If you’ve been wondering what happened with the InternaionalStudent Video Contest, the wait is over! InternationalStudent has just revealed who the lucky final winners are. Like every year, the quality, creativity and originality of the videos surprised the judges and although it was not an easy decision, the three final winners were selected.
The $4,000 Grand Prize Winner: Dini Restyanti with “Finding My Ikigai”
Dini displays her great talent for animation through this video! Her skills have impressed us all and we are sure that she soon will find her “Ikigai”, which in Japanese means: “a reason to wake up in the morning”.Congratulations, Dini!
Second Place Winner: Laura Reyes with “Drawing My Trip”
Laura has always dreamed of becoming a recognized producer. She creates and displays the emotions of people through her work. In order to achieve this, a great deal of effort is involved, but to become a master in her field, Laura believes she needs the best possible education and must move to Los Angeles!
Third Place Winner: Eliel Freer-Sullivan with “New York, New York, My American Dream”
Eliel is a great Brazilian composer and singer who decided to tell us his story with a song that not only shows us that he is a brilliant composer, but also that he has an incredible voice!
Congratulations to the final winners who more than deserved these awards! Feeling like you missed out? Not to worry! Remember that the contest takes place every year, so it’s never too soon to gear up for our next contest!
East Tennessee State University
Deadline: January 2nd
If you are a new international student at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) or if you are planning to apply to ETSU, we have great news for you! The International Students Academic Merit Scholarship is open to new international students seeking a graduate or undergraduate degree.
What is it about?
The scholarship covers 50 percent of total in and out-of-state tuition and maintenance fees only. No additional fees or costs are covered (recipients will be required to pay other fees such as program fees, course fees, housing costs, and medical insurance costs).
Students must apply for admission to ETSU before applying for the scholarship. Once an admissions application is submitted, the student may then apply for the scholarship. A student’s scholarship application will be reviewed once the student is admitted to the university.
The scholarship is available for:
- Eight semesters for undergraduate recipients
- Five semesters for recipients seeking a master’s degree, or commensurate with the length of the program
- Eight semesters for doctoral students, or commensurate with the length of the program
- Scholarship can be used for summer semesters if taking on-grounds courses
- Scholarship may not be used for the winter term
To be eligible, students must:
- Apply for admission to ETSU before they can apply for the scholarship
- Have or plan to have an F-1 or J-1 student visa
- Have a record of academic achievement
- Fill out the scholarship application form
Also important to know:
- Recipients must maintain full-time status.
- An applicant must have a 3.0 GPA (high school, or college GPA, depending on if freshman, transfer, or graduate applicant).
- Undergraduate recipients must maintain a 2.75 semester grade point average in order to continue receiving the scholarship. Graduate recipients must maintain a 3.0 semester GPA.
- Recipients continuing from a bachelor’s to a master’s degree program must reapply for the scholarship.
Time is running out so if you are interested, be sure to submit all your information by January 2nd. Applications received after the deadline will not be reviewed. You can find further details here.
For the ninth year InternationalStudent.com is hosting their Travel Video Contest! Not only is this one of the more fun scholarship opportunities- it can really boost your bank account if you win! Although there will be great runner-up prizes and a viewer’s choice award, one lucky grand prize winner will receive $4,000 for their studies abroad.
Who is eligible?
This contest is open to those who are 18 and older and who are enrolled or plan on being enrolled in a college or university outside their home country. The winner will receive their very own blog on InternationalStudent.com- so you must be willing and able to contribute at least once a week to the blog while preparing for and on your trip.
How do you enter?
Create a video in five minutes or less on why you want to study abroad and where you want to go. One key item to keep in mind when creating your video: be creative! Keep the InternationalStudent.com judges entertained to make it into the final round of winning videos. How you keep them entertained is up to you, but here are a few tips and tricks to get you started! Make sure you enter your video and entry form before the deadline of October 22nd to be eligible to enter this contest.
Sign into your account then get more information on the 2014 InternationalStudent.com Travel Video Contest here. Follow the link to the InternationalStudent.com contest page for all of the official rules and regulations and to see the past winning videos. Keep in mind the judges want to see original videos- but checking out past winners is a good place to start.
The winner of this contest will be announced in November during International Education week. Make sure you stay connected during that week! Not only will it be announced on the InternationalStudent.com site and social media, but if you are one of the lucky winners you’ll be notified through email and telephone.
Deadline: July 9th at 3pm EST
International Student Loan and International Student have combined forces during the month of July to bring you three great chances to win $100! Yesterday the Financial Aid Fun contest was announced and today question 1 of the Financial Aid Fun Contest released! All you need to do is find the correct answer to the question (you can find help here), then post the correct answer either to this blog or one of the following:
If you submit the correct answer you’ll be entered into the drawing to win $100! You only have until July 9th at 3pm EST to submit your answer, so make sure you post your answer as soon as possible!
The question you must correctly answer is:
What is a co-signer?
Time is limited so start searching now and post your answer before the deadline. If you aren’t the winner this week make sure you come back next week. There will be a new question posted, meaning a new chance to win $100!
If you missed the announcement of the winner for the first question- here he is:
“A cosigner is someone who guarantees that if the borrower cannot pay back the loan, they will be legally responsible to pay back the debt. In other words, the cosigner is taking on a huge responsibility for the international student loan or study abroad loan since they are being asked to accept the responsibility of paying back the total loan amount plus any interest.”
Congrats Islam! For those who did not win, don’t worry, just answer our next question for a chance to win!
As the United States continues to admit an increasing number of international students to US schools, international students are faced with deciding where, in such a large country, they will be able to make the most of their study abroad experience.
Immediately thoughts of famous US cities spring to mind—New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, etc. However, there are a number of reasons why international students might want to consider studying in a smaller US town.
Studying Abroad in Smaller US Towns VS Larger US Cities Read the rest of this entry »
As many countries actively pursue an increase in international student enrollment, often facilitating such an endeavor with financial incentives and assistance, Singapore appears to be bucking the trend. Instead, Singapore has been reducing the number of international students receiving tuition grants and restricting the number of international students allowed to study at universities in the country.
- Since 2010 the number of international students receiving tuition grants in Singapore has decreased over 30%.
- In private and polytechnic universities, around nine percent of international students received tuition grants to study in Singapore in 2010, where less than six percent did so in 2013.
- In publicly-funded universities the current figure is 13 percent, down from 18 percent in 2010.
Moreover, this is in a country already famous for capping the number of international students enrolled in its country’s higher education system.
- An announcement several years ago by Singaporean Education Minister Heng Swee Keat had indicated that Singapore would be pursuing a strategy to limit the number of international students enrolled in its higher education system.
- The cap on the number of international students is intended to reduce the percentage of international students below 15% of the student body while advancing opportunities for Singapore nationals.
- To that end, an additional 2,000 student positions were created and made available exclusively to students from Singapore at the same time the number of international students positions had been capped at 2011 levels.
So, if you happen to be an international student interested in studying abroad in Singapore (home to a university that has consistently been ranked around the 24th best in the world, and a highly developed economy) it would be in your best interest to act quick! Moreover, given the cut in tuition grants and funding available to international students in Singapore, searching through scholarship databases and finding alternate sources of funding would be your absolute best move (in the event you don’t happen to be one of the lucky 13%).
Why Study in Taiwan?
Aside from Taiwan’s cultural features, proximity to China, and reputation as a stable and powerful economic world player, the nation has a highly praised education system— in fact, Taiwanese students boast some of the highest test scores in the entire world (particularly in the fields of mathematics and science). What’s more is, for international students, a new national directive has made studying in Taiwan more accessible than ever before.
International Student Enrollment Increases in Taiwan
Taiwan has recently issued a national directive and strategy to increase their international student enrollment to over 150,000 students by 2020. Over the next six years, Taiwanese universities will offer increased aid to international students seeking to study there, as well as permitting Chinese students who decide to study in Taiwan the ability to access healthcare and hold jobs (something Chinese students were previously unable to do in the state).
Taiwan aims to double international student enrollment, making the number of international students over 10% of the total student population within six years. To do this, they plan on using a number of financial aid mechanisms to attract students from around the world. However, international students considering this opportunity should act quick—Taiwan’s international student population has more than doubled since 2008, and the current enrollment incentives won’t last forever!
—Study Abroad in Taiwan Recap—
- East Asian island state with a population of over 23 million
- Democratic government
- Highly developed and stable economic sector (considered one of the four “Asian Tigers”)
- A renowned education system that produces some of the highest international test scores
- Currently hosts over 78,000 international students
- National initiative to attract over 150,000 international students over the next six years
- The number of international students in Taiwan has far more than doubled since 2008
- International students projected to make up over 10% of Taiwanese student population by 2020
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 »
Another one of our readers wanted to know about financial aid in Norway. Although by law, education is free for anyone living in Norway, Norway is expensive. The living cost in Norway is higher than most of the rest of the developed world. For this reason, students must plan well in order to manage their living costs. They can work part-time up to 20 hours per week, but in many cases this may prove to be insufficient. If this is the case, there are several financial aid and scholarship options available for international students studying in Norway.
However, the competition for these scholarships and financial aid is high. Acceptance for aid in Norway depends on the student’s academic background, the country in which they reside, and the course they study.
There are national programs offered by the Norwegian government, as well as various other programs offered by both private and non-profit organizations to provide scholarships and other types of funding for international students to help support their studies and stay in Norway. The Norwegian Center for International Cooperation in Higher Education (SIU) is a public administrative body under the Ministry of Education and Research in Norway that promotes international cooperation in education and research and administrates several programs under which international students are eligible for financial support.
We previously announced the InternationalStudent.com Essay Contest that was open for international students around the world to enter into to share their story and have a chance at one of the top three prizes: $200, $75 or $25.
The judges at InternationalStudent.com spent the month of September narrowing down each international student essay to find the essay contest winners. On September 19th the top six finalists were announced to be the following individuals:
- Sofia Camacho
- Atajan Abdyyev
- Simone Lim
- Eshul Rayhan
- Milan Djurasovic
- Maan AlBani
Today InternationalStudent.com announced the top three essay contest winners and here they are:
1st Place ($200)- Milan Djurasovic
2nd Place ($75)- Sofia Camacho
3rd Place ($25)- Eshul Rayhan
Read each of the finalist and top winning essays for an inside look at what it’s like to be an international student.