August Edition #258

July brought a lot of uncertainty for many international students in the United States, so we are pleased to have moved into August. Not only is it a new month, it’s also the beginning of a new semester for some of you. To help you with last minute preparations we have a few options you can count on for insurance, loans and textbooks. If you’re still trying to find a university outside your home country, we have some suggestions on where to begin. We continue to stand by students like you looking to pursue an international education and look forward to providing you with the guidance you need to make it happen.

The International Student Team


Find Your Fall 2020 Student Loan

With the upcoming fall semester starting this month for some, you’ll want to make sure you are financially ready to start. Our student loan search tool will help you find a lender that works with international students within seconds. All you need to do is provide some basic information, and you will be met with the available lenders to compare. Try it out and find a loan that meets your needs!


Annual Video Contest

Our annual Video Contest is coming back on September 1st and in honor of its 15th anniversary, it’s getting a revamp. Each year, has the pleasure of granting four outstanding international students with more than $5,000 in cash prizes.

  • First Place: $4,000
  • Second Place: $500
  • Third Place: $250
  • Viewer’s Choice: $1,000

We’re excited to reveal that this year’s theme is different from in the past. What is it? Well, you’ll just have to wait and see on September 1st. In the meantime, get to know our distinguished judging panel of international educators, supporters and travelers who will be determining our winners!


The College Adminssions Help You Need

Getting admitted to a US university can be extremely competitive for international students, especially now that application requirements have changed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

IvyWise is able to help international students through the admissions process, from selecting where to apply to assistance with actual applications, to ensure the best outcomes possible. In 2020, 91% of students who were helped by IvyWise were accepted into one or more of their top three schools. On top of that, IvyWise students are three times more likely to gain admission to highly selective colleges. If you would like help getting into the college of your choice, IvyWise will guide you through the admissions process.


Featured Schools

University of Arkansas
With over 1,400 international students coming from 115 countries, the University of Arkansas offers a safe, friendly and comfortable academic environment for students to achieve their goals and earn their degree.


Lincoln University
Lincoln University is located in Oakland, California in the San Francisco Bay Area, a well-known international hub. Studying here comes with the chance to grow and thrive as a part of a globalized community, and be part of a work-study opportunity.


UOP International
UOP International offers courses for first-year international students which are uniquely designed to fulfill their needs. In these courses, you will benefit from a skill-based and experiential curriculum to advance your personal and professional growth.



Facebook Live With Northwest Missouri State University

Tomorrow, August 5th at 11:00am Eastern Time, we will be on Facebook Live with our friends at Northwest Missouri State University. Our special guests from Northwest will be Director of the International Involvement Center, Dr. Phil Hull, and current Northwest students Sneha Ojha and Christian Dixon. This will be an excellent opportunity to learn about a top public US university and to ask questions about anything related to Northwest. Let us know if you can make it on the event page below!


Get Textbooks for Fall

New classes means new textbooks! If you still need to buy or rent textbooks, consider doing it online. According to CollegeBoard, college students spend around $1,000 each year on textbooks but shopping online for textbooks allows you to compare prices and save money. Try ordering textbooks online this semester!


International Student Insurance Event

International Student Insurance is pleased to announce that they will be hosting a live event on the US healthcare system, COVID-19 and finding an insurance plan. You are invited to this free event where you will join Sally McLeod as she walks you through the ins and outs of healthcare and your insurance plan during this pandemic.

Day: August 19th
Time: 10am Eastern