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Issue 124 - June 2009

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Welcome to the 124th edition of the International Student News!


Wow....we cannot believe that it is already June, where did the year go? Before we know it, the new school year will be upon us in 2 months, so we hope you are preparing already!


This month we are celebrating the relaunch of the ESL Directory, one of our oldest sites that was due a much needed upgrade. We hope you get some time to check it out and let us know what you think!


Ross Mason


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> ESL School Search Launch

esl directoryWe are pleased to announce the relaunch of one of our oldest sites, the ESL Directory. Aimed at students all around the world who are looking for english as a second language programs and schools, the directory provides you with easy access to over 1,000 language schools from all corners of the globe!


The new website has been totally revamped with a new interface and back-end to offer greatly improved search features - making it much easier to find programs you want quickly and easily. We also have a new "Student Zone" account feature where you can register for free, contact schools directly for information and track those schools you have contacted.


If you run an english language school and want to list in the ESL directory, you can register for free so list your school.


For more information and to visit the new site please check it out at:


> HTIR International Internship

HTIR is a private organization that refers international students to United States colleges and universities that offer paid internship employment to qualified Master degree students. These opportunities (sometimes known as co-op programs or curricular practical training (CPT) programs) allow international students to work while they are also attending classes, even beginning in the first year of their Master's studies.


Either part time or full time (40 hours per week) employment is allowed, depending on the preference of the student. All of the internship positions are with off-campus American based companies in the vicinity of the university. Wages are paid at the same rate as for domestic workers in similar employment and vary from minimum wage for entry level CPT applicants and higher wages for those with more skills and work experience. Classes are offered during daytime, evening and week-ends to accommodate the students' employment schedules.


For more information please visit:


> Student News from Around the World

Recession Helps Propel American Students to Canada

(from the Choice, a NY Times blog)


With American college costs rising, and the American dollar strong against the Canadian currency, more and more high school students are looking to Canadian universities for their college education. According to the Canadian embassy, more than 9,000 U.S. students are studying at Canadian universities and colleges, up from 2,500 12 years ago. The cost advantage is enormous. Because Canadian universities are publicly financed and heavily subsidized by the government, even the higher tuition for foreign students is only about $15,000 — about half as much as at a selective American liberal-arts college.


Click here to read the rest of the story in the Choice.


> From the Mailbag

The International Student Forums and Message Board are a great way for students and advisors to interact with each other to share advice and pass along knowledge. Our forums currently have over 5,000 members and nearly 7,000 posts have been submitted - we welcome you all to join us!


This month we highlight an immigration issue with an international student in the USA, if you can offer any help or assistance please post a response on our forum:

Hi, I am having very serious problem with the DSO in my school. He refused to sign my OPT and I have an offer pending. The problem is that I used my internship as a capstone for my last semester which is authorized by my school. I submitted every document required to my department. But somehow, there is a documentation mess up between my department and the OISS. The letter issued from my department to OISS got lost. So, the DSO did not recognize my internship. However, my internship is registered with school and it shows on my transcript. I was not notified any problem prior to my final application of OPT. After two weeks of my submission to OPT application at OISS in my school, I went there to ask for the status and the DSO told me that he would not sign my OPT because I worked without permission. He even refused to sign my travel document during the last semester. But, I did report my internship to school and got fully registered. Please give me some advice.


If you or someone you know is interested, visit our forums and post your response:


> Fun Site of the Month

Twitter - maybe you've heard of it? This month, our fun site of the month is everything Twitter related - and more than just one site, as we highlight a few fun applications and tools you can use for Twitter.


Of course, if you do not know what Twitter is or you have not looked into it, please check out our Twitter Guide for International Students which should give you a good overview. Once you have mastered the basics, then you can start exploring further. Here are a few fun tools:

Of course, you can also follow us on Twitter @intstudent and ask us any questions you have about studying in the USA or around the world!


> Bachelors Degree in English - InHolland University

Choosing to study at INHolland University of Applied Sciences means choosing a university of higher professional education with the student at its heart. Not only do we provide modern, high quality education, but also personal learning plans. Students get the opportunity to establish interesting and useful networks with lecturers, peers and future employers, and to tailor their programme to match their individual preferences and ambitions.

INHolland is based across several campuses in the Netherlands, where you can take advantage of our modern, dynamic facilities with:

  • Education focused on learning in real-life projects
  • Internships to prepare you for your future career
  • Many different nationalities and a tolerant society
  • Reasonable tuition fees
  • In easy reach of the rest of Europe

For more information:


> Cheap Summer Travel

With summer right upon us now, most of you will have finished school and may be looking for something to do over the summer months to keep you busy! What better way than to travel, and with the recession hitting hard for most people - airlines and travel companies are doing all they can to slash rates and encourage as many of us to travel as possible.


For the customer, this means cheap student travel is more available than ever with fantastic offers on such things like airfare, student youth hostels, european rail passes, student car rental and so much more.....


To check out all these fantastic offers that are available to students please visit the Travel Center:


> 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!

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