November Edition #261

This year might not have gone as planned for many of you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still make the most of what’s left of 2020. We have a lot of exciting things happening this month- and you’re able to be a part of them right from your couch! Watch the 2020 TVC: Life After Lockdown entries to vote for your favorite video, read up on what Thanksgiving might look like this year, and join in on our next live event to learn more about five most common types of essays. As you patiently await to once again travel and study abroad freely, we encourage you to still dream about where you will explore.

We hope you enjoy this month’s newsletter and stay well.

The International Student Team


TVC 2020 Viewers’ Choice Award Voting Open

Now that TVC: Life After Lockdown has closed for new entries, we need some help from you to choose our Viewers’ Choice Award Winner! You have the chance to pick your favorite video until November 9th and the video that receives the most support will win:

  • A cash prize of $1,000
  • A finalist spot for the $4,000 Grand Prize

Head over to the official Travel Video Contest page to watch this year’s videos and select your favorite! Before submitting your selection keep in mind that only one vote per email address is allowed.


Live Event: Top 5 College Essays and How to Write Them

Last month, we were live discussing basic essay writing tips in our College Essay Writing 101 session. This month, we’re going a little more in-depth as we’ll be chatting about the different essay types you’re likely to write in college including:

  1. Definition Essays
  2. Persuasive/Argumentative Essays
  3. Analytical Essays
  4. Personal Essays
  5. Research Papers

You might be unfamiliar with the conventions and structure of these types of essays now but we’ll help you get on the right track. Join us on Wednesday, November 18th as we’ll be live on Facebook and YouTube taking you through each of these types of college essays and how to write them!


What Will Thanksgiving Look Like This Year?

If you’re enrolled in classes this fall term, you may be looking at an extended winter break. While we’re seeing another spike in COVID-19 cases, many schools have opted to have finals a week early to avoid students returning to campus after coming in contact with their families. What could that look like? We’ve got the lowdown for you on the International Student blog!


Featured Schools

Maryville College
Maryville is dedicated to providing Intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) courses year-round to students who are eager to improve their English skills. The ESL program comes with benefits like free tutoring, events & activities and credits towards your Maryville degree.


Cleveland State Global
In the Cleveland State Global pathway program, students receive expert advice on everything from the application process to finding a career. Advisors assist students with English proficiency tests, obtaining a visa, finding a major and filling out required forms.


California State University, Monterey Bay
International students who apply by the priority deadlines at CSU, Monterey Bay get guaranteed placement in on-campus housing which comes with a wide array of amenities, floor plans and price options.



US Election Day 2020

November 3rd is Election Day in the US which means that we will soon find out if Donald J. Trump will be elected for a second term or if Joe Biden will be elected the 46th President of the United States. If you plan on watching US election coverage today, there are some things you should know about how elections work in the US. We’ve outlined the essentials for you on the International Student blog!


What to Know About Student Housing in the US

When it comes to finding your home away from home in the US, there are two main options for you: on-campus housing and off-campus housing. Before studying in the US, be sure to compare the factors of both to find out which one will be the best choice for you. To help you along we have started this comparison for you on the International Student Blog!


Explore our Visa & Immigration Center

The world of visas can be confusing, however, if you plan to become an international student in the US for any length of time, you will likely need a visa. The F1 visa is the most common for international students, but there are a variety of student visa categories such as the M1 and J1 visas. Check out our visa and immigration center for more information on which visa you will need- and explore others like the Green Card Lottery and the EB-5 visa.