international studies

The Benefits of Majoring in International Studies

international studiesEvery year, thousands of young adults begin their freshmen year of college. This is typically the time that these students chose their majors, if they haven’t chosen one already. One major that can open up opportunities in a variety of industries isinternational studies. With this degree, you can learn about global issues and start your career within the government or private sector.

A Major that Teaches a Wide Range of Skills

The reason that many go into international studies is because it focuses on teaching a wide range of skills. Although most of what you learn will connect to global concerns, you will also be able to learn basic skills such as writing, giving presentations, analytical skills, a knowledge of worldwide politics and conducting research. These skills can be carried into almost any industry.

Government Job Opportunities

One of the biggest industries that hire those who have an international studies background is government organizations. There are a wide variety of positions throughout the government where a person can use a range of skills in their daily work. Those who start working in government can choose to work in the foreign service in diplomatic roles, security roles and defense roles. It is also possible to work in the United Nations, depending on what jobs are available to those from your country of origin.

More Job Opportunities in the Private Sector

If you love the idea of international studies as a major but are not interested in working towards a government career, there are also many private sector businesses that are interested in people with this type of education. Two of the biggest industries that actively recruit those with international studies are non-profit volunteer organizations with a worldwide reach and multinational corporations. Both of these industries benefit from the knowledge and understanding of international affairs in those who hold degrees in this field.

If you are interested in learning more about how to obtain an international studies degree and what career path you can take with it, contact us.

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Tips for a Successful Interview

interview skills and tips 2A successful job interview makes or breaks the likelihood of a candidate landing a job.  While interviews may seem intimidating and nerve-wracking, these interview skills and tips can help put your mind and ease, and leave a positive example for your potential future employer that may just set you aside from the rest of the candidates.

Tip #1: Be Prepared – and prepare for the interview in advance.While it may surprise some job-seekers, interviews are not as simple as walking into a room, smiling, shaking hands and answering questions.  It may have worked in the past, but in today’s job market, potential employers are looking for candidates who demonstrate initiative and show that they’re actively interested in the position – and it’s not just another stop on a list.  Before walking into the office, spend some time researching the company on the internet.  Get a field for what the do, what their company mission statement is, and get a feel for the company culture.  All companies are different, and getting an idea of their goals prior to ever walking into the building shows that you’re interested, and you’re willing to do your homework to better prepare you for the interview process.

Tip #2: Ask Your Own Questions:A lot of job candidates mistakenly think that it’s the job of the interviewer to ask all of the questions and judge a candidate solely based on their answers.  Unfortunately, that is no longer the case.  Candidates are expected to come with a list of their own questions in advance – about the company, about the position, and anything else that strikes their interest.  This goes hand-in-hand with being prepared for the interview process itself, but it’s a separate and important part of the process in its own right.  Additional questions may come up throughout the interview process.  Feel free to ask them as well.  DON’T, however, ask about money – especially in a first interview.

Tip #3: Be AppreciativeWith the job market being iffy, job-seekers may have to go on dozens of interviews before receiving a job offer.  Understandably, the interview process can become tedious, especially if all of the questions have a similar feel to them.  Keep in mind, however, that the company that you’re interviewing with picked you out of a pool of qualified candidates to move the process to the next level, and demonstrating appreciation for their time and effort can go a long way towards making a good impression.  Whether or not you end up getting the job, the fact that the interviewer was willing to sit down, take time out of their often busy schedule to discuss options with you means a lot.  Try not to be discouraged – at least at the interview itself.  Keep positive, upbeat and engaged, and your interview is much more likely to be seen as successful after the fact.

There are dozens of tips and tricks that job candidates can use to improve their interview skills and land a job that they’re excited to have.  These three tips are important steps of the process, and can help you to feel more comfortable throughout the process itself.  If you have any questions, and would like to receive additional help, please feel free to contact us and see what help we can offer you throughout what is often a stressful and difficult process.

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University of the Potomac to Exhibit at American Education Gulf Expo

International Students FlagsCome and meet us at the ISN’s Fall 2014 American Education Gulf Expo from September 20th through September 30th in Jordan, Bahrain, Kuwait, UAE and Qatar. You will learn more about our University, admissions requirements, tuition and fees, scholarships, life in Washington, DC, and much more.
Below is the tentative Expo schedule. Please come back later to check the updated schedule.

Amman, Jordan: Saturday, September 20, 2014
10:00 AM – 10:45 AM – High School Visit at De La Salle College
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM – High School Visit at Ahliya School for Girls
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM – ISN College Fair at Kempinski Hotel

Manama, Bahrain: Monday, September 22, 2014
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM – ISN College Fair at Intercontinental Hotel

Kuwait City, Kuwait: Wednesday, September 24, 2014
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM – High School Visit (TBD)
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – High School Visit at Gulf English School

Abu Dhabi, UAE: Friday, September 26, 2014
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – ISN College Fair at Beach Rotana Hotel

Dubai, UAE:
Saturday, September 27, 2014
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – ISN College Fair at Al Bustan Rotana Hotel
Sunday, September 28, 2014
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM – High School Visit at the Indian High School
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – High School Visit at Dubai International Academy

Doha, Qatar: Tuesday, September 30, 2014
9:00 AM – 9:45 AM – High School Visit at Qatar Leadership Academy
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – High School Visit at Park House School
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM – ISN College Fair at St. Regis Hotel

If you have any questions about the Gulf Expo, please email us at international@potomac.edu.

We look forward to seeing you!

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University of the Potomac and Defense Acquisition University Partner to Support Acquisition Workforce

UniversityofPotomacSigning_20140813_Gonzalez025FT. BELVOIR, VA and WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 2014)  Defense Acquisition University (DAU), a best-in-class corporate university for the Defense Acquisition Workforce, and the University of the Potomac (UOTP) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in joint support of the Acquisition Workforce in the United States Department of Defense (DoD). This agreement, which combines best practices from both institutions, allows the two organizations to leverage their shared vision and expertise in providing education and continual career advancement to the acquisition workforce in the public and private sector.

According to the terms of the agreement:

  • UOTP will provide academic instruction and related professional educational services to accommodate the requirements of students in the academic programs offered: Associate of Science degrees, Bachelor of Science degrees, Master of Business Administration degree, and Certificate programs.
  • UOTP will accept all academically qualified individuals, subject to the school’s admissions policies, register them in courses, and evaluate applicable transfer of credits. University credit may be awarded for learning experiences derived from DAU training programs or work experience if properly documented and/or American Council on Education (ACE) approved.
  • UOTP will accept credits earned through DAWIA certifications that can be transferred into certain Bachelor’s (Level I and II certification) and Master’s (Level III certification) programs. These meet the Excelerate criteria outlined at the Excelerate section of the DAU Strategic Partnership website.
  • UOTP and DAU upon mutual agreement will entertain collaborative research projects that benefit both the DAU and UOTP curricula.
  • DAU will assist UOTP in the distribution of information regarding transfer opportunities available to DAU students and place transfer information on the DAU homepage. DAU will update information on the homepage as changes occur.
  • DAU will work with the UOTP to identify terms, duration, and courses required to be offered at appropriate times that are flexible and convenient to the majority of students as needed.

Dr. Clinton Gardner, President and CEO of the University of the Potomac, said “This strategic partnership will provide another pathway for members of the Defense Acquisition Workforce to leverage their DAU education and their professional achievements earned from experience and knowledge gained in the workplace.  This pathway will lead many to a formal academic credential that will complement their industry certifications.”

“DAU is pleased to partner with schools like UOTP that further the development of the Defense Acquisition Workforce through their credit transfer and degree programs. I expect the collaboration between our faculty to greatly benefit curriculum development for both institutions,” said Dr. James McMichael, Vice President of DAU,

About Defense Acquisition University (DAU)

DAU is a best-in-class corporate university for the Defense Acquisition Workforce. Everything DAU does is to support the acquisition professional — from formal courses and continuous learning modules to knowledge sharing assets and consulting. As a learning partner, DAU supports the professional in the classroom, online, and at their workplace. All of their learning assets are meant to help develop and manage acquisition programs, projects, and systems that continue to make our nation’s warfighters the best-equipped armed forces in the world. Visit www.DAU.mil, www.facebook.com/DAUNow and @DAUNow on Twitter.

About the University of the Potomac (UOTP)

University of the Potomac (formerly Potomac College) was founded in 1991 and offers programs that lead to the Associate of Science, Bachelor of Science, and MBA degrees. The educational philosophy of University of the Potomac is to address the needs and learning styles of a diverse community of learners through the structure of its academic programs that integrate classroom theory and relevant practical experience. University of the Potomac offers flexible class schedules in Washington, D.C., Vienna, VA, and Online.

University of the Potomac is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, (267) 284-5000.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other consumer important information, please visit our website at http://www.potomac.edu

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Helping International Students With Application Essays

international students essayKnowing what to expect in the application essay is important, especially for international students who rely on these essays even more to help them make a good impression on the admissions committee. University of the Potomac can help international students with the application process and offers these simple yet powerful tips to help all students write a better application essay:

Write about something that had an impact on your life.

Think about the things that changed how you looked at the world, events that brought you out of your comfort zone, the important life lessons and experiences you had, and other things that helped shape you into who you are. These topics will help the application and admissions committees get to know you better.

Talk about someone who influenced you.

University of the Potomac gets many application essays talking about influential people in the student’s life, but many students forget that ultimately, the essay is suppose to be about them. Remember that you do needs to talk about and describe the person who influenced you some but you should spend the bulk of the essay highlighting how you benefited from them and in what ways you were changed by that person’s influence.

Describe something you did to prepare for college.

You most likely have had many experiences in life prior to writing this application essay to get into college.  Talk about the things you have done, the way you have disciplined yourself, and what you have been doing to prepare for college. Why should the admissions committee consider letting you into the program? What does your experience give you that makes you ready for college? What do you hope to learn and gain from your time at college? Make sure you let the admissions committee know that you are the missing piece they have been looking for!

The University of the Potomac offers many great options for international students and we have a strong and thriving student body of international students. Contact us today for more information about us, our faculty and staff, the courses we offer, and what your life can be like during and after your time with us. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you on campus!

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Resume Writing Tips for International Students

resume writing tips internationalWriting your resume is the first important step to acquiring employment. If you are an international student, it is essential to learn what the U.S. standard resume format is and how you can successfully display your accomplishments within your resume. If you have never written a resume before, here are some resume writing tips you will need.

Say it All in One Page

A standard U.S. resume is usually only a single page. While you may have many skills and experiences you want to put on your resume, you will want to make sure you are only including the most relevant information. Information that should always be included is your current contact information, your degrees or current field of study and work related experience that is most relevant to the position you are applying for.

Check for Grammar, Spelling and Format

The interviewer for any position will want to spend most of the interview talking to you about your skills and about the position, so it is important that your resume is in a clear, readable format. It is also important to double check for any spelling mistakes, grammar mistakes or awkward phrasing. If you want to make sure to catch all of your mistakes, have a friend or advisor look it over with you.

What You Should Leave Out

In the United States, there is some information that should not be included on your resume, whether it is relevant to the position your are applying for or not. Some of these pieces of information include photos, age, race, religion or gender. Employers are not allowed to consider any of these factors in the hiring process. Also, you do not want to include any test scores such as your TOEFL scores.

If you are interested in learning more about how to write a great resume as an international student, contact us. We have resources for all types of international students.

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Online Learning: Three Ways to Succeed

online learning three ways to succeedWhen thinking about  online learning versus traditional learning, many people get caught up with some misconceptions that have been spread throughout the years. Some also feel that it might be too much for them. However, we’ve got three sure-fire ways to succeed in online learning.

  • Get to know some technology basics: Most potential students think you need to be a computer whiz in order to take an online class, but that simply is not the case. However, there are some basics that students should familiarize themselves with if they decide to go the online route. For example, an online student should learn how to send an email and create a document using a word processor (Such as in Word or Open Office.)
  • Create a study schedule: Despite what some people might say, online classes are not watered down versions of traditional classes. This means that just as much time and effort (sometimes even more) is needed to succeed. This can be difficult for those who are not used to managing their time very well. What students can do in order to keep from falling behind on their work is to set up a study schedule and adhere to it. Yes, lives are unpredictable, but it is important to try and get back to the schedule as soon as possible.
  • Do not be afraid to ask for help: One of the biggest misconceptions of online learning is that the student is all alone and does not have anyone to turn to. But there is a teacher running the course, and they would be more than happy to assist you should any problems or questions arise. They may be available through email, discussion boards, or even by synchronous chat; it all depends on the tools that were made available in the course.

To talk more about this, or anything else, please Contact Us.

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Benefits of Studying in Northern Virginia

why to study in northern virginiaThere are many things to consider when choosing a college: academic programs, reputation, job placement, and of course, location. Our Virginia campus provides an ideal setting for students looking to make the most out of their college experience, both in and out of the classroom. Here are just a few advantages of choosing a university in Northern Virginia:

1. Proximity to Washington, D.C.

Home to many businesses, non-profits, and, of course, political organizations, Washington boasts countless opportunities for students of all educational backgrounds, from internships to valuable networking opportunities. Students can also take advantage of D.C.’s cultural heritage and exciting nightlife. Our Virginia campus offers easy access to our nation’s capital, which is approximately 15 miles away.

2. Serenity of Northern Virginia

Despite being so close to Washington, our Virginia campus is actually located in the quiet, bucolic town of Vienna. Away from the hustle of the city, our location provides the perfect setting to focus on one’s studies, while enjoying all the natural beauty of Northern Virginia.

3. History

Northern Virginia is a hub of American history. The region is host to many historic Civil War battlefields, such as the site of the First and Second Battles of Bull Run in Manassas. A short drive away from our campus is one of our nation’s most important and solemn sites, Arlington National Cemetery. Proximity to D.C. also means easy access to some of the most important sites, monuments, and documents of the United States. Being surrounded by so much history, you can’t help but feel like you’re part of something bigger and greater than yourself.

These are just a few reasons why you should consider studying in Northern Virginia. This region has so much to offer. All it’s missing is you. Please contact us to find out more about our programs and to take the first step toward a brighter future.

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So Much To Do, So Little Time!

managing time effectively part 2Time management is an essential college skill; especially if you’re trying to put yourself through school while working a part-time job, managing a dating relationship, etc. With your future on the line, there is little room for mistakes!

Thankfully, there are a number of tools out there to help you with managing your time effectively. Here are some of the most effective options for you to consider:

1) The Pomodoro Technique

Developed by Francesco Cirillo, this time management technique combines periods of highly focused work with scheduled breaks. Using a timer (a traditional kitchen timer works great!) you work on a project for 25 minutes and then take a 5 minute break. After about four 25/5 cycles, you take a longer break between 15-30 minutes – whatever you need to feel recharged. To find out more about this technique, check out the Pomodoro website: http://pomodorotechnique.com/

2) The Getting Things Done Technique

Also known as GTD, this time-management technique was developed by David Allen and has helped a large number of people successfully attend to their busy lives with stress-free productivity. It’s essentially based off of 5 principles:

  • Capture: Collect what has your attention
  • Clarify: Process what it means
  • Organize: Put it where it belongs
  • Reflect: Review frequently
  • Engage: Simply do

If this technique sounds like it would be helpful for you to explore, see David Allen’s website for more information: http://gettingthingsdone.com/

3) 18 Minutes

A little less involved productivity plan would be Peter Bregman’s “18 Minute” time management technique. Here’s the jist of it:

  • In the morning, take five minutes to sit down and think about everything you need to do to have a productive day.
  • Every hour, for one minute, take an opportunity to reflect on the productivity of the last hour.
  • In the evening, take five minutes to sit down and think back over the day. As yourself if you successfully accomplished all that you had planned on in the morning.

You can find out more about the “18 Minute” time-management technique by reading Peter Bregman’s book, 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get The Right Things Done. 

Your education matters, so make the most of it! These time-management techniques will not only help you be more efficient with your schoolwork, but they also have the added benefit of giving you a mental break. You can actually relax with friends without worrying about whether or not you’ve accomplished enough during the day. By using one of these techniques, you know that you’ve worked to your highest capacity and you can treat yourself to a night out.

Contact us today for more information about University of the Potomac and learn how you can put these time-management skills to good use by enrolling in one of our degree programs.

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Exploring the World of Information Technology

information technologyWhen you choose the path to higher education, you can concentrate on a wide variety of topics that interest you. One concentration that has gained popularity in the last decade is information technology. With an information technology degree, you will learn about computer information systems and networks. This degree can lead to a number of jobs in the IT industry.

What You Will Learn

When you study through an information technology degree program, you will learn everything you need to know about various computer networks and systems. Although learning how to use existing systems is an important part of your education, you will also learn much more including designing and developing new IT systems. Students of information technology also learn how to install and implement these systems on a variety of different platforms.

Possible Careers

Once you have completed your degree program, it will be time to put your education to use. There are a number of career paths you can take with a degree in information technology. Some of these careers include It specialist, network engineer, systems administrator or network developer. If you prefer a more exciting job, you can also work in forensics analysis and research, finding things within networks that may be impossible to find without your knowledge of information systems.

Continuing Education

Since information technology is a field that is constantly changing, continuing education courses will always be a part of your career. With continuing education courses and seminars, you will be able to learn about the latest IT issues, systems and new technologies emerging in the industry. Some employers may also require a certain number of continuing education hours per year.

If you are interested in learning more about information technology degree programs, contact us. We can help you learn more about this type of degree and what you can do with it in your professional life.

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