University of Illinois focused on international student safety

University of Illinois

We recently posted about the lasting fear caused by the abduction and likely murder of University of Illinois international student Yingying Zhang. As the University of Illinois prepares for the arrival of over 3,500 new international students this week, administrators are taking special care to ensure that the new students and their parents have all…

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International students love new UW Madison summer course

UW Madison

Twenty-five new international students at UW Madison are about half way through the university’s first ever International Student Summer Institute. The students are from nine different countries, and none had ever been to the UW Madison campus before. The new course runs from late July to late August offers new international students the chance to…

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International Student SCAM ALERT: July 2017

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Well, here we are again with our regular international student scam alert, where we pull together a list of all the scams reported over the last month. It’s a bit depressing doing this month after month, but our aim is to get the information out there to help international students avoid getting tricked. We hope…

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US: student abduction spooks Chinese students and parents

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The likely kidnapping and murder of Chinese international student Yingying Zhang is shocking. Zhang arrived the US in April 2017 to study photosynthesis and crop productivity at the University of Illinois for one year. She has not been seen since she got into a car at a bus on the university campus on 9 June…

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US: International students scammed at UW

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University of Wisonsin-Madison Police Department (UWPD) have issued a warning about a phone scam targeting international students in recent days. Students have reported receiving a call from a person claiming to be a UWPD officer who demands money or a gift card. The caller threatens to arrest the student if they don’t pay up. The…

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US to make international students apply for a visa every year?

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The Washington Post is reporting that senior officials at the US Department of Homeland Security are working up a proposal that would require international students in the US to reapply for permission to stay in the United States every year. That would, to say the least, be a big pain in the #@! for the…

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EIU wants to attract more international students

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The Daily Eastern News – the newspaper of Eastern Illinois University –¬†reports that EIU may look to increase the number of international students studying there. Right now there about 450 international students. That’s a bit over 5% of the total student population of around 8,900. Matthew Walters is going for the job of assistant dean…

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US: Two international students hit by drunk driver

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On May 14 at Virginia Beach, two international students studying in the US were hit by a car and badly injured. The two international students Veronica Cabal and Michaela Pavico, had only moved to the US in March. Cabal suffered brain injuries in the accident and nearly died. Pavico injured her legs and ankle. Both…

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US flight school closure grounds international students

Flight School

The Daily Mail reports that US flight school, the American Flight Academy, based in Hartford Connecticut, USA closed its doors in early April after two recent fatal crashes. It leaves international students out-of-pocket and with no option but to return to their home countries. The students have paid tens of thousands of dollars for commercial…

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New Vermont university coming in July – find out more

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Two colleges in Vermont, USA – Johnson State College and Lyndon State College – have joined forces to form the new Northern Vermont University. The unification takes effect on 1 July 2017. For the time being, Northern Vermont University has a temporary website, which has some basic information and refers interested students back to the…

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