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International Student News


Issue 145 - March 2011

An InternationalStudent.com Publication

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Welcome to the 145th issue of the International Student News!


This month we have the exciting news that our International Student Concierge service is now expanding to the UK and Australia! If you are looking to study in either of those countries you should sign up today!


We also have our first Virtual Student Fairs taking place on the 5th and 12th of March - don't forget to sign up!


Ross Mason

Editor, InternationalStudent.com



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> Concierge Service Expanding!

Concierge Service ExpandingThe popularity of our International Student Concierge service has really taken off since we launched it a few months ago. Students love that you can submit your details and have schools recruit you - and so after many requests we have now extended the service to not only include schools in the USA, but also the UK and Australia!


The Concierge service for students looking to study in the USA is still available, but now you can submit your details to the UK and Australia Conceirge service and have schools from those countries contact you back! Submit your details today!


> Virtual Student Fairs

The first two Hobsons Virtual Fairs take place this month - and its your opportunity to meet and greet schools from all across the USA right from the comfort of your own home! The Virtual Student Fairs allow you to get all the information you need from schools without the cost to travel to the USA and visit them personally. There is live chat, web cam chat, videos, brochures and so much more!


What's even better, just by attending the event you have the chance to win a $12,000 scholarship!


Sign up to the first two now:

> Spring Break Travel

Spring Break is right upon us, the time when college students go on vacation for a week and get away from the winter! This year there are some fantastic deals available for travel during the Spring Break period, including excellent rates on low cost student airfare. Our airfare engine is designed just for students - and so you will find some excellent deals for flights across the USA and to Europe!


Apart from airfare, we also have a wide variety of different travel tools and resources to help you plan your travel on a budget - from international student ID cards, youth hostel booking tool, european railcards and so much more! Visit our travel center for all the details!


> Student News From Around the World

US Schools Use Reduced Tuition to Attract International Students


Offering financial help to international students works wonders, for those US schools trying to increase their international student enrollment. It doesn't have to be a full scholarship, but anything to make a good international education more affordable will increase your popularity. At InternationalStudent.com we know this well, which is why we run InternationalScholarships.com and IEFA.org, two completely free websites listing scholarships just for international education.


Eastern Illinois University is using the strategy to good effect. According to a recent story in the Daily Eastern News, a tuition reduction was the number one factor in swelling international students at the school. From the story:


"The number of international students attending Eastern increased after the Undergraduate International Excellence Award was put into effect at the start of the fall 2010 semester. The award comes in the form of a tuition reduction, reducing tuition about $12,000 for undergraduate international students who earn a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average. Marilyn Holmes, coordinator of the international students and scholars office, said instead of paying the normal international undergraduate rate of $30,292 the award would allow the students to pay the in-state rate of $18,100."


Read the rest of the story in the Daily Eastern News.


> From the Mailbag

This month we have a post in our forums from a student who has a predicament with schools he has been applying to in Germany:

Hi all! I have a dilema and I would like to know if you could give me an advise.
I have applied to 3 german universities for master programs. Today I received the acceptance letter and declaration of acceptance from 1 Uni but I received it really early (still 3 months till application deadline) and have to sign the declaration of acceptance this week if not I forfeit my place in the program. Unfortunately this isn't my favorite Uni of the three. If I get accepted by my favourite Uni but have allready signed the declaration of acceptance from the other Uni will I be able to forfeit my place at the uni I allready accepted the offer and enroll in the Uni I really want to study in? Will there be any concequences?

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



> Fun Site of the Month

Who likes bubble wrap? If you say no, then you are in denial - there is nothing more fun than popping all those little bubbles one by one, or like me as a kid, I would stomp on it to make all the bubbles pop even louder! If you want to relive those times as a kid you will want to check out this month's fun site of month - Virtual Bubble Wrap!


Have hours of fun, sitting at your computer, popping all the bubbles! Enjoy!


> Cheap Calls Abroad

Internet calling services like Skype have made keeping in touch with family and friends so much easier. When you are home, you can even video chat and see your loved ones through the use of a web cam. However, services like Skype are not that portable - if you are out and about, or do not have regular access to the internet, these services do not work as well.


That is where an International Calling Card can still work for you - saving you money, allowing you to call from your cell phone from as little as 5 cents per minute! Find out more and sign up today!


> 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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