Studying abroad is becoming more and more popular with each passing year. Studies show that more than two hundred thousand students from the United States study abroad every year.


Monday, December 28, 2009

A problem of international study is the consideration of financial aid as it applies to international students. Fortunately, there now exists international student loans designed especially to help students from the United States to study abroad and to aid international students with studying in the United States.

Remembr school starts in the Philippines in June of every year!

In fact, international studies are becoming so popular that most international student loan programs also help students from Canada to study elsewhere and international students to come study in Canada.

What I’m sure of is that if you’re from a country that’s richer than third world countries, then you will find life in the Philippines a lot cheaper than what you’re used to. See if you can get a scholarship at SLU. Many college students also manage to get part time jobs at McDonalds, Jollibee, Greenwich, or other fastfood outlets. If you have great English communication skills, you can even try working part time at call centers. They offer very good salary rates which may even be more than enough for your needs.

Many banks offer loans against mortgages, or if another person signs as guarantees with good credit standing.  Also many local coop banks do as well.  This would be similiar to a car loan.  This is an example that one company offers:

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a business and personal loan scheme at 3% interest rate and loan ranges from $3,000 to $10,000.000. This is to help individuals reach their financial
* Personal Loan
* Business Loan
* Debt Consolidation Loan
* Improve your home
*Car loan
Interested persons should contact us for more information via
Thanks,  Management.

Should I study nursing in the Philippines if I am from USA or other countries?

Thursday, December 24, 2009

if your aiming for BSN, it’s very practical to just get it in the Philippines because its cheaper for the same quality of education (assuming that you’re in a good nursing school) you could get in an average nursing school in the US. However, there’s so many sub-standard nursing schools sprouting like mushrooms in the philippines that you have to be cautious before enrolling yourself in. if you’re in one of these schools, please find a better school; and with good high school grades or good current college grades, it should be easy to be admitted in a good nursing school as long as you have good entrance exam results as well. however, the best nursing schools in the philippines could also be discriminating to other nursing schools and may not accredit units from these schools. While it is true that US hospitals don’t discriminate applicants based on what school they were in (as long as you meet the min req like passing the state board; and oh, yes they really don’t, that’s why there’s so many foreign graduate nurses), it doesn’t hurt to have the best education you could get.

If you’re planning to take MAN later on, it would be better to take it in the US. in my opinion, taking MAN without clinical experience and/or no exposure to the field is a definite no-no. your hospital training during your undergrad days just isn’t enough, especially that nursing education in the philippines focuses more on the knowledge and concept and not on the hospital area. besides, only a few schools offer MAN where as there’s so many in the US.

You probably could have (as a US Citizen) done this just as cheaply and forgone your now having to take an NCLEX. THe only school in the Philippines that is recognized by ETS (The people who admininster AP tests in the US and graduate exams for universities) is the University of the Philippines. Nothing else. You could have finished Community College’s nursing program and gotten established as a nurse. 
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Record number of U.S. students study abroad, in diverse locations

Sunday, December 13, 2009


from  USA TODAY   More U.S. students are studying abroad than ever before, and they're choosing an increasingly diverse array of destinations, a new report says.

A record 241,791 U.S. students went abroad for academic credit in 2006-07, up 8% from the previous year, and nearly 150% more than a decade earlier, the report says. It was released today by the Institute of International Education, a non-profit New York-based group that tracks international enrollment trends with U.S. State Department funding.

"U.S. students recognize that our world is increasingly interdependent," says Goli Ameri, assistant secretary of State for educational and cultural affairs. "There is tremendous interest on the part of other countries for Americans to study there."

Among report highlights:

•Europe continues to host the largest share of students, 57%, but that's down from the year earlier. Some of the fastest growth is occurring in Asia and Africa, where the number of students increased by 20% and 19%, respectively. By country, some of the biggest increases occurred in students going to South Africa, up 28%; China, up 25.3%; Argentina, up 26.2%; Ecuador, up 29.6%; and India, up 24.2%.

•The top three major fields of study are the social sciences (21.4%), business and management (19.1%), and humanities (13.2%). Students studying foreign languages represented 7.2% of the total; that was the only field to see a drop in the number of students going abroad.

•A trend toward shorter durations continues. More than 55% of students study abroad for periods of eight weeks or less, up from 53% the previous year. The number of students spending an academic year abroad has dropped from 5.5% to 4.4%.

Helping fuel the trend is an increase in programs and opportunities, the report says. More colleges and universities are creating partnerships with institutions abroad. Goucher College, near Baltimore, now requires all incoming students to study abroad. This summer, the former chair and vice chair of the 9/11 Commission urged Congress to approve a bill that aims to increase to 1 million the number of students studying abroad in a decade.

The United States "cannot conduct itself effectively in a competitive international environment when our most educated citizens lack minimal exposure to, and understanding of, the world beyond U.S. borders," they argued in an op-ed in The Christian Science Monitor.

Even 1 million students would be a tiny share of all U.S. students; last year, more than 17 million students were enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities.

Even then, he says, challenges await. U.S. students are increasingly choosing to study in less-developed countries, for example, but those countries are already short of space. And countries that would welcome more U.S. students aren't prepared to accommodate a growing preference among U.S. students for shorter programs.

"Where will another 500,000 U.S. students go? There is not an inexhaustible supply in other countries," Goodman says. "There is a mismatch in terms of programs and capacity." 
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