International Student Taxes – International students in the United States are required to file a tax return every year. The deadline in 2019 is April 15th.
All students and their dependents must file a form 8843 (one form per person).
If you have received any income in the last calendar year then you will most likely Form 1040NR-EZ also.
How to file your taxes as an International Student
There are a number of ways that you can submit these forms:
You can do it yourself because the forms are all available online from the IRS. This means you can print them off, complete them for each family member and submit them directly to the IRS directly for processing.
Do it yourself (with help). InternationalStudent.com has created an online IRS Form 8843 Wizard that pre-populates the Form 8843 automatically for you. You can enter all your details into the web form for them to pre-populate Form 8843 with all your details. Just check it over, sign and date it and send it to the IRS for processing.
Or you can seek Expert Tax Advice. InternationalStudent.com has partnered with Sprintax who provide expert tax advice and assistance (for a fee). You can contact them directly for assistance or advice. This is especially helpful for more complicated tax returns.
Filing your taxes is not optional.
Every international student and their dependents (including spouses and children of all ages) must file their tax if they were in the US during the previous calendar year.
Although it may seem difficult to file your tax return, there are a number of resources to help you comply with the law and your visa regulations.
Find out more at our partner site: InternationalStudent.com
The 2018 InternationalStudent.com Travel Video Contest winners have been announced! For all the ones who have been following the contest, you know that it wasn’t an easy decision for our judges since all the finalist videos were incredible, but they had to come with 3 winners. Today, the last day of International Education Week, we are pleased to announce the final winners of the 2018 contest:
The $4,000 grand prize winner: Mariana Barbosa with Remembering to Live
Mariana is from Brazil, an amazing country that unfortunately, due to all the budget cuts, had to cut off student scholarships at federal universities. For this reason, Mariana put her eyes on another country that will bring her more opportunities and new experiences, Canada! Mariana will walk away with the $4,000 grand prize to help her study in Canada!
The second place winner ($500): Prabhat Gurung with: Me and my Camera
Prabhat is from Nepal and he moved to New Jersey to began his undergraduate education. In the United States, Prabhat has made new friends and shared his culture with his fellow international peers. It’s there where he found out what his true passion was: a camera. He wants to go home and share with his people everything he has learned while being abroad. Prabhat will receive $500 to help him pursue his dream of sharing the beauty of Nepal with the world!
The third place winner ($250): Hoang Thuy Ha with Why Later?
Hoang is from Vietnam and found in dancing a therapy that made her a more confident person. She found this passion at the age of 30 and advises you not to wait any longer to follow your dreams. She will take home $250 to help her study dance therapy abroad.
Next year InternationalStudent.com will host their annual Travel Video Contest and you won’t want to miss out! Check back on September 2019 for your chance to enter the contest!
The 2018 InternationalStudent.com Travel Video Contest Finalists and Viewers’ Choice Winner AnnouncedNovember 15th, 2018 by Juncal
In late August InternationalStudent.com invited you to participate in their annual Travel Video Contest where students can create a 4 minute or less video describing their proposed study abroad, or any trip they would like to take if already studying abroad. After receiving numerous entries with emotional and inspiring videos, InternationalStudent.com has announced who the lucky finalists are, including the Viewers’ Choice Winner.
We encourage you to watch their amazing videos and listen to their unique stories- perhaps one of your favorites was nominated within the 12 finalists! To choose the three final winners, InternationalStudent.com has a Judging Panel comprised of leaders in international education.
As well as watching the 12 finalist videos, we encourage you to check out the Viewers’ Choice winning video: Leaving Routine Behind, created by Kaleema Lowery, who is actually participating for her second time in this contest! Winning the Viewers’ Choice Award means she not only will receive $1,000, but also gains automatic entry into the finalist round. Check out Kaleema’s video and let her tell you her story through her moving video, where she shares her desire to visit and live in South Korea in order to leave the routine behind.
Stay tuned as the 3 winners will be announced during the last day of the International Education Week: November 16th! If you’re interested in entering this Travel Video Contest next year make sure you sign up to receive the latest alerts from InternationalStudent.com.
University of Arizona
Deadline: April 1st
Looking to study at the University of Arizona (UA) but can’t afford the tuition? This is your chance! The UA is offering Tuition Awards to international students that go from $4,000 to $24,000 per academic year.
The University of Arizona is one of the United States’ most respected public research institutions. The UA provides more than a world-class education, they help students develop the necessary skills of discovery, research, and creativity and that’s why you can’t miss this opportunity to study there!
What’s the scholarship about?
In recognition for students who exhibit an outstanding academic performance, the University of Arizona offers the International Tuition Award which offers $4,000 – $24,000 per academic year for freshman, and $5,000 per academic year for transfer students.
- International applicants whose primary language is not English, or who attended school in a non-English speaking country, must prove English proficiency.
- Must verify your lawful presence as described under Arizona’s Proposition 300.
- Semesters without lawful presence verified will be lost and counted against the scholarship’s total eight semesters.
- Awards are for undergraduate studies only.
- In addition to the criteria above, submit a complete application and all required documents.
- Scholarship recipients must accept their award by paying their enrollment fee by May 1 for freshmen and by June 1 for transfer students.
- Sponsored students are not eligible. However, if sponsorship is for years two – four only, a one time award may be applied per the charts above.
- Non-degree seeking, exchange, and conditionally admitted students are not eligible.
If you meet the criteria, be sure you submit your application on time for the next fall semester!
Get more details on the University of Arizona International Tuition Award and how to apply.
The 2018 InternationalStudent.com Travel Video Contest
Deadline: October 9th
The InternationalStudent.com Travel Video Contest is back and is open for entries until October 9th! If you are planning to become an international student or if you are already one, this contest is a great opportunity for you! Keep reading to get all the details about the InternationalStudent.com Travel Video Contest!
What is it about?
You will need to create and submit an original video before the deadline to be considered for a $4,000 grand prize. One lucky winner will receive the grand prize and their very own blog on InternationalStudent.com. There will also be a second place, third place and a viewers’ choice winner. The grand prize winner will be announced on November 16th.
To be eligible you must be 18 or older and already enrolled or planning to enroll in college or university outside of your home country. If you are currently studying outside of your home country, your video must describe any trip you would like to take. If you are not currently studying outside of your home country, your entry must describe your proposed study abroad.
Your video must be created specifically for the current InternationalStudent.com Travel Video Contest with a maximum length of 4 minutes.
Make sure you read the full list of rules and regulations before you enter. You would also want to check the tips & tricks section and view the past winners, as well as see who will be judging your video.
Get more information on how to enter the 2018 Travel Video Contest!
Deadline: October, 15
Westbon is the first lending platform for international students in the U.S. Based in Chicago, they specialize in providing auto loans and personal loans for their customers, who have always been an underserved group due to their lack of a Social Security Number (SSN) and credit history.
Westbon is dedicated to assisting international students in their pursuit to study in the United States and is always amazed by how vibrant and talented the international student community is.
To help international students further pursue their dreams in the U.S., Westbon has established a scholarship program for international students who are on F1 Visa in the United States. Regardless of your fields of study, Westbon is happy to offer the assistance you need for your college studies in the United States.
To qualify, you must be:
- International students on F1 Visa with valid I20
- Undergrad, master students all welcomed to apply
- All nationalities and majors are welcomed to apply
- Minimum GPA 2.70 out of 4.00 or equivalent
- Online application form
- L20 & Transcript
- Supporting documents if necessary
What are they looking for?
Applicants who have the excellent achievement and great potential in academic, extracurricular activities or social fields.
- Applicants who excel in their study with demonstrated academic performance.
- Please provide your most recent transcript. Supporting documents like recommendation letters from your professors or supervisors are recommended but not required.
- Enthusiastic travelers who have seen and witnessed the true beauty of the world.
- Talented artists and designers who have an amazing, stunning portfolio.
- Adventurers who have an amazing story to tell.
- It all depends on your experience and endeavors.
Social Impact/ Leadership/ Entrepreneurship
- Candidates who have entrepreneurship spirit, a significant social impact, or the ability to influence others in a positive way.
- Candidates who have shown leadership in extracurricular activities or won recognition within the international student organization and communities.
All undergraduate and master program students are welcome to apply. You can find further details here.
Deadline: November 1st
The Trendhim Scholarship was created to empower and support the future of ecommerce superstars, and each year Trendhim Aps supports one or more students by providing them with €2.000.
The Scholarship was founded to cover costs associated with ecommerce education or projects, which can cover travel expenses, conference fees, meals, or school attendance.
To be eligible to apply, you can be from anywhere in the world and be any age. You also must be studying one of the fields below:
- Organizational Design
PhD students can also apply for the Scholarship. It is expected that the person(s) receiving the support subsequently offers a brief description of the results accomplished or abilities obtained with the help of the scholarship.
How to Enter
In order to be considered, your education or project for which you’re seeking funds should be related to ecommerce.
You are expected to submit a proposal in which you clearly explain what the funds will cover, along with a budget. Name, address, and telephone number must be included. Then, submit your proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get more details on this scholarship and how to apply here.
Full Sail University
Deadline: Applications must be submitted prior to the desired start date
Full Sail University is an American private, for-profit university located in Florida. Full Sail is dedicated to helping creative students follow their dreams in the entertainment and media industry. With students from over 65 countries, 110 world-class recording studios, and many spacious film soundstages, Full Sail’s innovative and accelerated style of education provides a unique real-world education in film, music, animation, video games and recording arts.
Full Sail University is offering students the opportunity to apply for the Full Sail Global Achievement Scholarship, which is designed to encourage and develop future international entertainment and media professionals throughout the world.
What is it?
Through the Global Achievement Scholarship, eligible participants may receive up to $5,000 toward the tuition of their Full Sail campus degree program. If you are interested in attending Full Sail University and applying to this scholarship find more information about it here.
To be eligible you must:
- Be a non-US citizen or non-permanent resident, as defined by Full Sail University.
- Applicants must have applied for one of the following immersive campus degree programs: Computer Animation, Creative Writing, Digital Arts & Design, Entertainment Business, Film, Game Art, Media Communication, Music Business, Recording Arts, Show Production, or Sports Marketing & Media.
How to enter
- Complete and submit the Global Achievement application, and an original 250-word essay on “How My Full Sail Education Will Help Me Achieve My Career Dream” prior to the first day of class.
- The Global Achievement Scholarship application must be submitted to the Full Sail Scholarship Committee prior to the desired start date.
- To apply for this scholarship, please contact your admissions representative.
Get more details on this scholarship and how to apply.
Deadline: May 15, 2018
If you think you’ve got skills when it comes to writing then you won’t want to miss the Aussiewritings Writing Contest where you’ll have the chance to win up to $1,000.
What is it about?
AussieWritings.com is pleased to announce its first essay contest among participants from all around the globe. To encourage passionate writers, there will be money prizes:
First prize – $1,000
Second prize – $800
Third prize – $600
There is also a special prize of $200 for the most compelling and thoughtful essay. Winning essays will be published on AussieWritings.com and promoted throughout its social media.
All participants who are passionate about writing regardless their location, age or nationality are welcome to participate.
How to enter
You need to write an essay, answering to any of these questions:
- What is the greatest achievement of mankind?
- How technologies have changed our lives.
- Pros and cons of compulsory education.
When writing your essay, consider the following:
- Length: Keep your essay between 800 and 1000 words.
- Originality: Your final piece should be unique and written all by yourself.
- Language: English
- Submission format: Your file should be saved as a doc., docx., or pdf. and named Essay_Contest_(your surname). Example: Essay_Contest_Smith
- The number of entries: You can submit a few essays if you would like to.
- Participation Cost: Free.
Send your essays in through email before May 15th, 2018. Winners will be announced on May 31st, 2018 on AussieWritings.com. You can find further details here.
University of Sussex Scholarship
Deadline: March 10th
Have you ever dreamt about spending a summer in England? Dream no more! The University of Sussex offers you the opportunity to experience a life-changing summer in its International Summer School!
The International Summer School at the University of Sussex provides an opportunity to meet and study with people from all over the world and is now offering a 50% scholarship to spend next summer on its campus! The International Summer School program lasts for 4 weeks, just enough time to have an immersive cultural experience! And it gets even better as the program also includes social activities such as Harry Potter tours, karaoke nights and pub quizzes.
How to apply?
The Sussex teaching system is based around intensive, small-group teaching through lectures, workshops and labs. Each module carries 15 credits and lasts for four weeks and the start date for Module A is from June 23 and for Module B from July 22.
To apply, just follow these three steps:
- Complete the Sqore challenge.
- Decide which ISS module works best for you.
- Apply online to the International Summer School.
Do you want to know more about the school and city? The University of Sussex was founded in 1961 and is located in Brighton, England, which has been known as “London by the Sea.” Brighton quickly established an international reputation for the quality of its research, for its innovative and effective styles of teaching, and for attracting scholars from all over the world. Brighton is an amazing place to be a student as you will enjoy the sun and the sea. It also has great places to eat and drink, many shops and any other entertainment activity you can find in any other big city. Are you excited now? Get more details on the International Summer School scholarship and apply before March 10th!