Four Ways International Students Benefit from Studying Abroad in Smaller US Towns

June 23rd, 2014 by Jennifer Frankel

Along Main Street155972042As the United States continues to admit an increasing number of international students to US schools, international students are faced with deciding where, in such a large country, they will be able to make the most of their study abroad experience.

Immediately thoughts of famous US cities spring to mind—New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, etc. However, there are a number of reasons why international students might want to consider studying in a smaller US town.

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Tanaka and Green Academic Scholarship

June 19th, 2014 by Bryanna Davis

Japan_Honshu_200366242-001Tanaka and Green Academic Scholarship
Deadline: July 15

This scholarship is available to US citizens who are studying in Japan short term (one semester or academic year). Six individuals will be awarded this scholarship in the amount of $5,000 each to use toward the upcoming academic year expenses.

The Tanaka and Green Academic Scholarship can be used for tuition and academic fees, room and board, travel and transportation and other approved expenses.

Eligible applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate school in the United States
  • Must give proof of acceptance at a college or university in Japan
  • Must give proof that the program in Japan is an approved student exchange program of the applicant’s home college or university in the US
  • Must intend to return to the college or university in the United States
  • May be majors in any subject, but must demonstrate that they have taken or plan to take academic courses related to Japan, whether in the US or at the Japan college or university
  • Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States

The Tanaka and Green Academic Scholarship was established by the Japan-America Society of Washington DD (JASW). The scholarship is made possible in thanks to the society’s H. William and Lily Tanaka Scholarship Endowment and the Marshal and Lispenard Green Educational Endowment.

To learn more about the Tanaka and Green Academic Scholarship and if you are eligible to apply, please visit here.


International Scholarships for Denmark

June 13th, 2014 by Jennifer Frankel

denmark map184015350From pouring money into scholarships to loosening regulations, Denmark is proposing a series of measures meant to attract more international students as well as retain them in the workforce for a number of years after their graduation.

International Scholarships for Denmark Announced

Working closely with the private sector, the Danish government has detailed a plan that will make the process of studying abroad in Denmark more streamlined, more affordable, and with more potential for landing a promising career in the country upon graduating.

  • Scholarships—The Danish government has pooled resources with various private sector interests to set aside 25 million DKK (US $4.6 million) in order to generate 65-70 new scholarships, and only expect that amount to grow over the coming months as more businesses sign on.

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Pacific Prime Global Diversity Scholarship

June 12th, 2014 by Bryanna Davis

globe 10Pacific Prime Global Diversity Scholarship
Deadline: July 31

Two $500USD scholarships will be awarded by Pacific Prime. To be eligible, you must be an international student studying in Asia for at least one semester. Eligible students must apply on or before July 31st through email. The email application must include an essay that answers the following question:

“How is Technology Affecting our Health Today?”

Your essay must be between 500 and 700 words. Along with the essay, you must also include a document stating your full name, contact information and a short introductory paragraph detailing how you would spend the money if you were to win.

A winning essay will be informative, yet also entertaining. Using real life examples and ample creativity will also assist you in winning a Pacific Prime Global Diversity Scholarship.

International students can be from any country, but must be studying in one of the following: Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Macao, Korea, South, Japan, Indonesia, Hong Kong (SAR) or China.

If you would to learn more on this scholarship and how to apply please visit this link.


Applying for Off-Campus Employment: Writing a Follow-Up Letter

June 7th, 2014 by Jennifer Frankel

Man signing contract451613245While it may be standard knowledge to submit a resume when applying for a job, many international students may be less familiar with the tradition of sending a follow-up letter after an interview.

Many universities around the world are loosening restrictions that previously limited, if permitted at all, the amount of hours international students could work for an off-campus employer. In many places where international students were previously unable to seek off-campus employment, those students are now sending out resumes and applications to businesses in their new host countries—most for the first time. That being said, it is important to know what to write in a follow-up letter, as well as what not to write.

Elements of a Good Follow-Up Letter

A follow-up letter is an applicant’s chance to directly thank the interviewing hiring manager for taking their time to consider him or her, as well as an opportunity to refresh the manager’s memory regarding some more positive points of the interview and to reiterate how well he or she would fit with the company. However, a hastily or poorly written follow-up note can be a disservice, so keep the following points in mind:

  • Personalize it. Don’t send a generic ‘Thank You’ form letter. This letter is being written directly to the hiring manager who interviewed you, so reference something real in their lives when thanking them. Maybe they mentioned a project they are swamped with—thank them for taking the time to consider your application despite his or her workload with project XYZ.
  • Reiterate Your Value. During the interview there may have been a number of positive interpersonal moments, or instances where the hiring manager mentioned projects wherein you felt your skills would be valuable contributions—the follow-up letter is the place to mention them. Don’t just mention you “feel your qualifications are a match for the position”, show the hiring manager you mean business and know that specific skill x will be a great asset to the company’s project y.
  • Timeliness. Be prompt in sending your follow-up letter. It should ideally be received one or two days after the interview.

Writing a follow-up letter or thank you note to a hiring manager is unlikely to change the outcome of a poor interview. However, sending a follow-up letter can certainly tip the scales in an applicant’s favor and help distinguish them from a group of similarly qualified applicants. Moreover, not sending a follow-up letter can harm an applicant’s chances of success.

That being said, international students should be sure to include writing cover and follow-up letters among their application procedures for finding off-campus employment.


Gender Equality Scholarship

June 5th, 2014 by Bryanna Davis

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Deadline: July 1

If you will be pursuing an MBA & MSc in Management, a BA in Management or the Foundation Course in Management with English at Global College Malta then you are eligible for this scholarship.

The gender equality scholarship is to help support gender equality in today’s leadership roles within business. This scholarship will be awarded based up on “the academic/professional merit, leadership potential and intention to become role model encouraging gender equality in managerial positions and leadership roles. Students’ prior active involvement in empowerment of women in business and related topics will be considered during the selection process.”

To apply for this scholarship you must submit the following:

  1. Along with your application an essay on how you will empower women within the business world
  2. One page motivation letter that includes prior activities related to gender equality
  3. Your curriculum Vitae with two references
  4. Your college admissions letter
  5. A 250 word bio and photo of yourself

This scholarship will grant one winner 50% tuition coverage at Global College Malta. Eligible students must apply by July 1st, learn more about this gender equality scholarship you can visit here.


Women in Technology

May 30th, 2014 by Bryanna Davis

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Deadline: August 10th

If you’re a woman in the pursuit of a degree in the technology industry then you have a great shot at this award. This scholarship is hosted by Procurify.com and is granting one woman a $1000 scholarship.

To apply, you must be a female focusing on business, computer science, engineering or design. You must also have had a groundbreaking sustainable idea that will help revolutionize the technology sector. Submissions can be submitted in the form of a cover letter, essay, business plan, website, blog, podcast, video or any other way you feel is necessary to get your idea across.

The winner will be based upon quality and originality- so be creative and detail oriented! The winner must also provide a photo to be placed on the winner’s page of the Procurify.com site before accepting the award.

Eligible applicants must apply by the August 10th deadline- the winner will be announced shortly after on September 4th. You can find more on the Women in Technology award and how to apply here.


Applying for a Job Off-Campus: Writing a Cover Letter

May 27th, 2014 by Jennifer Frankel

Frustrated Businesswoman With Hands In Hair At Office Desk186363333With off-campus employment opportunities for international students, many students will be applying for jobs in their new host countries. Many international students may need a reminder of both the importance of writing a cover letter to accompany a resume and application, as well as how to write an effective cover letter.

Why Write a Cover Letter at all?

Most hiring managers agree that including a cover letter is as important a part of an application resume. However, it isn’t important to write a cover letter because the hiring manager is going to carefully read it—in fact, many will admit to “just browsing” them or, in many cases, not reading them at all—but because hiring managers often DO remember those applicants who didn’t bother to take the time and include a cover letter.

In a situation where someone is looking for easy ways to reduce the amount of similarly qualified applicants to look through, the people who didn’t care enough to put forward the effort are an easy choice when faced with a number of applicants who took the time to craft an individualized cover letter.

Features of a Good Cover Letter

That being said, a cover letter should not be a resume or a condensed version thereof. A good cover letter requires a bit of research and should fit the following guidelines:

  • Write directly to the hiring manager overseeing filling the desired position. No “To Whom it May Concern”—do your research and personalize your letter. After all, this is the person making the decision to hire you or not.
  • Show that you are passionate about working with this particular company. But don’t do so in a way that comes off as flattery. Demonstrate you didn’t just send out 1,000 resumes to whatever company. You chose a company where you felt you could make a difference, whose vision and practices you stand behind, and that you would be proud to work for.
  • If you have a name to drop, this is the place to do it. Whether it is someone you know in the company, a mutual acquaintance, or a mutual contact in the broader industry, the cover letter is the place to mention it.
  • Avoid re-hashing your resume or writing a ‘form letter’ style cover letter. Only list accomplishments that are directly relevant to the position or the company’s projects, and make sure to make the letter individualized enough so that the hiring manager doesn’t feel as if they just wasted their time reading the same generic letter attached to your resume you sent to every company.
  • Be brief. Certainly no more than a page, though, the consensus seems that even less than a page is the most ideal.

Take the time to set yourself apart from the mob of similarly qualified applicants and include a well-written cover letter—it will really go a long way!


Win Free Tuition Scholarship

May 23rd, 2014 by Bryanna Davis

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Deadline: June 30

The Win Free Tuition scholarship will grant one individual $10,000 to be used for tuition at the school of their choice. This sweepstakes is open to residents/citizens of Canada and the United States who are age 14 or older. This is a biannual sweepstakes, for this round all applications must be received by June 30th.

Eligible students can enter to win this free tuition scholarship in one of three ways:

  1. Submit the entry form online- to get to the link first visit the link below
  2. Complete and submit a Business Reply Card located in a
    NextStepU Magazine. The card must be completed in full, post marked by June 30th and received by July 7th.
  3. On a 3×5 postcard you can print your name, complete address including city and zip code, age, phone number (with area code), and email address. Postcards can be mailed before June 30th to the following address:

Win Free Tuition Sweepstakes, NextStepU
2 W. Main St Suite 200
Victor, NY 14564

The Win Free Tuition sweepstakes is sponsored by NextStepU. All entries must be postmarked or submitted online no later than June 30th to be eligible.

If interested, you can learn more on this scholarship and if you’re eligible here.


How to Find A Scholarship – Live Hangout Friday

May 22nd, 2014 by Jennifer Frankel

money in binoculars (email) 100326897Funding your education doesn’t have to be impossible if you don’t have the money on hand. There are thousands of scholarships out there designed for international students – you just need to know how to look and what you need to include to make your scholarship application standout. This Friday, May 23 at 11 am EST, our partner InternationalStudent.com will be putting on a live hangout on How to Find a Scholarship.

Topics will include:

  • Where to look for an international scholarship
  • How to apply for a scholarship
  • Tips and tricks to increase the likelihood of getting the award

Scholarships are essentially financial awards that do not need to be paid back, and because of this, they can be competitive. Tune in this Friday to increase your odds of getting picked. Here’s how:

  • Step 1. Sign up and reserve your spot.
  • Step 2. Set a calendar reminder so that you can tune in.

It’s that easy! At the end of the Hangout they will take any questions you have so make sure you have all of your questions ready. Hope to see you there!