International Student News

Issue 127 - September 2009

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Welcome to the 127th edition of the International Student News!


This month we are excited to launch the 2009 International Student Travel Video Contest, the fourth annual contest! This year the prizes have been bumped up again, with the winning video walking away with $3,500 to travel / study around the world. Get your entries prepared and ready, as deadline is the 30th October....


Good luck with all your video entries!


Ross Mason


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> 2009 Travel Video Contest Launched!

A new school year has arrived, and that means autumn is right around the corner, leaves are starting to turn color -- and has launched it's fourth annual travel video contest!


The 2009 International Student Travel Video Contest will award more prizes than ever, with the Grand Prize bumped up to $3500, plus the winner gets their very own blog on


Visit the contest page to get all the details, and start working on those videos before mid-terms and finals start taking too much of your attention!


> International Student Insurance - It's not too late . . .

Even though your semester has most likely already started, it is not too late to purchase your international student health insurance coverage, or waive out of your school's policy if allowed. The Student Secure plan offers international students studying both in the USA and abroad with the chance to buy an insurance plan that will meet and exceed nearly all school requirements - plus with the added benefit of saving you money on your insurance premium!


To see if our plan meets your school's international student insurance requirements please visit:


Once done, you can purchase your plan online, and submit your paperwork to us to waive out of your school's insurance plan. Our friendly customer support team will also be on hand to assist you with your purchase and walk you through the process.


> Student News from Around the World

India and China send the most international students abroad every year. In the USA, Indian students are the largest group (94,563), followed closely by Chinese students (81,127). Large groups of Indian and Chinese students study in many other countries around the world.


Now both countries have begun to focus their attention on attracting international students. This recent GlobalPost article describes efforts to attract international students to India. "A handful of Indian institutions, like Vellore, are making an effort to welcome international students to their campuses. And the government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, a former professor, has begun to apply India's first comprehensive strategy to woo foreign students. It is part of Singh's vision to make India a global knowledge hub."


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


> 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 studying in the UK

I am planning to pursue my masters from uk, currently i am pursuing my in computers science & engg. from india. I was there with some consultant and he suggested me to do Msc in informaton technology and management from Coventry university.


I would like to know whether the course is good or not as my my main aim is to settle there in the UK. So would this course help me? Also what is the procedure for applying PR after studies. the course is for 1 Yr. and then i would be getting 2 years work permit after that. So can i apply after that.. or what is the procedure.. Please Help Me. Thanking you

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


> Fun Site of the Month

Have you ever had a song stuck in your head, humming it all day and had no idea what it was - or you remember a song and cannot find the name of it? If that is you, or you just want a bit of fun - then check our, our fun site of the month for September. Midomi can either be downloaded as an iPhone application, or you can just browse to it online - and it allows you to hum or sing any song to find out who sang it and the name of the song.


Unlike other services, that will only find the artist and song name if you play the actual song, Midomi allows you to sing or hum. Certainly you can have lots of fun, and most of the time it was very accurate when we were testing it!


> Loans for International Study Available

International 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:


> University of Texas - Austin

Earn a Master of Science in Technology Commercialization at the University of Texas - Austin: Apply now for this one-year, hands-on, graduate degree program designed to prepare technical and business professionals for moving viable technologies from concept to market:


To choose other academic options at top-rated U.S. campuses:


> 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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