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International Student News

Issue 168 - February 2013

An InternationalStudent.com Publication

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Welcome to the 168th edition of the International Student News!


This month make sure you participate in our Social Media Scavenger Hunt, from February 7 through 12. We promise it won't be that hard, just enough to introduce you to our new Google Plus page as well as our long-standing Facebook and Twitter accounts. You could be the lucky winner of $300!


Also if you have textbooks lying around that you no longer need, make sure you check out our new textbooks section, where you can buy or rent the textbooks - and even sell back your old ones.


We hope you enjoy the newsletter and the hunt!


Ross Mason

Editor, InternationalStudent.com

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> The Big Social Media Scavenger Hunt

scavenger huntLast month we announced our upcoming Social Media Scavenger Hunt and we are excited the time is finally here! Basically it's a scavenger hunt, conducted across three social media sites, with a $300 cash prize to the winner. The challenge will require contestants to visit International Student on our three primary social networks: Facebook, Google Plus, and Twitter. Each day (between February 7 and 12) a new word will appear on a different network and you will need all words to puzzle together the sentence that is the answer and your contest entry. Good luck and happy hunting.


The winner of the InternationalStudent.com Scavenger Hunt will be announced on our website and Google Plus page the week of February 17th, 2013. The winner will also be notified by email.


Make sure you check out all of the rules and submit your entry through our Scavenger Hunt page: http://www.internationalstudent.com/scavenger-hunt/


> College Textbooks

We all need them when studying, but purchasing every single book that you need for school can and sometimes will break the bank! But there are ways you can save money. First, there are discounted sources through which to buy books, and second, there are good places to sell your textbooks back. Starting in 2013, InternationalStudent.com is proud to be one of those resources, offering international students up to 90% off college textbooks and the best buy-back prices anywhere!


Using our college textbook section to sell your old books, you could receive the cash in as little as 48 hours. Textbooks is a service that we have been asked about for a long time, and we are happy to now make it available. Happy reading and we hope it saves you some money!


Visit our texbook section today!


> Online Virtual Student Fairs

Colleges and universities in the USA use virtual fairs to interact with and recruit students from all over the world. There are three different fairs coming up with the first being held on March 9th. These fairs are geared towards international students that want to study in the USA. Students can meet and greet schools from all over the US and it’s an excellent opportunity to learn more about each school and obtain vital admissions information.


These events are free to attend, you can do it from the comfort of your own home and there is also the chance to win $3,000 in scholarships during each fair! Registration is simple, follow the link and simply choose the region where you are from to register.


Space is limited, so sign up today!


> Student News From Around the World

Freshman business major Siddhanth Pai grew up in Chennai, India, a city on the eastern coast of India with a bustling population of almost 5 million people.


With many schools to choose from, his parents sent him to The School K.F.I., a non-traditional school that differed greatly from its nearby competitors. It was here that Pai began learning English at a young age and charting his career path — a path that led him straight to Virginia Tech.


Pai, who also plays on the club golf team, is experiencing his dream come to life. His parents provided the financial means for Pai to study at Tech, providing him with a chance he would not have been able to have in India.


Read more about Siddhanth in the Virginia Tech Collegiate Times


> From the Mailbag

This month we have an excellent post from an international student who is looking for help from other fellow students about studying in the UK and Canada and how they compare:

Hi, So far I have studied in Britain, first at Queen Mary University of London, where I read chemistry, maths, and physics for a foundation year, afterwards at the University of Exeter, where I studied chemistry and maths for an Honours BSc. At Queen Mary teaching quality was really high; at Exeter it turned out much poorer. As a consequence my mental illness exacerbated, and owing to this I would like to study part-time now (i.e. attending 75% of the regular courseload instead of 100%), which is neither possible at Exeter nor at any other British university I know. So I think about studying in Canada, for instance at McMaster, the University of Manitoba, Western Ontario, etc. Therefore I would like to ask for your opinion and experience and whether you find studying at a Canadian university is better or worse, easier or harder, than in the UK. My major concerns are:


What are teaching quality and academic support like in Canada (for example the University of Manitoba, McMaster University, the University of Ottawa, etc.)? Are there big differences between the provinces, e.g. Ontario, Manitoba, etc.?


What is the ‘culture of grading’ like in Canada? I have read students need more than 80% to achieve an A. In the UK an A requires only 70%. So, it seems significantly harder to get good grades in Canada than in the UK. Is that true?


What are exams like in general? Does it happen that topics are examined which have not been covered in class? Do examiners in general mark fairly? Is it possible to answer all questions and obtain full marks by studying hard what has been taught in the course?

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

When you book travel online, do you get tired of scrolling through hundreds of flights, many of which have travel times, lavyovers, or prices that make you cringe? Try HipMunk, the new flight search engine. HipMunk sorts flights by an "agony" factor, putting the best flights first based on travel time, layovers and price. Then the site sets all of your options out in a graphic time-line that makes it quick and easy to understand exactly what you are in for.


Co-founded by Adam Goldstein, a recent MIT grad, and Steve Huffman, co-founder of reddit, HipMunk aims to take the agony out of searching for flights by using common sense in the sort process - a novel concept!


Give it a try: http://www.HipMunk.com


> Study Dance in the USA

International students who study dance in the US must be prepared to challenge both their minds and their bodies. Dance programs require students to explore the history, theory, and science of their art while developing their physical skills. Students who study dance face a difficult schedule of technique and choreography classes, long evenings in rehearsal, as well as academic classes.


Dancers learn to express ideas and emotions through a variety of dance styles including ballet, tap, modern, jazz, ethnic, and folk dance. Studying dance in the US requires taking classes in dance technique, choreography, and the history of dance. International students who study dance have the option of either a bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.) or a bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree. Both prepare students for careers as dancers and choreographers, and the B.A. also offers the option of a career in dance education, administration, and therapy. Most dancers will teach dance at some point in their careers.


Learn more about studying dance, and opportunities at different schools in the USA at our dedicated study dance section.


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