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Issue 106 - December 2007

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106th Newsletter - Holiday Edition!


Welcome to the Holiday edition of the Newsletter. This month we are showcasing our 2007 Travel Contest Winner along with lots of the usual goodies!


Also - if you have a fun site you use or like, send us an email and we might highlight it next month for you.


Have a great holiday season!


Ross Mason


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> 2007 Contest Winner

At the tail-end of last month we closed our annual travel video contest after we were bombarded with entries from all corners of the world. We would like to thank all those that submitted entries and we are sorry that we could not get everyone we received online.


Judging the contest was even harder this year, as we received so many entries of such a high standard - however there could only be one winner and this year it was Shani Gur. Her video, "A Trip to Papa", is a beautiful short film chronicling one Israeli woman's desire to scour Russia for the father she left behind 16 years before. We are currently navigating international monetary rules trying to wire her prize money to Moscow!


Our second and third prize winners and runner-up, Nabiha Khan, Brett Ralstad and Sarah Millman, were also fantastic entries showing each person's desire to travel and study abroad in a foreign country. You can see their entries, along with Shani's winning entry on our contest webpage at:


Congratulations to all the winners, and be sure to look out for next year's contest which will be even bigger and better again!


> Student Blog

Some of you may have noticed that our main blog has been moved and is now sitting in its new home at:


This move ties the blog much closer to the site and provides students with easy access to what is going on with our site and with the international education field as a whole. The blog will cover anything from announcements from the site, to topical news about international education and then whatever strikes my fancy! For example we have just posted an entry about the new visa requirements for those traveling and studying the UK - for more information on this and the blog in general check it out!


You can also subscribe to the blog RSS feed or through our email subscriptions - again just visit the blog to do this.


> From the Mailbag

This month we feature a post from our Financial Aid Forums:


Hi, This is Ozce Kutlu

I plan to start Med school in UK in 2008 september ( I am having a gap year now) and I think it is time to think about how am I going to pay the fees. I have Turkish citizenship and unfortunately my family cannot provide for me and as you can guess I don't have that sum of money to pay either. I know that the scholarships ( especially in UK) are pretty competitive, so I was thinking about getting a sort of loan and pay back later when I am able to do so ( when I start to work for example). Can any one advise me some source to find that sort of thing?




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


> Holiday Travel Plans

With the Christmas period right upon us, many of you will need to travel or would like to travel home while your school is on a break. Booking the most competitively priced flights at this time is hard as demand is so high, airlines and travel providers charge the highest prices - but there are some ways around it:

  1. Travel on Christmas Day - I know some of you will want to be with your family by then, but if your plans allow you to travel on Christmas Day itself, you will be sure to save a lot on your flight.
  2. Tuesday/ Thursday Travel - Try and book your travel on a Tuesday or Thursday, traditionally these days are cheaper to fly than the others.

Hopefully with these tips and our Student Travel Center you will find a great deal to get home this holiday period.


> Fun Site of the Month

Do you want to open your mind and broaden your horizons? Want to take a science course that will actually cost you nothing - and do it online? Well now you can - the has created a list of the top 10 online science courses that you can take for free. That is right, you pay nothing to learn and can do it anywhere in the world. Have fun!


>Study in the USA -

As we prepare to flip our calendars to 2008, it's time to choose where you want to study in the USA... And you'd better hurry if you want to enroll for classes starting in late August / early September! The U.S. Journal of Academics features an exclusive list of the top U.S. universities, four-year liberal arts colleges, community colleges, English as a Second Language programs, youth programs, and summer schools. (Students are not required to register or pay for this valuable service.)


Learn more:


> Student News from Around the World

Numbers of International Students Increasing Dramatically


On November 12, 2007, the Institute of International Education published its annual Open Doors report, showing the first significant growth in the number of international students coming to the US since the downturn which came as a fallout of the events of September 11, 2001. The number of international students in the US increased 3.2% to 582,984, while the number of newly-enrolled international students on US campuses increased by 10%, indicating further growth in the coming years.


Many in US higher education have been pushing hard for visa reform and for stronger international recruitment efforts, and many feel that these efforts are paying off. According to Allan E. Goodman, President and CEO of the Institute of International Education, "Vigorous efforts at the national, state and campus levels have combined to produce this rebounding of international student enrollments. Given increased global competition for talent, as well as expanded higher education options in many of the leading sending countries, America needs to continue its proactive steps to insure that our academic doors remain wide open, and that students around the world understand that they will be warmly welcomed."


The top three sending countries, India, China and South Korea, each saw substantial increases, and the University of Southern California, with 7,115 international students, maintained its position of hosting the most international students of any US school.


This rebound in US enrollment comes at a time when overall international education is booming, with estimates of over 2.5 million students in total studying outside their home country.


Visit the Open Doors Press Release for more information.


> Learn ESL/ English

With a database of more than 10,000 schools teaching 88 languages in 115 countries, “The Language Course Finder” features a language course search engine with an extensive range of search criteria. An essential skill in today’s world, the English language is the key to international business. English is also a language of leisure and one that often unites people from different countries. When it comes to destinations, you can find English language schools in a wide range of English-speaking countries across the world.


To find the right English 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 English course now and go international


> Last Word

We hope you all have a great holiday season, and get to rest up and relax for the new year and new school year! 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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