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Wednesday, February 20th, 2002

Issue 2.7 February 20, 2002

LET’S GO CANADA

ABROAD PERSPECTIVE

OVER THE COUNTER

GLOBE TIPPING





LET’S GO CANADA

Costs and lengthy delays in response are often additional sources of anxiety for students applying to foreign institutions. Fortunately, a newly established partnership between the Presidents’ Network (PresNet) and the Software Technology Group (STG) is now making the life of Indian students wishing to study in the U.S. easier.

Under this agreement, interested candidates need only to submit one application form and one set of documents to be considered for entry into the 56 universities associated with PresNet. In addition to eliminating some of the financial barriers associated with applying to many different institutions, this initiative makes the application process a much more efficient and simpler one.

For further insight on the India market, contact our Delhi- based colleague Safeena Alarakhia at safeena@higher-edge.com

ABROAD PERSPECTIVE

María Consuelo de Holguín, Coordinator of the International Programs at Universidad Internacional de La Paz in Mexico, writes:

The Universidad Internacional de La Paz (UNIPAZ) is a young, private institution located in the city of La Paz, Baja California Sur. The Department of International Programs receives numerous requests for further information about study in Canadian universities. In addition, several UNIPAZ students who have returned from exchanges in Canada have returned with the best impressions of the country and its culture.

In accordance with its international interests, UNIPAZ is developing Spanish language courses, Mexican culture courses, and environmental-based courses. All these subjects are geared towards students wishing to participate in an exchange program with our institution.

The University’s web page is at http://www.unipaz.edu.mx/ (in Spanish). Contact Consuelo by e-mail at uninternacionales@yahoo.com.mx. For more information on setting up student exchange programs, contact Dani at dani@higher-edge.com.

OVER THE COUNTER

How, if at all, has your institution modified its admissions process in light of the security issues raised after September 11? The Institute of International Education (IIE) has released the results of a survey examining the impact of September 11 on international student admission processes at U.S. higher education institutions.

The following is a summary of important points:
- 53% of 338 respondents stated that they have modified the communication process with international applicants
since 9-11, while 46% did not.
- 78% of 326 respondents stated that they have not altered
their admissions procedure, while 21% stated otherwise. – 91% of 315 respondents indicated that they have not altered their admissions publication, while 8% have
made alterations.

Survey respondents have also identified the following potential problems in the admissions process: delays in the visa issuance, denial of visas, decline in applications and increased safety concerns of applicants.

Full details of the survey can be found by visiting http://www.iie.org/ and clicking on survey results.

GLOBE TIPPING

Traveler’s cheques, US dollars, local currencies, credit cards, etc.

What “forms” of money should one bring when travelling abroad? In recent years with the globalization of the financial system, Automated Banking Machines (ABMs) have become a fast, easy, and safe way to obtain local currency overseas. Indeed, if your bank is a member of the PLUS system (operated by VISA) or the CIRRUS system (operated by MasterCard), you will almost certainly be able to access your Canadian account, whether it be in Algeria or Zimbabwe. Often times, you will also get a better exchange rate this way.

To locate Visa/PLUS ABMs all over the world, go to http://visa.via.infonow.net/locator/global/ To locate MasterCard/CIRRUS ABMs all over the world, visit http://www.mastercard.us/cardholder-services/atm-locator.html


Please direct all questions and comments to Isabelle Faucher: isabelle@higher-edge.com
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