Top 5 Competitions for International Students

Entering an international student competition is a great way to gain experience in your dream career- not to mention the prizes they offer. University life is full of opportunities for students to gain professional experience and prepare themselves to impress future employers.

Understandably, you might not think of student competitions in this context, but they are certainly worth considering. Ranging from awards for student filmmakers to global contests for budding architects, international student competitions are a chance to really challenge yourself and prove your ability to compete at a global level.

Here are some of the best five you currently available you should consider:

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   (1) Formula Student



Organized by the UK’s institution of Mechanical Engineers, the formula student competition challenges teams teams of students from around the world to design, build and race a single seat racing car, all within the space of one year.

Cars will be judged on the basis acceleration, handling and endurance in time trial races held in the UK at Silverstone, one of the world’s top motorsports venues. Teams will be assessed on design, costing and business presentation.

The 2012 contest will feature 134 student teams from universities in 34 different countries, including Australia, Netherlands, Thailand, Egypt.

   (2) Tall Building Design Competition

The relatively new international student tall building design competition is an initiative of the council on tall buildings and urban habitat, a non profit based in Chicago, USA.

This contest is open to all students registered at a university, either as individuals or as teams of up to five members and having team members from a mixture of subject areas is encouraged.

The challenge is to design a tall building for a specific location, which teams must select themselves.

(3) Student Focus

The Student Focus Contest,hosted by the World Photography Organization is open to to photography students aged between 18 and 28.

Each year the competition has a different theme-it was ‘celebrations’ in 2012. Ten finalists are selected to have their entries displayed at World Photo London Show and printed in the World Photography Awards book.

Each finalist takes home a professional camera, while the overall winner also receives additional photography equipment for their university. Around 200 institutions worldwide are currently registered to participate in student focus.

(4) Global Business Challenge

This competition is organized by the chartered institute of Management Accountants(CIMA), the annual Global Business Challenges invites entries from teams of four full time undergraduate students.

After an initial case study analysis competition,between four and six team are shortlisted from each participating region. These teams then compete in the next stage which includes making a video, giving a presentation, and responding to judges questions.

The finalists chosen from each region have the opportunity to travel to the global final.Universities across Europe, Oceania, Africa and Asia currently participate in CIMA Global Business Challenge.

 (5) Student Academy Awards

This is hosted by the US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. There are four categories of entry for students at universities in the US-narrative, animation,documentary and alternative.

Up to three finalists are selected in each category. They have all the chance to attend an Oscars styled ceremony in Beverly hills, where they will find out whether they they’ve won gold, silver or bronze.

Each comes with a prize cash, up to US$ 5,000- not to mention the promise of future greatness.


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