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International Student News


Issue 146 - April 2011

An InternationalStudent.com Publication

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Welcome to the 146th issue of the International Student News!


Its tax time! For international students, its a chance to join in a true American tradition - panicking as the April 18 filing deadline approaches, and you have yet to start your taxes. No need to worry, as the International Student Tax Center can help you file your forms yourself, or better yet you can use our partner's easy and affordable solution described below.


Happy filing!


Ross Mason

Editor, InternationalStudent.com



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> Yale University's English Language Institute

Yale UniversityYale University’s English Language Institute offers six-week intensive English language courses as well as graduate and professional seminars every summer in New Haven. These seminars are designed to address the language and discipline-specific needs of students, business professionals and law professionals.


Students receive practice in the oral and written communication skills needed to succeed in graduate work, graduate management programs, medical studies, or advanced legal studies. Assignments are designed to provide orientation to vocabulary and concepts of the discipline and to give practice in the kinds of work that will be required of students.

To apply to Yale's 2011 programs, students must complete an application form and a housing application; these must be submitted with the initial fees -- $50 application fee (non-refundable) and a $200 tuition deposit (refundable if a student is not admitted).


Enrollment is limited. Applications due on June 6th for summer 2011. For more information please visit: http://www.yale.edu/eli/


> Student Tax Return

The tax season is upon us and most students will only have a few more days to submit their tax return. All international students in the US must file at least one form, and all international students who have recieved money (even things like scholarships and grants count) need to file a US tax return by the April 18 deadline!


Luckily, we can help you work out what forms you need to complete, how to complete them and get them submitted in time to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the USA. In collaboration with our 2011 tax partner, NR Tax, pricing for the forms are as follows:


Form 1040NR $17.95
Form 1040NR-EZ $17.95
Form 8843 $6.95
Form 843 $6.95
Form W-7 $6.95


We also offer a service for $24.95 which gives you full access to all the premium features to help you get your refund done quickly and efficiently! We also provide some guidance on how to file forms yourself, for those intrepid souls that feel they can navigate the US tax system on their own. For more information please visit our tax center and complete your forms today - you may be due money back!

> iPad Sweepstake Winner Revealed

After running a competition on the ISI Facebook Fan page for the last few months, International Student Insurance has finally revealed the winner of the iPad Sweepstakes. The winner is Lui Lun Tze, an international student studying Chemical Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Lui is originally from Hong Kong, but has been studying in the USA for the last 2 years now and is really excited by the prospect of receiving his new iPad 2!


International Student Insurance runs other promotions throughout the year, so please be sure to fan the ISI Facebook page and look out for other great competitions and sweepstakes! If you are also part of an International Student Association, why not take advantage of the current ISI pizza party promotion - check out the website for more information!


> Student News From Around the World

On March 11, the world watched in horror as a massive earthquake hit Japan, followed by the devastating tsunami it caused. For Japanese students in the US and around the world, as well as international students in Japan, it was and still is a time of great sadness and anxiety. This month we bring you stories from several schools as they help their students to deal with the tragedy - this is just a small sampling, as these stories played out school by school around the country and the world.


Students from the Japanese Association at Iowa State held a vigil and raised money, one of countless such events around the world:


Students at UNLV raised money:


Chico State study abroad students were recalled from Japan, like many others:



> From the Mailbag

This month we have a very interesting post from a student regarding OPT and who can sponsor them:

I'm a new grad and working under my OPT. I have some business ideas and would like to start my own company, typically an online (internet) company. I've researched that international students in the US are legal to buy or start their own business but can't be hired by it or anyone else (in F1 visa), my question is, can I use my newly started company to sponsor my OPT and STEM OPT extension? In this case I'll work within F1 visa for 12+17 months.

Another question is, is there any restrictions for this kind companies, like, do I must have an office or I could work from home? Thanks a lot!

If you can help, please reply to the thread online at:



> Fun Site of the Month - Awkward Family Photos

We all have them - old family photos that make you cringe! What were your parents thinking? AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com will definitely make you feel a little better about your own family and any goofy photos you've got hidden somewhere (or worse yet, displayed on your grandmother's coffee table!).


Some will make you laugh out loud, others you'll just scratch your head, but you've got to look:




> Students from Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Brazil - Virtual Student Fairs

The last in the current series of Virtual Student Fairs is about to take place on the 9th April 2011 for students from Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico. This is your opportunity to meet and greet schools from all across the USA right from the comfort of your own home! The Virtual Student Fairs allow you to get all the information you need from schools without the cost to travel to the USA and visit them personally. There is live chat, web cam chat, videos, brochures and so much more!


What's even better, just by attending the event you have the chance to win a $12,000 scholarship! For more information and to sign up now for FREE, please visit our website!


> Final Word

We hope you enjoyed this month's newsletter, and best of luck to you as you pursue or help others pursue an international education! As always please contact us with any questions or comments you have about the newsletter - we love to hear from you!

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