April showers bring May flowers and we have plenty of resources to shower you in this month so your May can be full of life! We are thrilled to share two upcoming live events, one for you on improving engagement for online students, and one for your students on tax returns in the US. You can also explore resources to pass along to your students around banking and understanding the US dollar, and learn how you and your students can connect around the globe to celebrate our planet beyond Earth Day.

We hope you enjoy the newsletter and look forward to seeing you next month.

Bryanna Davis
On behalf of the InternationalStudent.com Team

April 2021


Federal Tax Return Deadline: May 17th

As you’ve already heard, the federal deadline to file tax returns in the US has changed to May 17th. While this gives your students some extra time to complete their required documents (like Form 8843), we recommend that they get started as soon as they can. Our Form 8843 Wizard can help them complete this form after they’ve provided the necessary tax information; and in addition to our wizard, students can find resources like step-by-step instructions on how to file, student tax FAQs, tax preparation videos and information on a tax preparation service. If your students can benefit from these resources, feel free to share our student tax section or our upcoming live event link. During our live event students can ask a Sprintax tax expert any question they may have about filing.


Webinar: Developing Culture While Students Learn Online

Over the past 12 months, the transition from traditional in-person learning to online learning has rapidly become an essential part of the higher education landscape. While an online learning option is a viable solution in response to COVID restrictions, there is no doubt that one of one of the biggest challenges is the absence of physical interaction. During this webinar, we will discuss how the shift from traditional to online learning can impact an international student’s cultural experience and dive into ways you can keep students engaged and interacting with each other in a virtual learning environment. Sign up and join us on May 19th at 11am EDT!


11 Days Left to Receive 10% Off Package Price

You can still receive 10% off our featured school packages until the end of April to help you meet your recruitment goals. Our packages include special features such as high visibility in our school search, profile customization, and depending on the package- promotion through marketing like social media, newsletters and trigger emails. Discover our Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond levels, determine which is best for your institution, then make your purchase online or request a proposal.


Information for Students:
Understanding the US Dollar and Banking System

While international students often have a basic understanding of US currency and the monetary system, it can sometimes be tricky to understand all of the ins-and-outs in a new system. But if one thing is for certain about life in the US, it’s that money matters and students will want to take time to learn how the system works. Not only do we have a page that explains US currency, defines common banking terms and even dives into building credit so that students can gain more insight into how to handle their finances, but we also recently hosted a live event on the topic. Feel free to share this resource with them or have them watch our video if they missed it live!


Social Media Tip: Have Students Help Run Your Social

Have you considered giving a trusted student temporary control of your institution’s social media? Doing so could increase your institution’s reach. We recommend seeking out international student influencers at your school who have already established a sizable following on social media to run your account for a few days. These students will already have a background in content creation and will be able to reach their follower base. Plus, having a student run your account will give prospective students a first-hand look at what it’s like to be a student at your institution. Find a student, establish their guidelines and goals, then give it a try!


Exporting Names & Addresses

At InternationalStudent.com, it is our goal to continuously improve the services we provide while making your recruitment process as easy as possible. If you are the current administrator of a profile, when you export your leads to a .CSV file you will notice that the first name and last name of your leads are now in separate columns. Additionally, each component of their address will be broken down by column for an easier upload into your CRM.

Whether you are a featured client or an approved free profile user, you have the ability to export your leads into a .CSV file. You can either export the entire list or filter based upon a specific time period. Simply follow the steps below to get started:

  1. Login to your InternationalStudent.com admin account. If you do not already have an account you can register now to access your free leads
  2. Click ‘View Dashboard’
  3. Click the envelope on the right hand side
  4. At the bottom you can select the date range of leads you would like to export
  5. Select download leads
  6. Click ‘Search’
  7. Your leads will automatically download as a .CSV file

If you have any questions on this process or claiming your profile please let us know.


Interestingly Enough...

Earth Day is in two days and if you’re looking for a unique way to celebrate this month and enjoy planet Earth while connecting with others across the globe, check this out! The City Nature Challenge (CNC) is an international effort of people finding and documenting plants and wildlife in cities around the world. The CNC started in 2016 and is run by the Community Science teams at the California Academy of Sciences and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Already have a trash pick-up or tree planting day planned for Earth Day? The best part is that this collaboration starts April 30th meaning you can still celebrate April 22nd in other beneficial ways!