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Issue 126 - August 2009

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Welcome to the 126th edition of the International Student News!


This month we have the great news that International Student Loans are now available to international students once again. As many of you will know, the recent credit crunch and recession all but cleared up loans for international students - but they are slowly coming back.


We also ask you to "Get Social" this month and interact on the many social features that are on offer - all with the main goal of helping you study abroad!


Ross Mason


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> Loans for International Study Available

moneyInternational Student Loan provides access to student loans for international students in the US, US citizens studying abroad, and US students directly enrolled in approved foreign schools. Despite the ongoing economic crunch, there are still loans available through International Student Loan.


All international students must have a cosigner who is a creditworthy US citizen or permanent resident who has lived in the US for the past two years; and US students often receive better terms if they apply with a cosigner.


For more information, please click the appropriate link below:


You can also start the application process:


> Student Insurance

Whether you are studying abroad, or are an international student in the USA or any country around the world, you will want to make sure you are covered by an insurance plan that offers not only health and travel insurance - but also that provides truly global coverage.


The range of insurance plans from International Student Insurance provide global travel assistance services through a network of over 50 toll free access numbers in countries all around the world - so no matter where you or your students are you have peace of mind that help is only a phone call away.


For international and study abroad students, the Student Secure offers the best coverage including:

  • Doctors visits
  • Hospitalization
  • Maternity/ Mental Health
  • Sports Coverage
  • Evacuation
  • and much more....

The plan will meet and exceed nearly all school requirements and is available monthly (with monthly payment options). For more information please see the Student Secure to view the full plan benefits and to quote and apply online:


> Student News from Around the World

Little Kids Learn a Foreign Language the Easiest


Do you sometimes feel like you're banging your head against a brick wall when trying to learn a second language? Well, its not your fault, according to a new research report that came out last month.


The best time to learn a foreign language: Between birth and age 7. Missed that window?

New research is showing just how children's brains can become bilingual so easily, findings that scientists hope eventually could help the rest of us learn a new language a bit easier.

"We think the magic that kids apply to this learning situation, some of the principles, can be imported into learning programs for adults," says Dr. Patricia Kuhl of the University of Washington, who is part of an international team now trying to turn those lessons into more teachable technology.


Read the rest of the AP story


> 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 have a question from a student looking for information about taxes

hi - im just wondering if anyone here knows how an international student can claim his/her tax when leaving the country. As i was somehow told that one can claim tax back as they are leaving the country. I just finished my Bsc Honors here and i intend to return home but im having problems getting my flight money, so working on how to get it. Please help with advice.

If you can offer any insight, visit our forums and post your response:


> Fun Site of the Month

Even if you are not a Chuck Norris fan, you still have to laugh at this great site called "Chuck Norris Facts" which provides a quirky look at some useful - or not so useful - facts about the legend that is Chuck Norris. To give you an example, Chuck Norris fact number 4: "Chuck Norris can sneeze with his eyes open" and "Chuck Norris can kill two stones with one bird".


Certainly provided some laughs at so we hope you have a laugh too:


> USA Sim Card

If you are studying or traveling to the USA and want to lower your international calling costs when you are over, then you should consider purchasing a USA based prepaid sim card. It will offer you a US based local number (so people can easily call you when you're in the USA), options for unlimited calls, texts from only 10 cents per message and you can also include the international calling card as part of your sim card!


To learn more about the card, and to purchase one online please visit:


> Get Social!

Whether you are an international student already, plan to become one in the future or just want to learn more about international education - why not get active and participate in the many social aspects that we offer online that include:

  • Facebook Fan - join our fan page and post messages and join in our discussions
  • Twitter - follow our twitter feed and ask us questions via twitter
  • Student Forum - joint our forum, ask and post questions online

There are a lot of ways to get information, talk to us at International Student and obtain help - our site provides a lot of information and our social avenues allow you to find out more detailed information from us and from fellow students!


For more information, you can read our latest blog post:


> 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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