Fordham Business Challenge

November 29th, 2012 by Jonathan Frankel

Fordham Business Challenge
Deadline: February 1

Do you dream of being an international student in New York? If so, now is your chance to become one and have tuition assistance! Fordham University in New York has launched their Fordham Business Challenge! They have over $500,000 in scholarships to give to students who qualify.

The Fordham Business Challenge is available to students in the following Master of Science programs:

  • Quantitative Finance
  • Global Finance
  • Marketing Intelligence
  • Business Analytics
  • Media Entrepreneurship
  • Investor Relations
  • Global Management
  • Business Enterprise

Eligible students include those who are undergraduate seniors, recent university graduates and young professionals worldwide and plan to study at the Fordham University Graduate School of Business Administration in one of the programs listed above. Students have the chance to win one of eight half-tuition awards or one of eight full tuition awards.

If you would like to learn more about you can enter the Fordham Business Challenge visit here.

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International Student Recruitment is on the Rise

November 27th, 2012 by Jennifer Frankel

One obstacle faced by many international students is the small number of non-US students who are accepted to US universities each year. Even if you are a great student with excellent grades and references, you might be rejected simply because the school you applied to had already accepted as many international students as it is willing to take.

Luckily, this problem appears to be getting much better. Driven partially by a need for increased funds, along with an interest in promoting diversity in their campuses, international student recruitment is on the rise in the US. This is especially true in the midwest. In Indiana University, for example, international students have gone from less than 100 to over 2000 attending students in just five years. This news comes despite college enrollment leveling out overall, and it is a trend that will hopefully continue into the future.

Those most benefited by this increase have been Chinese students, who are currently the largest demographic of international students in the US. There have been increases with many other demographics as well, such as students from South Korea, India, Saudi Arabia and many more countries.

Because international student recruitment is on the rise, your chances are higher now than ever to get accepted into your school of choice! Even if you don’t get into an ivy league college, many international students have been attending lesser known state schools. These colleges, while not as well know, can still give students an amazing education.

When international student recruitment is on the rise it benefits everyone. This includes the international students who are getting the best possible education just as much as the US students who are able to learn from the diversity of cultures at the school! If you are interested in applying, please check out our scholarship page where you can get financial help in your studies abroad!

* Woman with chart picture is thanks to Shutterstock.

Wesleyan Freeman Asian Scholarship

November 22nd, 2012 by Jonathan Frankel

Wesleyan Freeman Asian Scholarship
Deadline: January 1

The Wesleyan Freeman Asian Scholarship gives new international students from designated countries throughout Asia the opportunity to study at Wesleyan University with the relief of financial assistance. Through this scholarship, there are 11 awards available to students from the following countries: China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

New international students from one of the above Asian countries will need to submit their application by January 1 to apply for this award. This scholarship is valued at approximately $35,000 and can be applied towards a four-year bachelor’s degree at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. When determining the awardee, preference will be given to those who are unable to study in the United States without the financial assistance of this award and who will be returning to their home country after obtaining their degree.

The Wesleyan Freeman Asian Scholarship was created to promote cultural understanding and relations between the United States and Pacific region and is sponsored by the Wesleyan University and Freeman Foundation.

If you would like further information about the Wesleyan Freeman Asian Scholarship or to apply, you can find out more here.

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How to Organize a Winter Vacation Trip on a Budget

November 19th, 2012 by Jennifer Frankel

Winter is in the air and that means spring semester will be over shortly. With all of the free time between semesters, many international students use their winter breaks as an excuse to travel the country!

Depending on where you are studying and what your opinion of cold weather is, winter vacation can be a great time to travel north to some snow covered destination, or to head south to escape from the cold as quickly as possible. No matter what you choose, if money is an issue then you are going to want to know how to organize a winter vacation trip on a budget.

The first thing you will need to do to keep your costs low is plan ahead. If you wait until last minute to decide where you are going things can get confused and messy real quick. Not only that, but if you plan on flying anywhere then your tickets may be more expensive than if you bought them ahead of time.

Now that you’ve planned ahead and decided where you want to go, the next step on how to organize a winter vacation trip on a budget is to find things to do that are cheap but still fun. Of course it would be great to stay in five star hotels and eat at the fanciest, most expensive restaurants, but not everybody can afford such luxuries. Luckily, there are all kinds of ways to cut costs. There are all sorts of websites that compare the prices of hotel rooms and offer user reviews from people who have stayed in the past. The same goes for local food. If you’re looking for a great place to eat while you are traveling, don’t trust tourist guides or advertisements. Go online and see what people have to say about the place first!

You’re going to want to do more than eat and sleep when you travel. No matter where you decide to visit, there are always fun and, more importantly, affordable things to do. Museums are often free or cheap, and so are historical tours and other educational exhibits. If you decided to head south you might even consider the beach. Miami, for example, can stay around the high 60s and low 70s all through winter.

If you’re interested on how to organize a winter vacation trip on a budget, the amount of ways to save money is only limited by your creativity and willingness to look for the best deals online.

For more information, check out the Student Travel Center.

*Winter Landscape picture thanks to Shutterstock

GotScholarship: 40k to Give Away

November 15th, 2012 by Jonathan Frankel

GotScholarship: 40k to Give Away
Deadline: March 15

Could you use $40,000 to put toward your education? GotChosen is now accepting applications for their second GotScholarship: 40k to Give Away. Even if your studies are complete but you have student debt to pay off, you are still eligible to apply.

Those who are over the age of 18 can apply for this scholarship right online if they are residents of the United States, Canada, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico. What does it take to apply for the GotScholarship? All you need to do is create a user account and click “apply.” You will automatically be entered into the drawing. Students do not need to submit an essay or record of academic achievement as the winner will be selected at random.

To increase the chance of being chosen to receive this award, students are able to recruit sponsors for more entries. Sponsors simply need to sign up and state who they wish to sponsor. There is not a limit to the amount of sponsors a student is able to have.

GotChosen is trying to change the financial future for students both nationally and internationally by offering their GotScholarship: 40k to Give Away.

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Must See US Landmarks

November 12th, 2012 by Jennifer Frankel

Despite its relatively young age, the US is full of amazing and often awe inspiring historical landmarks and natural wonders. If you are an international students with some extra time and money, you owe it to yourself to travel and take in some of the sights that the country has to offer. Whether you are just driving a couple of hours to see something local, or doing a full on tour of America, there are hundreds landmarks and natural wonders that you should definitely try to visit.

Mount Rushmore
Jutting out of the side of a mountain in South Dakota are the faces of four former US presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. If you are anywhere near Mount Rushmore you should definitely take a trip out there – it definitely one of the must see US landmarks. Fun fact: Mount Rushmore was supposed to feature the entire bodies of the US presidents that it depicts, however construction was forced to stop in 1944 due to lack of funding.

Grand Canyon
If you are more into natural wonders than man made ones, then the Grand Canyon in Arizona should be on your list of must see US landmarks. Carved by the Colorado River over millions of years, the Grand Canyon can only be described as “awe inspiring”. The canyon is almost 300 miles long and almost 20 miles wide at its widest.

Niagara Falls
Another natural landmark, Niagara Falls is a set of three waterfalls that border the US and Canada. If you want to see them from the US, you will have to travel up north to New York. The waterfalls are more than just something nice to look at too – they also provide hydroelectric energy to the population of New York State.

Washington DC
Washington DC, while not a landmark in and of itself, is filled with dozens of must see US landmarks. As the political capital of the US, Washington DC is home to the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, countless museums and, of course, the White House. Any international student interested in US history or modern politics should take some time to visit Washington DC.

* Photo of Mount Rushmore courtesy of Shutterstock

Apprentice Ecologist Initiative Scholarship

November 8th, 2012 by Jonathan Frankel

Apprentice Ecologist Initiative Scholarship
Deadline: December 31

The Apprentice Ecologist Initiative Scholarship has been motivating youth around the world to take initiative in cleaning up the environment since 1999. This initiative is sponsored by Nicodemus Wilderness Project and is officially recognized by the U.S. EPA. Individuals between the ages of 13 and 21 are able to create and conduct their own project based upon environmental clean-up and conservation.

Individuals can become an ecologist apprentice and be considered for the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative Scholarship by completing the following:

  • Conduct an environmental stewardship project
  • Write an essay about your project
  • Register and submit your essay along with your project in action photo

This award will grant 3 individuals an $850 scholarship to be used towards tuition fees, books and other supplies needed for educational courses.

Find out more on how to register for the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative Scholarship here.

*Glass globe in hand photo courtesy of Shutterstock

US Tuition Increase

November 5th, 2012 by Jennifer Frankel

It is no secret that going to college in the US can be expensive. Not only is the cost of living higher here than many other countries, but college tuition has also increased more than inflation every year for over a decade. Unfortunately, the US tuition increase is a trend that does not seem to be going away anytime soon. So what does this mean for you as an international student?

Most US universities require that prospective international students prove they have enough money to pay for classes and living expenses before accepting them as students. With tuition increasing, the amount you will have to raise will be higher, making it harder for many students to attend school. Fortunately, there are things you can do to mitigate the effects of US tuition increase.

Scholarships are a great way to ease the financial burden of school. To apply for scholarships you typically need to write an essay explaining why you are a good candidate and fill out some basic paperwork stating who you are and where you’re from. If you are in need of financial assistance, scholarships can really make the difference between having enough money and not having enough money to attend your school of choice.

Another way to help ease the increasing financial burden of studying in the US is to apply for student loans. Unlike scholarships, you will have to pay these back after you graduate, but luckily you’ll be much more likely to land a well paying job at that point.

Because the cost of US tuition increases each year, scholarships and loans are now more important than ever. Thanks to these two options, people who would otherwise be unable to attend college in the US now have a chance to go to any school in the US!

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Sir Patrick Stewart Scholarship

November 1st, 2012 by Jonathan Frankel

Sir Patrick Stewart Scholarship
Deadline: July 31

Are you a United States or Canadian citizen looking for a school to study at in the United Kingdom that offers tuition assistance? If so, the University of Huddersfield is now offering their students from the US and Canada the Sir Patrick Stewart Scholarship in the amount of 4,000GBP to be put towards school fees. Students must be self-funded only and can’t have any other scholarships through the University of Huddersfield.

There is not an additional application entry required for the Sir Patrick Stewart Scholarship, international students at the University of Huddersfield from the US and Canada are automatically entered when admitted into the institution. This award is open during each semester throughout the year and to those from all degree fields.

Find out more about the Sir Patrick Stewart Scholarship today.

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