December Edition #262

Most of 2020 might have been a blur as it’s gone by, but December is here! For most of you this will be sweet holiday music to your ears as you gear up to jump right into 2021. For the few of you who will miss 2020, now is the time to say your goodbyes to this year, and prepare for what’s to come in the new semester and new year.

Happy holidays to those who will be celebrating one, and see you all in 2021!

The International Student Team


TVC: Life After Lockdown Winners Announced

We are thrilled to announce that the judges have decided on the 2020 Travel Video Contest winners! We couldn’t have been more impressed with the determination and creativity seen in each of the 117 videos received this year. Although many students have experienced delays in their international education, or changes that they were not anticipating- like switching to online classes, perseverance and hope are abundant; because of this we know you will each go far in your pursuits.

After much deliberation, the winners have been named from the 10 remaining finalists. Congratulations to each of the 2020 Travel Video Contest Winners:

  • First Place ($4,000): Fiqah Rahman for “In the Light of Covid-19”
  • Second Place ($500): Aashna Singh for “The Home of an International Student”
  • Third Place ($250): Julia De Camargo Correa for “Dear 2021”
  • Viewers’ Choice ($1,000): Larissa Silveira for “Story of My Life”

Reliable Phone Service Starts With a Free SIM Card

Having reliable phone service at a reasonable price is a must-have. From the moment you land in the US you will need service to assure family you made it safely, order an Uber to your campus and of course update Instagram with your arrival photo #journeyawaits. With campusSIMS you can choose from four contract-free wireless service plans through Mint Mobile that start at $15, $20, $25 and $30 per month. Request a free SIM card from campusSIMS to talk, text, and stream while staying within budget to start 2021 off in a good way!


Spread Cheer This Holiday Season

For many of you, the holiday season is here! However, with a pandemic still looming that means Zoom chats, FaceTime and phone calls will be key to ensure we’re only spreading holiday cheer. Check out our blog for more information on how you can still celebrate this holiday season - even while staying safe at home.


Featured Schools

Adelphi University
Adelphi University (AU ) is located in the beautiful Garden City of New York only a 40 minute train ride from the City. AU is recognized by Money magazine for excellence in educational quality, and affordability. At AU you will not only have over 50 academic programs of study to choose from but small class sizes as well taught by experienced professors. Get started with their pathway program!


Nicholls State University
Nicholls State University (NSU) is located in Thibodaux, Louisiana and is about 50 miles from Louisiana's most famous city, New Orleans! At NSU there are more than 90 bachelor's and master's programs, student organizations and Division I athletic teams on campus. In addition, Nicholls is an accredited university by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.


Valencia College
Located in Orlando, Florida, Valencia College is named the best community college in the nation. With more than 100 countries represented on its campuses, Valencia welcomes students from all over the world. The college’s dedicated international student services team can assist you with everything from admissions and immigration to academic advising and university transfer.



Join Our Live Event on CPT and OPT

Working during and after your studies in the US through the allowed practical training options is valuable not just to your resume- - but also to build your skill set. However, what is the difference between OPT (Optional Practical Training) and CPT (Curricular Practical Training), and which one will be available to you? Join our live event on Thursday, December 10th at 11:00 AM Eastern Time as we explain what you need to know about both!


Financial Aid in the New Year

Finding scholarships and loans for your international education can be difficult- we know! That’s why we created two search tools, one that lets you quickly find loans available to you, and the other that filters out scholarships you might be eligible to receive. If you still need funding for the new semester, check out both of our search tools.