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International Student News

Issue 157 - March 2012

An InternationalStudent.com Publication

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Welcome to the 157th issue of the International Student News!


Funding an international education is always difficult. In addition to tuition and living expenses, you have the added expense and difficulty of being far from home. If you are coming to the USA as an international student, you are not eligible for government-backed loans, scholarships are hard to come by, and the cost of living can be quite high compared to many other countries. This month we feature a unique work-study program that can help international students afford to study in the USA by working part-time immediately upon their arrival.


On another note, don't miss the item below about our new social media efforts in China.


Ross Mason

Editor, InternationalStudent.com



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> Earn While You Learn in the USA


Earning money while you study can help tremendously for an international student trying to pay for college in the USA, but it can be difficult to do. HTIR offers unique work-study programs at several colleges and universities in the USA. Unlike other work-study programs that require international students to wait one year before they can legally work, HTIR’s work-study program allows students to earn money to pay for their education immediately.


In addition to earning money, the experience you gain from working while in school is invaluable and critical to future employers. While gaining valuable work experience, students will work towards and can complete a masters degree from an accredited school. Find out more information and start your application online today!



> Virtual Student Fair for Students From Asia- 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! The next virtual student fair is from students from any country in Asia.


Some of the features the Asian student 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 the virtual fair page today! The next event for Asia is on the 31st of March 2012.


> Study Guide iPhone App

If you are looking for mobile information about studying in the USA, we have developed a dedicated iPhone app that allows you to view our most important content right in the palm of your hand. The iPhone app from InternationalStudent.com is free, and available now in the iTunes store for download and will give you access to our state guide for the USA, our study USA guide containing information and advice for students and even access to our ever popular concierge service, allowing students to be contacted directly by schools in the USA.


If you have an Apple iPhone and want to grab your own copy of the app, please do so through our website at: http://www.internationalstudent.com/mobile-apps/


> Student News From Around the World


The world of financial aid can be daunting for international students. Many students have seen the continual rise of tuition even after they are enrolled! In the United States, tuition had an average increase of 8.3% for public universities and 8.7% for community colleges, so it’s no wonder why international students have financial aid on their minds.


Students looking for help will find our most recent International Financial Aid Blog post informative as it discusses the primary funding options available including scholarships, grants, and loans. We discuss the pros and cons, how to apply, and where to get started. Post your questions on our comments section for immediate help bringing you one step closer to an affordable education!


Visit the International Financial Aid Blog today (and get a sneak peek at its new home on the new IEFA.org).


> From the Mailbag

This month we have a post from the study in the USA section of our international student forums from a member asking about credit transfer and selecting the right major:

"Hi everyone...I have been living in the US and thinking about going to college. I obtained in my home country MS in management and production engineering. Can you guys please help me to find the best matching major to the one I majored in? I would like to also transfer my credits but do not know how does it work?. When will I know how many credits will be transfer? After applying to college on particular major I want to obtain BA degree in the US so do y'all think will my MS degree be better accepted by school? Greatly appreciate any advice..."

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 haven't visited Khan Academy, you need to. With three degrees from MIT and an MBA from Harvard, Salman Khan knows something about education. Turns out, he knows something about just about everything. What started simply as an effort to tutor his cousin over the internet in 2004, by 2009 led Mr. Khan to quit his job running a hedge fund to focus full-time on his online academy. Whether you want to learn about arithmetic, physics, finance, history or the recent housing bubble and economic collapse, the Khan Academy has something for everyone. With over 3,000 videos covering almost any topic you can imagine, each structured in an interesting, digestable, short format, the Khan Academy has done more to further online education than any other single website. And its all free!




> Chinese Social Media Channels

Over the last few months, we have been working hard on our outreach to students from all around the world through various channels. We are very active on Twitter and Facebook, with over 7,000 Facebook fans and over 5,000 Twitter followers - and these are growing by the day.


Since there is no access to Facebook and Twitter in China, and there are a huge number of Chinese students planning to study internationally, we really wanted to focus on becoming more available to students from China. So in January this year, we officially launched our RenRen and Weibo pages for international students who are in China. If you are an international student already abroad, please join us and help spread the word about our organization - or let your friends back home in China know about us!


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> 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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