Welcome to the April 2013 Newsletter!
This month we are pleased to announce the launch of the
new Student Secure plan, one of the leading international
student health insurance plans, and a great way for
international students to save money on their required
insurance. The new plans offer lower rates for those 24
and under and some great benefit enhancements for
It is also tax season, with the April 15th deadline
looming just over the horizon. Our tax center has
excellent guidance for international students, or if you
want more help we have partnered with Sprintax
who will prepare your tax filings for as low as $14.95.
In this issue:
Filing Your US Taxes?
From the Mailbag
Fun Site of the Month
Study Law in the USA
On April 1st 2013, the Student Secure plan has
officially been relaunched, with new benefits and
pricing for international students and study abroad
students all around the world. We have adjusted the plan
based on direct feedback from students from around the
world. Changes include:
New pricing starting at just $29 for those under 25
in the USA
Lower deductible options, going as low as $25 per
100% coverage after the deductible for those outside
Mental health coverage now includes substance and
Pre-existing condition coverage after 6 months on
the Budget and Select plans
The Student Secure plan is the best option for
international students, and will now meet the
requirements of even more schools. If you are an
international student, or will be an international
student soon - the Student Secure will allow you to save
money on your student health insurance. For more
information and to see the new plans, please visit the
health insurance page.
The US tax filing deadline is fast approaching. All
international students must complete at least one form
and if you worked or held an internship you will need to
file other forms like the 1040-NR in order to receive
your tax refund. The International Student Tax
Center and the Tax
FAQs page can help you figure out exactly what forms
you need to file.
This year, we have partnered with Sprintax to help you
with your taxes. Sprintax are experts in international
student tax filing preparation. Their fees start at
$14.95 to file Form 8843 (which all international
students must file by April 15th) and $35.95 for those
students that worked and are owed a refund. US taxes can
be confusing. Sprintax can help you through the process,
ensure you are compliant with US tax laws and make sure
you get the refund you deserve.
Visit the International Student Tax
Center for more information and to sign up for
Did you know that financial pressures are the leading
cause of anxiety among international students?
Tuition and fees can cost $30,000 or more for one
semester, depending on the institution you choose.
Room and board can run approximately $5,000 to
$10,000 per year depending on where you live - and
what happens if the dormitory is closed during
Books are about $1,000 just for one academic year.
With these fees and others, it's no wonder why finances
create anxiety in students. While it can be expensive to
study in the US, it's important to use the support
system your school offers. Your international
student advisor can be a great help providing
tips and tricks on inexpensive ways to afford your
education. They know where to go shopping, how to save
on costs, and can help you navigate your way to
financial success. Many schools also have a Financial
Aid Office that can provide assistance to their
students when it comes to meeting education expenses.
If you are under financial pressures, don't let it get
to you. Talk to your international student advisor and
financial aid office to get the resources you need for
educational success. You can also read and subscribe to
Education Financial Aid Blog for posts and tips
related to affording an international education.
Business Schools With the Most International Students
We are all familiar with the US News and World Report
College and University rankings - released annually,
these comprehensive rankings are anxiously awaited by
schools and students alike. Many think that students
rely on them too much, focusing attention on just a
handful of top-ranked schools, when there are thousands
of excellent colleges and universities in the US and
around the world. However you feel about the rankings
themselves, the US News reports contain a lot of data
that can help you make your school choice.
For instance, US News publishes a variety of "short
lists" - here is the short list of MBA
Programs with the most international students. How
many international students attend a program can be a
very good piece of information for a potential business
student. Some want a lot of international students, so
they can be sure there is plenty of infrastructure and
services available for students. Others want fewer
international students, to ensure maximum absorption
into the local culture. Whichever way you see it, this
list is interesting and helpful for a potential
international MBA student.
This month we feature a post in our International Student Forum from
Anna, who is looking for advice on studying in Memphis,
Hi guys! My name is Anna and I'm
actually looking to study a degree in speech therapy
or special needs in Memphis. Are there any
universities that offer these courses and also
accepts international students? I'm also Asian so
I'm wondering if there are any asian students living
or studying in memphis?
If you are a current international student, or have some
advice for Anna - please swing by our student forum and share your
Our fun site this month is TED, which stands for
Technology, Entertainment and Design. The idea behind
TED was to bring people from those three worlds together
to learn from each other - and since its inception in
1984, it has spread and now hosts one of the leading
conferences where you can see the "thinkers"
and "doers" of our time. If you cannot make it
to one of their conferences - nearly all their content
is posted online and is an excellent place to see some
fascinating people talk about all kinds of topics.
The practice of law in the United States has a proud
history, integral to the founding of the nation and
maintaining the rule of law, and many lawyers and law
students from around the world want to study or practice
law in the United States. The legal profession is
largely self-regulated, as each state has a "Bar"
that sets the rules for the practice of law in that
state. One important function of each state Bar is to
provide a licensing structure that determines who is and
is not allowed to practice law in that state, including
non-US citizens. In this Study Law guide, we describe
the overall legal system in the USA, as well as provide
practical guidance for foreign education lawyers and
international students that want to study law or
practice law in the USA.
For more information, please visit our study