In this issue: Build your Credit, Study in California, Student Secure Plan Updates

Issue # 219 - May 2017
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We hope our newsletter finds you well as you finish up your semester before summer! To make sure you are on the right track, this month we are bringing you a number of resources including how to build your credit, how and where to study abroad, and we are pleased to highlight some of the new benefits our health insurance plan will offer starting May 1st. We also want to remind you that Mother’s Day is coming up, so don’t forget to call your mom!

Best wishes,
The International Student Team

Build Your Credit With SelfScore


Having a credit card while studying in the US is convenient for covering small expenses, and it will also help you start building your credit history. If you’re looking for a credit card, explore SelfScore- a company built by former international students and that offers the only MasterCard designed for international students. Benefits include:

  • No SSN or deposit required
  • $0 annual fee
  • 1% cash back on all purchases
  • 0% APR for the first 6 months (19.49% variable APR thereafter)
  • No foreign transaction fees
See how SelfScore can help you start building your US credit history today.

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Call Your Mother

Keep in Contact

Don’t forget that on May 14th it’s Mother’s Day in the US and for many countries around the world! Even if you’re studying halfway around the globe, you can still make your mother feel special on this day: surprise her with flowers, an unexpected trip home, or maybe just a phone call. Here are a few other ways you can get in touch with your mom this Mother’s Day.

Keep in Touch

Student Secure Plan Updates Are In!

Plan Updates

Many international students depend on the Student Secure plan for health insurance coverage. On May 1st the following improvements were made on all new Student Secure plans purchased:

  • Prescription discount card for policies in the US
  • Acute onset of pre-existing conditions added to all plan levels
  • Waived pre-existing condition exclusion for repatriation and emergency medical evacuation
  • No changes in rates
If you are an international student, scholar or you are on OPT looking for health insurance, check out the Student Secure plan.

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Featured Schools Of The Month
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

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Tidewater Community College

Tidewater Community College: If you’re searching for a large college that’s close to the beach, then Tidewater Community College (TCC) is an excellent option. Located in Virginia Beach, TCC offers 12 nationally accredited programs and is the 11th largest public, 2-year community college in all of the US! View More >>

Full Sail University

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Have you taken your English Language test?


As part of your college application, most schools in the US require international students to take an English language exam. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an English exam that is accepted by more than 3,000 schools in the US and can be sent to five different schools of your choice for free. Find out more about the IELTS and where you can register to take your test!


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Connect on Social

No matter how near or far, with the power of social media you can always stay connected to us!’s Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Youtube accounts will keep you in the loop with US universities and colleges, and provide you with helpful tips on things like life in the US and new scholarship opportunities!

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Study in California

Study in California

California is home to beautiful beaches, sunny weather, Disneyland and more! The question isn’t why should you study in this beautiful state, but rather why not! California is home to world-class universities that ensure your professional goals won’t suffer while you enjoy all the amenities this great state has to offer.

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Ask an Advisor!

Ask an Advisor

Have a question? Anais Escobar from Colorado State University - Pueblo is our May guest advisor and she’s ready to answer your questions. Having been an international student, Anais knows first-hand the struggles you may run into and is happy to answer your questions.

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