The GotScholarship $40K Giveaway is back! For the third year GotChosen is hosting a scholarship for international students to have the chance to win financial assistance toward their education. This award is open to students pursuing any area of study and will cover educational expenses including tuition, books and other educational supplies/equipment.
To apply for this $40,000 award, individuals must be at least 18 years old and must complete the registration form. After signing up, students are able to apply for this award by either selecting the “apply” button on the $40K Give Away Scholarship page, or by mailing in a written request.
After registration, individuals can increase their chance at winning the $40K by gaining sponsors. A sponsor is an individual who registers and agrees to sponsor the individual who invited them- this does not require a purchase. The more sponsors you gain means the more entries you will obtain, thus increasing your chance at winning the $40K!
The deadline to apply for this award and gain as many sponsors as possible is September 30th. The winner will be announced October 31st.
To learn more about or to apply for the $40K Give Away Scholarship you can visit here.
When you arrive in the US for the first time, you may feel that you have a million things to get done right away. While starting school is exciting, it can also be extremely overwhelming. To help you combat this feeling, here are 5 things international students should do upon arrival in the US to keep busy and relatively stress-free:
Exchange Your Currency
First things first, get some money changed. Ideally you should do this before you begin your trip to the US. Because it will likely take days or even a week to set up a US bank account, and your credit and debit cards will likely charge extra fees if you use them overseas, one of the first things you should do is make sure you have a couple hundred dollars in cash on you.
You can exchange your money at one of the airport bureaus. This way you will be ready if you need to take a bus, train, or taxi to get to your campus (although most forms of transportation in the US accept credit cards or debit cards).
This serves a double purpose: calling home lets your friends and family know you’ve arrived safe and sound, and also helps with any homesickness you might be experiencing. Being in an unfamiliar country on your own and for the first time can be extremely intimidating. Calling home and hearing familiar voices can be a good way to help you feel less alone.
Explore Your New Home
Once you make it home, you’ll likely be faced with the overwhelming task of unpacking. Before you undertake this, try going out for a walk. You will probably be cramped from your long journey, and taking a walk is a great way to stretch your body while getting to know your new surroundings.
Don’t Give In to Jetlag
One of the first things you will want to do when you arrive in the US is sleep—don’t! The longer you can keep yourself awake that first night, the quicker you will fall back into a regular sleeping pattern. Additionally, make sure you eat your meals at the proper time, and keep busy throughout the evening. This will help ensure that you don’t lie awake all night.
Meet New People
The first person you meet upon your arrival will probably be your roommate. You should also take it upon yourself to go out and introduce yourself to a neighbor or housemate. When you’re unpacking or relaxing in your dorm room, keep your door open. That way, anyone who passes by can introduce themselves. Having new friends even before you start orientation is the best way to make you feel at home right away.
Students who are looking for a scholarship and a school to attend as an international student are in luck since the Hobsons’ Virtual Student Fair is just around the corner. There, students can chat live with US school representatives and current international students at schools throughout the US. Student are able to have all of their questions answered right away and receive further information on how to apply to the school of their interest. As a bonus, those who attend the fair are entered for a chance to win $3000 in scholarships.
Last year spots filled up quick as thousands of international students signed up to attend the fair. If you would like to attend the fair, the date and time will vary depending on your citizenship. Find your home region below, then follow the link and sign up to attend the Hobsons’ Virtual Student Fair to chat with US schools live and a chance to win a scholarship.
- Africa & Middle East: September 7th @ 10am- 4pm EST
- Latin America: September 14th @ 12pm-6pm EST
- Asia: September 28th @3pm-9am EST
If you would like to attend the online fair, you are able to register now to reserve your spot for a chance to chat with US schools and win a portion of the $3000 in scholarships available!
If you’ve been applying to every scholarship opportunity that comes your way and still need more awards to apply for, you’re in luck! The International Student Essay Contest launches today and will allow you to create an award-winning essay about either your study abroad experience or that of a friend or family member. Traveling abroad, especially to study, gives an individual a number of great stories and International Student wants to hear yours.
Essays must be submitted before September 1 and be between 300 and 500 words. To submit your essay, follow these simple steps:
- Visit the International Student Essay Contest listing for more information
- Follow the link in the listing to the contest application
- Complete the form and submit your essay
- Visit and like the International Student Facebook page for updates on the contest
Three individuals will receive first, second or third place and be awarded a gift card of their choice in the following amounts:
- First Place: $200
- Second Place: $75
- Third Place: $25
Plus, the winning essays, along with a short bio of each winner, will be placed on the InternationalStudent.com site for millions of visitors to enjoy.
Find out more about the International Student Essay Contest and how to enter to win the $200 prize.
If you are going to be studying overseas for the new school year, you are probably getting ready for your upcoming transcontinental flight. With many new airline regulations and low budget carriers, you may find that you are coming out of pocket on additional perks that you never considered you had to pay. We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 ways to save money when flying internationally.
- Shop around. The price of similar flights can vary dramatically between airlines; make sure that you research the prices on as many carriers as possible before purchasing your tickets. You can do this by searching each airline’s website individually, or by utilizing travel sites such as Orbitz, Travelocity, or Kayak. You can also shop around at different airports; the airport closest to your house might not offer the lowest airfare prices, and the difference in price may more than make up for the cost of any additional transportation you need to get to a slightly further airport.
- Know when to buy. Timing is everything when it comes to purchasing airline tickets. Airline rates change daily—sometimes hourly—and it can be hard to know when you should buy. Luckily for you, there are trends in airline prices that you can take advantage of. Generally speaking, fares are highest from eight to ten weeks and two to three weeks in advance. Try to purchase your tickets around four to six weeks before you plan to travel. You should also try to avoid shopping for tickets on the weekends; airlines generally announce sales in the middle of the week, so keep an eye out for good deals on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
- Know when to fly. The time of year, day of the week, and the time of day all affect the cost of your airline ticket. Flying at the perfect time can actually save you hundreds of dollars. Many destinations have a high season, with elevated visitation and expensive airfare, and a low season, with more moderate visitation and cheaper airfare. Most experts advise travelers to try to book flights for the time period between the two seasons—the shoulder season—when the weather is still nice and the price of tickets has begun to come down. However, as an international student, you don’t have the luxury of a lot of leeway when it comes to the time of your travels; you’re pretty much dictated by the timing of your program. You can, however, choose which day and what time you want to fly out. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday are generally the cheapest days of the week to fly, and you might consider purchasing a ticket for a red-eye flight. These flights take off and land in the early hours of the morning, and are significantly discounted because of the inconvenient time.
- Be aware of baggage fees. More and more airlines are increasing the cost of baggage fees. To avoid these costs, try booking flights with airlines that allow one or two bags free of charge, such as JetBlue or Southwest. If you do have to pay a baggage fee, make sure you don’t pay more than you need to by making sure that your bag meets the size and weight requirements set by the airline. This way, you can avoid overweight and oversized luggage fees. Additionally, try fitting as much as you can into your carry-on luggage (as long as it doesn’t exceed the weight and size limit).
- Research any other fees. When shopping for airline tickets, remember that the first price you see may not be the price you will end up paying. Often you will find that there are a number of taxes and fees that are not reflected in this initial price, so you need to look for any additional charges when you’re researching airfare. Some of these taxes and fees are mandatory and are tacked on to the price of every ticket. However, airlines are not always upfront about these additional costs.
International Student Voice Magazine is granting one international student from anywhere around the world (except the US and Canada) a $750 scholarship to fund their college or university studies inside the US or Canada. To apply for this award, you will need to have an F1 or J1 visa and complete a 200 word essay based upon both of the following questions:
- What do you consider to be the biggest challenge international students face while studying in the United States and why?
- How will this scholarship help you achieve your long-term goal(s)?
The essay needs to be submitted with at least one photograph. Along with submitting an essay you must also follow the social media entry requirements. The scholarship application and essay can be submitted directly from the International Student Voice Magazine scholarship page, there is also additional information regarding how to enter this scholarship along with a sample essay.
Between August 12 and August 16 the finalists for the International Student Voice Magazine scholarship will be announced. The grand prize winner will be announced August 19.
If you would like more information on the International Student Voice Magazine scholarship and how to apply, you can visit here.
Recent reports have come in this month that students are receiving incoming calls – mostly from the emergency 911 number – where either a man or woman will inform the student that they have committed a federal offense and will need to take immediate action. Some students reported that they were advised about an outstanding arrest warrant since they owe money to the US government.
The hoax tells students to pay the owed money to avoid prosecution by calling the phone number 202-470-6070. Students are informed that they need to act immediately in order to avoid further prosecution. In some reports, they threatened that the police would arrive at their front door if they did not pay immediately.
If you, or someone you know, gets a call similar to this hang up immediately and call the police. When in doubt, you can also call your local police station and school. If you are unsure, be sure to stay calm! It’s highly unlikely that any governmental agency will contact you by phone.
- Ask what the call is about.
- Request the full name of the agent and their ID number.
- Get their direct line to call them back at. Remember, any threats like this are highly unlikely!
- Call your international student advisor immediately with any information you have.
It’s important to know that you should never give out our:
- Your social security number
- Your banking information
- Your credit or debit card information
For more details, check out reports from other students here.
This week, new economic data was released by NAFSA that found 764,495 international students contributed $21.8 billion dollars to the US economy and supported approximately 300,000 jobs. In a time when the US economy is recovering from the Great Depression, it is no wonder why an importance has been placed on international education worldwide.
The study also found that for every 7 enrolled international students, 3 US jobs were created in a number of industries including in higher education, accommodations, dining, retail, health insurance, telecommunication, and transportation. This comes as good news as enrollment for international students has been increasing year after year for the last three year, with a 6.5% increase in overall international student enrollments over the 2010-2011 academic year.
The press release by NAFSA shows the economic implication of opening the doors to allow international students and scholars to study and pursue further opportunities after graduation in the United States. Currently, the US immigration system requires international students and scholars to return to their home country upon completion of their program.
While there are some opportunities available to employers to help switch their visa from an international student F1 visa (international student visa) to an H1B visa (work visa), this remains a complicated, difficult and expensive process. With limited opportunities upon graduation, many international students are looking elsewhere to pursue their higher education dreams.
In fact, according to the same report, the overall share of international students studying in the US decreased by 10%. The findings from the report says that immigration reform can further enhance the economic benefits for the United States as well as allow students looking to pursue employment post graduation.
Calling all women around the world who are interested in the field of aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering! The Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship Program is now open for applications. Each year 35 individuals are awarded this fellowship grant in the amount of $10,000 to pursue the study of aerospace.
To be eligible, applicants must have a record of academic excellence and be pursuing a doctoral/Ph.D. degree- post doctoral women are not eligible. Those who are current fellows are able to re-apply for the fellowship, however, they must proceed through a new application process.
The fellowship committee will review each application and recommend a select few finalists to the Zonta International Board of Directors who will then determine the fellowship awardees. Applications must be postmarked by November 15 and applicants will be notified of their status in April.
The Amelia Earhart Fellowship was established in 1938 by the Zonta International Foundation in honor of Amelia Earhart, it has since awarded 1,403 students this fellowship equaling a total of $8.3 million.
If you are interested in pursuing the aerospace industry and would like more information on how to apply for the Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship Program, visit here.
When moving to another country for a semester or year there are always unexpected expenses that arise, but the most important element to studying abroad is knowing where you will be living. The cost of housing while you are abroad will depend on the type of residence you choose and what your available budget is after paying for airfare and your program. When studying abroad one of the most expensive costs can be where you live, so make sure you consider your options and do the budgeting for overseas housing. Normally you have the option to live with a host family, live in student housing, or find your own apartment. In order to appropriately budget for your housing expenses it is important to consider all the possible costs. Here’s a quick guide to help you consider the expenses that come with each option:
Living with a host family
Often times if you choose to live with a host family, it is organized through your study abroad program. If it is organized through the program then you are usually expected to pay this before you arrive as part of the program’s cost of attendance. Taking care of this before you arrive means that you will not have to worry about paying rent on a monthly basis. Generally living with a host family also means that you will be provided with a room and meals. Because you will be receiving meals on a daily basis, buying your own groceries is not an expense that you will need to consider. Normally, families will provide you with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but any type of snack or special food outside of this will be paid out of your own pocket.
Living in student housing
Living in student housing is similar to living with a host family since you generally pay the amount upfront so monthly rent is not a concern. Student housing can differ from university to university so it is important to find out what type of residence they offer. There are some facilities that provide students with a kitchen and others that do not. Normally housing that does not have kitchens provide access to a campus dining hall. If you are living in student housing without a kitchen your food budget will depend on whether you have the option to purchase a meal plan or pay on a day to day basis. If you have a kitchen then groceries will be an expense. For those who are not quite ready to be chefs in the kitchen, will have to budget for eating out which often times is more expensive.
Finding your own apartment
If your program does not provide either a family stay or residence hall, or if you just prefer to live on your own, moving into a privately owned apartment always comes with more expenses. In some countries, such as Spain, it is common that apartments come furnished. However, in the U.S. this is not the case and apartments that come furnished tend to be quite expensive. It is important to do some research on this, in order to know whether furnishing your apartment with a bed, a desk, etc. will be part of your expenses. Another essential thing to consider is that you budget enough money to be able to pay the first month’s rent and a deposit, which is usually the same amount as the rent. Other expenses can include monthly or bimonthly bills for internet, water, gas, and electric.
>> Want to learn more about apartment costs? Check out Costs to Consider When Changing Apartments