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International Student News


Issue 143 - January 2011

An InternationalStudent.com Publication

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Happy New Year!


Welcome to the 143rd issue of the International Student Newsletter, and we would like to wish you all a very happy new year!


All international students in the US need to have health insurance, and we feature the market-leading insurance plans from ISI below. Also, Hobsons has launched their Virtual Student Fairs, aimed at helping international students meet with US schools right from the comfort of your own home - find out more below.


Ross Mason

Editor, InternationalStudent.com



> Student Health Insurance

student health insuranceWith the new school semester starting up, many students will need to submit proof of health insurance to their school in order to enroll in class. Most schools will enroll you in their plan, however if you want to save money and if your school allows you to waive out of their plan - it's worth looking into alternative options.


The Student Secure plan will meet, and even exceed the coverage requirements laid out by most schools and it will most likely save you money. You can check online if the plan meets your school's requirements by checking our online school requirement database.


The plan starts at $33/ month for the budget plan for students inside the USA and $28/ month for those studying outside of the USA.


For more information, please visit:



> Hobsons Virtual Student Fairs

Meet and greet international education counselors from schools all across the country at the Hobsons Virtual Fairs to be held online in 2011.The virtual fairs are FREE for all students to attend, and there is even a chance to win up to $5,000 in prizes along with other live translation services and much more.


They are holding 3 fairs over the course of March and April, and they are targetting to students from specific countries - the first fair is for students from Southeast Asia, the second fair is for students from China and the third fair is for students from Latin America.


To get more information and to register to each fair, please click here to learn more!


> Get Up-to-date!

Our monthly newsletter is an excellent way to get information and news from us, and with over 300,000 current subscribers, its clear you all enjoy our newsletter and its been a vital tool for the international student community.


However, our newsletter is only sent once a month, and during that time there is a lot going on with our site, and in the international student world! To get updated information on a more regular basis you can:

These are just a few ways you can get more regular information from us, and interact with our team and other international students on a daily basis!


> Student News From Around the World

US Schools Increase Recruitment of Chinese Undergrads


To attract new students, Santa Clara University promotes its top professors, small seminars, long educational tradition and proximity to tech companies including Apple and Netflix.


In Chinese.


As Friday's application deadline approaches, the Santa Clara school is among the American universities that are accelerating recruitment in China. This educational pipeline delivered more than 40,000 undergraduates to the U.S. in the 2009-10 academic year -- a 46 percent increase over the previous year -- and promises to bring more.


Visit the Mercury News online to read the rest of the story, detailing how undergraduate students from China are the biggest target for recruiting efforts from US colleges and universities.


> From the Mailbag

This month we have a post from a student who is looking for guidance about studying in Canada, a short excerpt from his post is below:

Hi Guys, First I'm working as computer systems administrator and never visit Canada before; currently i am looking for the best way to work and study in canada. I'm thinking about join alberta university, but my BSc major is accounting so i have to finish a diploma first. I made some searches and found Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) which offer:
1- Bachelor of Science, Computing Science - University Transfer Programs
2- Computer Systems Technology - Certificate and Diploma Programs

Can anyone tell me if Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) is good option or not? or guide me to the best way to work and study in Canada?

If you can help, please reply to the thread online at:



> Fun Site of the Month

Mono Face is a fun little creation from the team at Mono-1, a design and communications consultancy business based in Minneapolis. The idea behind the project is to create a random face from all the available options - just click the part of the face to shuffle to the next image. Its a fun way to create wild and wacky faces and had our office in stitches with all the faces we could create. There are over 750,000 variations to create, so get your mono face on and start creating!


> Back to School 2011

The new school year is just about to start, and as we have done in the past we are starting the year with an overview with our "Back to School Essentials - 2011". The blog post highlights many things students need to be aware of and look out for as we start the new year, including an overview of the international financial aid situation for students. The recession has put a stop to many loan programs, but there are still some available.


For more information and to read the full post please see our blog:



> 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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