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International Student News

Issue 156 - February 2012

An InternationalStudent.com Publication

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Welcome to the 156th issue of the International Student News!


The question we are always asked here at International Student is what options are there for online and master programs. Walden is one such university that offers both, with over 30 online programs.


We also have two Hobsons virtual student fairs coming up in March - register today for your chance to win $3,000!


Ross Mason

Editor, InternationalStudent.com



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> Walden University

WaldenWalden University offers online degree programs designed to fit your schedule and your learning style. You can study how and when it works best for you. Imagine earning a US accredited degree from a highly regarded institution, from the comfort of your own home. No need to move, travel or the worries of applying for a Visa.


Walden offers 30 online Masters programs with 145 specialties. The Masters programs include: Education and Leadership, Management and Technology, Health Sciences and Social and Behavioral Science. They offer 10 online Doctoral degrees with over 80 Specializations.


Learn more about Walden and contact them online today!


> Virtual Student Fairs - Study in the USA!

Hobsons Virtual Student Fairs offer students around the world the opportunity to obtain information, advice and services online, directly from school representatives, without the need to leave your home or your computer!


Some of the features the fairs offer include:

  1. Talk live with admissions representatives from 30 U.S. colleges and universities!
  2. Live chat or video chat with international students like you who are already on campus.
  3. Watch student video webcasts and download them.
  4. Be eligible to win USD 3,000 in scholarships!

To learn more and register please visit:

> International Sim Cards

If you are a global student or traveler, you know that the only way to travel now is to travel connected! More than just low-cost calling, your smart phone needs international internet and text access to keep in touch with family and friends.


With the range of international sim cards available now, you can travel to countries all around the world with a local phone number and in most cases access to a data plan to keep you connected on your phone. You can continue to update your Facebook and Twitter status, email photos to friends and family and much more! Check out the range of sims on offer today!


> Student News From Around the World

For College freshman Xin Wan, a $50,000-plus tuition isn’t cheap change, but he believes a Penn degree is worth the money.


Wan, who is from China, is one of many international students who choose not to apply for financial aid in order to avoid hurting their chances of gaining admission to Penn.


For students like Wan, the decision of whether or not to apply for aid is one that is not taken lightly.


Because of Penn’s policies - which do not evaluate foreign applicants on a need-blind basis - international students are sometimes hurt in the admissions process if they choose to go through with an aid application, Dean of Admissions Eric Furda said.


Read the rest of the story in the Daily Pennsylvanian.


> From the Mailbag

This month we have a post from the immigration section of our international student forums from a member asking about traveling internationally while on an F1 visa:

"Hi guys I'm missing a signature on page 3 of my I-20 form. I got back into the country in Dec 2011 without it but should I get it signed twice again(one for when I came in and one for when I get back?) I leave again in May 2012. My question is is it possible that immigration officers will see that my I-20 page 3 signature records does not match my travel record on passport and find this to be a problem?"

If you would like to add a response, or help this international student, please visit our forums and post a response to help them out!


> Fun Site of the Month

If you are like me, and most other students - we could all do with some tips and tricks on how to organize and unclutter your life! Last week, I stumbled across a website that is loaded with helpful hints and insights into little things you can do to make your life easier.

Unclutterer is a daily blog that quotes itself as "The blog about getting and staying organized. A place for everything, and everything in its place is our gospel". Its certainly worth a read, and you never know, you may learn something new!


> English Language Exams

As an international student from a non-English speaking country, English as a Second Language is a requirement for all students who want to study in the USA or other English-speaking countries. Knowing what tests you need and what certification you should attain is often not that easy, with multiple test and formats you can take. Luckily, the ESL Directory has posted some excellent information to help you understand the different tests and options and help you choose the correct path.


Check out the ESL Language Exam overview today for more information.


> 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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