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Issue 129 - November 2009

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Welcome to the 129th edition of the International Student News!


We have been scrambling over the last few days to get all the videos online from our travel video contest. The best 40 are now online and available for viewing so be sure to check them out and give us your votes!


It's also time to start thinking about the new semester, so don't forget to renew your insurance coverage for January.


Enjoy the newsletter, and especially all of those great videos!


Ross Mason


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> Watch the 2009 Travel Video Contest Entries!

The 2009 Video Contest closed on Friday, amid a flurry of last-minute entries. We've been busy getting the best 40 or so videos online, in between laughing fits on some of the funnier entries! So check our contest page to see them all, you will see an amazing variety of creative, funny, artistic and moving films.


We'll be watching and re-watching all of them, to narrow down the list to the finalists. Continue to check back - by the end of the week we should have the finalists posted on our site. Then its on to the judges!


> International Student Insurance

Before you leave for the holidays and semester break, make sure you have your health insurance set for next semester. You can extend or renew your current policy right online thorough our Student Zone. If you don't have coverage yet from International Student Insurance, you can purchase our Student Secure plan online for as little as $43 per month.


Student Secure is a comprehensive plan providing up to $300,000 of medical coverage, plus emergency evacuation, repatriation, 24-hour worldwide assistance, immediate online purchases, mental health, sports and maternity coverage.


Learn more about our market-leading, hassle-free insurance coverage:


> English Language Institute, Jacksonville State University

If you are ready to improve your English, the English Language Institute (ELI) at Jacksonville State University is the right place for you! We offer small classes taught by experienced faculty. The ELI has 6 sessions a year with over 20 hours of classroom instruction per session. Students take classes in reading and writing, grammatical structure, listening and speaking, pronunciation, as well as classes in TOEFL preparation, American culture, and college preparatory skills. The classes are small which allows for much individualized instruction and individual attention.


The ELI provides pleasant facilities, including an ELI computer lab. Reasonably priced tuition and a low cost of living make the ELI an excellent choice for any student!


Inquire about classes now: ELI at Jacksonville State


> Student News from Around the World

Giving Business Education a Global Twist

(from the NY Times)


June of next year will be a big month for Nabeel Siddiqui, a 29-year-old from India studying at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. That is when Mr. Siddiqui, a former software-design project manager for Alcatel-Lucent, expects to receive two diplomas almost simultaneously.


One will be a master’s of science in management studies from M.I.T.’s Sloan School of Management, the other a master’s of business administration from the École des Hautes Études Commerciales in Paris.


Read the rest of the story online at the NY Times.


> From the Mailbag

This month we are going to feature our "Ask an International Student Advisor" feature on the forums. This feature allows you to post questions to a real-life international advisor who has worked in the international education industry for over 15 years. It's a wonderful resource for students to find answer to question that have been posted and to answer questions that have not already been answered.


We feature a recent post that was answered by Jim, that asks about the GMAT:

"Hi, This is my first post , i am new to GMAT and b-school stuff, so wanna know earliest by when my GMAT score should be ready to apply for june admissions , for US-Bschools.

Your reply would be appreciated :) thank you"

To view the expert response, please visit:


And to ask Jim, our international student advisor, any other questions please check out our forums and join in the discussion today!


> Fun Site of the Month

This month our fun site is one that will help you get things done more effectively and keep you up-to-date with the latest gadget and new technology. helps you navigate the latest software, hardware, tips, tricks and techniques to help your life run smoother and more efficiently. It also provides you with cool stuff like the latest features on Google Wave or useful information such as how to polish scratches out of your iPod Touch.


Whatever it is you need, we are sure Life Hacker will offer something helpful and make your life that little bit easier! Check them out:


> T-Mobile USA Sim Card

Whether you are a student who is in the USA for a few weeks or maybe longer term for a semester or two, you will most likely want to get a cell phone to keep in touch with friends and family. Of course, you can use your phone from home - but this will be extremely expensive with all the roaming charges!


One way to keep your phone but avoid roaming charges is to get a prepaid T-Mobile sim card that you can simply insert into your current phone and have the benefits of a local US number. You will only pay local rates to send or receive a call and it's a sure fire way to avoid expensive international roaming costs. The card can be purchased online and delivered either to you in the USA or internationally before you arrive.


For more information please check out:


> 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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