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In this issue:

  • F-1 Student News
    • Safer at Home Order
    • More Support on the Way
    • Considering Travel Home
    • Reminder to File your IRS Tax Forms
    • International Student Scholarships - Still time to apply!
  • CIE News and Events
    • Virtual Advising Appointments
    • Response to Coronavirus and Campus Closure Survey
    • International Student Group Chats
F-1 Student News
Safer at Home Order

On Monday, March 23, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers informed the public of his intention to issue a "Safer-at-Home" executive order for Wisconsin residents to help slow to spread of COVID-19. 

We urge all students and staff members to adhere to the Governor's directive to stay home. This will help us reach our collective goal to halt the spread of COVID-19. Please limit trips from home for only essential items such as getting food or medication. When you do go out, use caution. Limit contact with others and practice social distancing.

Continue to check your college email for important updates from Madison College and from the Center for International Education.

COVID-19 Resources and Updates
More Support on the Way

Faculty and staff throughout Madison College are mobilizing to provide support to all of our students as we adapt to these changing circumstances. Please watch the Madison College main website and COVID updates pages for more information on the following efforts that should be announced soon. 

Some of the key efforts that are in process and should be announced soon include:

  • Development of a centralized website for all online learning support
  • Online academic advising
  • Online tutoring and Student Achievement Center Support
  • Technology assistance
  • Shipping of course textbooks to your home
  • Opportunities to apply for emergency financial support
  • And much more

Madison College is truly #OneCommunity that is doing amazing work to the uplifts us all.

Considering Travel Home

You are a valued member of our college community and we want to provide you with information, resources and advice to help guide you during this difficult and unprecedented time. While we would be sorry to see any of you leave, global circumstances require that all of you carefully, but immediately, assess your plans with regard to

returning to your home country or staying in the United States during this current situation involving COVID-19.

We recently sent you an email with additional information to consider before making your decision. We urge you to read that email carefully and reach out to us if you have additional questions or need support.

The Center for International Education staff continues to provide assistance remotely for all international students, despite campus closure through May 15. Please visit the F-1 Student FAQ Regarding COVID-19 Response webpage for current information and resources specific to international students and F-1 visa needs and services.

Important: Reminder to File your IRS Tax Forms

It's just a few weeks until the April 15th tax filing deadline! As a nonresident in the U.S. you have a tax filing obligation with the IRS, even if you did not receive U.S. income. 

Failure to file can lead to complications when applying for U.S. visas in the future.

Madison College has arranged free access to Sprintax Tax Preparation for you. Sprintax will guide you through the tax preparation process, arrange the necessary documents and check if you are due a tax refund.

All you need to do is:

  • Register and follow the simple instructions
  • Complete the online questionnaire
  • Enter your unique code SpTx2019MC51F in the box on the 'Review your order' page
  • Sprintax will prepare your tax return

Finally, once you complete the preparation process in the Sprintax software, you must print, sign and mail your documents to the IRS.

If you have any questions, the Sprintax team will be happy to help via their 24/7 live chat facility.

Find more information from Madison College here.

Register for Sprintax
International Student Scholarships

There's still time to apply!

Madison College offers two scholarships for F-1 visa students - Devi Bhargava Memorial International Student Scholarship and International Student Foundation Scholarship. Both scholarships have an application deadline of March 31st. 

Find out more information on the International tab of the scholarships web page. Complete applications must be submitted to by no later than midnight of the March 31st deadline.

CIE News & Events
Virtual Advising Appointments

While Madison College campuses are closed, CIE is available for remote student Webex or phone advising appointments Mondays 1:00-3:00, Tuesdays 1:00-4:00, and Wednesdays 1:00-4:00. 

To schedule, email Please indicate if you prefer Webex (online) or phone and provide your contact information.

Response to Coronavirus and Campus Closure Survey

The Center for International Education would like to know how you are doing and what resources would be most helpful for you from our team at this time. Please take a couple of minutes to let us know how we can best support you. This survey should take less than 5 minutes to complete.

Complete the Survey
International Student Group Chats

The Center for International Education will be holding regular virtual group chats so we can continue to support you and stay connected. We know that social distancing and the concerns with COVID-19 may be taking a toll on you and that you may be looking for creative ways to get connected. Keep an eye out for invitations to group chats and join in when you're able to. 

The next chat is today, Wednesday March 25 from 2:30-3:30 pm. The meeting password is TeatimeCIE. We hope to see you there!

Join the Chat
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