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International Student News

Issue 160 - June 2012

An InternationalStudent.com Publication

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Welcome to the 160th issue of the International Student News!


What an excellent month it has been, we capped it off with the whole team heading to Houston, Texas for the annual NAFSA conference. With over 8,000 attendees, it was great to meet so many people from around the world.


Now that we are back, our attention turns to the new school semester which is just 3 months away.


Ross Mason

Editor, InternationalStudent.com



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> International Student Loan Comparison

loansAre you going to be studying overseas and need some help financing your education? International Student Loan is here to help!


If you are an international, foreign enrolled or study abroad student looking to fund your education overseas, International Student Loan provides student loans with competitive rates to help you study around the world.


It’s quick and easy – and you can start your application right online just in time for the new semester!


Apply online and find out if you’ve been approved in a few short weeks.


> Global Student Insurance Coverage

With the new school semester only 3 months away for most students, now is the time to make sure you have adequate health insurance coverage. For students coming to study in the USA, the Student Secure plan starts at:

Smart - $396 for one year

Budget - $564 for one year

Select - $840 for one year

Most schools will allow you to waive out of their school insurance plan, and we will help you with this process. Please see our school requirements page for more information.


We also have excellent plans for students who wish to study in Canada and those who study in Finland.


> Chinese Social Media Channels

With the rise in the number of Chinese students who are traveling and studying abroad each year to countries all around the world, we have launched our presence on both Ren Ren and Weibo, the Chinese equivalents of Facebook and Twitter. If you are currently an international student studying abroad, please follow and fan us - and if you have friends back home please share our pages with them. We will be posting information and advice for students who want to study abroad, as well as answering any questions that are posted.


Follow us today on Ren Ren and Weibo to find out more!


> Student News From Around the World

Currency fluctuations and speculation don't just impact businesses and governments - more and more international students have to be cognizant of the value of their currency. Recently, Indian students have had to cope with the slide of the rupee against the dollar, which makes education in the USA or elsewhere much more expensive, and in many cases requires students to get deeper in debt. The rupee has depreciated by 23% against the dollar in the past year, and is at an all-time low. Read the complete story on LoanSafe.org.


> From the Mailbag

This month we have a posting from our immigration forum asking about help and advice about his F1 visa:

Hi, I am a graduate student about to graduate in summer 2012. My I-20 had expired on Dec 2011 and I was unaware of it. I continued to take classes and now when I went to apply for graduation and OPT, the international centre informed me that I have been out of status for 5 months and I will have to go back to my country come back on a newly issued I-20 and be a full time student for a semester. I have already completed all my credits and I am left with only my thesis defence. What do I do? What are the chances that if I apply F1 re instatement it will be granted and I would get back my f1 status. Please help me out.

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

With the UEFA European Championships starting this week, our fun site of the month is the UEFA official website. It not only includes all the latest news from the event, but full team outlines, statistics, videos, photos and much more. If you are a soccer (football) fan from around the world it is a must see event where some of the biggest names will be playing. Take a look and good luck to your team!


> International Student Job Center

Obtaining an internship or a job abroad can be challenging, first you have to overcome complex visa and immigration issues and then you have to actually find a position. The International Student job center can help you locate both internships and jobs thanks to our partnership with iHipo. Not only do we have live listings on our site for positions that are open, we also offer help and guidance with your resume/ CV to make sure it's the best it can be - and we even offer country specific guides as well.


It is an excellent resource to point you in the right direction if you are looking for an international career!


> 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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