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International Student News

Issue 166 - December 2012

An InternationalStudent.com Publication

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Welcome to the 166th International Student Newsletter!


It's been an amazing year here at InternationalStudent.com. To cap it off, we crowned our 2012 Travel Video Contest winner (congratulations to Alberto) and received more entries and votes than ever before! Thank you to all those who entered and we look forward to what you can produce next year!


With the holidays right upon us, our attention starts to turn to 2013 and the new January semester - we have financial aid and excellent insurance solutions for you to help you start the year off right!


Happy Holidays from all the team!


Ross Mason

Editor, InternationalStudent.com



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> Student Loan - Help Cover Your Costs

piggy bankStudying overseas can be expensive! As we head into the new academic term, if you – or someone you know – are having trouble financing an education, help is out there. Here are some important steps to make sure that you have the support you need:

  • Find a Mentor - Know that you are not alone! Ask your family members and close friends for help. Ever think to reach out to your international student advisor, perhaps your school can help you manage the cost?

  • Maximize Scholarships and On Campus Aid - Explore the resources you have on campus. Are there any scholarships or other forms of assistance available? Contact your International Center for more information and check out our scholarship search to see what's available.

  • Apply for Student Loans - If you still find that you have a gap in covering your costs, apply for a student loan. Whether you are an international student in the US or a US study abroad student, you can apply right online with initial approval within weeks.


> Worldwide Student Insurance Solutions

With January just around the corner, the holidays will have come and gone - and before you know it, it will be time to start thinking about preparations for the new school semester. Whether you are an international student studying in the USA, Canada or Europe - we have excellent insurance options that will save you money and provide you with world class coverage.


For those studying in the USA - plans available include:

  • Student Secure - international student health insurance coverage starting at just $33/ month
  • Atlas Travel - international travel medical insurance starting at just $1.27/ day

For those studying in Europe - plans available include:

  • ISL Euro - short term travel coverage starting at just €0.60 per day
  • Atlas Travel - international travel medical insurance starting at just $0.75/ day

For those studying in Canada - plans available include:

For more information about all these plans please visit our website or contact our customer service team for more information.


> Congratulations to Alberto

The 2012 travel video contest was fantastic this year, and thanks has to go out to all those who took the time to create such awesome videos - your time and effort was exceptional and we are just sorry we cannot reward you all with a prize! We even had one of our videos go viral, after it was picked up by news sources around the world - Cat Tuong Le's moving video was a masterpiece and many of you thought so too, pushing the votes through the roof to award her the "Viewers' Choice Award" with over 20,000 inividual votes!


But, there can only be one winner - and our judging panel had an immense task trying to pick the winner this year. In the end, they opted for Alberto García Ballesteros and his video “To Be Continued!". Congratulations to Albero, and I am sure you will all agree the standard of entries this year was amazing. We look forward to 2013 even more now with anticipation of what entries we will receive!


> Student News From Around the World

International Students in the USA at all-time high; China leads the way
(IIE Open Doors Report 2012)


The number of international students in the US reached 764,495 in 2012, a 6% increase over the previous year and the largest number ever, according to the annual Open Doors Report from the Institute of International Education. Released on November 12, 2012, the report showed that the total number of Chinese students in the US rose a staggering 23% to a total of 194,029. India, long the leading sender of students to the US but overtaken by China in 2010, is now a distant second, with 100,270 students in the US. And for the first time ever, this year the number of undergraduate international students in the USA exceeds the number of graduate students.


Read more about the 2012 Open Doors Report in the International Student Blog.


> From the Mailbag

This month we have a post from an international student looking for advice from fellow students about studying in Canada:

Hi guys! I'm from Italy and I just wanna open this topic for every italian who wants come in Canada to study (especially University). I'm graduated last year at the high school and I wish studying Medicine in Canada (Toronto ) but I don't know how it works I don't know what university needs to accept me. I don't know in what MCAT consists. I had already seen something on the website of the University but I don't really understand. Can someone explain me? Thanks a lot

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

The 24th December is marked each year by little kids all over as the day that Santa Claus (aka Father Christmas, Pere Noel, Papa Noel, Babadimri, St. Nick, Papai Noel, etc.) travels delivers toys around the world. Now depending on your religion or country, this may be slightly different - but each year NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, tracks Santa as he travels around the world. It's great fun, and they post videos each time he stops at the main destinations. Definately fun for a bit of festive cheer!


> Study Medicine in the USA

Medicine is fast becoming one of the more popular subjects that international students are choosing to study in the USA. It is extremely challenging, but if you have the passion and are willing put in the effort required, it is worth the hard work. After graduation, you will have the skills to help those in need, and make a real difference in people's lives. That in itself is worth the hours of hard work.


As an international student, there is much to consider if you wish to pursue a medical career, especially outside of your home country. You may have many questions about what school to choose, what specialty is right for you and what the process is in the USA. These questions, and more, are answered in our study medicine section.


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