July Edition #281

Most of us are in the middle of summer and with just a few weeks left to enjoy the break, we hope you’re doing just that. This month’s newsletter is full of helpful information to consider before the school year starts including loans, insurance, SIM cards, and planning out your journey with help from our timeline as a guide. If you’re still trying to become an international student, don’t worry — we also have some great schools for you to consider. Enjoy our newsletter and the rest of July!

The International Student Team


Find a Loan for the New Semester

After all personal funding, scholarships, and grants have been accounted for, you might still need more funding. This is a great time to consider filling that gap with an international student loan. Use our loan comparison tool to see which lenders are available to you at your university and start the application process to get the funding you need before classes start.

Already graduated with loans and want to explore getting a better rate? See if refinancing is a good option for you!


Study in Missouri

Want to explore schools in a variety of states? Our state guide section can help you get started in exploring all 50! To jump-start your search, we suggest exploring Missouri! With two larger cities — St.Louis and Kansas City — along with plenty of opportunities to enjoy nature, it can offer the best of both worlds. Already decided you want to study in Missouri but need to find a school? Start with Northwest Missouri State University, and then check out our school search.


Do you have your SIM card and U.S. phone plan?

Having a cellphone that works at all times is important as an international student. Make sure you have access to service as soon as you land by ordering a SIM card and plan before you go. With nationwide coverage through campusSIMS and Mint Mobile, you can stay connected at all times through unlimited talk and text for as low as $15 per month. For service you can trust when you arrive, request a free SIM card and purchase your coverage plan online through campusSIMS.


Featured Schools

American University of Antigua
Upon passing the necessary licensure exams, AUA’s medical education satisfies the medical school requirements for licensure to practice medicine in all 50 U.S. states. AUA graduates can become licensed in countries outside the U.S., such as the United Kingdom, Canada, or India, upon meeting those countries' qualifications for licensure.


Brenau University
Brenau students represent a wide range of rich cultural and geographic backgrounds, interests, talents, and viewpoints. The university is home to 50 student-run clubs and organizations, including a range of national sororities.


South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Also known as SD Mines, this institution is a leading university for science and engineering in its region and offers a wide array of bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees. If you’re interested in either of these major areas of study, you should definitely check out SD Mines.



Find Reliable Health Insurance

The new semester is almost here, and you’ll likely need health insurance. Even if your visa and school do not require you to have coverage, we recommend that every international student explore purchasing health insurance for unforeseen illnesses and injuries. Plan costs can start as low as $30/month and include coverage for key benefits like:

  • Emergency medical evacuation
  • Doctor’s visits
  • Hospitalization
  • Repatriation of remains
  • And much more

Get pricing information so you can find a plan that works for you this upcoming year.


Use Our College Application Timeline

There is a lot to do when becoming an international student, and sometimes it’s not clear when it needs to be done. To help you plan your international education accordingly, we have created a timeline to help you along. Starting at 18 months before your anticipated journey, see what needs to be done before you arrive in the U.S.!