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2020 Tax Help for International Students

Posted on March 6th, 2020 by Luke Clausen

Tax season is here! Under US law, any international student or dependent of an international student is required to file a tax return every year, even if you’ve earned no income. The IRS deadline for submitting tax returns is April 15th. All international students must fill out and submit IRS Tax Form 8843, but if […]

Celebrating Valentine’s Day Around The World

Posted on February 14th, 2020 by Yessica Prato

Celebrations worldwide for Valentine’s Day! How can you join in the celebration? Learn more about it in our International Student Blog.

Celebrating Black History Month

Posted on February 10th, 2020 by Connor Blay

February is a very special month in the United States because this month we observe Black History Month. Black History Month is a tradition put in place to celebrate black American historical figures and events. It all started in 1926 and was limited to one week in February. Since then, it has evolved into Black […]

Black Friday shopping in the US as an international student

Posted on November 8th, 2019 by Yessica Prato

Interested on knowing what Black Friday is all about? Check out our blog for international students if you are planning on participating on this tradition while in the US!

Why International Students Should Spend Time Volunteering

Posted on June 7th, 2019 by Phu Nguyen

It is an extremely difficult transition for an international student to move to a new country far away from friends, family, and familiar customs that one has grown up to know. You’re learning to adapt to new cultures and customs, all while keeping a major focus on academics. After a long day of classes and […]

Finished your Studies and Leaving the US? Do this First!

Posted on May 31st, 2019 by Yessica Prato

You made it! The last few years have been filled with hard work, long papers, many sleepless nights studying for exams, and learning how to make the most out of your experience as an international student in the US. For this- we congratulate you! But before going back to your home country, here is a […]

Celebrating Valentine’s Day in the US

Posted on February 1st, 2019 by Phu Nguyen

You’ll start to see the aisles in the stores fully loaded just after the new year is rung in. The shelves will be inundated with red, pink, teddy bears, roses, and hearts. Valentine’s Day in the US will be celebrated all around the country on February 14th, but at least it won’t sneak up on […]

Going Home With a Friend During Winter Break

Posted on December 4th, 2018 by Phu Nguyen

The busy semester has wound down and college students are getting a much-needed break. As an international student, your options for spending your leisure time will differ from many students who both study and live in the US. There’s good reason to consider visiting the home of a US friend during the winter break. With […]

Winter Carnival at English Language Institute at Michigan Tech

Posted on February 7th, 2018 by Rachel Rollins

When the snow starts to fall, students studying in the English Language Institute at Michigan Tech take advantage of all the fun winter activities on campus! Every February, the campus community celebrates Winter Carnival. During the week-long carnival, students can participate in: • Downhill Skiing • Ice Bowling • Curling • Cross-Country Skiing • Beard […]

Ways to Celebrate in December as an International Student

Posted on November 24th, 2017 by Yessica Prato

December is almost upon us which means the holidays and end-of-year celebrations will keep you busy while on Winter break. In countries around the globe, December is a month of festivities, religious days, family time, and getting rest. If you are wondering how to best enjoy the month, here are some of the most popular […]


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