Saturday, January 31, 2015

Super Bowl Sunday is Here!


America’s biggest spectacle, the Super Bowl, is back tomorrow for the 49th time in Arizona and we’ve got the lowdown on what you need to know to understand what’s going on. If you’re an international student who’s spending your very first year in the U.S. then you might be wondering what the fuss over this sporting event is all about. We have three words for you: food, halftime-show and commercials! And, of course, the game itself. If you’ve never watched a football game in the States before, you should know that this is American football, not soccer. This game is a variation of rugby and tomorrow’s champions get to hoist one of the most famous trophies in professional sports, the Lombardi trophy.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Study in Canada: Scholarships for Indian Students


By Naimeesha Murthy 
World Education Services 

Did you know that Canada ranks as the world’s seventh most popular destination for international students? According to the Canadian Bureau for International Education, 31,665 Indian students came to study in the Canada in 2013.

As demand for international education rises, more and more Indian students have started to migrate to Western countries like Canada to study. This is due mainly to factors like affordability, opportunities, a high standard of living, outstanding facilities and the value of earning a world-class education.

Canada offers a range of degrees and certificates at the undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels. Scholarships are mainly offered on the basis of financial need and merit, and details pertaining to scholarships are generally made available by institutions on their websites. Students can apply to them directly.

To help you in your search, WES Student Advisor has compiled 11 useful resources for full and partial scholarships in Canada for international students:

Thursday, January 29, 2015

6 Tips for Time - Management Strategy


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By Sangeetha Shanmugham
World Education Services

International students in the U.S. often take a full slate of courses and participate in a variety of extracurricular activities, from campus organizations to club sports teams. However, unlike their domestic peers, international students also face the added tasks of settling into a new environment and familiarizing themselves with a new education system. These processes can be daunting. It’s vital for international students to manage their time effectively in order to stay on top of their studies. WES Student Advisor is here to help with six tips for effective time management.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Title: How Studying Abroad Can Change the World: Essay Contest Winners, Part 5


In the fall, WES Student Advisor asked readers for submissions for our 2014 Essay Contest. The prompt was inspired by a Nelson Mandela quote -- "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" -- and it asked readers to describe how studying abroad can help change the world.

Over the past month, we've shared with you the first four winning entries. Now, in the fifth part of a five-part series, we're showcasing the final winner, a piece by a reader who identified herself only as Nastaran. She took a different approach altogether, arguing for study abroad as a means of acquiring expensive cars, luxury vacations – and even a good husband!

Nowadays having a quality education helps people fulfill their dreams. But there is a big problem that many people in Asian and African countries face: the lack of a good education system for students, even those with great talent. Most of these students, myself included, see only one way to achieve their goals, and that is to migrate to developed countries in Europe or the U.S. that offer the highest quality education. In my opinion, study abroad gives students the opportunity to understand themselves, to achieve their goals faster, to make a better future for themselves. And as Nelson Mandela said, you may even change the world.

Monday, January 26, 2015

It’s a Good Time to Be a Biz School Student.


By Ruohan Chen
World Education Services

What’s the most popular major among international students in the U.S?

Business. In fact, one in every five international students in America is majoring in business. And even though it’s among the most competitive fields, the job market is good. The pay? Even better. Future MBAs, your degree is now worth more than ever.

According to global survey results published by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), nine out of 10 employers expect to hire as many business graduates this year – or more – than they did last year. And among 169 employers worldwide who participated in the survey, over 50 percent said they would like to raise starting annual base salaries this year. Recent articles from Bloomberg Businessweek and the Globe and Mail suggest that a promising hiring environment is coming; besides fatter paychecks, MBAs can expect more job opportunities as well. Nearly two-thirds of employers plan to expand their business by hiring more business graduates in 2015.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Finding Funding for Your International Education


By Sangeetha Shanmugham
World Education Services

A quality education comes at a price. Though the majority of international students pay tuition with their own money, some students find that they still need help covering the total cost of attendance and personal expenses. In those cases, students look to other sources of funding such as grants, financial aid, and scholarships to help pay for their education. Although federal funding from the U.S. government is limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents, international students may find that they can procure funding from other sources if they do their homework well in advance. Here are a few alternate funding sources to consider.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Webinar Rescheduled: Tracking Your Student Visa



This event has been postponed due to circumstances beyond our control. We are sorry for any inconvenience and hope to see you on Friday, January 23rd


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Campus Spotlight: Marquette University



Located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Marquette is a private Catholic university with an enrollment of nearly 12,000 students from 70 countries around the world. Established in 1881, Marquette University is one of 28 members of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities; it is also one of the largest Jesuit institutions in the country. In 2015, the university was ranked No. 76 by U.S. News & World Report.

At Marquette, students embark upon an intellectually stimulating journey and take advantage of a wide variety of programs, from community service to study abroad. The unique internship programs offered by Marquette’s Les Aspin Center provide students with excellent opportunities to gain firsthand experience in public service. Throughout summer- and semester-long internships in Washington, D.C. and Milwaukee, students apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to real-life settings. These invaluable experiences and professional networks prepare students for future success.

REMINDER: Jan. 23 Webinar on Tracking Applications and Applying for Visas



WES Student Advisor is proud to present our upcoming webinar, Tracking Your Application and Applying for a Visa, on Jan. 23 at 9 a.m. EST. Applying to college isn’t as simple as sending off an application and waiting for an acceptance letter to arrive in the mail. It’s important for prospective students – especially international ones – to follow up with admissions offices. But what are the correct steps? And what is the appropriate way to communicate with admissions staff? (Spoiler: Don’t call every day to ask questions that are answered on the school’s website!) Don’t fret. We have the answers.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Student Q&A: Stephanie, of China, Works in Marketing in NYC



Stephanie is a 24-year-old international student from Hubei, a province in central China known as the “Land of Fish and Rice.” She is passionate about marketing and digital media. After getting her master’s degree in marketing from the University of Denver, she moved to New York City in the summer of 2014 to pursue her professional dreams. She is now working at an advertising company in downtown Manhattan. On a sunny winter afternoon, WES Student Advisor sat down with Stephanie to talk about her journey from Hubei to Denver to New York.

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