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In this issue:

  1. Introduction
  2. Student Insurance Plans
  3. Study in the USA -
  4. Student ID Card Survey - ISE Cards
  5. Featured Program: Enforex Monteverde Spanish School, Costa Rica
  6. Student Sound-off - HOT Topics
  7. Student News - from around the world
  8. Keep in touch when abroad
  9. Student Loans for International Students:
  10. Final Note

1. Introduction
Happy New Year to all our members and I hope you had a good festive period! As the new year is now upon us and many schools start very soon, our January issue is packed full with great back to school tips, ideas and services for you - Enjoy!

Ross Mason
Editor, Newsletter

2. Student Insurance Plans

As the new year starts, make a resolution to get the best student health coverage available with the Student Secure plan from Offering top quality student health insurance coverage for both international students in the USA and US students who are studying abroad, our plans are also affordable and prices start at just:

6 months coverage, International Student in the USA
Select Plan - $456
Budget Plan - $276

6 months coverage, US Student Studying Abroad
Select Plan - $390
Budget Plan - $240

To find out more or to purchase your plan online today for the new school year, please visit:

3. Study in the USA -
Deadlines are approaching for next academic year, which typically begins in late August or early September. Have you decided where to apply? For an exclusive list of top-ranked U.S. campuses that are eager to welcome international students like you, please use our simple selection page:

There you can express your personal preferences to determine which campus is right for you. Start fulfilling your dream to study in the USA now!

4. Student ID Card Survey - ISE Cards
We are looking to improve and enhance the benefits of an international student identification card. We value your opinion, suggestions and ideas. Complete this 20 question survey for automatic entry into a drawing for a chance to WIN an international student id card plus one of the following 5 fabulous prizes:

- Tickets to the "Original Sightseeing Tour of London", a tour of Churchill Museum in London, and a ticket to the Tower of London
- Tour of New York and ticket to the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in New York
- Ticket to the Rotor Cable Car to Top of Mt. Titlis in Switzerland
- Hostel of Europe Card
- Eurostar Ticket: London - Paris - London

Survey must be completed by January 15, 2007. Five lucky participants will be chosen at random to receive an ISE Card and - absolutely free - one of the above prizes. Winners will be notified by Email on January 18, 2007.

5. Featured Program: Enforex Monteverde Spanish School, Costa Rica

The Enforex Monteverde Spanish school was established in Monteverde, Costa Rica in 1996. Classes take place in a 2 story modern building set back off the main road, surrounded by pine trees and facing the Gulf of Nicoya. Monteverde is a small rural area famous for its biological cloud forest reserve, 26,000 acres of forest with 2000 different types of plants, 400 types of birds (including the famous Quetzal) and 100 different types of mammals. The average daily temperature is 18 to 24° C (65 to 75° F). With 17 indoor class rooms, garden, video room, small library, small computer room for the students, Jacuzzi, showers, common room with ping pong table, kitchen and dining area, the school has everything you need to make your stay enjoyable and memorable.

For more information about this program, click here to see the profile on

6. Student Sound-off - HOT Topics
Each month we scan our forums, blog and mailbag for current topics of interest. This month our topic comes from our forum so please feel free to help out and post a response!

Hi, I have recently applied for OPT, and have received a letter which states that additional information is required to process my case. Here are some of the additional information required:

1. Copy of the original I-20 issued
2. Transcript of all previous education
3. Date of graduation

I am concerned about why would they need copy of original I-20 and transcript of previous education?
Has anyone been asked to submit such proof?
Also, my employer had sponsored my education from abroad, will this affect my OPT?
Any help would be appreciated.

Respond at

7. Student News - from around the world
International Students Stay on Campus Over Semester Break (from

"It gets lonely during Christmas," says 22-year-old Nursyamsiah Shamsuddin of Malaysia. Shams, as she likes to be called, is a fourth-year student at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where many of the more than two-thousand international students end up staying on campus during the holiday break.

They're unable to travel home due to the high cost of air fare and limited time before classes resume in January, while most of the approximately 20-thousand undergraduate and graduate students have left for holiday celebrations around the United States with family or friends.

Shams says the UVA campus is eerily quiet. "Sometimes I go to the library and check books out or watch movies. Then, during Christmas, everything is closed. So I just walk."

Click here to read the rest of this story from, and to find out how several schools with large international student populations are trying to help over the holidays:

8. Keep in touch when abroad
Don't cut yourself off from family and friends when you are abroad, and with InternationalCallingCard you have no reason to, with affordable international calling solutions for your worldwide travels. InternationalCallingCard offers:

- iCallabroad USA for calling internationally from the USA
- InternationalCallingCard UK for calling internationally from the UK
- InternationalCallingCard Traveler for worldwide calling
- Sim Cards and Mobile Phones

Don't be a stranger and keep in touch with your loved ones!

9. Student Loans for International Students: has a solution for international students trying to fund their education abroad. Students from any country in the world can apply for an International Student Loan to study in the USA or Canada. The International Student Loan has great interest rates, an easy online application, and can provide funds for up to your entire tuition, fees, books and living expenses. To apply, you must have a US citizen or permanent resident as a co-signer.

For more information and to apply, visit us online:

10. Final Note
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