ISO Newsletter
April 12, 2019
Volume 4, Issue 8
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In this newsletter

ISO Closed Monday, April 15 for Patriots' Day

The ISO and most MIT offices will be closed on Monday, April 15 in observance of the Patriots' Day Holiday.  The ISO will re-open on Tuesday, April 16 at 9:00am.

Tax deadline April 17 if MA resident

If you currently reside in MA, the actual tax deadline is Wednesday, April 17 because of the Patriots' Day holiday. Your tax paperwork must be postmarked (physically mailed) by this date.

On February 27, 2019 the ISO sent an email to all international students, "Tax Filing Resources for Int'l Students - Now Available!" with tax info and links to the software Glacier Tax Prep to prepare your federal taxes for Tax Year 2018. Please also see our website for more information. 

AAU Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Misconduct

The survey is open from April 2 until May 1 for all registered grad and undergrad students. Students will get a $10 gift code or may choose to donate anonymously to one of several organizations.
  • Watch your emails for a survey invitation.
  • Please take the survey. Your participation will help MIT prevent and respond to sexual misconduct.
  • An FAQ and additional information is available on
  • Most respondents will finish the survey in less than 20 minutes.

Work authorization required for summer internship

Authorization by the government is required for any off-campus work. Sign up for a required ISO Employment Information Session on iMIT to find out about off-campus work options, either CPT or OPT. Plan 4 to 6 months ahead! Learn more about off-campus work options on our website.

Here is the direct link to the Session Sign Ups. Select one of the bolded links in order to sign up for a session

REMINDER: Beware of Scams during tax season

You can never have too many reminders to beware of being a target of a scam, whether by email, phone, or by postal mail. Scammers often try to take advantage during tax season but it can happen anytime.

In recent weeks, we have heard from students and colleagues who have been contacted by a few common scams, so we wanted to provide a warning to you about the following scam scenarios. 
Please go to our website for more information about the different scams and 3 steps for how to protect yourself.
1) Please remain calm, 2) Do NOT give out any personal information over the phone or via email, and 3) Contact the ISO immediately!

ISO receives 2019 MIT Excellence Award

The ISO staff was honored with the "Bringing Out the Best" Award

As nominator David Elwell, the director and associate dean for the ISO wrote, “The past two years have been extremely challenging for the international student community. New federal government regulations and agency practices have been released abruptly and unexpectedly. The ISO staff has had to continually decipher these changes and communicate them in real time—striving always to stay a step ahead while providing a calming presence."
Culture Corner

Culture Thursday Facebook posts

Check out our Culture Thursday Facebook post from April 12
"Boston Marathon"

What you need to know about seeing this year's Boston Marathon


Share your Confusion about American Culture

The ISO would like to hear from you! What are some confusing/surprising phrases or aspects of American culture that you would like clarified?

Please fill out this google FORM and let us know your thoughts. We may feature these in a future "Culture Thursday" post on Facebook! 
Upcoming Events

ISO Events

LCE Lunch: 4/17 (W), 12-1p, 10-105, Bush Room

 "How to Adult" Series: Sign up at
Financial Planning for Real World: 4/18 (R), 6-8p, 32-144

NEW: Sounds & Savors of Argentina @ISO: 4/25 (R), 2-3:30p, E18-219

MIT Resources Highlight

Searching for anything MIT? Start here first!
Student Mental Health & Counseling
S^3: Student Support Services
S^3 is a friendly and easily accessible hub of support for MIT students. Whether you are struggling with a PSET due to personal hardship, you feel too ill to take an exam, you are considering taking time away from the Institute, or you just aren't sure who to talk to, we can help.

MIT GAIN: Graduate Assistance & Information Network
Helping MIT graduate students manage life outside the classroom 

MIT GAIN services, which are available at no cost to you and your family, include:

Legal consultation
Financial consultation
Child care resources and personalized research and referrals
School/summer camp selection for children in grades K–12
and more!

Take advantage of these additional MIT Work-Life programs and resources:

Backup Child Care ($5 per hour)
MIT Work-Life Seminar Series and Support Groups
MIT Technology Childcare Centers


MIT Events & Programs

Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Month of April. Info at
SAAM CalendarWorkshops & Storytelling/Speak Out events

NEW: Holi Celebration! 4/15 (M), 4:30-8p, Stata Lawns
NEW: Infinite Careers Alumni Speaker Series- Adriana Vazquez4/16 (T), 6pm, E17-294. RSVP
NEW: Hanami Festival 2019: 4/18 (R), 6-8p, W20-202; Tickets
NEW: MIT Addir Fellow- Interfaith Dialogue: 4/22 (M); Apply
NEW: 'Mobility & Sensing for All' Hackathon: 4/28 (Su), 7a-8p, E62-233
Dating- Get Honest About What You Really Want 4/30 (T), 5-7p, 46-3189

Always check the MIT Events Calendar or the MIT mobile app to find out what's happening on-campus!

International Students Office
77 Massachusetts Ave
Building E18, Room 219 (
Cambridge, MA 02139 

Phone: (617) 253-3795
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