July Edition #257

With most vacations and travel plans on hold this summer, this month’s newsletter provides ways you can keep busy while at home, including how to stay connected while social distancing. If you’re one of the many students still preparing to become an international student in future semesters, here you can find great information to dive into this month; whether you’re lining up your funds, searching for a university or debating on where to study- we have you covered. Already an international student in the US? We also have some great information to keep you busy and prepared this July.

The International Student Team


Quick & Easy Way to Find Your Student Loan

With the upcoming school year approaching fast, you might find yourself needing a student loan to help cover costs. With our student loan search tool you can get a student loan in just 4 easy steps:

  1. Use the loan comparison tool to see what lenders are available to you.
  2. Browse through lender options, then select the right loan for you.
  3. Fill out the loan application directly through the lender.
  4. Wait for approval and release of funds.

Try it out:


Tax Return Deadline: July 15th

File Your Tax Returns On-Time
Don’t forget to complete and mail your tax return forms to the IRS before the July 15th deadline. Get any last-minute help you need through our Student Tax Return resources including step-by-step details, tax prep videos and our Form 8843 wizard.

Need Extra Help? Join Our Tax Facebook Live Event!
If you want to connect with a tax expert we invite you to join our Facebook Live event tomorrow, July 8th at 11am Eastern Time, for a nonresident tax info session. Be sure to let us know if you can make it on the event page!


Connecting During COVID-19

While some places around the world are seeing the lowest numbers of COVID-19 cases in months, other places are seeing the start of what health experts have called “the second wave”. For the best chance to avoid the dreaded second wave, following health expert guidelines such as social distancing and wearing a mask are key. Check out our latest blog post to get some ideas on how to stay connected during COVID this summer while social distancing!


Featured Schools

University of Kansas - Academic Accelerator
The University of Kansas Academic Accelerator offers several support services for international students including an airport welcome, flexible course selection, academic advising and career preparation.


Rockland Community College
At RCC, you can save on tuition & fees and still get a quality education. The honors program challenges and rewards students through deeper discussion and mentorship.


California State University - Dominguez Hills
CSUDH offers some of today’s most dynamic degree programs within its six colleges of study. No matter what path you choose, you’ll be on the right track to a career or further education.



Explore our New Study in the Caribbean Section

The US medical school admissions process gets more and more competitive each year with average acceptance rates currently lower than 40%. If you’re interested in studying medicine in the US, you shouldn’t let this number discourage you but you should be thinking about a back-up plan just in case. Medical schools in the Caribbean enroll thousands of med students every year, and the admissions process isn’t nearly as long-winded as it is in the US. Visit our new Study in the Caribbean Section to see if it’s a good fit for you!


Travel Video Contest Winner Update

Last year, Ayush Rai wowed the Travel Video Contest judges with his video Jumping Borders and took home the $4,000 grand prize. As we near this year’s contest, Ayush has given us an update that since his win he’s been busy completing an internship. He has more recently continued creating promotional and seasonal videos for a student exchange company after returning home. We look forward to seeing the great things he will continue to accomplish!

Take a few minutes to watch his incredible winning video and get a few ideas for your own entry in our 2020 Travel Video Contest. Stay tuned for more information including details on the contest opening September 1st!


Protesting as an International Student in the US

In cities across the US, anti-racism protests are happening on a daily basis. If you would like to join, there are some things you should know about protesting the US as an international student before heading out to an organized protest. To help you navigate through this, we’ve outlined your rights while on a student visa, some risks, and the do’s and don'ts of attending a protest so you can be prepared before heading out to march.