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International Student News

Issue 165 - November 2012

An InternationalStudent.com Publication

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Welcome to the 165th International Student Newsletter!


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 Award."


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!


Ross Mason

Editor, InternationalStudent.com



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> 2012 Travel Video Contest

The 2012 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 particular video.


> International Education Week 2012

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 celebrate.


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!


> College Week Live

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 United States.


Sign up now for your free virtual college fair.


> Student News From Around the World

International Students Can't Vote, But Still Care


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 Daily


> From the Mailbag

This month we have a post from an international student looking for advice from fellow students about good colleges in Europe:

Hello, Can anyone recommend any colleges in Europe that are good academically but are also located in a mountainous region. I love to hike and be in the outdoors so any suggestions would be great! Thanks!

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

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!


> Study in the USA Blog

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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