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International Student News

Issue 163 - September 2012

An InternationalStudent.com Publication

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Welcome to the 163rd issue of the International Student News!


Our favorite time of year has arrived. Everyone is back in school, the semester has started - and we get to announce our 7th Annual Video Contest! You only have until Halloween to get your entry to us for a chance at the $4,000 Grand Prize, so get a jump on it and start filming. We look forward to watching another tremendous crop of videos.


Also, for anyone searching for a school in the US, don't miss the excellent blog post discussed below on "How to search for colleges in the USA."



Ross Mason

Editor, InternationalStudent.com



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> 2012 Travel Video Contest

2012 Video Travel ContestThe 2012 Travel Video Contest is officially launched! This year's contest offers a Grand Prize of $4,000 and, judging from the interest we've had even before launch, will drive a lot more buzz than ever before. With an elite judges panel, hundreds of entries expected again, and worldwide exposure, this year's contest will be exciting and will certainly produce some amazing videos.


The format is simple: in 5 minutes or less, tell us about your planned study abroad. You can be as imaginative and creative as you want to be in your video, but make sure you check out all of the rules and guidelines for your video and its submission. You might even want to take a look at previous years' winners and entrants, to see how good you have to be to win.


The deadline is October 31st, and for full information and rules please see our contest website.


> International Student Insurance

International Student orientations are taking place, classes are starting, and you can still save money on your international student health insurance coverage. With the ever increasing cost of insurance plans, the Student Secure plan offers an excellent, affordable option that will meet most schools' insurance requirements, but also save you money!


The Student Secure plan starts at just $32/ month for students inside the USA and allows you to pay either in full or via monthly payments. Benefits include coverage up to $300,000 for hospitalization, doctor visits, pre-existing conditions after 6 or 12 months, mental health, and much more. You can apply online today and receive instant confirmation. And for anyone who may have procrastinated, we will complete your school's proof of coverage form and return it within one business day.


> Student Loan Comparison

Even if you are already enrolled in Fall semester classes, you can still apply for an international student loan and receive funding for the 2012 / 2013 school year. International Student Loan offers the best solution for students by allowing them to compare funding options from up to 8 different lenders at any one time. The comparison tool is quick and easy; confirm your citizenship and your school, and then you will be presented with different loan options customized for you. Start comparing loan options today!


> Student News From Around the World

International Student Adjustments - View from a Mental Health Director


As director of a mental health center and former Purdue graduate student, Neelu Chawla knows well the challenge for international students to adjust to life at Purdue. . . Social isolation and loneliness are some of the hardest challenges international students face, Chawla said. “They’re leaving their friends, their social networks, their cultures and having to adapt to a whole new way of being in the world,” Chawla said. “They’re creating a new identity, if you will.


Read the full story online at the Purdue Exponent


> From the Mailbag

This month we have a posting from our forum from a Canadian student looking for some advice:

Hi, my name is Gabrielle and I am new to this forum... I am a Canadian citizen, who speaks french and I am actually studying business administration in Quebec, Canada. I am looking forward to a student exchange in the USA with NSE in september 2013. I am really confused because I don't know in wich city I am willing to go. I really love the beach, warm weather and cities with a lot of accomodations. Can anyone suggest me cities to live at and to study Business administration?

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


> Fun Site of the Month

In today's world, not all news sites are created equal. So you have to ask yourself - how do I like my news? If you want a news source with an international, technological and web focus, then The Next Web is for you. With the latest updates on technology companies, applications and culture, from all around the world, The Next Web always has something of interest. Can't get enough on the smart phone patent wars? Need to know the next best iPad app? Want to revel in the rise and fall of the latest internet craze? Check it out: http://www.thenextweb.com


> Searching for Colleges in the USA

We are often asked by international students, what is the best way to search for colleges in the USA - do you have a guide for students? Of course our school search is the best tool available, with both featured schools and a full listing of all schools in the USA that admit international students - so that is a great place to start for any student. But the tool can seem a little confusing - what to search for, how to work the tool, etc.. are some of the more common questions we receive.


So to help, we have written an excellent blog post to walk students through the process, titled "How to search for colleges in the USA". It will help get you started towards finding the right school, and start your international journey off in the right direction.

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