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November 2014 • ISSUE #38
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International Education News

The peak of the Fall travel season is behind us now, and we’re back in the office flushed with renewed enthusiasm from many sessions, conferences and Google Hangouts. Hopefully you were able to sit in on a Google Hangout presentation, but if not, read below for access to our Region III Hangout session.

Our return is just in time for International Education Week and the culmination of the InternationalStudent.com Travel Video Contest. Finalists have been announced, and winners will be unveiled on Friday, November 21, the last day of IEW 2014. Finally, we briefly address the updated insurance requirements for the J1 visa, which go into effect on May 15, 2015.

All the best as we head into the holiday season!

Keith Clausen
for the Envisage International Team

Travel Video Contest Finalists Announced!

The Viewers’ Choice winner and finalists for the 2014 Travel Video Contest are all in and the excitement of who will win is starting to build! We received many outstanding videos from students around the world- and some students may even be enrolled at your school. Each video tells an inspiring story, so watch a few and be as impressed as we are!

Don’t forget, the Grand Prize Winner’s school will also receive one free year as a featured school.

Each video is sure to make you laugh, cry, or it may just remind you of why you chose to pursue a career in international education.
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Whirlwind Google Hangout Tour Comes to a Close

We just wrapped up our NAFSA Regional tour, taking us to Tucson, Albany, Grand Rapids, Jackson, Williamsburg, Portland, Fort Worth and St. Paul, where we presented on Google+ and Hangouts and how they can help schools reach and communicate with international students.

This year, in addition to presenting at each region, we also did each presentation as a live Google Hangout in an effort to share how we use Hangouts to reach, engage and connect with international students. You can see our presentation from Region III here.
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New J1 Visa Insurance Requirements Announced

Five years ago, the State Department issued a proposed rule making changes to many sections of the J Visa regulations, insurance requirements among them. It took all this time to get to a final rule, as a variety of intervening, high-profile issues, particularly with the summer work and travel program, kept pushing off final action on the proposed rule. Finally, the final rule has arrived and will go into effect on January 5, 2015, although the higher insurance limits will not go into effect until May 15, 2015 to give program sponsors time to react. The new insurance requirements are as follows, with the changes noted after each bullet:
  • Medical benefits of at least $100,000 per accident or illness; [up from $50,000]
  • Repatriation of remains in the amount of $25,000; [up from $7,500]
  • Expenses associated with the medical evacuation of exchange visitors to his or her home country in the amount of $50,000; [up from $10,000] and
  • Deductibles not to exceed $500 per accident or illness. [no change]
From all of our discussions, there is good consensus that the higher limits are a positive change, as the old limits were inadequate to cover some more serious injuries and illnesses, and certainly too low for repatriation and evacuation.
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Tech Talk

To introduce Google Hangouts to international educators as a viable, free tool for communicating with international students and as a high-quality product used regularly by Envisage International, we travelled around the US and attended eight separate NAFSA regional conferences. At each conference, we presented the topic ‘Google+ and Google Hangouts - the newest technology in communicating and recruiting international students’. But there was a twist. We also decided to broadcast the presentation via an actual Google Hangout, which would live on our Google+ page, YouTube, and could be embedded on our website for future viewers.

Adding this additional level of difficulty to a presentation provides for a number of technical errors, missteps, improvements, and lessons. Read more on the Envisage blog and learn how we overcame some of the issues we faced.
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  • ISEP, Arlington, VA - 11/12
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