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Issue 120 - February 2009

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Welcome to the 120th issue of the newsletter!


This month, we feature Twitter, another tool to "socialize" with other international students, with additional social tools coming soon. And we celebrate the dawn of a new era in US politics.


Enjoy the newsletter!


Ross Mason


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> Spring Break Travel Tips

Spring Break is next month for most students, so it's time to get busy sorting out your travel plans. A great place to start is the Student Travel Center on The Travel Center offers:


Discounted student flights - search and book your deeply discounted flights right online:


Discounted UK and European rail passes:


Book a stay in a hostel - cheapest, best accomodation available to students:


Have fun, and safe travels!


> Twitter

At we provide students with a number of ways to keep in touch with us, and interact with what we are doing. Over the course of the next few months we are going to be launching some great new features on to allow you to "socialize" more through the power of the internet with both our team and students from all around the world.


Twitter is one way we currently allow students to learn more about what is going on at and to stay in touch with the very latest news. Billed as the information gap between blog posts or newsletters, Twitter allows us to post short messages (140 characters or less) about what we are doing in our daily life here at


You can follow our twitter feed and post responses through twitter by simply writing @intstudent before your message. We look forward to hearing from you and welcome you to follow us on twitter!


> Student News - President Obama Takes Office

On January 20, amid great fanfare, Barack Hussein Obama II was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States. Although the excitement generated from Obama's campaign and inauguration permeates all parts of the US and indeed the world, perhaps no sector of society should be as enthusiastic as those in international education.


Aside from being the first black US President, Obama is the son of an international student from Kenya and a US mother, has a name that sounds Muslim, and lived for four years in Indonesia as a child. His presidency puts an altogether different face on the US - a face far more reflective of a multi-cultural, internationalized and progressive nation, a nation that, without any further action, immediately appears much more welcoming to people of every faith and race around the world.


But many in international education hope there will be further action. Experience abroad will be much more prized in Obama's administration - you can read about the international life of several of his close advisers in the Newsweek article, "A Team of Expatriates." With a more wordly view, hope runs high that the Obama administration will continue to reduce barriers to entry for foreign students, and will work to permit recent international student graduates to stay in the US and work longer and more easily. In his own words, from a November 2007 interview with Michael Arrington of


"I support comprehensive immigration reform that includes improvement in our visa programs, including our legal permanent resident visa programs and temporary programs including the H-1B program, to attract some of the world’s most talented people to America. We should allow immigrants who earn their degrees in the U.S. to stay, work, and become Americans over time."


What do you think? Will President Obama have an impact on the global perception of the USA, and how attractive the USA is as a destination for international students? Visit this post on our forums and sound off!


> From the Mailbag

This month we have an international student posting in our Study in the USA forum who asks a questions about inexpensive schools in the USA:

"Hi. At first I thought going to the USA would be completely out of my reach financially seeing college prices as high as 35k a year which is However, recently I found out that the prices of colleges vary greatly and there are low cost colleges that do seem affordable so I decided to pursue this or at least give it a strong consideration.

Being that it's already 2009, I don't have a whole lot of time and I got to be as prompt as possible if I wanna go through with this so what I'm asking for basically are some recommendations of colleges or sorts that belong in the group of low cost colleges as far as tuition fee for international students that you know of and would genuinely recommend. Pretty much places that fit the following criteria, inexpensive, accepting of international students and I guess, possible to get into. Thanks."

If you know the names of some schools, or can recommend somewhere please respond at:


> Fun Site of the Month

Gizmodo brings your the latest news, rumors and reviews for the dedicated tech head, with an offbeat and often funny take on the latest and greatest technologies. Curious about the latest 3G watch phones from Japan or need some advice on upgrading your in-car wireless router? Gizmodo will help you stay ahead of the curve and brings you fresh stories of the best, weirdest and most interesting gizmos around.


Visit to catch up on all your gadget news.


> Student Internships

iHipo has exciting international jobs and internships available. Here's a taste of some of the most recently posted jobs:


Internship, Marketing - Business Development, Brazil and Portugal

General Manager, Manufacturing, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania

Consulting Internship - Barcelona Spain


Jump start your international career today with iHipo!


> US Journal - Study in the USA

Now that a new administration is settling in at the White House, it's time to get serious about studying in the USA. Review our exclusive list of top-ranked colleges, universities and English Language Programs, based on your preferences:


Check out our mobile version:

> 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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