In this issue: $4,000 Prize Video Contest, Finding Student Loans, Internships, Get Into Your Dream School, Advise, and more!

September Edition #235

Summer will soon be gone but that doesn’t mean it will take all of the fun with it! We have a lot going on that will keep a smile on your face including your chance to be our next $4,000 Travel Video Contest winner, finding the help you need when it comes to student loans, searching for internships, getting into the school of your dreams, and being able to ask Jihoon all of your big questions! Plus, we know how difficult studying outside your home country can be which is why we’ve included information on keeping your mental health in tip-top shape this semester. We hope you enjoy reading our newsletter!

The International Student Team

The 2018 Travel Video Contest is Now Open

Your chance to win $4,000 and other cash prizes is back as our Travel Video Contest is open and ready for your entry! Create and submit your short video telling us where you want to study if you’re not yet an international student, or where you want to travel if you’re currently an international student. Make sure you’re eligible, check out past winners to get the creative juices flowing, and submit your video before the October 9th deadline!

We’re excited to see your videos and look forward to naming one of you as our $4,000 grand prize winner.

What does it take to gain admission to US universities? IvyWise has the answers!

Applying to US universities as an international student can be confusing and stressful, and a little help can go a long way. IvyWise, the world's leading educational consultancy, has a team of expert counselors made up of former deans and directors of admission from some of the top universities in the US including Yale, Princeton, MIT, and more. They've created a comprehensive US Admissions Guide for International Students with everything that students applying from outside of the US need to know. It includes information on the holistic admissions process, the Common Application, essays, testing, and more. The IvyWise team of expert college counselors has worked with students in over 40 countries, and in 2018, 91% of IvyWise students gained admission into one or more of their top-choice schools! Download the free IvyWise US Admissions Guide for International Students:

Student Loans Can Still Help

Too late to apply for a student loan? No way! Use our loan finder tool that we created specifically to help you find lenders that work with international students at your school! It’s free to search, takes less than 10 seconds and can help you find a loan to fund:

  • Tuition
  • Room and board
  • Books and supplies
  • Travel and transportation
  • Health insurance
  • Living expenses

Plus, our tool now includes loans that don’t require a co-signer! Use our loan finder and get the money you need to study outside your home country!

Featured Schools

Drew University INTO Pathway: Safe, beautiful and just a 47 minute train ride to New York City, Drew University has a dedicated faculty to assist you in creating your own educational path. Drew also offers a pathway program to ease you into life in the US as you improve your English language skills. Read More >>

American University: With over 92% of American University (AU) graduates employed after receiving their diploma, it’s no wonder why so many international students choose AU as their school. Located in Washington DC, students can learn English and choose to study one of their 65 academic programs. Read More >>

CUNY - Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC): Located in the heart of Tribeca in New York City, BMCC has over 11,000 students including a large and diverse international community. Their two-year degree program prepares students in fields such as health, information technology, personal development and English as a Second Language. Read More >>

Let’s Talk About Mental Health

Traveling to the United States to study can be a very exciting time in your life. But like any big changes, it can weigh heavy on your mental health. You may experience culture shock and additional stress after the excitement has worn off, which is completely normal, but it can impact the way you feel or the decisions you make. Reaching out for help and learning coping skills can be a useful way to push through and make your experience in the US one of the best times in your life! Learn more about mental health for international students.

Job Hunting?

Anyone will tell you that finding a job is a process, but finding a job in the country you’re visiting can be even more difficult. If you’re in search for a job, check out our Student Job Search for guides and steps on how you can land your dream job, internship or on-campus gig. As international students you have more obstacles, such as visa restrictions, that you have to consider. To make sure you’re prepared, know what the rules are to work in the US and have your resume and interview answers ready before you apply. Find out more information on what you need so you can get to work!

Consider Studying In Ohio

Home to some of the Midwest’s most vibrant urban hubs - Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio is a great choice for international students looking to explore, save some money, and get acclimated to the United States. International students are attracted to Ohio for its reputation of having great destinations like the Lake Erie Islands, and of course their thriving higher education system which includes the University of Dayton and Ohio State University. Also, the cost of living in Ohio is nearly 23% less than Massachusetts, and 35% less than California.

If you are looking for an inexpensive location with a quality education system in the US, look no further than Ohio!

Meet Jihoon Doh!

This month’s guest advisor is Jihoon Doh from Midwestern Career College in Chicago, Illinois. Jihoon was an international student and understands the cultural and structural adjustments that students experience when studying in the US. Jihoon now works as the advisor and DSO to help students achieve their goals through education. Jihoon is ready to answer your questions and available to reply to them in your native language.

Ask Jihoon your question!