March 2017 International Student Newsletter:

Spring Break, Free Tax Assistance, Last Day to Drop a Class, OPT Workshop, Academic Training Workshop, Summer Travel

Spring Break
No classes: March 13 – March 17

Residence halls will close on Friday, March 10 at 6:00 pm.  Residence halls will reopen on Sunday, March 19 at 12pm. International students needing housing during this time should contact the Office of Residence Life (608-663-3228, or Predolin 215) at least 1 week prior to break.  Dining Services hours will be limited during this time as well.

If you plan to travel outside the U.S. during Spring Break, you may need a travel validation signature on your I-20 or DS-2019.  Review the "Travel Outside The US" section of our website.

Free Tax Assistance! 

All students with F-1 and J-1 visas are expected to submit federal and state tax information for themselves and their dependents for each year that you live in the U.S.

Each year the Center for Global Education (CGE) provides a comprehensive tax guide for international students (found here). This guide is the only tax information that CGE provides for students. If you have specific questions or need individual tax assistance, please contact the resources listed on pages 3 and 4 of the guide.   CGE staff cannot offer individual tax advice.

The Center for Global Education is offering FREE codes from Sprintax for assistance with filing your federal taxes (additional fees apply to file your state taxes).  Sprintax provides online US tax preparation assistance for international students. 

The first 11 students who contact Sara will receive a FREE code from Sprintax for assistance with filing your federal taxes.    

*Disclaimer: Edgewood College does not endorse Sprintax services.  We are sharing this resource as an option to help international students with their tax filing requirements.

Last Day to Drop a Class: Friday, April 7th

April 7th is the last day to withdraw from a class without receiving an ‘F’ on your transcript. 

Before you drop a class, please consider the following: 
All F-1 and J-1 visa holders must maintain full-time student status (minimum of 12 credits for undergraduates, 9 credits for Master’s level students and 6 credits for Doctoral level students).  If dropping a course will cause you to be under-enrolled, you must talk to Sara and complete the Reduced Course Load Application BEFORE dropping the course. 

Before completing a Reduced Course Load Application, do the following: 
  • Talk with your instructor to see if she/he recommends that you drop the course.
  • Talk with your academic advisor about the implications this may have on your progress towards completing your degree.
  • If you live on campus, stop by the Office of Residence Life in Predolin 215 to file a request to live on campus with part-time enrollment.

OPT Workshop - Last chance for Spring semester!

Thursday, March 23; 2-3 pm in Predolin 214

The next OPT workshop will be offered in Fall 2017.
Optional Practical Training (OPT) is an optional benefit that students in F-1 status can apply for through the U.S. government. This opportunity for temporary employment in the U.S. must be directly related to your major area of study. Students in F-1 status who will graduate in May or August 2016 who were not able to attend the first workshop should attend this one. All interested students must attend an OPT workshop before applying for OPT. 
For more information about OPT, read the F-1 Off-Campus Employment section on the Center for Global Education website.


Academic Training Workshop for Students in J-1 Status

Academic Training (AT) provides permission for certain types of study-related employment and practical training for students with J-1 visas.  If you plan to complete an internship during your time at Edgewood and/or you would like to work in the U.S. after you complete your academic program, you should attend this Academic Training Workshop!   

When: Monday, March 6 from 3:00 – 4:00pm.
Where: Predolin 220
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