April Edition #254

The past few weeks have felt like months as the world continues to see one change after another and we have each felt an impact in our daily lives, physically, emotionally, or financially. Whether you’re a current international student displaced and relying on virtual studies, or an aspiring international student uncertain on your journey timeline, know that you’re not alone. We will get through this and in the meantime encourage you to stay virtually connected with others, and don’t lose sight of your dreams. #inthistogether

The International Student Team


Tax Season 2020 Updates

We’re officially in April which means the April 15th deadline would almost be here. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the federal tax return deadline has been extended to July 15th. However, you should still complete them as soon as possible since you might receive a refund. Some state deadlines have also been pushed back, however, state requirements and deadlines will vary. You should confirm this information on the state’s website.

If you have tax questions, our student tax return section has some excellent resources for international students living in the US. If you have more complicated tax returns and need extra guidance, you can also find further help there.

In case you missed it, last week, we were on Facebook Live with a tax expert from Sprintax. Thank you to everyone who attended the event! We hope it was helpful and all of your tax return questions were answered. If you missed Tax Season 101 for International Students, view it at any time on our Facebook page.


Connect Through Our New International Student Group

As many of us are physically distancing ourselves from others, it’s more important than ever to still connect in other ways. Social media is one of the best ways to communicate with people from all over the world. To help you connect with others during this time we have created an International Student Facebook group to connect you with other international students and people within the international education community! Think of this as a safe space to meet and chat with people who share some of the same interests and experiences as you. We encourage you to make friends, ask questions, and share useful information with your peers from around the world.


Featured Schools

Auburn University
Students in the Auburn University pathway program can expect an easier transition, extra support, and career growth assistance through the Auburn University pathway program team. This includes but is not limited to admissions help, free airport pickup, and internship assistance.


Rockland Community College
Rockland Community College (RCC) welcomes international students from all over the world. The International Student Services team will help with your transition to the US, including help with applying, answering immigration questions, and assisting with anything you need while you’re a student at RCC.


University of South Carolina - Beaufort
Every year, international students from five continents around the world choose University of South Carolina - Beaufort (USCB). That’s because all USCB students are offered affordable tuition, incredible campus life, state-of-the-art facilities, and support from day one.



3 Things International Students Should Do During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

These are uncertain times and many areas of your life, including planning your international education, have likely been put on hold for right now. It’s important for aspiring international students to stay positive and to do these 3 things:

  1. Follow guidelines from WHO and CDC
  2. Take good care of your mental health
  3. Continue to plan for your international education future

Taking these steps can help you stay productive and prepared while in quarantine. Read more into this on the International Student blog!


Guidance During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

In order to stay physically healthy during this pandemic, following advice from the World Health Organization and from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the best thing international students can do. But InternationalStudent.com wants to make sure that you’re also staying emotionally well and mentally healthy. For some excellent tips on how to successfully stay emotionally well and mentally healthy during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, check out International Student Insurance.


InternationalStudent.com & MPOWER Central America Scholarship Recipients

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the InternationalStudent.com & MPOWER Central America Scholarships! A big congratulations to:

Natalie Paetau
$3,000 Scholarship Recipient

Reynaldo Pena
$1,000 Honorary Mention

Cindy Marin
$1,000 Honorary Mention

We are honored to have partnered with MPOWER Financing to grant these scholarships as we believe in the power of international education and are confident that all three of these students will use that power to achieve great things.


Housing Options Through American Homestay Network

American Homestay Network (AHN) is working hard to provide home-stay housing for international students in the US who have been displaced because of the coronavirus. At this time AHN is able to offer half-off matching fees for international students who have been displaced from their accommodations.

Students who submit an application to AHN will get a response within 24 hours after the application is submitted and a quote if families are available.