The International Student Services (ISS) will assist you in many ways as you make the transition to D’Youville.
We want to help make your academic, social and cultural experiences here as satisfying as possible. The presence and contributions of our international students are an important part of campus life.
What You’ll Find Here
International Student Services will:
- assist you in obtaining your I-20, allowing you to study at D’Youville
- counsel you on immigration matters to help you maintain your F-1 student status
- guide you through the cultural adjustment process
- connect you to the many programs and services on campus and in the community
- invite you to participate in international student programs on campus
- take you on tours of Buffalo attractions and introduce you to the natural beauty of the Buffalo-Niagara region
Currrent Student Resources
International Student Services offers assistance with making your academic and social experience on campus as rewarding as possible.
Our club hosts campus events, off-campus trips and provides a great way for students to get to know one another.
The International Student Club was formed in 2004 to help new international students adjust to D'Youville. Our club promotes diversity and cultural awareness on the D'Youville campus. They also help organize D'Youville's annual International Fiesta.
Earn extra money with a job on campus. International students are eligible for employment on campus up to 20 hours per week.
More information can be found on the Campus Work-Study page.
All full-time international students living in the United States must file income taxes every year.
If you have earned income in the U.S. by working on or off campus
- You must file a federal tax return by submitting a completed 1040NR form to the Internal Revenue Service. You must also submit and complete an IT-203 form to New York State.
- If you are employed by the D'Youville Student Employment Program (SEP), you will be taxed on your earnings (federal tax codes require that $7.60 must be withheld from your pay every week).
If you have not earned income in the U.S.
- If you were not employed but are living in the U.S. as an F-1 student, you file federal taxes using Form 8843.
Procedure for Filing Taxes (International Students)
- If you're employed on or off campus, every January you will receive a W-2 form (a statement of your earnings and taxes withheld). Students who work on campus can pick up their W-2 forms from D'Youville's Student Accounts Office.
- If you have received a room and board scholarship, which is considered taxable income, a 1042S will be issued. Please make sure to wait to file your taxes until you have received this form. The ISS will receive the statements from Human Resources and will contact you when they are available for pick up.
- Remember to file your taxes no later than April 15th.
Attention Canadian Students
- Every Canadian student will receive a TL11A tax form from the institution. The TL11A will show the total tuition and fees that you paid for the year. TL11A forms are mailed to Canadian students in January.
- If you do not receive your TL11A, you can pick it up in the Student Accounts Office.
- If you worked at all in the U.S. during the year, you are required to file both a U.S. and Canadian tax return. If you haven't worked in the U.S. (but are a full-time student residing in the US), you must still fill out Form 8843 for exemption.
- Canadian full or part time students that maintain residency in Canada and have not worked in the United States, are not required to file taxes.
Assistance With Filing Taxes
- Internal Revenue Service (IRS) - Walk-in service is free at IRS Customer Service Centers. An office is located at 130 South Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY. It is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. For questions about refund checks, call 1(800) 829-4477 (toll free). For an automated line or for general questions, call 1(800) 829-1040 (toll free). To download tax forms and IRS Publication visit www.irs.gov/formspubs and the IRS web page for Foreign Scholars and Students.
- Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)
The VITA Program offers free tax help to low- to moderate-income (generally, $42,000 and below) people who cannot prepare their own tax returns. Certified volunteers sponsored by various organizations receive training to help prepare basic tax returns in communities across the country. VITA sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls, and other convenient locations. Most locations also offer free electronic filing. To locate the nearest VITA site, call 1 (800) 829-1040. ** Please make sure that you contact the VITA site beforehand to see if there is a certified volunteer that has the specialized foreign tax knowledge needed to file for F-1 students. Not all sites provide this service.
USE A COMMERCIAL TAX PREPARATION SERVICE:
- Renda and Renda- Starting at $75 and provide on campus service
- 525 Aero Dr. Cheektowaga, NY 14215 (716) 632-8597
- Jackson Hewitt- Full-time student flat rate fee with college ID (ages 17-25): $89
- 293 Grant Street Buffalo, NY 14213 (716) 886-3557
- 583 Niagara Street #585 Buffalo, NY 14201 (716) 884-2969
- 446 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14202 (716) 848-2980
- Liberty Tax Service - Fees start at: $90
- 360 Amherst Street Buffalo, NY 14207 (716) 874-1317
Helpful Tax Links
- 1040NR instructions
- 1040NR application
- 8843 application
- US Tax Guide for Aliens (519)
- US Tax Treaties (901)
- IRS Home Page
- Electronic Tool-Kit for Non-Resident Alien VITA Sites
D'Youville students, faculty and staff will welcome you to the campus community. At D'Youville, we have welcomed undergraduate and graduate students from over 50 different countries. We appreciate the diversity of cultures and perspectives that international students bring to our campus.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION – THREE DAYS BEFORE THE SEMESTER BEGINS
Your first days on campus will be packed with fun and important activities. Because the information you'll learn at International Student Orientation is so valuable, it is mandatory for all new incoming international students to attend.
STUDENT PEER MENTORING PROGRAM
- Be matched with a current international or American student.
- Your student mentor will guide you and help you get acclimated to D'Youville socially, personally and academically.
HOST FAMILY PROGRAM
Experience American life more fully with the Host Family Program. D'Youville faculty and staff members serve as host families. They will invite you to participate in activities such as:
- visiting their home for dinner
- shopping at the mall
- see a movie
- drink tea at a cafe.
Our host families are very interested in getting to know more about our international students and the countries they come from.
INTERNATIONAL WEEK – NOVEMBER
- To promote international awareness on campus, each day we focus on a different region of the world.
- International dancers, food from local restaurants, a marketplace, and educational programming make this an exciting week on campus.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FIESTA – NOVEMBER
- An evening of entertainment that showcases special food and activities from all regions of the world.
- Allows current students to show off their home countries
- In conjunction with the Office of Multicultural Affairs
- A week celebrating the cultural richness that can be found at D'Youville
SPRING ISS LUNCHEON – MAY
- A great way to wrap up the academic year with friends and ISS staff, and a chance to unwind during your final weeks of the spring semester.