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International Student News

Issue 158 - April 2012

An InternationalStudent.com Publication

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Welcome to the 158th issue of the International Student News!


This month we are proud to announce the re-launch of two of our most popular websites, IEFA and International Scholarships! Both sites have undergone a major redevelopment in both functionality and content so that you can search and find scholarships and financial aid more easily. These sites for years as a free service to both schools and students involved in international education.


Check out both new sites today and register for your account.


Ross Mason

Editor, InternationalStudent.com



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> IEFA and International Scholarships Relaunch

IEFAFunding your education is one of the biggest challenges as you pursue your dream of an education abroad. Sometimes your school will help you out with tuition waivers and discount programs, but apart from that you will have to find the rest of the funds yourself.


As part of our network of international student sites, we have completely reworked our two main scholarships websites - IEFA.org and InternationalScholarships.com. With these updates we have made the interface easier to use, with greater functionality, and we have updated the site so that all of the awards are current. These changes mean an even better experience for you!


Please register for the sites, if you have not done so already and good luck finding the awards and scholarships you need!


https://www.iefa.org and https://www.internationalscholarships.com


> Johnson and Wales University

If you're looking for a university that prepares you for a successful career by combining academics and real-world experience, then take a closer look at our Featured School, Johnson & Wales University. They offer programs in business, hospitality, culinary arts, technology and education to more than 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, representing 93 countries worldwide.


Another reason to take a closer look at Johnson & Wales is they have four different campuses located in some of the best and beautiful cities in the USA. Campuses like Providence, Rhode Island, voted many times as one of the best cities to live in the US. Or if you are interested in sun, sand and surf, check out their North Miami, Florida Campus. What about skiing, hiking or just being outdoors? Then look into their Denver, Colorado campus. Are you a sports fan? If so, you should consider their Charlotte, North Carolina campus, home of the NFL team the Carolina Panthers and NASCAR's Charlotte motor speedway.


Take a look at Johnson & Wales Featured School profile, where you can learn more and request more information.


> International Student Loans

With the relaunch of IEFA and International Scholarships, we solidify our position as the best package of financial aid solutions for international students anywhere - with two excellent scholarship sites, packed full of awards, we also offer international student loan options for students.


International Student Loan offers the first ever student loan comparison tool designed solely for international students. Simply choose your school from the list, and the comparison tool will tell you exactly which lenders have a loan for international students at your school in the USA. You will see the basic terms of the loans offered by each lender, and you can choose the best loan for you.


Search now and compare loan options today!


> Student News From Around the World

US Graduate School International Applications Rise Again


Continuing a several-year trend, the number of international students applying to graduate school rose 9% this past year, following an 11% rise the previous year. Applications increased substantially from Mexico, Canada, Brazil and China, while the US saw relatively flat numbers from India, South Korea and Taiwan. Inside Higher Ed reported on the latest study by the Council of Graduate Schools, and this year's report has more data than ever. For instance, the report now tracks applications from more individual regions and countries, giving better insight into the continuing growth of the USA's international education world.


Read more about the latest numbers in the Inside Higher Ed article.


> From the Mailbag

This month we have a post in our open forum section of our international student forums from a member asking about admission to schools in the USA:

"Hi, I am currently waiting to hear from a Community College in Florida, USA. I have a US co-signer for a loan with Sallie Mae and I have sent all the required documents to the College. I just wanted to know if anybody could answer any of the following questions I have about the admission process.

1) How long does it take for a school to accept the application?
2) How long will it be before I hear anything from the school?
3) Is it likely that I will get into the college? *Studying RN Nursing*

Any help will be really appreciated. Thanks"

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

We have friends and family all across the world - whether it's down under in Australia, across the pond in Europe or even here in the USA! If you're like us, trying to work out the time difference and when you should call is a challenge.


There are many websites out there that let you choose your location, then the location of the city you want and will give you the information - but this is time consuming, and it is not that fun. Every Time Zone is a quick, fun to use time zone checker that lists major cities in an easy to use grid, so you can quickly see what time it is. You can even move the time bar to check their specific times - check it out and let us know what you think!




> Work and Study in the USA

One of the most commonly asked questions we receive is how international students can both work and study at the same time. Traditionally as part of your F1 visa, your working hours are restricted on-campus - which in turns limits your ability to fund any substantial part of your education.


However, through an innovative new program called HTIR, students can both work and study at the same time. In this unique CPT program (also known as a co-op, work-study or internship program) students can work in full time, paid, practical training employment for the whole duration of the master program in order to enhance the educational experience.


For more information about this program and to start your application please visit us online.


> 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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