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Issue 110 - April 2008

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Welcome to the 110th International Student News!


With the 2008 tax deadline less than 15 days away, the pressure is on to make sure you have completed and mailed off your tax return. Luckily we can help you get this done quickly and easily online - learn more by reading below.


We also have a feature on the ISE International Student ID Card, which provides students with fantastic offers and discounts all around the world.


Finally we have a short note at the bottom of the newsletter directed towards international student and study abroad advisors who will be attending the NAFSA conference in Washington DC.


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> Deadline Approaching - Student Taxes

The tax season is coming to a close, and in less than 15 days the deadline will have passed for all international students who have worked and earned an income to file their taxes with the Internal Revenue Service. If you did not work and did not earn anything during the last year you have up to June 15th - but you still have to file your taxes.


Completing your tax return has been made easier with the new online tax system introduced this year. You can now do this yourself by registering with our online system, answering all the questions, and inputting your information. Then the system will prepare all your documents (pre-filled with your information) so that you can print them off and send them in.


Learn more and file your taxes quickly:


> Language Course Finder

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. But English is not only a business language. It 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


> From the Mailbag

This month we feature a post from our forums that is asking about communications information such as how to call home, the cheapest long-distance calling from the UK, etc...


"Hi all - I am a sophomore currently studying political science at Indiana University. I will be at the University of Kent all next year, so I am wondering what is the best way to keep in contact with my parents and family back in the state. I have skype, so that will be main way of contact via a microphone and webcam. However, I am wondering three things:

1. I can't live without a cell phone, but I don't use one all the time. What is the cheapest plan for local calls in the UK?

2. Calling home options... what is the cheapest way to call home? This would be mostly for emergencies and times when I can't be near my computer.

3. What is the cheapest way for my parents to call me?

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> ISE Student ID Cards

Whenever you plan to travel or study around the world, you should never leave home without an International Student ID Card from ISE Cards. Apart from just being an ID Card, an ISE card will save you money with discounts and benefits from providers from all around the world such as Alamo and Avis car rentals, discounted admission at attractions all around the world and so much more.


If you are a student enrolled in an academic program during either the current or prior year you can get your ISE card for just $25 USD - and with all the discounts and savings you will be sure to recoup that after a few months of using your card.


You can apply for an ISE Card quickly and easily online by visiting our website:


> Fun Site of the Month

If you are anything like me, you will like this smashing site. I love to change my desktop wallpaper all the time and I am forever on the lookout for new and fantastic images to put as my background. The other day I stumbled across a blog post on the site Smashing Magazine which has a vast resource of weird, unusual and really beautiful desktop wallpapers. Take a look - there are loads of options and styles so I am sure there will be one that you like:


> Student News from Around the World

Health and travel insurance for international students is a topic that you often hear about in this newsletter, as it is a requirement for most students and a good idea for everyone. This month there are two news stories reminding us of the importance of good international student health insurance, as well as one highlighting the success of Finnish education.


First, the International Herald Tribune talks about a terrible tragedy that led one school to change its policy to require international student insurance:


The Rebel Yell, the student newspaper for the University of Nevada - Las Vegas, tackles the issue of insurance as well. At UNLV, as at most US schools, insurance is mandatory for international students, and for those US students who are no longer covered by their parents' insurance plan. Read more about it:


Finally, find out why the Finnish educational system is so successful on


> wants to help you prepare to study in the U.S. It's probably too late to enroll at a U.S. campus for 2008, but start planning NOW to study in the USA in 2009! Use our simple form to review our exclusive list of high-quality U.S. universities, colleges, ESL programs, youth programs, and summer schools:


> at NAFSA

We love NAFSA time of year! will again have two booths at the Annual NAFSA Conference, this year to be held in Washington, DC from May 25-30:


Booth 702:

Booth 1406:


We welcome all attendees to either booth at any time, and look forward to seeing you there!


> Last 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 love to hear from you! And please give us your thoughts, good or bad, on the new

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