The Travel Video Contest Winners Announced

November 24th, 2015 by Bryanna Davis

IEFA blogEach year hosts a Travel Video Contest for students from around the world. Like years in the past this year, this year the contest contained numerous impressive videos from students in a multitude of countries. Although each video was impressive and expressed just how much determination each of the contestants possess, only three winners were able to be chosen. After careful consideration, the Travel Video Contest judges were able to name the winners, and here they are:

Grand Prize Winner ($4,000) – “My Second Chance at Life” by Amar Chaniago 
“I was an introvert and I had never been outside my country to travel the world. But everything changed after I learned from my experience when I was dying and lost my friend. I began to work and save my money to travel. I have been travelling around Southeast Asia and Europe. However, traveling abroad seems not enough accomplishment for me, so I want something more which is study abroad to pursue my passion in psychology.”

2nd Prize Winner ($500) – “Place Yourself Where You Want To Be” by Michelle Leclercq 
“What does it take to be happy? My life experiences made me realise the potential people have when they really want something. We have one life, and my goal is to do something that will make me happy I want to inspire people, through music. This is my story”

3rd Prize Winner ($250) – “The Missing Piece” by Léa Kriger-Bécourt 
“Since I left France to study abroad, all I want is to discover different cultures to better understand our world. And I would like to visit people more than places. That’s why my video illustrates through this puzzle my project to go on an adventure in Mexico! Help me to experience a life in a biological community farm. You are the missing piece!”

Congratulations to each of the Travel Video Contest entrants, finalists and winners.

If you’re interested in entering this Travel Video Contest next year make sure you sign up to receive the latest alerts from

Resume Template Design Scholarship

November 12th, 2015 by Bryanna Davis

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Deadline: December 31

If you’re currently a full time international student or plan to be a full time international student you’re eligible to apply for the Resume Template Design Scholarship. One individual will be chosen to receive this $1,000 scholarship for creating a unique resume template and creative mock interview conversation. This scholarship requires students to think outside the box and provide their most creative ideas.

Students can be from any country, studying in any country and they do not need to be pursuing a specific degree. Students can also be full time undergraduate or graduate students. However, students must complete the following steps:

  1. Create a creative resume template design in Microsoft Word.
  2. Create a mock interview conversation in 1,500 words or less for a job position of your choice.

Get more details on the Resume Template Design Scholarship and how to enter before the December 31st deadline.

2015 Travel Video Contest Voting Open

October 30th, 2015 by Bryanna Davis

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2015 Travel Video Contest Update

Although this year’s Travel Video Contest is closed for entries, you’re still able to participate! Get involved by watching each video, then vote for your favorite! One grand prize winner will be named during International Education Week and receive $4,000 along with their very own blog on However, before the grand prize winner is chosen, they first need your help determining the Viewer’s Choice Winner. Based upon your votes, the Viewer’s Choice Winner will be determined- this winner will receive $1,000 and an automatic entry into the finalist round!

The Viewer’s Choice Winner and finalists will be announced the week of November 9th, so make sure you watch each video and cast your vote before then! If you entered the 2015 Travel Video Contest don’t forget to ask your friends and family to vote for your video to help improve your chance of becoming the 2015 Viewer’s Choice Winner, and have a shot at becoming the grand prize winner!

If you missed your chance to enter the Travel Video Contest, don’t worry, this is an annual contest which means you will have another chance next year! Make sure you keep up to date with when the contest kicks off by visiting us next year in September.

National Security Education Program David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarship

October 16th, 2015 by Bryanna Davis

money in handsNational Security Education Program David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarship
Deadline: February 09

An initiative by the National Security Education Program is providing funding opportunities for US undergraduate students through the Boren Scholarships. This scholarship enables students to study less commonly taught languages within Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East. Individuals who receive this scholarship will in exchange, commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

Since Boren scholarships provide funding that promotes long term linguistic and cultural immersion, two or more semesters are strongly encouraged. Additionally, preference will be shown to individuals studying in countries, languages, and fields of study critical to the US national security.

This scholarship will provide the following maximum award amounts:
• $8,000 for a summer program (special initiative for STEM students only; 8 weeks minimum)
• $10,000 for a semester
• $20,000 for a full academic year

If you would like to work for the US federal government upon graduation, get more information on the National Security Education Program David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarship, if you’re eligible and how to apply.

Student Scholarship from Unplag

October 2nd, 2015 by Bryanna Davis

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Deadline: March 1

Unplag is sponsoring a scholarship for students around the world to have a chance at winning $2,000. Unplag is a plagiarism detection engine and has launched this contest to help promote originality amongst international students.

To enter, students can be from any country around the world, studying in any country around the world. Students can also be pursuing any degree program, however, they must be at least 18 years old to enter. To enter the contest you must submit a 500 word essay on one of the following topics:

• Academic cheating can deprive you of a successful career.
• Being original will soon become a trend.
• Technologies able to fight academic cheating.
• Does online education “promote” academic dishonesty?
• Can plagiarism be eliminated once and for all?
• Plagiarism addiction kills creativity and critical thinking.
• How does the digital age influence plagiarism and cheating?
• Is social networking causing a plagiarism problem?
• Cross-culture differences concerning plagiarism.
• What if some of my educators were found guilty of plagiarism?

Your essay should be creative, original, use humor and submitted by the deadline.

The $2,000 grand prize will be given directly to the college or university in which the winner is studying. This prize can then be used toward education related expenses.

Get more information on the Student Scholarship from Unplag and how to apply.

Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest

September 18th, 2015 by Bryanna Davis

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Deadline: October 23rd

Ayn Rand is hosting a worldwide essay contest for students to have a chance at receiving one of more than 85 prizes. There is not an age limit for this contest, however, only twelfth graders, college undergraduates and college graduate students are able to apply before the October 23rd deadline for a chance to win. The following prizes will be awarded:

  • One 1st place winner: $20,000
  • Three 2nd place winners: $2,000
  • Five 3rd place winners: $1,000
  • Twenty-five finalists: $100
  • Fifty semifinalists: $50

The winners will receive their prize as a cash prize, there is not a restriction on how the prize can be used.

Students from around the world can enter to win this essay contest as there is not a specific citizenship requirement. However, students can only submit one essay and it must be specific to Ayn Rand novel Atlas Shrugged.

The winners and finalists of this Contest will be notified by December 23rd. Get more information on the Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest and if you’re eligible to enter.

The Travel Video Contest is Back

September 2nd, 2015 by Bryanna Davis Travel Video Contest
Deadline: October 22nd

The Travel Video Contest is back and ready for your entry! If you plan on becoming an international student or if you are currently, make sure you get the details you need on how to enter this contest. One lucky, grand prize winner will receive $4,000 and their very own blog on The judges will also name a second place, third place and viewers’ choice winner. The grand prize winner will be announced on the last day of International Education Week: November 20th.

How to Enter:
If you would like to enter you need to be at least 18 years old and either plan on studying outside your home country or are currently. Create a 5 minute that shares why you would like to become an international student or why you would like to take a specific trip during your time as an international student. Read the full list of rules and regulations before you enter.

Your video must be original and creative, and have been created specifically for the Travel Video Contest.

Before you start filming your video read these tips & tricks, view past winners and see who will be judging your video.

Get more information on how to enter the 10th Annual Travel Video Contest.

Vectorworks Design Scholarship

August 21st, 2015 by Bryanna Davis

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Deadline: Aug 31

Calling all design students: this is your chance to win a scholarship between $3,000 and $10,000. The Vectorworks Design Scholarship is open to students pursuing a variety of design disciplines including, but not limited to graphic design, digital arts & design, sustainable development and engineering and architectural design. Applicants can also be from any country around world, studying in any county.

Students must submit their best design from their chosen design discipline. Entries can be from individual or group work (including past school projects) and can have been created in any software program. Along with this design, students must also submit the answer to three short questions as asked on the scholarship application.

Between 15 and 18 scholarships will be awarded to eligible, chosen applicants. The winners’ schools will also receive free Vectorworks design software along with a free in-person or virtual training session for faculty and students.

Get more information on the Vectorworks Design Scholarship and how to apply before the deadline.

Mexican Government Full Scholarship Program for International Students

July 31st, 2015 by Bryanna Davis

low costMexican Government Full Scholarship Program for International Students
Deadline: August 31

If you would like to be an international student inside Mexico, now is a great time, especially if you need financial assistance. The Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID) is accepting applications from foreign citizens who would like to pursue an undergraduate or graduate level mobility program, a master’s or doctorate, or to participate in graduate or postdoctoral research.

To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, you must be from specific countries. A few of these countries include:

  • United States
  • Canada
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • China, People’s Rep.
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Germany
  • Great Britain
  • Greece
  • Angola
  • Benin
  • Australia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Anguilla
  • Bermuda

This scholarship includes items like tuition, round trip airfare, health insurance, and a monthly stipend. Get more information on the Mexican Government Full Scholarship Program for International Students including the full list of eligible home countries, and see if you’re eligible to apply. Essay Contest Scholarship

July 16th, 2015 by Bryanna Davis

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Deadline: July 28th

Would you write an essay for a chance to receive $3,000? If so, make sure you enter the Essay Contest. This contest will award one first place winner $3,000, one second place winner $1500, and one third place winner $250.

Applicants can be studying in any country around the world, but must be a US citizen who is currently enrolled in an accredited 2 or 4 year college or university this upcoming Fall semester- both graduate and undergraduate students are able to apply. There is not a specific degree program that applicants must be pursuing, however, they must have a GPA of 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher and cannot be currently incarcerated.

To enter this contest, applicants must submit an essay that answers the following question:

“What is compromise and how do you know when to compromise and when not to compromise? If you think you should never compromise explain why.”

Answers to this essay question must be original and 500 words in length.

Get more information on the Essay Contest and see if you’re eligible to apply.