March Edition #265

We are well into the Spring semester which means most of you are feeling comfortable in your new routine. If you could use a bit more guidance this March, we have a number of resources you’ll want to explore in your down time. First and foremost, US tax season is back! This means you can once again rely on our tax section to help you and depend on our Form 8843 Wizard to assist. If your grades are starting to slip, we have a few tips to see you through, and if you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to study in Massachusetts (hello Boston!) you can find what you need here. We hope you enjoy the newsletter.

The International Student Team


Tax Season 2021 is Here

It’s official! This year’s tax season is underway and the April 15th deadline will be here before you know it. We encourage you to file your tax returns as soon as possible so that you have one less thing to worry about. As an international student in the US, you are required to submit Form 8843 and, if you worked in 2020, Form 1040-NR. Our Student Tax Return section is an excellent resource to get you started. In fact, our Form 8843 Wizard will populate the form for you, all you have to do is provide a little bit of information. Check it out and get started today!


Tax Question & Answer Session Coming Up

This tax season, our goal is to help you get the most out of your returns. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Sprintax for a Tax Q&A Session! This live event will be held on our Facebook page and YouTube channel and will be hosted by our very own Connor Blay. Connor will be joined by special guest, Neil Duffy, a tax expert from Sprintax, who will be answering the questions you have about filing tax returns. If you have any questions about tax season as an international student in the US, send them to us and they may make it into the live event. You can send your questions via email, or feel free to send them to one of our social media inboxes. And, don’t forget to let us know if you can make it by RSVPing on the event page linked below!


Featured Schools

American University of Antigua (AUA)
AUA is a fully accredited international medical school dedicated to providing a medical education of the highest quality. See if this Caribbean medical school is the perfect fit for you.


Heartland Community College
With more than 70 degree programs to choose from, you have a lot of options at Heartland Community College. In addition, you will be able to receive guidance from the international student office which is always open and ready to assist you with anything from health insurance to housing and transportation.

University of Utah
The Utah Global pathway program allows international applicants to receive personalized help. Advising starts at the beginning of the application process and lasts all the way through graduation. Advisors will assist you with English proficiency exams, your visa, housing and dining and academics.



Make Massachusetts Your Home Away From Home

Located in the Northeastern region of the United States, Massachusetts makes an excellent home away from home for international students. The state’s largest city, Boston, is culturally diverse and dynamic with more than 6 million permanent residents. As a large city with rich history, it’s no surprise that some of the world’s finest institutions were established in the Boston area. However, Massachusetts isn’t just an academic hub. It’s nicknamed “The Bay State” as a reference to Cape Cod Bay, a stunning waterway next to where some of the earliest US settlements were established. And, that’s only a little bit about what the state has to offer. To read more about what it’s like to study here and to search for schools in the state, visit our Study in Massachusetts page!


Improving Your GPA

So, you didn’t get the grades you’d hoped for last semester and, as a result, your GPA dropped. Don’t panic yet! There are several ways that you can get your GPA back up to where you’d like it to be. Read our latest post on the International Student blog for our tips!