January Edition #263

Happy New Year! We have successfully entered 2021 and we couldn’t be more thrilled for the new semester. To celebrate the new year we’ve included a few resolution ideas for you. The great news is that with our resolutions you can still enjoy the leftover holiday candy without breaking one of them.

We hope you enjoy our newsletter and have a wonderful January!

The International Student Team


Resolution: Explore US Universities

Learn more about studying in Louisiana at McNeese State University this Friday! Join Preble Girard and Morgan Turpin from McNeese as they share how you can earn your MBA either face-to-face or fully online from their College of Business. During this live event they will also explain program requirements, curriculum, faculty and internships. Reserve your spot to hear about McNeese State University and to ask your questions live!


Resolution: Get Your Funds in Place

With the New Year comes a new semester which means it’s time to get your finances in order. We recommend first looking for scholarships to help ease the financial burden as much as possible. Contacting schools’ financial aid offices to learn about scholarships offered to international students is a great place to start. But you should also consider scholarships that aren’t associated with institutions. If you’re interested in learning more about how to find international student scholarships online, join us for our next live event on Wednesday, January 20th at 11:00 AM Eastern Time.

In the meantime, explore more than 1,600 international scholarships with our college scholarship search tool then use our loan search tool to fill in any financial gaps, if needed.


Resolution: Leaving 2020 Behind

So, 2020 didn’t exactly go how we thought it would. But it’s a brand new year, symbolizing a brand new start. There’s lots to look forward to in the coming year and we’re excited to see what comes of it. Read our latest post on the International Student blog to find out what we’re looking forward to most.


Resolution: Find a College or University to Attend

Featured Schools

American University of Antigua
Located in the Caribbean, students who want a career in the medical field rely on AUA for a top education. Start your journey at a fully accredited international medical school.


McNeese State University
McNeese State University is a public university located in Lake Charles, Louisiana. This month, on January 8th, we will be on Facebook Live with representatives of McNeese discussing the school’s MBA programs, AACSB accreditation, affordability and internship opportunities. RSVP if interested.

University of Kansas (KU)
The KU Academic Accelerator Program works to provide academic support services that will equip international students with the tools and resources needed to ensure success throughout their first year on campus..



Resolution: Purchase Your Insurance Plan

Do you have a plan that meets your school requirements and will protect you through an illness or injury? Now more than ever it’s important to take care of our health and plan for the unexpected. If you still need to find a health insurance plan to meet your needs, start with a quick and easy search to see what plans are available to you!


Resolution: Save Money On Textbooks

Textbooks are an enemy of the bank accounts of college students everywhere, costing them more than $1,000 per year on average, according to CollegeBoard. However, purchasing or renting textbooks online has proven to lower that cost significantly. Compare prices online this year to save big!


Resolution: Manage Culture Shock

As an international student in a new country, you will likely not be familiar with culture, traditions, customs and values that are practiced by domestic students in the US. This often is the cause of a common phenomenon called “culture shock”- this is experiencing confusion and uncertainty when you first start living in a new place. To help manage your culture shock this year, read our blog, Combatting Culture Shock written by Yessica Prato who has had her own experience overcoming it.


Resolution: Find a Job

International students face many challenges when it comes to working while earning a degree in the US. However, there are a few options for you to be able to work on a student visa. Two of the most common work options available to international students are Optional Practical Training (OPT) and Curricular Practical Training (CPT). If you weren’t able to make it to our OPT vs. CPT live event last month, be sure to give it a watch to learn more about these two work options for international students.

Additionally, our Student Job Center is a resource that can help make it less challenging by helping you in your job hunt. Simply input a job title and job location and the search tool will provide you with available listings in your area. Give it a try!


Resolution: 3 Tips for Limiting Your Screen Time

It’s no secret that most of us spend a lot more time on our devices than we probably should these days. However, there are some ways that you can cut back on screen time such as:

  • Physically locking your phone for a period of time.
  • On Apple devices, check your screen time report and actively work to decrease the amount of time you spend on your device daily.
  • Setting a time limit for browsing through social media apps.

These are just a few of the ways that you can limit your screen time in the new year. For more of our suggestions, read Limiting Your Screen Time on the International Student blog!