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Issue 154 - December 2011

An InternationalStudent.com Publication

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Welcome to the 154th issue of the International Student News!

 

November was a busy month here at InternationalStudent.com. We crowned the winner in the 2011 Travel Video contest, celebrated International Education Week, and our travel season closed on a high note, as we hit nineteen international education conferences this fall. It's good to be home again!

 

Now that things are settling back down, we are delighted to introduce the new International Student Loan comparison tool, making the process of financing an international education just a little bit simpler. Just in time for the new semester!

 

Happy Holidays!

 

Ross Mason

Editor, InternationalStudent.com

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> 2011 Travel Video Contest Winner

Travel Video ContestAfter weeks of intense build up, we finally crowned our 2011 Travel Video contest winner - congratulations to Jonathan Moore for winning the $4,000 grand prize with "English Swaggin!" You can follow Jonathan on the Study Abroad Blog as he prepares to leave and then heads overseas to Edge Hill University in England.

 

2011 was a blockbuster year for the competition, with more entries and more interest than ever before. We also had more talent and quality amongst the finalists, so it was very hard to pick a winner. Finally, many voters expressed their preference, as the entrants reached out by Twitter and Facebook to get suppport. We thank you all for entering, and we are already looking forward to watching all of the 2012 video contest entries!

 

> International Student Loan Comparison Tool

International Student Loan is proud to launch the first ever student loan comparison tool designed solely for international students. Simply choose your school from the list, and the comparison tool will tell you exactly which lenders have a loan for international students at your school in the USA. You will see the basic terms of the loans offered by each lender, and you can choose the best loan for you.

 

Although there are other comparison tools out there, none of them have been designed to serve international students in particular - so you can waste a lot of time completing applications with lenders that will not lend to international students! International Student Loan will save you time and get you connected with the best loan.

 

Take a look today by comparing students loans!

 

> Featured Schools

For international students who are looking to study in the USA, our growing list of featured schools is an excellent place to start when researching schools. The featured listings provide you with much more information about the school in question such as type of degrees offered, full financial aid information, enrollment information, student profiles and school photos. For example, the Ohio Center for Broadcasting has student profiles and direct feeds to their Twitter and Facebook so you can connect with them socially!

 

We also make contacting schools as easy as possible, with direct contact forms on the right, simply fill out the information and most of our schools will respond to you within 24 hours, sometimes even sooner! Good luck and keep checking back as we add more schools!

 

> Student News From Around the World

International Enrollment in the US Continues to Rise

 

The number of international students studying at colleges and universities in the USA grew by five percent to a total of 723,277, according to the latest Open Doors Report, published annually by the Institute of International Education. The report also shows that the number of US students studying abroad also increased to an all-time high of 270,604.

 

Chinese students were the story again this year, with the number of Chinese students in the US soaring to almost 156,000, with strong increases in the number of undergraduate students.

 

Read more about the lastest facts and figures in the International Financial Aid Blog.


> From the Mailbag

This month we have a post from our international student forums from a member asking a question about immigration to the USA:

"Hey, currently im on my OPT and working,and if i get married,can i bring my wife with me when im coming back or do i need to have a work visa(H1)?

If you would like to add a response, or help this international student, please visit our forums at:

http://www.internationalstudentforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=11683

 

> Fun Site of the Month

We know that most of our users have some form of mobile device, and judging by the number of downloads of our very own iPhone app - many of you also have an Apple iPhone. We love searching for and downloading new apps, and we have found an excellent website called AppAdvice.com. This site helps you find the very best apps, either through their "Apps gone free" blog post they do daily that lets you know the best apps that have gone from paid to free - or their app guides.

 

Visit today and find and explore new apps that you might never have found!

 

> International Student Health Insurance

We cannot believe that December is already here, and for many of you, school will be breaking up for the winter holidays. Right around the corner, the new semester will begin and in less than four weeks it will be time to think about registering for classes and making sure everything is in place!

 

With the high cost of studying abroad, your student health insurance plan is one place that we can help you save money! The Student Secure plan from International Student Insurance will meet nearly all school insurance requirements and save you money with plans starting at just $33 per month for those in the US and $28 per month for study abroad students.

 

Find out more and obtain a free quote today!

 

> Final Word

We hope you enjoyed this month's newsletter, and best of luck to you as you pursue or help others pursue an international education! As always please contact us with any questions or comments you have about the newsletter - we'd love to hear from you!

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