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Travel Video Contest Winner
The 2013 Travel Video Contest was a great success!

Each year we look forward to the Travel Video Contest, as it lets us see just how talented, passionate and creative our students are. With over 100 entries, this year was the most competitive ever. The videos were well-planned, well-written and well-shot - we got to witness an amazing group of stories. The toughest part of the contest is always choosing Finalists and then choosing Winners - with only 3 winners, over 100 entrants do not win a prize, but many of those entries are equally deserving. Take a look!
Our Grand Prize Winner of $4,000 was Khairul Amin Kamarulzaman for his amazing video “POSTCARD” - it won both the Grand Prize, and the Viewer’s Choice for most viewer votes. You can follow Khairul as he implements his Postcard project in his very own blog on
A big congratulations to Khairul and each of our talented finalists. Make sure you see who walked away with the second and third place titles!

Ask an International Student Advisor
The holiday season is upon us, along with our new Student Advisor: Maria Frigge! Maria is an international student advisor at Troy University in Alabama. Having been an international student herself, she knows the importance of getting students the information that they need before and during their time abroad. She is ready to give the gift of knowledge all month long by answering any questions that international students swing her way in December.

During the month of November we were thankful for many things including our Student Advisor, Heather Sitt, from DigiPen Institute of Technology. Thank you for your guidance Heather!

Featured Schools of the Month
We’ve decided to take a bite out of the big apple and are excited to announce it. Our newest partners are The New School and Parsons The New School for Design - both located in New York City!
Parsons helps students launch their fashion, design, art, media, technology and constructed environments careers. And what better place to do so than in New York City, a hot spot for arts and culture.
Through academic freedom and intellectual inquiry The New School gives students the tools they need to make a difference in the world. Whether their path is psychology, writing, international affairs or economics, students are armed with the tools they need to lead their chosen industry.
New European Travel Plan
International Student Insurance just launched its new Europe Travel Insurance plan which is designed specifically for students from Europe, or those traveling to Europe. Priced in Euro, British Pounds or US Dollars and meeting all European standards, this plan covers doctor visits, hospitalization, prescription medications, medical evacuation, repatriation and more!

The new product offers:
  • Pricing for Europe Only Travel, Worldwide excluding the USA and Worldwide including the USA
  • Single Trip Basic Plan, Single Trip Platinum Plan and Multi-Trip Plan Options
  • Up to 8 policy maximum options
  • Up to 9 excess options
  • Renewable for up to 2 or 3 years
Check out our Europe Travel Insurance right in time for your winter travels! You will get your documents emailed to you immediately after purchase along with your ID card.

It's December! Apply for Financial Aid!
As many of you are getting ready for winter break, it’s important to set aside time to start thinking about how you are going to pay for the upcoming semester. Now is the time to apply for scholarships, grants, and other awards to help you cover your costs - and we have the tools that can help you do this!

Find scholarships in our Scholarship Search to help you find the awards that you are eligible for. Before applying, make sure to look over our Scholarship Essay Writing Tips that can help you write a stellar essay that will set you apart from the other applicants. Finally, read some Scholarship Essay Examples to make sure that you are on the right track. Still need more money? Find and apply for an international student loan by using our comparison tool that can find available lenders within seconds.
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Open Doors Report
November is the month of international education. Not only is International Education Week celebrated by many schools across the nation, it is also when the Open Doors Report comes out with data on what’s been happening with international and study abroad students.

The Report found that in the 2012-2013 academic year, more international and study abroad students went abroad than ever before! If you are an international student in the US, then you are one of the 819,644 students that hail from around the world. Up 7% from last year, the majority of the growth came from China and many of the country scholarship programs.

Want to learn more about the international students in the US? Check out our blog here.
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