Judge the Appeal of Greek Life for International Students

You’ve probably glimpsed the world of fraternities and sororities at U.S. colleges. You might have seen them in a movie, or maybe you have a friend who is in one. They are an American tradition, but prospective international students may be confused as to how these groups work.
The following points can help prospective students learn more about Greek life, ​as well as its benefits and drawbacks.
At many U.S. colleges, male students generally have the option of joining a fraternity, and sororities ​are typically for female students. These organizations are commonly referred to as Greek organizations because they typically use two or three Greek letters as their name. Members are referred to as brothers or sisters. ​
[Learn what surprises international students about joining a fraternity or sorority.]
Only one national organization can have a particular Greek name. These organizations are divided into chapters across campuses in the U.S.
Greek organizations aim to promote common goals. Students who join Greek life make a commitment to further their brothers’ and sisters’ development through college, as well as their own. ​These groups are mostly social, and help you meet people that share similar interests and beliefs. ​ ​
[Get tips on how U.S. and international students can become friends.]
​One student from Hong Kong, an alum of the University of Illinois—Chicago, ​told me she joined the international sorority Alpha Kappa Delta Phi during her sophomore year. It helped her network and meet someone new pretty frequently, and she made …