In this issue: $4,000 grand prize contest still open, admissions assistance, online dating, building credit, essay writing and more!

October Edition #248

Happy October! As the semester and the year as a whole continues to move at the speed of light, we’re excited to move forward full-force! Our Travel Video Contest is still open for submissions and we are thrilled by the entries that have already come in. With the new semester underway, we have also provided information to help you get acclimated including ways to start building credit and tips on dating through apps. We hope you enjoy everything this month brings with it, and the newsletter.

The International Student Team


Travel Video Contest Update: Two Weeks Left to Enter

There are two weeks left to submit your entry into our 2019 Travel Video Contest, and we are thrilled to see where international education will take you! This year, five unique prizes that range from $250 to $4,000 are up for grabs, so start (or continue) recording and send us your best, completed video by the October 15th, 2019 deadline. Make sure your video entry is created specifically for our 2019 contest and includes the following information:

  1. If you’re currently an international student tell us where you would like to travel
  2. If you’re not currently an international student tell us about your proposed international studies

We can’t wait to watch each of the videos we receive from around the globe- good luck!


Help With Admissions

Putting your best foot forward is important when applying to university in the US, but sometimes getting there requires a little bit of extra help. IvyWise’s expert educational consultants, all of whom are former deans and directors of admission from some of the top universities in the US, understand that students applying to study in the US have a lot to accomplish and can help you gain admission into the school that’s right for you. IvyWise is ready to assist international students in navigating the US university admissions process with their comprehensive counseling, tutoring, and research services.

Learn about IvyWise and their pricing that's tailored to your needs and budget:


Five Tips for Online Dating

Studying outside your home country is exciting, but it can also be stressful learning the ropes when it comes to navigating your way through a different culture. We’ve put together five tips to help you get started when using apps to enter the dating world. If you have additional tips to add based on your experience make sure you leave a comment!


Featured Schools

University of Arkansas - Students from Australia to Vietnam, Bolivia to Yemen, Croatia to Zambia and everywhere in between call the University of Arkansas home. The U of A is proud to host nearly 1,384 international students from 110 countries (this fall) with diverse backgrounds, but they share the common goal of wanting to receive a quality education. Read More >>

University of Utah ELI - The English Language Institute at the University of Utah offers support for international students from maintaining visa status to navigating transportation. Faculty helps coordinate activities such as hiking in the beautiful Wasatch Mountains or planning a trip to southern Utah so time between classes is never dull! Read More >>

UOP International - The 2019 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings placed UOP International at No. 13 among private and public colleges and universities in California. The university earns widespread recognition for its deep commitment to teaching and learning and its history of innovation. Explore the pathway program at UOP! Read More >>


Building Credit in the US

One valuable thing an international student can do while studying in the US is establish credit. This isn’t always easy to do without a social security number (SSN), but some companies, like Deserve, don’t require one! Deserve considers your full financial picture and considers factors like how you manage your money and if you pay your bills on time to predict your future credit potential.

MONEY® Magazine said, "The entire Deserve card program is tailored specifically for students: There’s no annual fee, and you can get one even if you don’t yet have a credit history, which is a benefit other credit cards for college students don’t generally offer."

Find out why this card is so highly rated, especially for international students:


Essay Writing 101

Current international students and future students alike can benefit from knowing how to write a great essay. The need to write starts before classes even begin- with the admission essay! Check out the key tips we’ve put together on essay writing that includes everything from getting the outline started to how to handle writer’s block