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International Student News


Issue 144 - February 2011

An InternationalStudent.com Publication

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Welcome to the 144th edition of the International Student News!


2011 has certainly started off with a bang, with student registrations for the Virtual Student Fairs going through the roof! Its great to see so many students interested in meeting with schools from the USA.


We also have our iPad giveaway competition running over at International Student Insurance - check out their fan page for all the details and how to enter, good luck!


Ross Mason

Editor, InternationalStudent.com



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> Hobson's Virtual Student Fairs

virtual student fairsIn March and April this year, Hobsons is holding virtual student fairs for international students from Southeast Asia, China and Latin America to meet and greet schools from all over the USA. There are currently over 50 schools signed up to attend the events - so its an excellent opportunity to learn more about each school and obtain vital admissions information.


Unlike traditional student fairs, this event is free to attend, you can do it from the comfort of your own home (its 100% online) and there are chances to win up to $12,000 in prizes and scholarships! To register for the event please click on the appropriate link below and after completing a short form you will be registered and sent further details.


To learn more and register please visit:

> Win an iPad

win an ipadThe Apple iPad is the must-have gadget at the moment, offering all the touchscreen fun one person can have right in the palm of your hand. Thanks to our friends over at International Student Insurance, you now have a chance to get your hands on a 16gb Wifi iPad for free in the Sweepstakes on their Facebook Fan page.


To enter you simply need to visit their fan page, become a fan and complete a short entry form. The sweepstake will close on the 31st March 2011, so head on over now and submit your entry for your chance to win! One lucky winner will be drawn out from all the entries and announced on April 1st! Good luck!


> International Sim Cards

Save money when you travel or study abroad and avoid the high prices of international roaming by purchasing an international sim card. Most phones today are running on the GSM network, and when you travel outside of your home country you are typically hit with roaming charges that can add up. We have a range of international sim cards that will allow you to avoid these high charges, and still keep your mobile phone with you by your side.


You will get inclusive calling credit, free shipping, a local number in country and some sim cards even include low cost international calls. For more information and to purchase right online, please visit our international sim card page for further information.


> Student News From Around the World

Indian Students Tops in "Peaceful" New Zealand
(from the Economic Times of India)


Nearly 9000 student permits have reportedly been issued to Indian students. First-time students accounted for more than half of all international students in New Zealand, the Department of Labour's migration trends and outlook 2009-10 report said.


"India has become the largest source country of new international students to New Zealand, but China remains the single largest source country of international students," it added.


An Indian student named Sandeep Singh studying at the National Technology Institute in Auckland said New Zealand was becoming a popular choice for Indian students because it was viewed as a "peaceful" and "an ideal destination to study".


Read the rest of the story in the Economic Times of India.


> From the Mailbag

This month we have a post in our forums from a student asking about immigration issues and their F1 visa. If you have any help or guidance you can provide please add a comment:

Hello Everyone, I am currently on F1 visa status. I am done with my Master's and have applied for opt on November 15.However, I have not graduated yet. I had the biometrics taken on DEC 7. Now I received a letter from USCIS asking me to submit additional documents. Is it OK? I mean my I20 has expired. Do you think this will become a hurdle in the process of my EAD. Please help.Any help with this issue is highly appreciated. Thanks Almas

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



> Fun Site of the Month

Our fun site of the month is actually one of our own sites - our Facebook Fan page! If you have not become a fan yet, simple head over and hit the "Like" button to join in all the fun. We post regularly on our fanpage about all aspects of international student life - from featured schools, scholarship updates, interesting news items and so much more!


So head over to our fanpage today and become a fan!


> Study in the UK Student Blogger

If you are looking to get a "real life" perpective on what it is like to study abroad, then you should check out our latest student blogger Caitlin Collom. Most of you should recognize Caitlin as she won the 2010 Travel Video Contest with her excellent video "Watch Out Scotland. Caitlin plans to study abroad at the University of Abderdeen in Scotland and will be blogger her way through the highs and lows she experiences as she goes.


She has already posted a few entries, and I am sure there are many more to come so check it out!


> 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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