September Edition #271

As we enter September, seasons are on the verge of changing, students are back in school and it currently looks like a promising start to the new academic year. This month we have all things to help you succeed this fall, including sign up details for our next live event, information on tax returns in Australia, and access to our UK school search. Plus, we’re thrilled to announce that the wait for our annual Travel Video Contest is over- you can now enter to win the $4,000 grand prize. Get your cameras and tripods ready because this is an opportunity you don’t want to miss out on! We hope you enjoy reading this month’s newsletter.

The International Student Team


2021 Travel Video Contest Now Open

The wait is over! Our 16th annual Travel Video Contest (TVC) has arrived and this year, we want to hear how “community” has had an impact or influence on you and your international education pursuit. If you’re a current international student or have a proposed plan to study abroad and you’re at least 18 years of age, this is an excellent opportunity to showcase your story, and you could even walk away with a cash prize. This year’s cash prizes are:

  • Grand Prize: $4,000
  • Second Place: $500
  • Third Place: $250
  • Viewers’ Choice: $1,000

Head over to the TVC page to get all of the details on this year’s contest. Then, be sure to carefully review the rules and regulations before making your video as the rules have changed. Good luck!


Application Tips for International Students

Coming up this month, we’re offering our tips for applying to colleges and universities as an international student. Admissions officers review thousands of applications and many end up looking very similar to each other. That’s why it’s important to make your application unique. Join us on Wednesday, September 15th at 11 AM Eastern Time on Facebook and YouTube to learn more about the things that will make your application stand out. We’ll take a look at what admissions officers look for, discuss the admissions essay and answer any general questions you may have regarding the college application process. Let us know if you’ll be watching on the event page below!


Featured Schools

American University of Antigua (AUA)
AUA College of Medicine maintains high expectations and emphasizes innovation to provide you with a top education that leads to a successful career in the medical field.


CUNY - Borough of Manhattan Community College isn’t your average community college. With about 25,000 students, it’s the largest college in the CUNY system. You’ll get the benefit of living in NYC and can save money on tuition.


UMass Boston
UMass Boston’s Global Student Success Program offers an alternative pathway for international students who may not yet meet the university’s admission requirements.



Get Prepared for Tax Returns in Australia

The October 31st deadline to file tax returns in Oz will be here before we know it, and anyone that has worked in Australia during the financial year will need to lodge a return. Don’t stress- get informed! In preparation, make sure you visit our section on tax returns in Australia to get tips on getting started.


Have you Considered a UK University?

Universities located in the UK are among some of the highest ranked universities around the world, plus - many students can complete their degree at a quicker pace than if they study in other locations. The average amount of time needed to complete a bachelor’s degree is three years and the average time needed to complete a master’s degree is just one year. If fast-paced, high-quality education is something you’re interested in, our UK School Search tool can help you start the process of searching for a UK university. You can even filter your search based on subject area, location and degree level. Once you find a university you’re interested in you can request more information. Get started on your UK school search today!


Bridging the Financial Gap

Earning scholarship awards is the ideal way to pay for your education because scholarship money doesn’t need to be paid back. However, most scholarships only cover a portion of your expenses. To help pay for tuition, fees and the cost of living this semester, you may want to consider a private student loan if you need to supplement your scholarships. The student loan search tool can tell you if you’re eligible for a private student loan in the US or Canada, and will give you a list of lender options in just a few seconds.


Tips When Writing an Essay

Have an essay prompt that’s leaving you a bit stumped? Our Essay Writing Center can help with brainstorming, structuring and revising your general essay, admission essay or scholarship essay. We’ve also provided sample essays you can read and get ideas for writing your own essay. If you’re looking for more personalized essay help, getting further tips and guidance from EssayMaster can help. Check out the Essay Writing Center and start improving your writing skills.