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International Student Newsletter - Issue 96


 

In this issue:

  1. Introduction
  2. InternationalStudent.com Upgrades
  3. Loans for Study Abroad
  4. Learn German with Language Course Finder
  5. Featured Program: ESL in Germany with Go-Prisma
  6. Student Sound-off - HOT Topics
  7. Student Sound-off - HOT Topics from the mail bag
  8. Study in the USA! usjournal.com
  9. Cheap Student Airfare
  10. Final Note


1. Introduction
This year, we'll be making an enormous effort to improve InternationalStudent.com, to make sure it remains the most relevant, helpful and intuitive resource on the web for international students. Each month we will let you know the new sections and updates we've rolled out - this month, its the new Study Abroad section and a re-vamped Study UK country section. Enjoy!

Ross Mason
Editor, InternationalStudent.com Newsletter
http://www.InternationalStudentBlog.com

2. InternationalStudent.com Upgrades

We've got a lot of new features this month:
Study Abroad Blog: Matt Brattin, winner of the 2006 InternationalStudent.com Video Travel Contest, has launched our new Study Abroad blog with his first post. Read about Matt's preparations for his MBA at Esade in Spain, and about his efforts to secure scholarship funding. And look for regular posts from Matt, and other study abroad bloggers that we'll introduce as we go: http://www.InternationalStudent.com/study-abroad/blog/

Study Abroad Search: We've added a new study abroad program search that draws from the largest database of programs on the web. Searchable by country or program, results are organized and further searchable by smaller and smaller geographic area, letting you fine-tune your search until you find what you like: http://www.internationalstudent.com/study-abroad/

We've also added a guide to employment rules in the US under an F1 visa: http://www.internationalstudent.com/study_usa/way-of-life/working-in-the-usa/

And finally, we've completely updated our StudyUK section. Country and education system facts, financing and scholarship information, visa and immigration - its all here: http://www.internationalstudent.com/study_uk/

3. Loans for Study Abroad
Want to study abroad, but don't think you can afford it? Often parts of your existing financial aid (like work study, school aid, etc.) do not transfer for use on a study abroad program. And travel expenses and exchange rates make the costs of studying abroad add up quickly.

A Study Abroad Loan from InternationalStudentLoan.com can help. With an easy online application, competitive interest rates, and loans anywhere from $1,500 to $30,000 per year, a Study Abroad Loan can provide the funding you need to make your study abroad dream a reality!

For more information, or to apply online: http://www.internationalstudentloan.com/study_abroad/

4. Learn German with Language Course Finder
Did you know that in Europe, there are more native German speakers than native English, French, Italian or Spanish speakers? In fact, worldwide, 120 million people speak the German language. German is the first language of the populations of Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein, and is spoken in northern Italy, eastern France and parts of Belgium.

To find the right German course, The Language Course Finder offers you the opportunity to search for language courses according to your personal criteria. Moreover important details needed for a language holiday or study abroad program are also readily available, such as comprehensive information about language certificates, country and travel facts.

Click here to find your German course now and experience living history: http://www.language-learning.net/quick_39_2_2_1_1_30_6.html

5. Featured Program: ESL in Germany with Go-Prisma
Go-Prisma offers quality english courses in the vibrant city centre of Leipzig. They offer mini-group courses as well as one-to-one classes with teaching staff who are expierienced and trained. They can also arrange a variety of free time activities depending on your needs and wants. For more information about Go-Prisma and the ESL Programs they can offer please see: http://www.esldirectory.com/detail.php?program=1822

6. Student Sound-off - HOT Topics
Our forums have experienced a big upturn in activity recently as they continue to develop and become a great resource for you. This month we introduce Abelz Consulting into our Study in Canada section to work as a forum moderator. Abelz brings a wealth of experience about Studying in Canada to our forums -- so if you have any questions about studying in Canada, from choosing a school to finding financial aid, post a message on the Study in Canada section and let them help you!

Here's a sample (a post about applying to Canadian Colleges) of what to expect from our new experts:
Because Canada does not have a single integrated application process to all of its colleges and universities, you should begin the application process about a year before you plan to start studying. This will allow you time to research all your options, decide on a number of schools which look interesting and offer your desired program, request information and applications, complete applications, send them out before deadlines, with all required documentation AND leave time to apply for any financial aid (if this is an option). It is a long process. Admission is generally based on academic records and for non-native English or French speakers, demonstration of your fluency (see Language Requirements).

If you would like to post a question or start a conversation about Studying in Canada check out: http://www.internationalstudentforum.com/viewforum.php?f=5

7. Student News - from around the world
US -- GAO Report Focuses on Easing the Way for International Students (excerpted from Salt Lake Tribune online)

Hani Jouihan can tell you countless stories of the frustrations international students experience as they go through the immigration process. He'll tell you about delays in getting visas and green cards, lost applications and humiliating questions. He'll also tell you about his fellow Jordanian students who chose to go elsewhere for their education.

In response to increasing frustrations by students like Hani, a new US Government Accounting Office report urges the creation of a national strategy to recruit international students. It recommends considering changes to the U.S. immigration system and exploring new sources of international students. The GAO report points out that international students have been important sources of innovation and productivity and have brought needed research and work-force skills to strengthen the U.S. work force.

Read the entire story in the Salt Lake Tribune: http://origin.sltrib.com/news/ci_5117045

Australia -- A Flap About Poor English Skills (excerpted from TheAge.com)
One in three overseas students granted permanent residency after graduating from an Australian university does not have good enough English to handle a professional job, a study says.

An analysis of government visa testing, the first of its kind, found 34 per cent of 12,116 graduating international students who received permanent residency in 2005-06 did not have the English standard needed to be admitted to university, let alone to be awarded a degree.

Read the entire story in TheAge.com.au: http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/english-skills-row-over-foreign-students/2007/01/28/1169919213448.html

8. Study in the USA! usjournal.com
Study in the USA! http://www.usjournal.com

Application deadlines are looming for August/ September 2007 enrollments. In fact, deadlines have already passed for several U.S. campuses. Advice for completing applications: Be sure that all correspondence includes the spelling and order of your names the same in every document.

It's never too late to start exploring your options to study abroad in 2008. To begin, we recommend the simple selection page at: http://www.usjournal.com/en/students/proguide/index.html

9. Cheap Student Airfare
Do you want to go away for Spring Break, or just go back home to see your family and friends? The new Cheap Student Airfare center from InternationalStudent.com provides students with the lowest cost flights available. Airfares from the USA to countries all around the world are discounted, and available only to students!

Find out more at: http://www.internationalstudent.com/travel/student-airfare/

10. Final Note
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