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Issue 105 - November 2007

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Welcome to the 105th Edition of the Newsletter!


International Education Week is this month, November 12th - 16th, and to help celeberate, we will announce the winners of our 2007 Travel Contest that week. And keep tabs on our blog as we will post some highlights of other events and celebrations from IEW.


We hope you enjoy the newsletter.


Ross Mason


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> Travel Contest - Closed
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The 2007 Annual Travel Contest has now closed!


We received many excellent entries, and we will post the finalists on the contest page this week. Check back to see this year's crop of creative, artistic entries, and let us know which one you think is best.


Then make sure to check back during International Education Week, November 12th - 16th, to see the $2500 grand prize winner and the second and third place winners!


If you did not enter this year - there is always 2008 so you can get planning now!


> Financial Aid for the UK

Since the launch of the new in September, we are continuing our campaign to review, improve and add new content and sections to the site over the coming months. This month we've added a new section covering financial aid for students who are looking to study in the UK. This new section provides helpful advice and guidance on where to find aid - but also has a great new tool showing you what universities in the UK offer assistance and financial aid to international students.


These new sections are now available and live for you to see at:


As always - please let me know if you have any suggestions for content we should add to the site to make it a better resource for you!


> From the Mailbag

This month we feature a post about immigration to the USA:


I am a British Citizen studying at GRCC in Michigan, on an F1 Student visa. I have been with my boyfriend for 4 years, (he is a U.S citizen) and we are looking to get married. My questions are, when we get married, how soon will the following be affected:

a) My school tuition (which is only going to get more expensive as I move to a 4 year inst.)
b) my health insurance (partner is a qualified teacher with health benifits for spouses)
c) An ability to be able to work outside of the inst. I attend.

I have tried researching into this, but have just run into total confusion regarding timelines and forms needed etc. Also, will I have to give up my own British Citizenship? Thanks!


To view this posting and give some helpful feedback, please see:


> International Student Loans

The costs to fund your international education can mount up - and many times students do not have the resources available to cover all these costs. That is where can help you by providing international student and study abroad loans to students who want to obtain their education in a foreign country. They have loans available for:

  • International Students studying in the USA
  • US Students Studying Abroad
  • US Students fully enrolled in a program abroad
  • Canadian Students studying around the world

For more information about the loans please see their website and apply now for January 2008!


> Fun Site of the Month

If you are anything like me, you will love to play around with gadgets of all types - whether it's the latest iPod, or a remote control helicopter. For me there is only one website that has a comprehensive listing of reviews, movies, podcasts and pictures of all the latest gadgets - I am sure you will spend hours looking at all those toys and find your next purchase!


> Learn Spanish

The fastest-growing language in the world, Spanish currently has about the same number of native speakers as English. You can combine language learning with certain activities from a particular region or country. For example, learning Spanish in Spain might include learning Flamenco dancing, or Spanish in Cost Rica might include Salsa dancing. If your plan is to learn Spanish in Mexico, you might find out about Mexican cooking, while in Argentina you might partake in wine tasting, and in Venezuela, a language course might include a trip to the Amazonian jungle.


To find the right Spanish course, “The Language Course Finder” offers you the opportunity to search for language courses according to your personal criteria (e.g., location, course type, group size, accommodation, supplementary activities…)


Click here to find your Spanish course now and be part of the Spanish world:


> Student News

This past Sunday, the NY Times published an excellent article discussing the cost of study abroad, ways that students try to save money, and the potential pitfalls those students may face. Many US students will enroll directly in a foreign university, as direct tuition can be a fraction of what their US school would charge for an approved study abroad program.


For instance, "[a]n international student enrolling at the University of Bologna in Italy pays $1,740 a year in tuition and fees (at $1.42 to the euro). Through Indiana University, enrollees who are not part of a direct exchange (about half of participants) pay an academic fee of $20,200.


At Peking University in Beijing, “tuition” for a year under the auspices of Boston College comes to $35,150. The published rate for international students is $3,420 (at 13 cents to the yuan)."


With these huge pricing discrepancies, its no surprise that students would often prefer to enroll directly in the foreign school to save money. Read the full article here to understand some of the challenges that students face.


> Study in the USA

Learn more about studying in the USA! We invite you to meet with U.S. admissions counselors who are traveling to a city near you this month. For a calendar of events:


If you can't participate in person, then try our simple selection page online:


> Last Word

We hope you have enjoyed this month's newsletter - as always please contact us with any questions or comments you have about the newsletter or the site - we love to hear from you! And please give us your thoughts, good or bad, on the new

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