In this issue: Tax Return Help, Pathway Programs, Travel Video Winner Updates, Travel Budgeting Updates and more!

March Edition #241

March is an exciting month for students. Many of you will go on spring break if you’re not already in the thick of it now. Be sure you have your loose ends tied before letting loose! In this month’s issue we have tips on taxes, some great pathway programs to consider, and a fun update from Mariana, our 2018 Travel Video Contest winner. Have a fun time springing into the new season, and enjoy the newsletter.

The International Student Team


Tax Return Tips

Tax returns are due on or before April 15th this year, and our tax section is ready to help! There you can find information on what forms you need to submit, helpful videos and answers to commonly asked tax questions.

Additionally, every international student and their dependent must submit Form 8843 to the IRS, even if income was not received. Although Form 8843 is one of the more simple tax return forms, it can be confusing to complete; we’re happy to help make the process easier with our newly updated Form 8843 online wizard. Simple to use, the Form 8843 online wizard is free and allows students like you to enter their details into the form which then pre-populates into the actual IRS Form 8843 and can then be downloaded, signed, and sent to the IRS for processing. No information is held, so privacy is maintained throughout the process. Get the information you need this tax season:


Simplify With Sprintax

For students with more complicated tax questions who feel like they could use additional guidance, or simply someone to have on hand to answer any questions, Sprintax can help. Sprintax was created specifically for international students, scholars, teachers, and researchers in the US on F, J, M and Q visas, to make tax preparation less confusing, and to make sure students are fully compliant with the IRS. If you need an expert when filing your tax returns, learn more about Sprintax.


Finding Your Pathway

International students who are thinking about studying in the US but worry that their English language skills aren’t strong enough should consider pathway programs, also known as bridge programs. Pathway programs help build necessary language skills, give international students more time to choose a major, help improve the odds for undergraduate admission, and last but not least, give students a chance to adjust to US culture while earning college credit. If you need to improve your English language skills but would like to study in the US, see if a pathway program is a good option for you.


Featured Schools

Suffolk University INTO Pathway offers a wide range of undergraduate, graduate, and law degree programs with real-world experience at their core. Small class sizes allow faculty to learn each student's name, recognize their potential, and build important mentoring relationships. Read More >>

University of the Incarnate Word is a Catholic institution that welcomes persons of diverse backgrounds, in the belief that their respectful interaction advances the discovery of truth, mutual understanding, self-realization, and the common good. Read More >>

American University is strategically located in a beautiful residential district of Washington, DC. American University (AU) combines the advantages of a traditional college setting with the energy, culture, and opportunities of a global capital city. To study in an environment that offers all a modern student could want. Read More >>


Travel Along With Mariana

Our 2018 Travel Video Contest was full of tough competition, and we were happy to award the grand prize to Mariana Barbosa for her video, “Remembering to Live.” Since her big win, Mariana has made her way to her dream school, the University of Winnipeg in Canada! Mariana has been updating us along her educational journey, and we’re delighted to share her latest update with you through our blog.


Spring Break On A Budget

March is when students find themselves on Spring Break, which makes it a busy travel season. Will you be visiting home or somewhere new? Do you know how to score the best deal for your budget? From how to get there, to where to stay, to what to visit, has some great tips to on how to do it all this season and doing it all within your means.