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International Student News


Issue 139 - September 2010

An InternationalStudent.com Publication

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Welcome to the 139th International Student Newsletter!


September is upon us, and that means the launch of the 2010 Travel Video Contest which will be even bigger and better than previous years! Its the fifth annual contest, and we have increased the grand prize to $4,000 - so get shooting your videos.....


Ross Mason

Editor, InternationalStudent.com


> Fifth Annual Travel Video Contest

travel video contestWe are proud to launch the 2010 Travel Video Contest, our fifth year in a row!


Each year, the contest gets bigger and better, with more entries and more exposure, and this year will be no exception. The Grand Prize has been increased again to $4,000, and the winner also gets their own blog on InternationalStudent.com.


To enter, create a short movie (no longer than 5 minutes in length) telling us why you want to study or travel abroad. If you are already studying abroad, the movie can be about any trip you would like to take. You can get some ideas from our previous winners - but the more original and unique your video is, the more chance you have to win the $4,000 Grand Prize!


Visit our contest page for all the rules, and start planning your videos - deadline is 29 October 2010!


> Student Insurance Plans

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 in the USA or abroad an insurance plan that will meet and exceed nearly all school requirements - plus you will save 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 form to us to waive out of your school's insurance plan. If you need assistance with this process please let us know - plans start at just $28/ month so check it out!


> Cheap Calls Home

As many international students are starting to settle into their new college life, thoughts turn to how they will keep in touch with friends and family back home. Skype and other VOIP services do a great job when you are able to find an internet connection - but if you want the flexibility to call from your cell phone, dorm or house phone without fearing a huge telephone bill, check out InternationalCallingCard USA.


InternationalCallingCard USA provides an international calling solution that you can use from any phone and provides low cost calling rates to countries all around the world. What's more, we have a special offer available at the moment where you can sign up and get $25 of calling credit and only pay for $20! With InternationalCallingCard rates, $25 will keep you talking a long time . . .


For more information and to sign up online please visit http://www.internationalcallingcard.com/usa_calling_card/


> Student News From Around the World

Students all around the world are returning to campus, and international students are

arriving in the USA in record numbers. For those studying in a different country, the

process of settling in can be quite exciting but often disorienting. This month we bring

you articles talking about international students and the efforts some colleges make to

help them feel welcome and at home.


Bryn Mawr, a small, elite private school outside of Philadelphia, offering undergraduate programs for women and mixed-gender graduate programs, welcomes its most international class yet, with over 25% of the class of 2014 coming from outside the US:



An article in The Chronicle of Higher Education discusses various colleges' attempts to

integrate international students into overall campus life:



And at UC Berkeley, international students are a welcome addition, for financial and other




> From the Mailbag

This month we have a post from our Study in Australia forum, where one of our members is asking for help:

hi this is jassas from pakistan. I would like to inquire some information regarding job conditions in australia. Recently i got admission in university of queensland in postgraduate coursework program that is masters in electrical engineering. I want to know after doing that master course can I get a job in australia and secondly I want to know that in Australia electrical field has any scope or not. which field has higher scope and also I want to know whether an international student can get a part time job in australia easily and afford the living cost. kindly answer my questions? I am a bit worried. lastly i would like to know that how is university of queensland. Is its degree is enough that you can get easily job after getting the degree? kindly reply me as soon as possible.

You can view this post to answer them at:



> Fun Site of the Month

"If you can type, you can make a movie."


So goes the tag line from Xtranormal, this month's fun site, and they are true to their word. Well, really its animated movies, but typing is about all you need to do.


The site requires registration, but registration is quick and easy and you'll be making a movie within 5 minutes.


Have fun!



> Study Centers - USA, UK, Australia, Study Abroad

For those students that are interested in studying abroad, and still in the "I am looking around for information" stage - you need to check out our Study Centers. They are packed full of help, advice, videos, blogs and so much more to help you learn about that country.


We currently have information for Studying in the USA, Studying in the UK, Study Australia and Study Abroad. Check it out and find out more about studying around the world!


> New Home/Last Word

InternationalStudent.com moved into its sweet new offices last month! Note the new physical address below, one block from the ocean in beautiful Neptune Beach, Florida. We look forward to welcoming all NAFSA'ns at the Region VII conference this year in Jacksonville.


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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