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Issue 115 - September 2008

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Welcome to the 115th issue!


This month we are excited to launch the 2008 Travel Video Contest, our third annual contest! The competition features a $3,000 Grand Prize, great runner-up prizes, and an internationally-renowned judging panel to choose our winner.


Good luck in the contest, and have a great September!


Ross Mason


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> 2008 Travel Video Contest

student contestIts official - the 2008 Travel Video Contest has launched!


This year, the contest will be bigger and better than ever, with a grand prize of $3,000, several runner-up prizes, and easier submission. And check out our judging panel - all experts from the field of international education who will help us pick this year's winners.


We were blown away last year by the quality of the videos we received, and can't wait to see what this year brings. Take a look at the 2007 winning video, "to Papa," from Shani Gur, a worthy successor to Matt Brattin, our 2006 winner, who still authors our Study Abroad Blog.


The videos must be no more than 5 minutes in length, and will be judged on creativity, video production, editing quality, originality, interest level in the proposed trip, and pure subjectivity on the part of the judges. The complete rules and regulations are available on the website. The competition closes on the 31st October 2008 and the winners will be announced shortly thereafter - so get shooting and find out more at:


> Student Bloggers

With the new school year underway for many international students in the USA, and about to start for international students in the UK - we thought it would be a great time to introduce our two new student bloggers to the community:

Study in the USA Student Blogger - Laura, an international student from Mexico, has just started her studies at Valparaiso University in Indiana. Laura has already spent a year as an international student at Southeast Missouri State University before transferring to Valpo, so she brings a lot of insight into life as a student far from home.


Study in the UK Student Blogger - Juan is a masters student from Costa Rica, studying at the Glasgow School of Art. Juan takes over from Stephen, who was a very popular blogger and who we thank for all his insight. We are sure Juan will be a worthy successor!

The blogs are a great way to get real-life information and advice from actual current students facing the same hurdles, issues and joys that you will as an international student. Please feel free to visit the blogs, subscribe to the RSS feeds or email updates and post any comments and questions you may have.


> From the Mailbag

This month we feature 2 posts from our International Student Forum:

"Hello, my name is Joana, I’m 22 and I’m from Portugal. I was wondering if any of you ever found a good sponsor If so, what requirements did they ask for and how did you manage to find one? Thanks in advance Joana"


Please visit our forum to respond to this post


"Hi Friends, I am looking to pursue PhD in Analog and RF design in US. Please let me know the universities that have good analog research. I am currently working in a top chip design company but i want to pursue a phd degree in the RF or analog design. looking forward for your reply."


Please visit our forum to respond to this post

Our forums are a great way to talk and interact with prospective and current international students from all around the world. The more you use the forums and exchange information and help each other out, the better the forums become as a primary resource for you.


> International Student Insurance

Are the costs of being an international student mounting up? Save some money by purchasing the Student Secure plan from International Student Insurance. The plan offers coverage such as hospitalization, doctors visits, mental health, maternity, pre-existing conditions after 12 months (6 months if your school requires it) and much more.....


You can also use our free school requirements database to find your school and see if the plan will meet your school's current insurance requirements.


The Student Secure plan starts at just $258 for an 19-23 year old international student in the USA and $198 for an 19-23 year old US student studying abroad - and that is for 6 months coverage! Find out more and apply online at:


> Fun Site of the Month

If you are an Apple fan, and cannot get enough of all things iPod, iPhone and iMac - then Mac Rumours is probably one of the best sites you can visit. provides news and information about all the very latest Apple products, including product rumours, chat forums for Apple fans and much more.


For anybody that is an Apple fan and cannot get enough (like me) then check it out:


> Student News from Around the World

Germany Still the Third Most Popular International Education Destination


Germany attracted 246,000 international students in 2007, outranked only by the United States (590,200) and Great Britain (318,400), according to the 2008 edition of the survey "Wissenschaft - weltoffen," co-edited by the German Academic ExchangeService (DAAD).


In 2007, 12.5 percent of all university students in Germany came from abroad. Almost a third (32 percent) of the foreign students registered at a German university is of Chinese origin, closely followed by students from Eastern European countries (31 percent), mainly Bulgarians and Poles. The survey on the internationalization of German universities shows that the number of foreign students holding a German university degree has doubled over the last seven years, proving the high quality of education and academic advising at German higher education institutions. The survey, "also found an increase of foreign female students studying in Germany, as well as an increasing interest in German universities by foreign-born engineering students."

Read the rest of the story at

Indian Students in Australia are Well-Behaved and Sought After

(from the Times of India online)


Indian overseas students are the second largest cohort of international students in Australia and they seldom breach immigration rules. Only 16 out of 63,500 Indian overseas students enrolled in Australian education institutions had in the past three years breached student visa rules and spent some time in a detention centre.

"The number speaks for itself. Indian students have a high visa compliance rate and they are a very important part of the Australia's $12.5 billion (US $11 billion) education export industry," a spokesman for the immigration and citizenship department told.


Read the rest of the story in the Times of India.


> Learn Spanish

The fastest-growing language in the world, Spanish currently has about the same number of native speakers as English. By 2050, it is estimated that 550 million people around the world will speak Spanish.


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:


> International Internships and Jobs

iHipo offers international students access to internships and jobs that are located all around the world. Their latest job and internships listings include:

Latest Top Internships:

Internship at the World Health Organization (Brussels)
Internship in Web and Graphic Design (Los Angeles)
Internship in Marketing at Robert Walters (Singapore)


Latest Top Jobs

Apple Solutions Consultant (Brussels)
McAfee Software Engineer (UK)
Business Development Executive (Singapore)

> 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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