The Sustainable Cup Challenge

August 30th, 2013 by Jonathan Frankel

cupsatdesk76038288Fellowship Opportunity: The Sustainable Cup Challenge
Deadline: September 15

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.


Most Expensive Countries for International Students: Australia

August 23rd, 2013 by Jennifer Frankel

australia164473953Students 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 »


Nestle Scholarship for Women

August 22nd, 2013 by Jonathan Frankel

womenstudents169281268Nestle Scholarship for Women
Deadline: September 30

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?”

If you would like more information on the Nestle Scholarship for Women and how to apply before September 30th, you can find more here.


Funding Your Education in the US

August 16th, 2013 by Jennifer Frankel

As an international student in the US, chances are you have to worry more about funding your education in the US than your domestic peers do. Because international students do not qualify for federal loans and often have to pay out of state tuition at state colleges, they generally end up paying more for their education than US students.

This infographic seeks to help international students explore their options when it comes to funding their education in the US. Renata and Cristian are both international students, one at a private university, the other at a community college. Like 63% of international students, each primarily rely on personal and family support to pay for their education. However, when something comes up, they both have to find different ways to support themselves.

We hope that this infographic will prove helpful to you as you learn about your different funding options. With the right combination of financial aid, we are certain that you will be able to afford your US education.

Click the infographic above to zoom in.

Interested in applying for international student loans? Find your loans now.


$40K Give Away Scholarship

August 15th, 2013 by Jonathan Frankel

cash78394716$40K Give Away Scholarship
Deadline: September 30

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.


5 Things International Students Should Do Upon Arrival in the US

August 9th, 2013 by Jennifer Frankel

college_avenue_100269512When 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).

Call Home

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.


Hobsons’ Virtual Student Fair

August 9th, 2013 by Jonathan Frankel

videochatIAG_025Hobsons’ Virtual Student Fair
Deadline: Variable

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.

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!


International Student Essay Contest

August 1st, 2013 by Jonathan Frankel

safari92850193Internationational Student Essay Contest
Deadline: September 1

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:

  1. Visit the International Student Essay Contest listing for more information
  2. Follow the link in the listing to the contest application
  3. Complete the form and submit your essay
  4. 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.