as the "Know Your Rights" brochure.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention This U.S. government site provides extensive information on a variety of public health issues and medical conditions.
  • To Your Health series Ordering information and on-line copies of two NAFSA: Association of International Educators brochures covering health and insurance issues for international students.
  • University of Chicago, Student Counseling Virtual Pamphlet Collection Resources created by different universities related to pretty well every issue a student might consult a counseling center about, including cultural issues as well as such concerns as alcohol and substance abuse, relationships, stress, study skills, time management, writing, and much more.