IIE´s Cuba Higher Education Initiative
November 30th, 2015 by Lette Berhe

cuba & usAs globalization continues, so does the opportunities for international and cultural exchange. In the past month of October, The Institute of International Education participated in a historical event which allowed representatives from 12 U.S. universities to travel to Cuba to learn more about its higher education system and to explore what opportunities may exist for future partnerships. The delegation, comprised of about 30 university representatives, was led by IIE´s President and CEO, Allan E. Goodman. Participating universities included Associated Colleges of the Midwest; Central Washington University; Indiana University; Lehman College, CUNY; Oberlin College; Rutgers University; SUNY New Paltz; University of Arizona; Montclair State University; University of Tampa; Virginia Commonwealth University; and West Texas A&M.

Although there have always been travel restrictions between the U.S. and Cuba, there have been opportunities for American students to participate in Cuban study abroad programs. According to the IIE´s Passport directory there are currently 25 Cuba programs available for students. IIE´s Open Doors Report demonstrated that during the 2014/2015 academic year about 1,845  students participated in for-credit study abroad programs in Cuba. Unfortunately, Cuban university students have not had the same opportunities. With political relations opening between the two countries, IIE now has a new initiative to foster partnerships between the U.S. higher education system and that of Cuba. This delegation´s trip is only one of many stepping stones that are being taken on behalf of IIE´s Cuba Higer Education Initiative .

The birth of this initiative comes after Secretary of State John Kerry attended the official reopening of the U.S. Embassy in Havana in August. During this visit Cuba´s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodrigues Parrilla addressed the mutual interest of both countries to open ¨new areas of dialogue¨ and Secretary Kerry stated that it was of great importance that as neighboring countries, the citizens of each have the opportunity to meet each other and learn more about each other
IIE´s Cuba Higher Education Initiative includes a six-month program with Cuba called the International Academic Partnership Program (IAPP). This program focuses on assisting participating universities in the development and planning process of creating relationship and partnerships with universities in Cuba. To facilitate the process the initiative has an advisory board comprised of members from all different backgrounds. This advisory board and its members are work with these universities throughout the six-months.

Be sure to stay tuned, because with the growth of initiatives, comes the creation of scholarship programs!

Already decided where you want to go? For ideas on how to pay for your study abroad program, check out our section on Funding Your Education Overseas!


10th Annual Travel Video Contest Winners Announced
November 20th, 2015 by Jennifer Frankel

posterInternationalStudent.com just announced the winner of their 10th annual Travel Video Contest! Amar Chaniago created the video “My Second Chance at Life,” which captivated audiences around the world, not to mention stole the hearts of the judges. His journey began where he overcame a car crash which left him hospitalized, and became the source of his reflection where he reevaluated his life and the things that were important to him. Amar will walk away with the $4,000 grand prize to help him study psychology in Australia. You can also follow his journey while he prepares to study in Australia by following his new Study Abroad Blog.

It was no easy decision in this year’s contest, where InternationalStudent.com received over 80 videos from students around the world. The second place winner, Michelle Leclerq, also wowed the judges with her video entitled, “Place Yourself Where You Want to Be.” Michelle is an aspiring musician with both vocal and musical talents, and she is looking to pursue her passion by attending a music school in California. Her video takes us with her into her past where she completed a Work and Travel program, that gave her enough money to travel around the US and explore her musical passion (and from her video, you’ll see her amazing talents!). Michelle will receive $500 to help her pursue her dream!

The third place recipient of $250 goes to Léa Kriger-Bécourt, for her video entitled “The Missing Piece.” Her video is both fun and innovative, as she puts the pieces of her life together before us, showing us her past and revealing her desire to go to Mexico to work on a community farm program called WWOOF.

Finally, our Viewer’s Choice Award went to Murtaza Ibrahimi for his video “The Flowers of Success”. Not only will he walk away with $1,000, but he has touched us all with his story about studying in the US to help build the future of Afghanistan.

If you are interested in watching the winner’s videos, along with the finalist, check out InternationalStudent.com’s Contest page for more.


Generation Study Abroad: What it Means for You
October 15th, 2015 by Lette Berhe

travelingOn October 1st, the Institute of International Education (IIE) announced that more than 600 partners have committed to the Generation Study Abroad Initiative and have pledged a total of $185 million.

Established by the Institute of International Education in 2014, Generation Study Abroad is a five-year initiative whose goal is to double the number of U.S. students who study abroad by the end of the decade. This initiative has brought together partners from K-12 organizations, U.S. universities and colleges, social networks, and international universities and organizations to address the biggest obstacles students face when deciding to study abroad: cost, curriculum, and culture.

In just one year, these partners have begun to make practical changes to address these issues by focusing on: Read the rest of this entry »


InternationalStudent.com’s 10th Annual Travel Video Contest – Your Chance to Win $4,000
September 1st, 2015 by Jennifer Frankel

posterWe are excited to announce this year’s 10th Annual Travel Video Contest hosted by InternationalStudent.com. This is your chance to win $4,000 to help you study abroad!

To win, create a video that moves your peers, woos the judges, and tells your story about why you want to study abroad. You won’t want to miss the 10th anniversary, which is expected to be even bigger than ever.

With a large and diverse group of international educators and travelers as the 2015 judge panel, they will be on the lookout for a video that will blow the crowd out of the water. Funny, clever, creative, innovative, sad, heartwarming, or – could your video be something else that makes it stand out among the rest?

Want to win $4,000? Here’s how to enter:

  • Who: Eligibility is open to anyone who creates a video about a proposed study abroad. If you are currently studying abroad, then talk about a trip you want to take and why.
  • What: To enter, create a video no longer than 5 minutes in length and make sure to send it to InternationalStudent.com by October 22nd. Check out the previous winners to see what it takes.
  • Where: InternationalStudent.com – learn more about the contest details on their website.
  • When: Contest officially starts today, and entries will be accepted until October 22nd, so get recording today!
  • Why: Because who wouldn’t want $4,000 to study abroad?

Best of luck to everyone, and for tips and tricks on what it takes to win, be sure to review InternationalStudent.com’s Travel Video Contest for a complete list of rules, regulations, tips and the submission form.


Ways to Cut Down on Educational Expenses Before Going Abroad
May 20th, 2015 by Lette Berhe

key buttonIn addition to planning and creating a study abroad budget, there are a few ways that international students can cut down on their educational costs – pre-departure.

APPLICATION COSTS

If you want to study in the US, any penny pinching done before going abroad is extremely helpful. However, having a college fund isn’t the only way to save money. What many international students are not aware of is that the process of applying to US universities costs money too. What am I talking about?

Most universities charge a fee to submit an application. It is also quite common for public universities to charge a slightly higher application fee for international applicants, whereas many private universities usually offer a standard fee for all incoming applications. In the table below you can see 6 examples of application costs and the difference in fees dependent on your residency status. Read the rest of this entry »


Why Study Abroad Can Now Be On Your Bucket List
May 1st, 2015 by Lette Berhe

world travel bookThis past February, Education in Ireland joined IIE´s Generation Study Abroad Initiative and committed to providing $100,000 for the project. Ireland’s Minister of Education and Skills, Jan O´Sullivan, T.D, stated that over the past ten years Ireland has been able to welcome over 60, 000 US students; as a result, according to IIE´s Open Doors Report on International and Educational Education, it has become the 9th most popular study abroad destination for American students. Now, as a lead signature partner of Generation Study Abroad, Ireland´s higher education system has found itself in a unique position that will allow it to showcase its universities and programs to a broader range of students.

Now you may be thinking, what if I don´t want to study in Ireland? Well not to worry! Education in Ireland is only 1 of the 67 international organizations who are currently committed partners of the Generation Study Abroad Initiative, in addition to 298 US universities. Read the rest of this entry »


Government Scholarships: Kuwait
February 10th, 2015 by Lette Berhe

Kuwait Small Flag on a Map Background. 487227677This week we´re spotlighting Kuwait and how its government scholarships are funding Kuwaiti students´ higher education abroad. According to the 2014 Open Doors Report, there were 7,288 students from Kuwait studying in the United States during the 2013/14 academic year. This number, puts Kuwait in the 21st spot of  the top 25 countries of origin sending international students to study in US universities. The Open Doors Report also shows that this number was about a 340 % increase from the 2006/7 academic year, when the number of students arriving from Kuwait was at a low of a little more than 1,600 students. What allowed for such a drastic increase? Students can thank Kuwait’s Ministry of Higher Education. Read the rest of this entry »


Top 3 Ways International Students Fund Their US Education
December 8th, 2014 by Lette Berhe

Metallic Money Buttons482339075This past November, the International Institute of Education (IIE) released its Open Door Report for 2014 during the 15th Annual International Student Week in Washington D.C. This annual census provides detailed data on many aspects of international education, such as the 8% increase to more than 886,000 international students studying in U.S. universities during the 2013-2014 academic year. Based on these students, the Open Door Report created a chart ranking the primary sources utilized by students to fund their U.S. education. Here are the top 3 ways international students fund their US education:

1. Personal and Family
2. U.S. College and University
3. Foreign Government or University Read the rest of this entry »


Want to Win $4,000? Travel Video Contest Launched
September 12th, 2014 by Jennifer Frankel

2014-Travel-Video-ContestThe 9th Annual Travel Video Contest has just been announced, and you don’t want to miss it! With a grand prize of $4,000, the winner won’t just have extra money in their pocket – but international fame with students around the world. Here’s how to enter:

Submit a video no longer than 5 minutes long telling us about why you want to study abroad. If you are already an international student, then tell us about a trip you want to take a why.

DO: Be original!

DON’T: Title your video with the word Dream or Journey.

DO: Tell us your story – make us laugh, cry, think, or wonder!

DON’T: Miss the deadline!

Submit your video before the deadline, October 22nd. If you want to learn more about the contest, check out International Student’s Travel Video Contest for information on how to enter, as well as rules and regulations. If you need some inspiration, then check out our previous winners as they will be sure to make you swoon!

Good luck to everyone, we hope that you are one step closer to affording your international education!


JOIN US LIVE ONLINE: Learn How to Compare Student Loans
July 22nd, 2014 by Jennifer Frankel

DSC_0036International student loans are available now, and can cover up to the total cost of your education. If you apply now, you’ll have time to get the funds before the new school year begins. When it comes to international student loans, you’ll need to compare your options and find the loan that works best for you. That is why on Thursday, July 24th, at 11:00 EST we will have our next Google Hangout on how to compare your international student loan options.

Join Bryanna Davis, our International Student Loan Specialist, as she shows you step by step on how to find an international student loan – and begin the application process right online.

International Student Loan invites you to attend our Hangout on How to Compare Student Loans.

RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW

Set your calendars for Thursday, July 24th, at 11am EST and prepare any questions you have, as we will have a live Question and Answer series right after.

We look forward to seeing you soon, so that if something comes up where you realize you need money to cover your tuition, books, supplies, transportation, etc., you know you can turn to international student loans to help cover the gap.


Did you miss our live hangout on How You Can Compare Your Student Loans? You can watch it here:

For this and other great videos, check out our Featured Financial Aid Videos here.