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International Education Weekly No. 8

The latest and greatest news, tips and updates in International Education.

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NAFSA is here in my hometown of Denver and we have launched a cool guide for NAFSA attendees that features tips from locals! I’ve been hanging out at Booth #2305 with my friends from ViaTRM and meeting some great people. Even better, our intern, Nadie (who does research for this email), and who is here from Russia on an exchange for the month, went to the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, who are also here. The world is so small.

Below is my roundup for the week. Please subscribe!

Reach Students

For the Cash Strapped Abroad Money, money, money! There are some pretty smart ways to manage the costs of going abroad and every student should know about it. Living on campus and sweeping your floors are the road to international education prosperity… or something like that, according to Current on Currency.

Make Life Easier

Grit and bear it Angela Duckworth is emerging as one of the most important public intellectuals of our time. It’s exciting to read what can make people more effective like how to understand mindsets. Now Duckworth is tackling Grit, the combination of passion and perseverance. The question we all should be asking is how can we nurture it through education? The World Bank shares some learnings in this blog.

Professional development

Star Wars Leadership Building a business in the global economy is not what it used to be - even 2 years ago. Now money is tighter as VCs and investors have taken an interest in profit. This means more quality businesses with solid fundamentals. That sounds like hard work, authentic customer engagement and building businesses that last. Some are calling for Jedi leadership with the dawn of the 4th Industrial Revolution… whoa? What? find out more at WeForum.

Featured Fun

Spelling Bee results! The Tribune in India has reported that Two American-Indians have won the spelling bee this year. The contest had 25 rounds to try to make it impossible for there to be a tie, but it wasn’t enough. American Indians have a tremendous record of success in the Spelling Bee which comes with a $40,000 prize. Read more at the Tribune.

Featured Program


Via TRM is Traveler Relationship Management software that streamlines education abroad processes to take student travelers from interest, through application management, to alumni.

Learn more at Unleesh and ViaTRM have teamed up to provide the NAFSA Locals Guide. Download Unleesh today at the App Store or Google Play to access the FREE Path!

About Unleesh

Unleesh is the world’s premier international education app and platform, designed with experiential education principles in its DNA. Unleesh was born out of ThinkImpact, which specializes in experiential education programs that catalyze social innovation and entrepreneurship. The platform was created to provide predeparture information and immerse and guide students through an experiential education process while capturing the amazing adventures they were having all over the world. Learn more at

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