Definition & Concept: A virtual private network (VPN) creates a secure, encrypted connection over a less-secure network, such as the internet.

Importance: VPNs protect data privacy, ensure secure communication, and allow access to restricted content.

Usage: Used by individuals and organizations for enhanced security and remote access to networks.

Why international students may need a VPN: 

•Privacy & Security: VPNs protect students’ personal data from cyber threats, particularly on public wi-fi networks.

Access to restricted content: Allows students to access educational resources and content that is restricted in certain regions.

Secured communications: Ensures safe and encrypted communication for academic purposes, as well as, with family and friends.

What options are out there for students?

*Please note that these are merely suggestions and are not endorsed by Bridgeway. Families are responsible for choosing and maintaining their own VPN.

This site is a good reference for student discounts:






•Private Internet Access

Best practices: 

•Regularly update your VPN software

•Use strong passwords

•Choose servers that provide the best access, performance and security