October Edition #272

The spookiest month of the year is here- midterm month. Oh, and there’s also Halloween. But don’t fear, we’ve got everything you need to stay on track for success. In this month’s newsletter, we have the latest information on the 2021 Travel Video Contest. Don’t forget to submit your entry before next week’s deadline! Speaking of deadlines, if you are currently enrolled at a college or university in the US or Canada and have fees due soon, we have information on how you can find a student loan to help bridge the financial gap.

For those of you who are applying to colleges and universities, we’ve highlighted admissions resources and a degree program you might want to consider. We hope you love this month’s newsletter!

The International Student Team


1 Week Left to Enter Travel Video Contest

We’re getting close to the deadline for the 2021 Travel Video Contest! For your chance to win up to $4,000 be sure to submit your video on our entry form before October 13, 2021 at 11:59 PM ET. As a reminder: check out the rules to ensure you're meeting each of the requirements, like sharing how “community” has had an impact or influence on you and your international education pursuit.

Once all eligible videos are uploaded to our site, voting for the Viewers’ Choice Award will open. Follow us on Facebook to make sure you stay up to date. For full contest details, visit the official page below.


Student Question of the Month

Q: How do I go about applying for a school in the US? What can help my app stand out?

A: We know a lot of you have this question. Each school has its own unique set of requirements, we recommend visiting the school’s profile page on InternationalStudent.com, or the school's website to get specific information on the application process. Additionally, if you are in need of personalized admissions assistance, working with a trained admissions consultant can increase your chances of getting into your top choice school. Admissionado is an admissions consulting company that has helped students get acceptance letters from many universities including Ivy League schools like Harvard, Columbia and Yale. They offer a variety of services with varying costs. Explore the many services offered by Admissionado to see if it's as good option for you.


Featured Schools

Full Sail University
Full Sail University is in Winter Park, Florida just outside of Orlando; a city known for its theme parks which attract millions of visitors each year. Plus, the downtown area is full of businesses that recruit college interns. Full Sail’s unique, studio-like campus offers hands-on learning opportunities that prepare students like you to succeed.


University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
The University of Minnesota Twin Cities is one of the most prestigious public research universities in the nation. The University is one of five universities in the US with an engineering school, medical school, law school, veterinary medicine school, and agricultural school all on one campus providing students with the opportunities of a world-class research university while remaining affordable.


University of Utah
The University of Utah offers more than 100 degree programs across a wide range of disciplines including engineering, computer and information sciences and mass communication. The global pathway program at the University of Utah works to ensure that international applicants receive assistance and help with tasks like obtaining a student visa, English proficiency tests and choosing a major.


University of Liverpool
The University of Liverpool in England offers a 2+2 program which allows students to transfer to the University after completing two years of study at XJTLU in Suzhouu. Successful completion of this program increases your chances of securing a post-graduate position at a top 100 university.



Tips for Writing a College Admissions Essay

Last month, we offered our tips for standing out on college applications. This month, our livestream series continues with our suggestions for what to do and what not to do when writing a college admissions essay. We’ll go through examples of successful college admissions essays and discuss examples of essays that could have been improved upon. This is also the perfect opportunity to ask any questions you may have relevant to this topic. The event takes place Thursday, October 14 at 11:00 AM ET on our Facebook page and YouTube channel. If interested in attending, you can RSVP on the event page linked below!


Student Loans in the US and Canada

Whether unexpected costs have come up, or your budget wasn’t accurate, many students experience the need of a gap loan after school has started. You’re able to explore your options for bridging the financial gap with a student loan through the free loan search tool. In less than 30 seconds you will be provided with a list of lenders available to you at your college or university. Check out the tool to see your options.


Affordable and Accurate Credential Evaluation

If your college or university requires a credential evaluation, we recommend ECE. With the fastest turnaround time available (an average of 5 business days), ECE is dedicated to providing the most accurate reports with the best customer support for international students looking to study in the US and Canada. ECE offers a range of report types that are all designed to fit your individual needs, whether you are just starting out or furthering your education. Get more info on ECE services and pricing at the link below.