September marks a transition back to the classroom, but also marks the start of’s Annual Travel Video Contest. Our 16th annual video contest gives students a chance to win $4,000 by letting their creative juices flow and asks students to show us how “community” has impacted or influenced their international education pursuits. In addition to our favorite contest, we explore the new COVID-19 booster shots, Hispanic Heritage Month, and resources to help students manage their physical and emotional wellbeing. Join us next month, where we will have a special edition on our Customer Service team!

Enjoy the newsletter!

Jennifer Frankel
On behalf of the ISI Team

Enroll Today, Begin Coverage Today!

Many students are returning to school, and as we navigate our way through the pandemic, it’s important to make sure your students, scholars and families are covered. Our plans can be easily purchased right online and coverage can begin as early as the same day! Use our virtual agent to help find the right plan no matter their student status, and all of our plans cover COVID-19 the same as any other illness.

Travel Video Contest Now Open on

The 16th annual Travel Video Contest is now underway. Current and future international students are invited to enter for a chance to win up to $4,000. In a creative, engaging video, is asking entrants to show how “community” has had an impact or influence on their international education pursuit. Entries will be accepted until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on October 13, 2021 and winners will be announced on November 19, 2021, the last day of International Education Week. To read more information on this year’s Travel Video Contest, visit the contest home page below. To pass along this information to students, you can simply print and hang the contest poster which includes a QR code for the contest page.

COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters Explained

Starting September 20th, COVID-19 vaccine boosters will be available for those individuals who have received the Pfizer vaccine and who have received their second dose at least 8 months ago. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson may be next. Learn more about the details in our latest blog on the COVID-19 booster shots.

Manage Your Plan Online 24/7

While the US healthcare system can be complicated, we have a number of resources to help students, scholars and families learn what to expect and how to navigate their healthcare. Our recently updated Student Zones allow our members to easily find in-network providers, understand where to go for medical treatment, file and track claims online, and much more.

Better Sleep for Your Emotional Wellness

There’s no question that sleep has an impact on our emotional wellbeing. Young adults are particularly prone to a lack of sleep which can negatively affect their mood, attention, focus and impact their physical health. Check out our latest blog and video where we explore the importance of sleep and practice some sleep exercises to help us all get a good night’s rest.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15th marks the beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Month. This month is a time to celebrate the cultures and histories of US citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. Learn more about the significance of this month and how it is celebrated in the US in our latest blog!

Staff Pets - Tetras and Guppies!

Morrison Kwong
Marketing Manager

It all started when my daughter walked into an aquatics shop two years ago and wanted to have a goldfish like Peppa Pig. A few months later, she lost interest but I was hooked on upgrading the equipment and getting different kinds of fish.

Today, I’ve two fish tanks (60cm and 35cm) with almost 100 guppies and tetras - which I have already given to my neighbours. Having a clean fish tank and keeping my fish healthy is not as easy a job as I initially thought! But when you take a moment to stare at the fish and watch them swim carefree, it calms you down and makes your stress go away (at least for me).