US Universities Establish Joint Venture Pathways

May 16th, 2014 by Jennifer Frankel

Ready to join team concept466557511Good news for international students, US Universities establish joint venture pathways that offer an alternative to international recruiters and another way into prestigious American universities.

As the United States continues to expand its efforts to attract more international students to its campuses, a number of American universities have taken to establishing joint venture pathways in collaboration with private partners to facilitate international students’ transitions.

What is a Joint Venture Pathway?

A joint venture pathway is a collaboration between individual universities and private business partners that carry out various recruitment activities abroad. These recruitment partners seek out students, screen and assess them, then direct them to specific Western institutions.

How is it Different from an International Recruiter?

International recruiters are common in many parts of the world. In fact, in many countries it would be nearly impossible to navigate the various channels to applying to Western institutions without the assistance of an international recruiter.  These recruiters work by matching international students with fitting Western institutions and assisting in the application process.

Joint venture pathways instead seek out students that fit the institution’s desired criteria and prepare them for progressing through the universities program. This preparation includes not only assistance in the application process, but also preparatory courses (often an English language course with selected introductory courses) chosen by the university.

Joint Venture Pathway Recap:

  • US universities are expanding joint venture pathway programs to increase international student enrollment
  • Joint Venture Pathways offer more benefits to international students than foreign recruiters typically do
  • The benefits of Joint Venture Pathways come in the form of assistance with the application process in addition to offering language and introductory courses selected by the university to prepare the student for advancement through the university’s program

Given the inherent benefits, international students applying to institutions in the United States should be sure to check if the university they are considering offers joint venture pathways.


NextGen Scholarship

May 15th, 2014 by Bryanna Davis

nextgen scholarshipNextGen Scholarship
Deadline: June 6

The NextGen Scholarship fund was created to assist international students coming to the US. In college, P.E.R.K. president Andrena Sawyer saw how many deserving international students often lose the opportunity to pursue higher education due to the lack of funds. Because of this, the NextGen Scholarship fund was created.

Applications can be completed and submitted online, however, the application must be completed in one sitting. It is recommended that all necessary information is gathered before beginning the application.

To be eligible for this award, students must be high school seniors and college undergraduates who have a 3.0 GPA or higher. Students must also be non-US citizens and currently reside in Washington DC, Maryland or Virginia. Or, students must be accepted into a school that is in Washington DC, Maryland or Virginia.

All applications must be submitted by June 6th- the winner will be decided upon by July 30th. The winner of this award will receive $1,000

To learn more and to enter to win the NextGen Scholarship students can visit here.


The US Colleges with the Highest International Student Populations

May 10th, 2014 by Jennifer Frankel

top 10 phrase 475089357With studying abroad being such an increasingly popular decision in today’s world, international students may be surprised to learn that there are only a few universities in the United States where international students make up more than 15% of the student population.

Studying abroad used to be just a great way to enrich a course of study, gain some global perspective, and have an interesting life experience while attending university. Now, studying abroad offers a number of academic and economic advantages to students (and the universities that host them). As such, countries the world over are increasingly encouraging their students to study abroad and international student populations are on the rise on campuses across the globe. However, international students may be surprised to learn that there are only a handful of universities in the US with international student populations over 15%

US Colleges with the Highest International Student Populations (Undergraduate)

  1. New School (NY)–29% of 7,010 students
  2. Florida Institute of Technology (FL)–28% of 2,978 undergraduate students
  3. Illinois Institute of Technology (IL)–23% of 2,800 undergraduate students
  4. Lynn University (FL)–22% of 1,657 undergraduate students
  5. University of Tulsa (OK)–22% of 3,160 undergraduate students
  6. Carnegie Mellon University (PA)–18% of 6,279 undergraduate students
  7. Purdue University—West Lafayette (IN)–17% of 30,147 undergraduate students
  8. University at Buffalo (NY)—SUNY–16% of 19,505 undergraduate students
  9. University of San Francisco (CA)–16% of 6,344 undergraduate students
  10. Northeastern University (MA)–15% of 13,107 undergraduate students

Recent findings indicate that each of the above schools has further expanded its international student enrollment. Moreover, as studying abroad transitions from “enriching undergraduate experience” to “extremely prudent academic and career move” the number of international students is likely to continually increase over the next few years.

Universities that already have significant populations of international students, resource and support networks for international students and school cultures that accept and admit the perspectives of international students will continue to stand out and benefit from their diverse student bodies. Moreover, as those students who do decide to study abroad decide on potential institutions, knowing there’s already a thriving international student body may make the transition that much easier.


Give Advice to the Class of 2014 to Win $250

May 8th, 2014 by Bryanna Davis

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Deadline: May 31

This month International Student is giving away $250 to the student with the best advice! Throughout the month students can send in their best piece of advice or tip to graduating international students. At the end of the month the International Student judges will sift through each of the tips and tricks- and the student that sends in the best advice will win!

Your tip should be original (meaning you created it) and helpful. Adding creativity to your tip will also help increase your shot at receiving the $250! The contest is open to current international students or those who are planning to study abroad in the near future. It is not restricted based upon your home country, the school you attend or the degree you are pursuing.

After you have brainstormed for your best tip for graduating international students, send it to International Student through their Facebook, Twitter or Google+ page. Make sure to send it in during the month of May to qualify to be entered to win the prize.

You can find more on the Give Advice to the Class of 2014 to Win $250 contest here.


US Universities Pay Foreign Recruiters to Attract More International Students

May 2nd, 2014 by Jennifer Frankel

business handshake455685683Public universities in the US state of South Dakota have started looking into paying foreign recruiting companies and agents in order to help draw international students to their campuses.

According to the chief academic officer for the state Board of Regents, Sam Gingerich, there are a number of reasons for the state’s desire to attract a growing population of international students and why going through foreign or international recruiting companies is a great way to do so.

Why is South Dakota Paying to Recruit International Students?

Sociocultural Benefit

The Midwestern US tends to be more culturally homogeneous than life on the east or west coasts and, as such, integrating students from other cultures and bringing a global perspective to student life provides a much needed exposure to global society.

Financial Benefit

In recent years, both graduating class size and the rate of graduation in South Dakota high schools has decreased. Therefore, an increased number of students from other areas (students paying the out-of-state tuition costs, no less) presents a financial boon to both the institutions at which the international students will study, as well as the cities in which they will live and spend while present.

Why Use International Recruiters? 

  • US colleges and universities are allowed to use foreign student recruitment agencies
  • There are a number of steps an organization must go through in order to be verified as a legitimate entity with which to do business—and it is this somewhat costly step that has traditionally limited the use of foreign recruiters as a means to attract undergraduates.

What Does it Mean for International Students?

International students in countries like China and India stand to benefit tremendously from the shift to utilizing foreign recruiters. In those countries, student recruitment agencies are the norm—helping parents navigate through thousands of universities (many in other countries) and their relative merits, application procedures, costs, etc.

With universities in the US tapping into this resource, international students in countries where recruitment agencies are the norm ought to begin to see some very competitive incentives from American institutions that were previously either unavailable or unknown to them!


Paul Sumerall Memorial Scholarship

May 1st, 2014 by Bryanna Davis

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Deadline: September 5th

In memory of Paul Sumerall and to help promote research toward international money transfers and cross-border remittances, the Merchants Bank of California established the Paul Sumerall Memorial Scholarship.

Six scholarships will be granted in a varying amount between $500 and $2,500. Students from around the world are able to apply for this scholarship by completing the online application. Individuals who apply can be college/university students, graduate students and researchers with an interest in international transfer of funds.

The application consists of five parts:

  • basic information
  • academics
  • activities
  • awards/honors
  • project

Pursuing studies related to international money transfers will be an important deciding factor when considering candidates- as the funds can be used toward expenses related to a money transfer project or study.

If interested, you can learn more about the Paul Sumerall Memorial Scholarship here.


Want to Find A School You Can Afford? Learn How Tomorrow

April 24th, 2014 by Jennifer Frankel

child with education iconsOur partner, InternationalStudent.com, is hosting a Google Hangout tomorrow at 11am EST on how to find a school you can afford.

We all know that going to a US college or university is expensive. But did you know that you have many options to choose from, public versus private as well as community college versus a 4-year university? Did you know that the price tag of a US education can fluctuate from getting a full scholarship to paying upwards of $40,000 per year (and that doesn’t even include living expenses!)?

Tomorrow’s Hangout will discuss these and other options, so that you are well informed as you make key decisions about your future – and your wallet. You won’t want to miss this Hangout where InternationalStudent.com will be discussing what steps to take and what resources are available to you so that you can find a school without breaking the bank.

You are cordially invited to attend tomorrow’s hangout, Friday, April 24th at 11am EST.

Register Now

Make sure you prepare your questions in advance as they’ll have plenty of time at the end to answer all your education and finance questions. Don’t forget to set a calendar reminder and we hope to see you there!

Want to see other Google Hangout’s about financing your education? Check out International Student Loan’s YouTube channel to learn about budgeting, international student loans, and scholarships!


Full Merit Scholarship At Global College Malta

April 24th, 2014 by Bryanna Davis

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Deadline: July 1st

Students who want to study in Malta and not have to worry about paying tuition will want to apply for the Full Merit Scholarship at Global College Malta (GCM). Ten eligible students will receive a full grant that waives tuition fees if pursuing an MBA, a BA in Management or a Foundation Course in Management with English.

Applicants for this scholarship can be from anywhere in the world, but must have been accepted to Global College Malta and apply for this award by July 1st. To apply, students can submit the scholarship application form, their CV and a 200 word statement on why they chose to study at GCM.

The ten recipients of this award will be chosen based upon the first ten applicants who apply for the award and meet the academic merit criteria.

Interested individuals are able to find more information on this scholarship along with how to apply here.


American Honors International Scholarship

April 17th, 2014 by Bryanna Davis

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Deadline: May 5

American Honors is an honors program that works with a number of community colleges throughout the United States. Academically accomplished students from around the world who choose to attend a community college prior to a four year university often take advantage of American Honors.

American Honors is now offering 100 $4,000 scholarships to high school students who are graduating this Spring. Students must have a competitive GPA, an English language proficiency score and be accepted into the Fall American Honors program.

To be considered, students must complete an American Honors application along with an essay stating why they have a need for the American Honors international scholarship.

Winners of this scholarship will receive the funds in equal increments over the term of their studies, as long as they remain enrolled in the American Honors program and maintain a high academic standing. The scholarship can be used toward tuition and other educational fees.

To see if you are eligible for the American Honors International Scholarship please visit here to learn more.


International Students to Benefit from Loosening of Work Restrictions

April 16th, 2014 by Jennifer Frankel

Canada love - heart with icons and elements186294358Some great news for international students studying or considering studying abroad in Canada—new regulations have made it the case that international students no longer need to apply for special permits to attain off-campus employment.

While Canada is already a very desirable study abroad destination for many prospective students, this new legislation was introduced as part of a series of regulations designed to double the country’s international student enrollment and make Canada an even more competitive destination for international students deciding where to study abroad.

Previously, as is the case in many countries, international students in Canada were required to complete a complicated (and often time-consuming) number of forms, contact government agencies, and receive special clearance to find work with an employer unrelated to his or her host university.

Effective June 1st, 2014, when an international student studying abroad in Canada receives their general study permit they will be automatically authorized to work off-campus for up to 20 hours per week during the academic session and full-time during scheduled breaks without the need to apply for any separate authorization or permit.

Any international student who has had to navigate the maze of governmental forms seeking an off-campus work permit (as well as pay the accompanying fees) knows how much of a headache they are being saved by this move. Moreover, Canada stands to benefit from the presence of a previously untapped workforce with varying global perspectives—an aspect that can be a real contribution to local economies and employers.

  • Canada has recently launched a number of efforts to double the country’s international student enrollment and make international student life in Canada easier
  • One of these efforts has been streamline the formal application processes required to study abroad in Canada, including those related to obtaining off-campus work permits
  • Before, international students needed to invest in a lengthy and complicated process to receive specific governmental authorization (in the form of an off-campus work permit) to work with an employer unrelated to the host university
  • Now, when an international student is cleared to study abroad in Canada, they are automatically authorized to obtain employment from non-university (i.e. ‘off-campus’) sources during their stay

Looking for financial aid for Canada? Check out these scholarships, grants, and fellowships especially for students studying in Canada.