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International Student Newsletter - Issue 91


 

In this issue:

  1. Introduction
  2. Last minute funding
  3. Still need insurance?
  4. TOEFL Scores Open More Doors
  5. Featured Program: Language Safari Port Elizabeth, SA
  6. Student Sound-off - HOT Topics from the mail bag
  7. Student News - from around the world
  8. American InterContinental University
  9. Language-Learning.net, Find the perfect Language Course
  10. Subscription Information
  11. Final Note


1. Introduction
Welcome to the 91st issue - what a hectic month August was for all of us as students descended upon schools across the USA and around the world, and for many of you orientation is still going on. Remember there is still time to get last minute funding and insurance - so don't despair!

Please also make sure that if you would like to contact us please do so at: http://www.InternationalStudent.com/contact/ and do not simply reply to this newsletter email (we won't get it!).

Ross Mason
Editor, InternationalStudent.com Newsletter
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2. Last minute funding

Securing your funding is probably the hardest part of studying abroad. At InternationalStudentLoan.com, we ease the burden by providing international students studying or planning to study in the US or Canada with access to student loan products on very reasonable terms. Our International Student Loans offer:

- Competitive interest rates and deferred repayment
- Online application service with preliminary approval in as little as 15 minutes
- Funding in as few as 5 business days from receipt of completed application
- Borrow (annually) the lesser of $30,000 or the estimated annual cost of attendance
- International students are required to have a US co-signer

To learn more about these fantastic loan programs, or to apply online, please visit: http://www.InternationalStudentLoan.com

3. Still need insurance?
If you still need health insurance its never too late with InternationalStudentInsurance.com. You can apply directly online and have immediate confirmation of coverage. The StudentSecure plan offers comprehensive benefits such as:

- High Medical Maximum
- Maternity and Mental Health Coverage
- Sports Coverage
- Rates starting at just $258 for 6 months
- and much more

To learn more or to apply today please visit: http://www.internationalstudentinsurance.com/student-health-insurance/

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4. TOEFL Scores Open More Doors
The TOEFL test is the best academic English-language test in the world. It is accepted by 6,000 colleges and universities in more than 100 countries, including the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States. And that means more opportunity for your academic success.

Why do so many schools recognize the TOEFL test? Because it measures the English-language skills you'll use when you study, so success on the test means success on campus from day one. And it provides fair testing, with the unbiased, objective scoring schools rely on to help them make vital decisions.

No wonder the TOEFL test has been taken by more than 18 million students worldwide!

Open the door to your future. Register for the TOEFL test NOW.
http://www.internationalstudent.com/test-prep/toefl/

Copyright 2006 by Educational Testing Service. All rights reserved.
ETS, the ETS logo and TOEFL are registered trademarks of Educational Testing Service.

5. Featured Program: Language Safari Port Elizabeth, SA
A language safari covering the Eastern and Western Cape Provinces of South Africa, this program offers students a unique opportunity to see a great deal of what South Africa has to offer while enhancing their English communication skills. These Safaris are exclusive and designed to suit the needs of specific customers. Language tuition consists of two to three 60 minute lessons per day.

http://www.esldirectory.com/detail.php?program=1758

6. Student Sound-off - HOT Topics from the mail bag
As you can see we have changed our "Student Sound-off" topic slightly as we are now going to scan our forums, blog and mailbag for topics that have interested you the most during the past month. This month our hot topic is about making new friends from a posting on our message board:

Q: Hi everyone, Well here's the problem...my girlfriend and I are currently studying abroad in Mexico and we've been here about a month. We live in an apartment complex with about 10 other international students...from France, Germany, Switzerland (We are from the U.S.). We are having a hard time making friends with all of these people and those that we meet on campus. We make sure to say hi and talk with them and almost always accept their offers to go places (movies, clubbing, etc) but these were weeks ago and we have no been invited anywhere since. It seems that the French tend to hang out with the French, the Germans with the Germans....but when plans are made my girlfriend and I seem to be the only ones left out. Does being a couple make us somehow...hard to approach? Yes we do have each other to hang out with and do things, but we want to make new friends and do things with them as well. Any ideas? Thank you!

A: It can be hard to make friends in a new land and culture so here are a few pointers:

1 - Organize a party at your apartment and be sure to invite the students that live in your complex, it can be a great ice breaker!
2 - Joining a club related to an interest you have -- sports, culture, other activities -- is a great way to meet other like-minded people. You can join your university club or a local club.
3 - Sometimes a large group of students of one nationality tend to stick closely together, especially early on - but continue to be approachable and you will find they will be very welcoming over time, as they also want to meet people outside of their group!

For more, check out our blog entry on making new friends abroad: http://www.internationalstudentblog.com/2006/08/how-to-make-new-friends.html

7. Student News - from around the world
College Costs on the Rise (its not just tuition!) It's no secret that college tuition has been on an upward climb for the better part of a decade.

What might be a surprise for college students and their parents, though: the rising cost of everything else, from books to cafeteria food to transportation.

The College Board, in its annual survey of college pricing, is reporting big increases on all those incidentals college students can't live - or study - without: textbooks, supplies and a room to call their own. It's a national trend that has touched most every school, from community colleges to four-year universities, both public and private. And while Southern states fared better than, say, the Northeast, books, supplies, transportation and room and board in recent years have all been hit by upticks in price.

Click here to read the rest of the story from the Jacksonville Times-Union online: http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/090106/met_4579636.shtml

8. American InterContinental University
American InterContinental University welcomes International Students!

Associate Degree: Business Administration, International Business, Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing, Interior Design, Visual Communication

Bachelor Degree: Criminal Justice, Information Technology, Enterprise Management, International Business, Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing, Fashion Marketing and Design, Interior Design, Media Production, Visual Communication MasterÕs Degree: Information Technology, Global Technology Management, Education in Instructional Technology

AIU's admissions process is simple and easy to understand. Contact us to speak with an admissions representative who can answer all of your questions.

For more information, please visit: http://www.internationalstudent.com/go.php?id=145
American InterContinental University, Los Angeles Campus

9. Language-Learning.net, Find the perfect Language Course
With a database of more than 10,000 schools teaching 88 languages in 115 countries, Language-learning.net features a language course search engine with an extensive range of search criteria. Language-learning.net offers you the opportunity to search for language courses according to your personal criteria (e.g. location, course type, group size, accommodation, supplementary activities).

Important details needed for a language holiday or study-abroad programme are also readily available, i.e. comprehensive information about language certificates, country and travel facts (immigration, insurance). There are also sections on online learning resources as well as additional literature, links and tips.

Click here to visit the language-learning.net site: http://www.language-learning.net/

10. Subscription Information
You are currently signed up to the InternationalStudent.com newsletter which we send out once a month containing information, news, resources and events for international students from all around the world. You can fully manage your subscription online via the link below or from the information at the end of this email.

http://www.internationalstudent.com/newsletter/

11. Final Note
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