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Welcome to the 165th International
Today is a big day, with voters in the
United States choosing the President for the next four
years. As an international student in the U.S. or around
the world, you cannot vote in the Presidential election
- but you can vote in our Travel Video Contest! With
over 100 videos now online, the response has been
overwhelming, and voting has been at a frenzied pace -
you can read more below about the new "Viewers'Choice
In the Student News section, we learn
how international students are still involved in the
U.S. political process, even though they can't vote.
So good luck to all those who entered
the Travel Video Contest - we will be watching two
elections very closely tonight!
In this issue:
to a Friend
- Contest - Vote Now!
- IEW 2012
- Student News
- From the Mailbag
- Fun Site of the Month
- Study USA Blog
- Final Word
InternationalStudent.com Travel Video Contest, now
in its seventh year, received over 100 entries from all
over the globe. With only about 10-12 Finalists each
year, the competition to make it to the next round is
intense. This year, we introduce the "Viewers'
Choice Award" which goes to the video with the most
viewer votes as of 9 a.m. EST on Monday, 12 November. In
addition to the $500 prize, the Viewers' Choice winner
will also automatically move on to the Finalist round.
The remaining Finalists are chosen by us, and then it's
on to the judges for the final selection of the $4,000
Grand Prize winner.
So visit the Contest
page, watch as many videos as you have time for, and
vote for your favorites. You can vote for as many videos
as you like, but you can only vote once for any
Every year, the US Departments of State
and Education organize International
Education Week (IEW) to profile and celebrate
international education with audiences around the globe.
Held in November, IEW is an excellent opportunity to
learn more about international education, and for those
currently studying in the USA you may find your
international department may be doing something to
International Education Week 2012 runs
from the 12th to 16th November. Each year, we coincide
the announcement of the winners of our Travel Video
Contest with IEW - our way of celebrating and
highlighting international education to the world. So
make sure to check back to InternationalStudent.com
on Friday, November 16 to see the winner of our contest.
You can also check the official IEW website
which list IEW events around the world. Find an event to
participate in, and help us all celebrate IEW 2012!
The U.S. State Department and CollegeWeekLive are gearing up
for their Education USA International Virtual College
Fair taking place on November 13, 2012. With over 175
U.S. universities in attendance, including the
University of Chicago, Yale, and Boston University, this
virtual college fair is the largest of its kind.
Students can meet with university representatives and
watch presentations from U.S. State Department
officials, Education USA, ETS (TOEFL), ACT, College
Board and IELTS on how to prepare you to get into the
school of your dreams, get a student visa, excel in
school, and take prepatory exams.
This free online event will take place
November 13th, 10:00 - 24:00 GMT and will provide you
with everything you need to know about studying in the
Sign up now for your free
virtual college fair.
International Students Can't Vote, But
If you can’t vote, why care? Tell that
to international students at Tufts. U.S. citizens were
far from the only demographic engaged in debates, forums
and discussions in the run−up
to today’s election. International students on the Hill
have been just as involved in the political scene, but
for different reasons and with varying implications from
those of their American peers. Members of Tufts’
international community, comprising 16 percent of the
student body and featuring natives of more than 70
countries, may not be able to vote today, but that does
not prevent them from having strong opinions about the
candidates and issues.
Read the full story in the Tufts
Gift giving and receiving isn’t always
easy when you’re an international student. Not only are
you away from home but your money may be tightly
budgeted which makes fitting in gift-giving difficult.
Also, what are you to do if your family sends you one
thing in a gift or care package but you could really
have used something more useful? Whether it’s for
holidays, birthdays or just because, gifting should be
easy and shouldn’t cause you stress. That’s where
Giftster can help. Giftster is a
new, fun, free service that’s perfect for keeping
you and your family updated with the things you need
most while in school and all the fun things everyone
would love to receive as gifts. Check it out today!
As many of you will know, we have been
following Gulnar, our Study in the USA blogger for
the last year as she charts her adventures studying in
the USA. Gulnar is from Azerbaijan, which she describes
as the crossroads between Asia and Europe. She has been
studying at SUNY Ulster in New York and for the past
year we have seen excellent posts about her life as an
international student. The blog is an excellent read for
any prospective or current international student, so we
hope you have the time to check it out, subscribe and
provide comments and feedback!
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