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Issue 111 - May 2008

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Welcome to the 111th International Student News!


All around the Northern Hemisphere, school is finishing up and summer is almost upon us. Summer means travel for some, graduation and a job hunt for others, and we've got something for everyone in this issue.


Thanks for reading our summer preview issue, and as always we love your comments and feedback.


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> Summer Stuff!

Summer Travel

Our flight booking engine is only open to students, so airlines provide much lower rates than those published on the main travel websites. So, as a student you can get great deals to anywhere in the world you want to go:


Summer Jobs

Check out the Job Center on, for international internships, country work guides, resume-writing help and more:


For additional job postings, try the Employment section of our Forums.


Summer Insurance

Don't forget insurance during your summer travels. Whether you're an international student and plan to stay in the USA or a US student traveling abroad for a few months - will have an affordable, comprehensive insurance plan for you. Learn more about our hassle-free insurance coverage:


> International Student Loans

Despite the problems plaguing the US student loan market, international student loans and study abroad loans are still available. The best advice for this year is to apply early. You must attend an approved school, and for international students in the US and Canada, you must have a US citizen or permanent resident co-signer. US students studying abroad also have a better chance of approval and better rates if they apply with a co-signer.


Read more about the student loan credit crunch in Student News below, and to apply for a loan visit


> From the Mailbag

This month we feature a post from an international student asking for your help on her research project. See her request below, and if you have 15-20 minutes to spare complete her online survey:


Dear International Student,


My name is Julia Conrath and I am an international graduate student from Germany studying at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. I invite you to be part of my research project and fill out an on-line questionnaire. This study is about stress and stress-related health outcomes for international students. These results can be used to increase the awareness and understanding about international students’ experiences of studying and living in the United States.


To read the rest of the post and for the link to the survey, visit her post on the International Student Forum.


> 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:


> Fun Site of the Month

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> Student News from Around the World

Canada Announces Easing of Work Visas for International Students


Canada continues to show its serious commitment right from the top to attracting international students. Two months ago, we told you about Ontario's new program shortening the amount of time it took for an international student to become a Canadian resident. Now, on April 21, the Canadian federal government announced new work rules for international students around the country. Basically, the new rules increase the length of the work visa from 1 or 2 years to 3 years, eliminate the need to have a job offer in hand, and eliminate the requirement that the job be in the area of study. Read the press release on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website for more details.


Credit Crunch and International Education


The US student loan market is in turmoil, as over 60 lenders have dropped out or cancelled programs. Will student loans be tougher to get for this coming academic year? Read how the Credit Crunch impacts student loans for international education in this post on the International Financial Aid Blog.


> 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.

Click here to find your English course now and go international


> at NAFSA

Summer truly arrives each year for us at with the NAFSA Annual Conference. 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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