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Issue 112 - June 2008

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Welcome to the 112th Newsletter!


OK, so the summer mood has taken over at this month and we took a few minutes from our busy schedule to play around with our fun site of the month, Jib Jab. You can see the movies we created below.


We also provide some guidance for all students starting school abroad in August for the first time, with some useful hints and pointers to get you started early.


Ross Mason


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> 2008/2009 School Year

The 2008/2009 school year is only 2 months away, and if you are planning to study in a foreign country this Fall, a little advanced planning can save you a lot of time and hassle.


A few things you can do now to help you along the way:

  • International Student Loans - with the credit crunch under way in the USA, international education funds are harder to come by so apply early
  • International Scholarships - search for scholarships to fund your international study -- free money is always the best!
  • Talk to Fellow Students - talk to and learn from current international students, you can get first-hand information and valuable tips
  • Book your flight early - normally the earlier you book your international airfare, the cheaper it will be, and easier to find good flights and seats
  • Know your visa rules - take time to study and learn your visa type to make sure you stay within status and do not violate your visa rules
  • International Student Insurance - check to see whether your school permits you to purchase an alternative health insurance plan

> Internships with iHipo

iHipo (International High Potentials) is a career site which features top international internships and entry-level positions. It allows you to contact employers and peers from around the globe to build your personal career network.


This month's top International Internships on iHipo:

Introducing the International Traineeships section for graduate careers at UBS, Barclays, Microsoft, Sony, Toyota and more.


Kickstart your international career on iHipo today!


> From the Mailbag

This month we feature a post from a student who is looking for some advice about studying abroad and the value of immersion language training:


Hello, I go to a US high school and I have a huge passion for languages. I know that a lot of colleges require you to study abroad if you major in a language. So, I was wondering if it was more beneficial to study in the country itself since you would be more immersed in the culture and language.


Any input would help greatly!!


If you would like to help them out and give them some advice, please visit our International Student Forums and post a response.


> International Sim Cards

Nearly all countries around the world now work on GSM mobile phone systems, which means that when you travel the globe your phone will work in nearly every country. However, be careful, because your mobile phone operator in your home country will often charge you a lot of money for making and receiving calls when roaming internationally.


To save money, you can now purchase individual pre-paid international sim cards that you can put into your phone and it will save you hundreds! For those traveling to countries for an extended period you can buy a country specific sim card or if you are traveling to multiple countries you can purchase a Global Sim Card.


For more information about our sim cards and how they can save you money check out:


> Fun Site of the Month

When we first discovered Jib Jab here at, we were rolling off of our chairs. This is easily one of the funniest, and funnest sites we have ever seen!


Jib Jab is an online video ecard site that allows you to cut out the heads on pictures you upload and put them into videos. The results are hilarious videos of all your family and friends. We created a couple and posted them on our international student forums.


Think you can do better? Make your own free jib jab movie and post the link to it in our forum thread!


> Student News from Around the World

Weak Dollar Doesn't Slow Growth of Study Abroad


As college students in the United States pack up and head to Europe this summer to attend academic programs, a weak dollar and the high price of oil are making it tougher. About 225,000 U.S. students will study abroad in 2008 in what many hope will be a life-altering experience to broaden horizons and develop independence.


With the greenback down by more than 20 percent against the euro and about 6 percent against the British pound in the last two years, many colleges have had to raise the costs of study-abroad programs.


Click here to read the rest of the story in the Houston Chronicle online.


> ESL Directory Search

The ESL Directory is the premier online directory of English as a Second Language programs around the world. Search by country, state or program name, and find all the best ESL programs available. You can search and request information in 8 different languages, and inquiries receive a personal response direct from the selected ESL program or school.


Find an ESL program today:


> Learn Italian

There are many reasons for the popularity of Italian language and culture: Italy is one of the most significant centres of fine arts in the world, it is the birthplace of classical music and it offers unique archaelogical sites in an amazing landscape.


Milan, for example, is the city of fashion and football, while Florence invites you to discover brilliant artistic flowering. You might choose Rome, the "eternal city" of Romulus and Remus, or Venice to celebrate the famous festival Carnevale and to enjoy a romantic gondola ride.

To find the right Italian 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 Italian course now and experience a new way of life


> 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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