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 InternationalStudent.com. 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 InternationalStudent.com 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.
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.
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.
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 InternationalStudent.com 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 InternationalStudent.com. The InternationalStudent.com 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 InternationalStudent.com Travel Video Contest.
Get more information on how to enter the 10th Annual Travel Video Contest.
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.
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
- Antigua and Barbuda
- China, People’s Rep.
- Great Britain
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.
Would you write an essay for a chance to receive $3,000? If so, make sure you enter the DirectTextbook.com 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 DirectTextbook.com Essay Contest and see if you’re eligible to apply.
The world of international student loans can be confusing, especially if you’ve never obtained a loan and English is not your first language. Because of this, we’ve created a list of the top international student loan terms that you need to know and understand before you start the hunt for a loan.
Cosigner: A cosigner is someone who is joining the loan application with you. If you’re unable to repay your loan (yes, you must pay back what you’ve borrowed) the co-signer then takes over your repayment responsibility. To be a cosigner on your international student loan, they must be a US citizen or resident who has lived inside the US for the past two years and has good credit history. The better your cosigner’s credit history, the lower your APR will be.
Repayment Period: This refers to when you must start the re-paying of your loan and how often- something that will vary from one lender to the next. Check these terms, and know exactly when you will need to start paying back what you borrowed.
Interest Rate: An interest rate is the percentage of the amount borrowed that the lender can charge interest on to the borrower. The higher the interest rate, the more you must pay back in addition to what you borrowed. The interest rate will change depend on the market and can come in one of two categories: fixed and variable. A fixed interest rate is a rate that will remain the same from the time you agree to take out the loan to the last payment you make. A variable interest rate will fluctuate over time depending on the market, and can be more risky, depending on the market.
Annual Percentage Rate (APR): While looking at terms based around repayment, let’s discuss exactly what an APR is, and how it can affect what you must pay back to the lender. When comparing loans, you will want to compare the APR and look for the lowest rate possible- the lower the APR, the less you pay. One key item to keep in mind: the APR and interest rate are not the same. The APR will help give you a more accurate look at the total cost of the loan including the interest and fees. Don’t let a low interest rate trick you into thinking you’re getting a deal- also check the APR.
Credit score: A credit score is based upon credit history and given in a credit report which reflects a score between 300 and 850. Your cosigner’s credit score will be evaluated when you apply for a loan- the higher the credit score, the better your chance will be of getting approved and being able to receive a low APR.
If you would like to receive an international student loan, start comparing lenders that work with your school.
The Tanaka and Green Scholarship Program is open to students from the United States who will be studying inside Japan as a full time student. Students can be enrolled as a graduate or undergraduate student but must plan on returning to the United States after one semester or year in Japan.
There is not a specific degree program that you must pursue- however, all applicants must be a United States citizen or resident.
The deadline to apply for this scholarship is July 15th, up to six scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $5,000. This scholarship can be used for academic fees, room and board, travel and transportation and other approved expenses. To enter, students must ensure they meet the eligibility criteria and email all application items by the deadline.
This scholarship is through the Japan-America Society of Washington DC and are supported by the society’s H. William and Lily Tanaka Scholarship endowment and Marshal and Lispenard Green Educational Endowment. The Japan-American Society was established in 1957 by US State Department officers and individuals at the Japanese Embassy. Their goal was to “add a personal face to Washington’s official relationship with Japan and create a people-to-people organization.”
Get more information on the Tanaka and Green Scholarship Program to find out if you’re eligible to apply.