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International Student News


Issue 140 - October 2010

An InternationalStudent.com Publication

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Welcome to the 140th International Student Newsletter!


This year's video contest is really gaining momemtum as the entries begin to arrive. There is still plenty of time to get shooting and editing in time for the deadline and we look forward to see what you have prepared. Make sure you get your video to us by the deadline of October 29 and you'll have a chance at the $4,000 Grand Prize!


Ross Mason

Editor, InternationalStudent.com


> Fifth Annual Travel Video Contest

travel video contestThe 2010 Travel Video Contest is in full swing with the first entries in the door!


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!


> Study in the USA School Search

Have you been looking for a school in the USA, and cannot decide which one is best for you? The new InternationalStudent.com Study in the USA school search tool will help you find the information you need and allow you to directly contact those schools you are interested in!


Anyone can browse the listings of over 2,300 schools that accept international students. If you create a free account, you can contact a school directly, save a school in your account, and keep track of your communication with each school. It's a great way to find new schools that you may not have considered before, so please take a moment to register for your free account!


> Student Travel

As we head into October, your thoughts might start to turn to the upcoming vacation periods - for those in the USA there is Thanksgiving and around the world we have Christmas coming up. If you have the chance, why not take some time to travel - and with some excellent deals now available on student airfare and rail passes - it could not be a better time to take advantage of travel deals.


Some examples of great airfare deals:


New York to London - 19th December to January 5th ONLY $562 roundtrip


The student travel deals will not last long, so you will need to act fast to get the best deals!


> Student News From Around the World

What Motivates International Students?

(from Insider Higher Ed)


Overseas students head to Britain for quality, to the United States for career improvement and to Germany for low tuition, according to a new study. The British Council’s Student Decision Making Survey includes information gathered from around 115,000 students, from 200 countries, who hope to study abroad. The poll has been conducted over the past three and a half years.


The introduction to the report notes that the market for overseas students is becoming "more sophisticated," with domestic higher education investment in many countries making overseas study less attractive, and courses taught in English increasingly being offered in non-English-speaking countries.


Read the rest of the story in Inside Higher Ed:



> From the Mailbag

This month we have a post from our study in Australia forum, where a member is asking for some guidance on what schools are best:

Hey i'm new here. I'm applying a few universities to do my degree in communications (pr, journalism...) I applied to RMIT, Griffith, and Swinburne.

Some gave good comments and some bad on the universities. So i'm kinda unsure now.
Plus some recommended Victoria Uni and USQ.\

Any advice? Much appreciated =)

You can view this post to answer them at:



> Fun Site of the Month

The fun site this month is for all your soccer (football) fans around the world. We have found a great online soccer game that lets you play right in your browser. You need to download the plugin first, but then you should be good to play soccer in all its glory! A great way to waste some time, if you have some spare, so check it out and let us know what you think.




>International Student Loans

We have two resources for loans for international students, studying at approved schools in the US. First, of course there is InternationalStudentLoan.com, the primary destination for international education loans:




You can also check the international student loan resource on InternationalStudent.com, which offers a variety of lenders and a very large school list:




With both of these programs, there is no application deadline, so fall funding is still available.


> Final 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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