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Welcome to the 166th International
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!
In this issue:
to a Friend
- Cover your costs
- Worldwide Insurance
- Video Contest Winner
- Student News
- From the Mailbag
- Fun Site of the Month
- Study Medicine
Studying 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.
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
For those studying in the USA - plans
- 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
- 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
For more information about all these
plans please visit
our website or contact our customer service team
for more information.
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!
International Students in the USA at
all-time high; China leads the way
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
Read more about the 2012 Open Doors
Report in the International
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!
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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