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In this issue:

  1. Introduction
  2. New Student Health Insurance
  3. American Discovery Tours
  4. Auralog Online Language Courses - Save 10%
  5. Featured Program - ESLA California
  6. Student News - from around the world
  7. Student Sound-off - HOT Topics from the mail bag
  8. TOEFL Scores Open More Doors
  9. Features
  10. Subscription Information
  11. Final Note

1. Introduction
Hello, and welcome to the 85th issue of the newsletter!

This month we are pleased to launch something that has been in the pipeline for some time, the NEW StudentSecure health insurance plan designed especially for international students! We are really excited about this plan so please take a look, run a quote and if you need coverage, apply directly online!

We hope you enjoy the newsletter, and of course we love to hear from you so please email with any questions or comments!

Ross Mason
Editor - Newsletter
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2. New Student Health Insurance is proud to launch it's new range of true student health insurance plans, designed just for you, international students! The new "StudentSecure" which launches 1st March 2006 on provides anyone studying outside their home country with a range of fantastic benefits such as:

- High Medical Coverage Limits
- Maternity Coverage
- Prescription Medication Coverage
- Mental Health Coverage
- Sports Coverage
- and much more...

Prices start at just $37/month so check it out today!

3. American Discovery Tours
In terms of value, quality, and experience, American Discovery Tours is second to none. In just one tour, you will visit four states and enjoy hiking, climbing, whitewater rafting, zip-lining, and jet skiing, stopping to encounter meaningful cultural sites along the way. The best part is that the prices for these trips include all of the activities and accommodations.

Check out American Discovery’s website. Is it worth money to you?

Receive 10% off of the price of a tour when you let a travel consultant know that you were referred by the International Student Newsletter.

Visit for an unparalleled American experience!

4. Auralog Online Language Courses - Save 10%
Online learning offers new ways of learning a foreign language. Languages can now be learned with more flexibility and speed thanks to innovative multimedia solutions. Select AURALOG online courses NOW on - in English, Spanish, Italian, French, German and Dutch - and save 10 % during the month of March:

With a database of more than 10,000 schools teaching 88 languages in 115 countries, The Language Course Finder also offers the opportunity to search for language courses according to your personal criteria (e.g., location, course type, group size, accommodation, supplementary activities...).

Important details needed for a language holiday or study-abroad programme are also readily available, i.e. comprehensive information about language certificates, country and travel facts (immigration, insurance...). There are also sections on online learning resources as well as additional literature, links and tips.

Click here to visit the site:

5. Featured Program - ESLA California

At ESLA learning English is fun! Our teachers make classes exciting and helpful to the student who wants to enjoy learning English in America. We are near downtown Los Angeles and all the major Southern California tourist attractions including Disneyland, Universal Studios, and Magic Mountain. Our class sizes are small (usually 4 to 8 students), tuition is low, and our location is right in the center of sunny Southern California! Come join us and make your world better. ESL and TOEFL classes offered year-round.

For more information on ESLA click here:

6. Student News - from around the world
MBA Options on Both Sides of the Atlantic: Europe vs. America

When Jennifer Kerr asked colleagues at her Credit Suisse London office for business school recommendations, the response was unanimous: head across the Atlantic. "I largely made my decision based on word of mouth because everyone was recommending US schools," recalls Jennifer, now in the first year of a two-year full-time MBA programme at Chicago Graduate School of Business.

Although daunted by the prospect of spending two years off the career ladder and away from London, the option of picking a one-year programme at a European business school was quickly dismissed. "I did have to stop and think because I had been working in Hong Kong and now I would be away from home for another two years," says Jennifer. "But because I work internationally, I know the importance of having a truly international education and the global rankings are dominated by US schools. Two years is a big commitment but having made the decision I had to grasp the best possible opportunity."

Click here for the rest of the article in The Independent that compares and contrasts a two-year US MBA against a one-year European program:

ISU Expands Academic Incentive Scholarship Program for International Students
Indiana State University announced expanded scholarships for international students who perform well academically. To qualify for ISU's Academic Incentive Scholarship Program, international freshmen applicants must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative high school grade-point average on a 4.0 scale and a TOEFL score that meets ISU's admissions requirements. International transfer applicants must have a minimum of 30 transferable college semester credits and a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

Randy Green, interim associate director of International Student Services at ISU, said the new program will award $4,000 per year for new freshmen and $3,000 per year for transfer students. This scholarship is renewable for seven semesters, and anybody who satisfies the requirements can get the money from the ISU Foundation.

To read the whole story about this expanded scholarship program, go to:

7. Student Sound-off - HOT Topics from the mail bag
Each month we feature one or two questions that we've received at, or questions from our forums at

Lost Passport
Q: Hey folks, I lost my Zimbabwean passport , with the visa in it, in 2004 here in Atlanta, GA. What should I do to get another one , and where should I go? I hope anybody can give me some advice. Thanks.
A: You need to go to or call your embassy immediately. If there is not one nearby then contact your International student advisor at your school and report the loss. Only your embassy can issue another passport.

Calling from the UK
Q: My daughter will be studying in London for a semester. How do we get her to enroll in the cheapest calling plan. she will primarily call the U.S. what kind of phone should she bring from U.S or she should get one in the U.K. Thanks.
A: For the very best international service and great low rates for calling from the UK go to Calls to the US are just 1p per minute, whether from a landline or mobile phone. Your daughter can bring her own mobile phone if it is a GSM phone -- she'll just need to order a new UK sim card, then all of her UK calling will be cheap and easy. You can order a UK sim card here:

8. TOEFL Scores Open More Doors
The TOEFL test is the best academic English-language test in the world. It is accepted by 6,000 colleges and universities in more than 100 countries, including the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States. And that means more opportunity for your academic success.

Why do so many schools recognize the TOEFL test? Because it measures the English-language skills you'll use when you study, so success on the test means success on campus from day one. And it provides fair testing, with the unbiased, objective scoring schools rely on to help them make vital decisions.

No wonder the TOEFL test has been taken by more than 18 million students worldwide!

Open the door to your future. Register for the TOEFL test NOW.
Copyright 2006 by Educational Testing Service. All rights reserved.ETS, the ETS logo and TOEFL are registered trademarks of Educational Testing Service.

9. Features continues to grow and add new info, features and services; but as it grows, its not always easy to find everything it has to offer - so check out these great pages:

Roommate Search in the US:

School/Program Listings:

Immigration/Visa Information:

Prepaid Mobile Phones and Simcards:

10. Subscription Information
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11. Final Note
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