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Issue 132 - February 2010

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Welcome to the 132nd edition of the International Student Newsletter!


This month we are excited to announce the launch of our very first iPhone application! The new application will allow users to follow our blog and twitter account right from their phone. We also have Spring Break right around the corner, so its a good time to make sure you have insurance in place when you travel!


As always, we look forward to any feedback you may have on our site, our newsletter and our new iPhone app!


Ross Mason


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iPhone App - Now in Store!

iphone applicationWith nearly 34 million iPhone's sold around the world, the iPhone is the most popular mobile device in the world. We wanted to make sure our latest news is available to this huge and growing market, so we have created the iPhone application that will run on any iPhone, iPod Touch and soon to be iPad!


The brand new application will allow you quick and instant access to our blog and twitter feed. You will be able to save your favorite blog posts to read later - and if you see something you like, you can hit the post button and it will send it to your twitter page, facebook account or you can even email the post.


The iPhone application is free to download and available now in the app store. Please take some time to download the app, and give us a rating and your feedback - we are keen to develop more apps so let us know!


> Spring Break Insurance

It may seem like the year has only just begun, but Spring Break is actually right around the corner and with students taking trips to different countries, it's very important that you have the right insurance coverage in place in case something happens.


The Atlas Travel Medical Insurance plan provides excellent short, medium and even long term coverage for those traveling anywhere around the world outside of their home country. For travel outside the USA, coverage starts at just 58 cents per day and you can choose different coverage levels to suit your needs. Find out more information about Spring Break insurance and how you can be covered when abroad!


> Jacksonville State University ELI

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.


> Student News

It's good to feel wanted.The worldwide competition for academically sound, financially able international students has never been so hot. Canada, Australia, the UK, Scotland, the US, New Zealand - these countries and more have long recognized the economic and other benefits of hosting international students, but the concerted efforts to attract them have been taken to a new level.


Here are a couple recent examples of the steps being taken to recruit international students:


Canada has eased the way for Indian and other international students to get a visa to attend community college in Canada. You can read the article in Insider Toronto online.


Brisbane, Australia has released a video promoting itself to international students. Fully produced and slickly done, this video is worth watching and will certainly spur other cities to do the same. You can read the article and watch the video here.


> From the Mailbag

This month we have a post in our study in the UK forum from a member who is looking for information about medical courses and financial aid in the USA:

"Hi. I am Hannah, 22 y.o, and has already earned a bachelor's degree here in the Philippines. I am currently working as a computer programmer for a private company but I would like to go back to school. I want to study in the UK or any other foreign countries but I am having financial problems so I am here seeking for scholarships. Is it possible that a college graduate like me could be granted a scholarship and study in UK?"

To post a response, please visit:


> Fun Site of the Month

Like me, do you struggle to purchase that greeting card, sign it, put a stamp on it and then actually get to the post office so that it gets there on time? Luckily, there is a great site called EnGreeting which will actually do all the hard work for you. The site allows you to pick out a card and personalize it as much as you like with images, text font changes and whatever else you want to do.


They will then print it up, put it in an envelope and send it to your selected recipient. The service is quick, easy and hassle free, saving you loads of time - so that's why we choose it as our fun site of the week!


> Premier ESL School Search

Searching for an English as a Second Language (ESL) program is not an easy task with so many sites and options available to you - some offering more comprehensive search features with complex forms that you need to complete. The ESL Directory is the premier site for ESL schools from all over the world - the easy to use interface makes it very simple to find a school, whether you are looking for a program in your home country, or you are looking for a school in the USA or UK.


Once you locate a program, there are no complicated forms to complete, simply setup a free account and then provide your basic details to send an enquiry directly to that school. The ESL Directory has over 1,000 schools currently listed and the list is growing by the day!


> 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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