As an international in the US, employment opportunities are not easy to come by as many of you may have already seen if you are a current student. Finding a job is not only hard in general, but your visa status may restrict where you work, what type of work you can do, and how long you can work for.
All hope is not lost, though! Many schools across the US will allow you to work right on campus up to 20 hours a week if you hold a F-1 visa. It’s important to discuss your employment options with your international student advisor before securing any type of position.
To help you on your way, we have given you 5 ways to land a job on campus:
- Get chummy with offices on campus – Depending on your school size, there may not be a central hiring office for student jobs. The best way to find out if opportunities exist is to talk to each office and see if they are hiring. Dress professionally, bring a resume, and have a smile!
- Say hi to the career center – You will want to talk to your career center on campus and provide you with information about your school’s on campus positions. Since you’re there, they may even be able to look over your resume and cover letter, and give you a mock interview!
- Talk to your international student advisor – International student advisors can be a great resource to help navigate working in the US. Talk to them and find out what options are available for you to work on campus.
- Put extra effort into your classes – There are many on campus jobs where you can act as a teaching assistant (TA) or a research assistant for your professor. While in your classes, make sure you go the extra mile and make an extra effort to build a rapport.
- Browse your school’s job posts – Many schools have a job portal that lists all of the available jobs on campus. Be sure to check these out and submit an application. This can be a great way to get the dialogue going. Job openings can also be listed on flyers posted around campus so keep your eyes peeled!
For international students studying in the United States, the most difficult part of the process is funding. Tuition in the US can be extremely costly, particularly for international students, and many students let this fact discourage them from pursuing a US education. Don’t be one of these students! There are several ways to finance a US education. One of the best ways is through scholarships.
Scholarships grant students the money needed to finance their educations, and are provided by businesses, organizations, or schools to students for academic or other achievements.
When applying for a scholarship, you will generally be required to fill out an application detailing your personal and academic information, as well as write an essay on a particular subject.
We’ve collected a short list of tips to help you complete the best application so that you can improve your scholarship chances.
1. Actually Apply.
It seems too obvious to even mention, but many international students don’t apply for scholarships because they don’t want to spend the time the process requires, they don’t know there are scholarships available to them, or because they don’t think they have a chance. Don’t make this mistake!
2. Be a Leader.
Many scholarship foundations are seeking individuals with strong leadership abilities. International students may not be used to the American emphasis on leadership, and will need to seek out ways to develop and demonstrate leadership skills. Look for opportunities to volunteer for a leadership position in organizations or clubs on your campus. Many US schools offer campus workshops, leadership programs, and activities that help students develop their skills as a leader.
3. Brush Up On Your Writing Skills.
The scholarship essay is the most important aspect of your application; it allows you the opportunity to give the organization an idea of who you really are. Writing styles tend to differ from country to country, so international students should know that US committees will expect objective, structured essays that get straight to the point. Stick to the topic at hand, double check your grammar, and edit thoroughly. It may be a good idea to have your American friends proofread your essay; they may be able to point out aspects you have missed.
High school students who want a challenge won’t want to miss this opportunity! High school and secondary students around the world are able to participate in the New School Competition for the shot at receiving a full scholarship to the New School- worth $160,000! Here are the steps to enter the New School Competition:
Step 1: Register- Before the competition begins, you must first sign up!
Step 2: The New School Quiz- Show how much you know about the New School and New York City.
Step 3: Logical Reasoning Test- It’s time to give your brain a work out, with a few multiple-choice questions.
Step 4: Select Your School- Do your research to find which school you love and want to attend:
- Parsons The New School for Design
- Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
- Mannes College The New School for Music
- The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music
- The New School for Drama
Step 5: School Specific Quiz- Answer a few questions on the school and field of study of your choice.
Step 6: Creative Case & Short Motivational Statement- Upload your creative video and motivational statement. Imagination is key for this step.
Step 7: Share on Facebook- Share your entry on Facebook and get recommendations from friends.
Step 8: Apply- Apply to the New School program of your choice by February 1st.
Get more details on how to apply for the New School Competition for the chance at a full scholarship, partial scholarship or iPad Mini!
Exception students at the Global College Malta now have the opportunity to receive financial assistance through the Merit and Motivation Scholarship. This award is not limited to international students from a specific country or who are pursuing a specific degree program. However, the amount awarded will vary depending on what you are studying. The award amounts are as follow:
- The Foundation Course in Management with English: Up to €4000
- BA in Management: Up to €4000
- MBA: Up to €6000
International students must be enrolled at the Global College Malta to be eligible to apply for this award. Those who are interested in applying must send in the following before January:
- Transcript of Records
- CV (Resume)
- A motivation letter
- Two letters of recommendation
This award will be granted to exceptional international students who stand out amongst the crowd. Those who apply will be evaluated based upon their transcript, achievements outside education and motivation behind studying at Global College Malta.
If interested in this award, you can find more information on the Merit and Motivation Scholarship here.
This week is a very important week in International Higher Education as it is International Education Week – and thus the week in which the Open Doors Report 2013 is released. In this report are facts and figures that show trends and changes with international students.
As we continue to sift through the data, we were of course especially interested to see what are the Primary Sources of Funding in 2013. As it comes to many as no surprised, the overwhelming majority of international students (63%) reported that their financial support was primarily covered by their own savings or with the help of their family. As a distant second, 20.7% of students said that US colleges and universities were their primary financial support.
In reviewing this data compared to last year, however, the majority of the increase in funding is coming from the U.S. and Foreign Governments. For those of you who have their finger on the pulse of international higher education, it comes as no surprise.
Saudi Arabia had a 30 percent increase in the number of international students in the US compared to last year. This brought the grand total of Saudi students to 45,000 in the US during the 2012-2013 academic term. The bulk of these students are finding their financial support through the Saudi government scholarship program which has given many students the opportunity to get their degree in the US.
Also seeing a spike in international students to the US is Kuwait, who has a governmental scholarship program that helped contributed to the 37 percent spike of Kuwaiti students in the US. This makes the grand total of Kuwaiti students at 5,100 – boosting them up to the top 25 sending countries.
That’s not all, Brazil also saw a 20 percent increase compared to last year, where the majority of the 10,900 Brazilian students are being supported on the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program that has also given students the opportunity to pursue their undergraduate degree in the USA.
Interested in seeing the data? Check out the Open Doors Report and let us know your thoughts.
Dan Beaudry is the former head of campus recruiting at Monster.com and former associate director of corporate recruiting at the Boston University School of Management. On October 10, Beaudry presented “How International Students Can Find Employment in the US” to students at Drexel University, and shared his knowledge of the job search system which he has used to help international students.
Drawing on his own experience, Beaudry shared innovative networking ideas that are valuable for both international and American students. For many international students, the word “networking” is an intimidating term that begins following them the moment they set foot on campus, evoking images of overwhelming career fairs at which they find themselves jockeying with dozens of other students for the recruiters’ attention.
This association can prove especially daunting for international students. After all, how are international students supposed to compete with their American peers when they are often conversing in their second or third language? According to Beaudry, you may not have to.
Maroon Global Excellence Scholarship
Deadline: December 16
Non-US citizens pursuing or who plan to pursue a degree at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities now have the chance to receive one of 70 awards in the amount of $12,500 to help fund their education through the Maroon Global Excellent Scholarship.
This scholarship is awarded based upon academic merit and does not require an additional application form. All freshmen and transfer student applicants who qualify will automatically be entered into the pool of candidates. Students selected for this scholarship are typically academic- focused individuals who rank in the top percent of their class. This award is not limited to individual in a certain field and will be dispersed over a four year bachelor degree program, equaling approximately $3,125 each year.
The University of Minnesota has multiple campus locations and encourage incoming international students to find one that will best meet their needs, including when it comes to financial aid.
If you would like more information on the Maroon Global Excellence Scholarship you can visit here.
When it comes to numbers of international students, the United States and United Kingdom top the list, with Australia at a rapidly climbing third place. However, a fourth country is attracting more and more international students every year: China. If you are considering studying internationally, you might consider China for your list of potential host countries.
On Thursday, October 24, the Ministry of Education reported that in 2012, a total of 328,330 international students hailing from 200 countries and regions studied in China. This number is up 12.2% from 2011, according to the ministry. The ministry continues to work to attract more international students to China; the director of the ministry’s international division, Zhang Xiuqin, said that “We plan to attract 500,000 overseas students by 2020, which will make us the largest receiver of international students in Asia.”
One method of encouraging international students to study in Asia is by offering scholarships to students who otherwise may not be able to study internationally. Last year, the Chinese government provided scholarships to 28,700 international students, according to Zhang. These students studies in the country’s 690 universities and research institutions, as well as other educational organizations. Read the rest of this entry »
KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm is hosting the KTH Master’s Challenge! The competition is open to those who have been accepted/will be into their chosen KTH Royal Institute program at the time of entry. For each master’s program there will be a first, second and third place prize awarded. The awards are as follows:
First: A full scholarship for one of the three programs at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, a VIP invitation to the prize ceremony in India- domestic travel and lodging expenses covered, a winner’s certificate and the university application fee waived.
Second and Third: A VIP invitation to the prize ceremony- with domestic travel and lodging expenses covered, a winner’s certificate and the university application fee waived.
Winners may also receive additional prizes from ABB- including work projects and a cash prize.
To enter the competition, follow the steps:
- Sign up to enter
- Take the short IQ quiz
- Take a short quiz on Sweden-India relations, Swedish innovation and KTH
- Choose your program
- Take a short quiz based upon your chosen program
- Write a personal statement
Each step must be completed by November 12th, the winners will be announced December 18th and the prize ceremony will follow in January.
Find more information on the KTH Master’s Challenge and how to apply here.
DO School fellows who are looking for a challenge, experience, and to save some cash, here’s one that you might want to check out. The DO School and H&M have teamed up to establish this challenge, to help the push toward creating stores that are sustainable in terms of materials, construction, energy and operation. The Green Store Challenge will allow fellows to create a green store prototype that is scalable to H&M stores world-wide.
Fellows will have the opportunity to first connect with leading experts on various environmental aspects relating to the construction and operation of stores, including construction materials, recycling systems and sustainable interior design. Fellows will then conduct research to ensure they firmly grasp the vision that H&M has when it comes to finding a sustainable design and operation.
Individuals at the DO school between the ages of 18 and 28, from around the world are able to apply to participate in this challenge. Twenty fellows will be selected to participate in the Green Store Challenge and receive a scholarship to cover the cost of tuition. Each of the fellows will live and work together during the 10 week incubation phase. After this, fellows will return home and begin the 10 month implementation phase of the program through an online platform.
You can find more on the Green Store Challenge and how to apply here.