Archive for August, 2014

  • Do’s and Don’ts in preparation for coming to America!

    Your dream has finally come true – you have gone through the entire process of researching the right University, all the application procedures and visa interviews. And here you are –eager to pack bags and hit the road to USA.

    Your excitement about the upcoming unforgettable time in the Land of Opportunity is only normal.  But it is good to come back down to earth (for a moment!) and make sure you can avoid any potential situations which could ruin the trip – take a look at the most crucial do’s and don’ts when it comes to travelling overseas.

    Do’s

    1) Get USA guidebooks and local maps – Also available as apps on Android and iPhone. Read travel blogs etc. Guidebooks are your best friend during your travelling abroad. Travel guidebooks will give you interesting and valuable information about almost anything you get your eyes on; and maps always help when you accidentally get lost in big cities! The New York subway has a great app which will ensure you will never get lost in New York!

    2) Keep separate records of your passport and your credit card numbers.

    Why? In the event that if you become a victim of robbery, for instance or even if you loose them. Keeping photocopies of your passport and other important documents will make the process of getting new ones much easier. In this regard it is also advisable to provide your family with copies of your Visa and other travel and work docs, just in case.

    3) Be aware of rules and regulations in the USA

    For example in the USA it is compulsory for everyone to file a tax return including international students. You must file a tax return if you are working or receiving income in the US from grants, scholarships, stipends etc. You must also file a tax return form if you have not received any income or have not worked in the US. The tax system in the US is complicated and different situations apply based on your nationality and other factors. But don’t let this worry you, Sprintax is a web based tax software specifically designed for international students. Visit sprintax.com to find out more.

    Don’ts

    1) Do not expect things to be like they are at home

    If you go abroad with expectations everything to be the same or similar, forget about them now. It is another country which has different history and quite diverse culture. It’s a whole new world that you will fall in love with, for sure – just do not pack any prejudices along with your personal stuff.

    2) Make a checklist so you don’t forget the essentials:

    • ID and passport – check
    • Visa – check
    • Travel and medical documents – check
    • Money- check
    •  Time for adventures – CHECK!

    3) Avoid over planning

    Try not to attempt to do everything mentioned in your travel guide. You are there to study – combine getting your education and  experience with visiting the most exciting and remarkable places for you. Prepare a list to make your trips arrangements easier and well planned.

    Studying in USA will make you a citizen of the world! So be open to new experiences. Keep the tips mentioned above in mind and you will have the most amazing time.

     

    Enjoy! We would love to hear about your trip and see some pictures of places you visited. Help us help out next years students who may be considering coming to the US.

  • Get ready for the new academic year with a new exclusive offer from Sprintax!

    The new Sprintax partnership offer is already live!  Have you heard of it?

    If you somehow missed it, there is still time to catch up with the latest Sprintax news. You might be aware that Sprintax is an online tax preparation tool that helps international students and scholars in USA file their tax returns. What you might not know is that Sprintax is constantly striving for the best, providing a service tailored to both, students’ and universities’ needs.

    Lots of US universities have already chosen Sprintax software to help their international students deal with the complicated and stressful tax matters. Now is the perfect time to join them! Choosing Sprintax tax filing solution means happy students, no tax workshops arrangements and dealing with tax procedures and laws during the academic season.

    Start the new semester with an amazing opportunity which will benefit both your university and students. All universities that sign up with us before August 31st will receive a limited offer from Sprintax. Along with the package purchased, you will receive additional FREE codes for federal tax return preparation.

    There are just a few weeks till August 31st – seize this great opportunity right here, right now at: https://www.sprintax.com/partners.html

  • NAFSA 2014 Annual Conference & Expo at San Diego – Passion for international education

    If you wonder what event gathered international educators from all over the world in one place – the answer is the  NAFSA 2014 Annual Conference & Expo.

    This year the event took place in San Diego, California and brought together approximately 10,000 people – all passionate for international education, new business opportunities and knowledge.

    The conference program was made up of  – 45 workshops, more than 200 sessions with  inspiring guest speakers, experts in international education or related business fields; open meetings and discussions with attendees from more than 89 countries.

    The NAFSA  Conference & Expo always has a great atmosphere and gives organizations the opportunity to meet other educators and future business partners from all over the world. Its a chance to share experience and ideas, to meet people with similar interests and goals, to broaden both  educational and personal horizons. New opportunities were discussed and new partnerships established.

    Being a part of the educational world and a partner to US universities, helping their international students with their tax refunds, Sprintax could not miss the NAFSA San Diego conference. The Sprintax team was happy to catch up with some old friends and meet new ones; to discuss new ideas and projects, dedicated to the well-being of international students in USA.

    In order to make the event even more exciting, Sprintax organized an iPad competition. Congratulations to the lucky winner Doug Podoll, the director of International Education for the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia!

     The Sprintax team was really inspired being a part of NAFSA 2014 Annual Conference & Expo. As John Dewey, a prominent American educational reformer, once said – “Education is life itself”.  We look forward to seeing you all again next year in Boston!