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International Student News


Issue 152 - October 2011

An InternationalStudent.com Publication

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Welcome to the 152nd issue of the International Student News!


There is only one month left to submit your entries to the 2011 Travel Video Contest, and judging by what we have seen already - this year will be better than ever! We also have some excellent opportunities for international students from LearningU, for those interested in the TOEFL and College Week Live, for online student fairs.


We hope you enjoy this month's newsletter, and don't forget to also join us on Facebook. See you there!


Ross Mason

Editor, InternationalStudent.com



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> 2011 Travel Video Contest

Travel Video ContestThe 2011 Travel Video Contest is open and cameras are rolling! Tell us why you want to travel or study abroad in a video less than 5 minutes and you will be in with a chance to win the grand prize of $4,000 plus other great runner up prizes.


The competition runs until the end of October, so you have plenty of time to start planning your videos and getting them ready - you can even take inspiration from our previous years winners!


Good luck and we look forward to your entry!


> Learning U - TOEFL Courses

Universities, colleges, and business throughout the English-speaking world use the TOEFL to measure a non-native speaker’s ability to comprehend and use English.  Our partner LearningU is a leader in online TOEFL test preparation.  Their online course will help you learn strategies, techniques, tips, and tricks that will help you improve your reading, listening, speaking, and written TOEFL scores.  If you act now, you can get $150 off the course by clicking here.


Already have a good proficiency in English, but need to learn how to speak it in a business office environment?  LearningU also has a self-paced, online course to help you improve your business English.  Check out their program Advanced Business English course.


> College Week Live

Are you thinking about attending university in the US, Canada or Australia? Which school is right for you? How can you best prepare? Join our partner, CollegeWeekLive, a FREE online fair for the answers:

  • Meet Admissions Directors who will speak about “What International Students Need to Know”
  • Video chat with current university students from abroad who are studying in the U.S.
  • Watch presentations from EducationUSA and TOEFL
  • Explore over 80 universities featured in live online booths

If you don't already have a CollegeWeekLive account, use the links in this email to sign up for FREE!


> Student News From Around the World

Australia Plans Massive Changes to Student Visa System


Looking to regain ground that it has lost over the past two years, the government of Australia has announced plans to make dramatic changes to its student visa system to make it easier and more desirable for international students to come to Australia. The changes include adding a post-education work visa, reducing the amount of finances a student has to prove prior to admission, and putting all higher education applicants into a low-risk pool, regardless of country of origin. The visa system for vocational education will not change.


International education is Australia's third-largest export, behind iron ore and coal, but the number of international students has fallen dramatically over the past two years. Media attention to a number of physical attacks on Indian and other students in Australia, increased competition for students and an often difficult visa process have been pinpointed as factors in the decline of international student visas.

“Our international education sector is world-class, and the reforms announced today will help entrench Australia as a preferred destination for international students,” Senator Christopher Evans, the minister for tertiary education, skills, jobs and workplace relations, said in a statement in Canberra on Sept. 22.

Read the full story in the New York Times.

> From the Mailbag

This month we feature a question from one of our forum members - they ask:

"Hi I am Venkatesh (Indian) and I want to do my masters in Australia. I have completed a Btech degree this year - can any one one help me with what tests I need to undertake and what is the actual procedure I need to start right now?"

If you would like to help out and answer their question, or join in the conversation and post your own questions and answers - please see our international student forums online.


> Fun Site of the Month

Do you Yammer? Most of you are probably wondering what we are talking about, but Yammer is a fast growing social network for companies. A little bit like Facebook,Yammer calls itself the "Enterprise Social Network" and is designed for companies, so that they can embrace social networking with their employees in a more closed environment than Facebook. The growth of Yammer appears to be more central to Europe at the moment, but it may take off in other regions - so do you Yammer?


> Study Law as an International Student

Do you want to study law? The new study section from InternationalStudent.com offers all the information you need to prepare yourself for the USA educaton in relation to law - what exams you need to take, how long it will take and much more. The section also profiles the international LLM program which is a way for lawyers who have been educated outside the USA to convert to practice law in the USA. Overall, it is an excellent section full of great advice and a must-read for any international student who is thinking about studying law in the USA.


> 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'd love to hear from you!

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