We previously announced the InternationalStudent.com Essay Contest that was open for international students around the world to enter into to share their story and have a chance at one of the top three prizes: $200, $75 or $25.
The judges at InternationalStudent.com spent the month of September narrowing down each international student essay to find the essay contest winners. On September 19th the top six finalists were announced to be the following individuals:
- Sofia Camacho
- Atajan Abdyyev
- Simone Lim
- Eshul Rayhan
- Milan Djurasovic
- Maan AlBani
Today InternationalStudent.com announced the top three essay contest winners and here they are:
1st Place ($200)- Milan Djurasovic
2nd Place ($75)- Sofia Camacho
3rd Place ($25)- Eshul Rayhan
Read each of the finalist and top winning essays for an inside look at what it’s like to be an international student.
One of our readers asked us to do a special piece on financial aid in Ireland, and we thought – what a great idea. After all, many international students studying in Ireland find that they cannot do so without some form of financial assistance. If this is the case, there are several financial aid options for these students. We’ve compiled a short list of the types of financial aid in Ireland.
A limited number of scholarships for international students are available from the universities and colleges themselves. These scholarships are awarded solely at the discretion of the individual institutions that set down their own criteria for eligibility. To learn more about scholarships offered by your school, you are advised to contact the school directly. There are also scholarships available for other organizations – you can find a comprehensive list of available scholarships for study in Ireland on our Scholarship Search.
A few weeks ago, the British government introduced its new International Education Strategy, the goal of which is to attract an additional 90,000 university students from overseas by 2018. According to the report, the education exports industry—which includes everything from tuition paid by international students to the overseas branches of British schools—adds £17.5 billion, or $26.5 billion, to the national economy.
The United Kingdom wishes to increase partnerships with other countries, encourage more British students to study overseas, and expand the Chevening Scholarship program, which finances foreign students studying in Britain. Business Secretary Vince Cable said in a statement, “Overseas students make a huge contribution to Britain. They boost our economy, and enhance our cultural life, which is why there is no cap on the number of legitimate students who can study here.”
Research suggests that as many as a third of the educational institutions in Britain, including some of the country’s finest, will recruit more students from outside Britain and the EU this year, continuing an already established trend. In the last ten years alone, the proportion of international students recruited to British universities has doubled. In fact, half of all students enrolled in postgraduate courses are now foreign. Read the rest of this entry »
InternationalStudent.com has launched their 8th Annual Travel Video Contest! Like in past years- the contest is open to students who would like to study outside their home country, as well as to students who are already studying abroad and would like to take a trip.
Eligible individuals can enter their short video into the contest from September 3rd through October 23rd. The finalists will be announced the week of October 28th and the winners will be announced the last day of International Education Week: November 15th.
One grand prize winner will receive $4,000 toward their travels abroad along with their very own blog to document the trip on InternationalStudent.com! Keep in mind that judges want to hear about more than where you want to go and why you need the financial help to get there. To be the 8th InternationalStudent.com Travel Video Contest winner you will need to tell your story in such a creative and original way that it’ll make the judges want to watch your video on repeat! Just keep in mind that your video must be less than 5 minutes and you must be over the age of 18. Read the rest of this entry »
According to a recent study by HSBC, Australia, the USA, and the UK are the three most expensive countries for international students. The study was done on data available on higher education in 13 countries around the world.
The UK was the third most expensive country overall, with annual fees of $19,291 and living costs of $10,177.
HSBC spokesperson Malik Sarwar commented, “”Those who wish to educate their children overseas need to consider more factors than simply tuition fees, such as living costs, exchange rates and inflation in their estimates of total costs. On average, living expenses can comprise at least a third of total costs and parents need to budget for travels back home during school holidays. As such, there is a need for parents to ensure their children’s education forms an important part of their financial planning.”
According to new research, international students in the UK are being charged up to four times as much for some degree courses than students from the UK. In some cases, international undergraduate students are being asked to pay up to £35,000 for their courses. Read the rest of this entry »
According to a recent study by HSBC Group, the United States is now the second most expensive country in the world for international students. The combined average cost of university fees and living expenses for international students in the US is over $35,000, and international students at Ivy League schools can expect to pay far more, with total costs running over $58,000.
In spite of the high cost, more and more international students are studying in the United States every year. According to the “2012 Open Doors Report” released by the Institute of International Education (IIE), in the 2011-2012 school year, international student enrollment at both colleges and graduate schools in the US increased. 764,321 international students in total were enrolled at a US institution, a 5.7% increase over 2010-2011.
A US education is likely an expensive endeavor for international students from any country. International students are not eligible for federal financial aid, scholarships are often limited, and some colleges charge additional international student fees on top of tuition. For these reasons, the majority of international student rely primarily on their own funds to study in the US. In 2011-2012, 486,524 international undergraduate and graduate students used personal or family funds as their primary monetary source—a 6.1% increase over those who did so in 2010-2011. Read the rest of this entry »
Thirty students planning to attend the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University have the chance to receive a merit scholarship ranging from $2,000 to $8,000 annually. International students from around the world who will be studying the arts, visual & performing at AIB are able to apply for this award by submitting the following along with their artistic portfolio after being accepted:
- Three letters of recommendation
- A creative assignment
- The school’s financial aid application Read the rest of this entry »
Are you an internatinal student that is up for a challenge? If so, the DO School has one for you! 20 fellows will be chosen by the DO School, those fellows will then compete in a challenge to create a sustainable to-go cup system and campaign. This challenge is to help come up with a solution to the millions of paper and plastic cups that are disposed of every day. Before being able to compete in the challenge, fellows will participate in the challenge lab where they will learn more about the impact of materials and packaging, recycling systems along with branding and campaigning.
International students around the world between the ages of 21 and 28 are able to apply for this fellowship before September 15th. Chosen fellows will have their DO School tuition cost for the one year program covered along with the ten-week incubation phase.
This challenge is through the collaboration of the DO School, New York City’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability along with content support from American Friends of Bucerius and PLASTICITY. Support comes from Newman’s Own Foundation and the Dekeyser&Friends Foundation.
You can find more information on the Sustainable Cup Challenge here.
Students who are interested in studying internationally have a lot of decisions to make before they can begin planning. The most important of these decisions is, obviously, what country to study in. A number of factors go into this decision, including area of study and any language barriers that might arise, but one extremely important factor is the issue of cost. As an international student on a budget, you must be very aware of costs such as tuition fees and living expenses in the country in which you are studying.
We will be doing a series on the most expensive places for international students to study, beginning with number one: Australia. According to a recent study by HSBC Bank which compared the combined cost of university fees and living expenses in major countries, Australia is the world’s most expensive country for international students to study. The typical annual cost for international students is $38,516 in Australia, $35,706 in the United States, $30,325 in the United Kingdom, and $26,011 in Canada—all of which are main competitors in international education. Read the rest of this entry »
In 1996 a group of women in pursuit of their MBA completed a project called “Changing the Shape of Business,” this project sparked the efforts to create a scholarship that would assist women who want to pursue their MBA but do not have the funds. The scholarship was then created by IMD with the support and financial funding from Nestle to grant one individual CHF 25,000.
The Nestle Scholarship is open annually to women around the world who are pursuing their MBA at IMD. Each candidates who applies will be evaluated by the IMD MBA Scholarship Committee and one award will be granted to an eligible individual who has been accepted into the IMD MBA program, has a financial need for assistance and submits a 750-word essay based upon the following: “Does Diversity in Management Impact the Bottom Line? If so, how?”