Friday, July 29, 2016

The Getty Museum by Amandine

Have you ever heard about the Getty Museum?

It is located in Los Angeles and it is an AMAZING museum!
It is free and the only thing that you have to pay is the parking and it is a flat price for the day.

I went to the Getty Museum on summer 2015, and if you are in an art major, or interested by art or just a little bit curious, this place is for you! The Getty Museum has many galleries that you can see, so you can spend the whole day there if you want to see everything.

Once you arrive at the museum, you visit will start by a tram ride from the parking to the museum where you can admire the amazing view. It is so relaxing and beautiful!

At the museum, you will have many galleries with different exhibitions. You can check them out here (look at Getty Center). You will also be able to enjoy the outdoor sculpture and impressive architecture.

At the museum, do not forget to grab a brochure (if you wish in your language) I swear it would make your life easier (exhibition room, plan of the museum, information)

Be careful, sometime you can't pictures so be aware and ask the staff. Also they have a beautiful garden, a shop where you can buy souvenirs and also some coffee cart where you can buy a lemonade or a ice cream and a restaurant. You can also come with your own lunch.


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Get an international experience! by Amandine

You've always dreamed about doing an internship in the U.S.A and have an international experience? Well, your dream might become true!

The Institute of International Education for Global Experience and Training (GET) is giving a new opportunity to student all around the world to participate to an internship is the U.S.A!

For who?

If you are an undergraduate or a graduate student, recent college graduate or a young professionals and you want to get international experience and contribute to research in fields such as Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, improve your English and spend some time in the U.S.A..

What I am going to do?

Depending on the field you are interested in, the opportunities are going to be different but unique. It is going to be an unforgettable learning experience.  The opportunities include hands-on research, laboratory time, mentorship, industry-focused lectures, and site visits to companies and organizations relevant or influential to a specific field and a lot more!

Opportunities are full time, requiring 30-40 hours of work per week, and can range from six weeks to six months in duration Besides the research and the opportunities related to your field of study/interest, you and the other participants will go to museum exhibit, field trip to the U.S landmarks, recreational activities, theater, musical productions, national holiday events... 

How cool! You get to meet new people and to be immersed in the American culture!

You want to learn more about this opportunity? READ MORE about it HERE

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

How to get your U.S driver license? by Amandine

Yes, it's possible for an international student to get a U.S license driver if you are over 18!

Driving in the U.S can be very different from driving in your home country, and so the rules and laws can be very different. Also each states in the U.S have different laws, so I you plan to do a road trip in another state, make sure you read about the differences to not get a ticket!

Here are the step to follow:

STEP 1. Make an appointment before going to the DMV office.
Click here to find an office near you.  Click on the location you want and then go on Make an appointment and choose Office Visit Appointment Fill the form with you information.

STEP 2. Study for the written test. You can get a handbook in English or your language to study at the DMV or online. You have 36 questions and you can make up to 3 mistakes. Practice for the test here, here and here.

STEP 3. The day of the appointment. COME EARLIER: it is always crowed so plan ahead mainly if you planned to do something else during your day. Come prepared with all your documents and money to pay fees.You will need: your passport, I-20, I-94, $35 in cash or card.
Once in the DMV, you will fill a form (Form DL 44) with your information, you will be given a number, you will pass a vision test, you will have your fingerprint and your photo taken. You can ask to pass the test in your own language if you wish.

STEP 4. The test. You will be called to pass the test on a screen. You will start your test and answer the question. Once you are done, you will know if you passed it or no. If you passed, you will be delivered a receipt which is valid for 1 year to pass to behind-the-wheel test.

STEP 5. Schedule a driving testClick here to find an office near you. Click on the location you want and then go on "Make an appointment" and choose Behind-the-Wheel Drive Test Fill the form with you information and the receipt received from the DMV.

STEP 6. The driving test.
Once you arrive at the office, go to the right service (driving test). You will wait in a lane. Once it is your turn at the window, give all the document they are requiring INCLUDING the receipt from the written test. They will give you a document that you will put on the dashboard of your card.
Then you will be called and you will have to go get your car on the parking and bring it where DMV examiners are.
It takes 15-20 minutes. An examiner will come to you, and ask you do some basic stuff, like turn on your lights, your right signal...
While you drive, the examiner will grade you, DON'T look at their sheet, it is not because they write something that you did something wrong and FOCUS on your driving. They also write what you did right.

PS: if you rent a car, or borrow a car from someone to pass the driving test the car HAS TO BE insured.

STEP 7. Got it!
At the end of the drive, you examiner will tell you if you passed or not, what you did right or wrong.
If you pass the test, you will be givenan interim license valid for 90days until you recive your new photo license in the mail.

If you want to see what at driving test looks like, click here
Maiko also blogged about U.S license driver, check out here.