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Dear F-1 and J-1 students,

While you’re here in the U.S., you’re required to complete tax forms, even if you didn’t earn any income during 2015. ALL students need to complete the form 8843, even if you have not been employed in any way during 2015 in the U.S.

You must file a US Federal Tax Return if any of the following apply:

  • You worked in the US (on campus employment, in a paid internship (CPT), on OPT paid employment, etc.
  • You received a stipend, grant or allowance in 2015
  • If you had no earnings – you must file the form 8843 (see above)


Please see instructions HERE for how to complete the Form 8843.

Georgia Southwestern State University has arranged free access to Sprintax Federal Tax preparation software. Sprintax will guide you through the tax preparation process and check if you’re due a tax refund.

If you had income in 2015, then early in 2016 you will receive your income documents (e.g. W2, 1042s) from Georgia Southwestern State University or your employer. Make sure they have your correct contact details so these can be sent to you.

If you have any questions, please email Sprintax at

We are in the process of getting this information set-up on the ISSS Website:

CROP Korea GSW World Cafe 11.10.15

Fall 2016 Events





06:30 PM-07:30 PM

Financial Aid & Study Abroad Workshop   Flyer      


06:30 PM-08:00 PM

Bulgaria Study Abroad Returnees Program- Presentation Flyer


10:00 AM-12:00 PM

GSW Study Abroad Fair Flyer



06:30 PM-08:30 PM

World Café                                                                 Flyer      


06:00 PM-08:00 PM

W2W Program Flyer




 "Responding to Terror in the 21st C."   

Windows to the World: Students Global Issues Conference




Past Programs


9.22.15 "Sustainability: Can we balance the needs of people, plant, and profit?"  Video
9.23.15 Global Lunch and Learn
"Life in Dubai:
From Deserts to Divas!"
with Dr. Suzanne Conner, School of Business


10.1.15 Global Photography Field Trip: Atlanta with Prof. Tonia Hughes
10.22.15 Global Lunch and Learn
"Collaborations in Clay:
Artists on the Silk Road"
10.29.15 -
2015 Student Conference and Field Trip: International Civil and Human Rights APPLICATION for Student W2W Fieldtrip Scholarship


11.2.15 7:00pm

Who Am I?  A Look Into Cultural Identity - Perspectives of the African-American and the African Diaspora

Nursing Building Auditorium, GSW Campus W2W sanctioned Event


11.2.15 - 11.5.15

Masankho K. Banda: "Celebrating our Cultural Identities Through the Arts"

Press Release  W2W

Wednesday 11.4.15 11:00am "Stories from Malawi”- W2W Convocation in the GSW Storm Dome; Lecture / Performance (See Flyer Above for more details)

W2W Sanctioned Event

Video 1

Video 2

Thursday 11.5.15 Noon - 1:30

GSW & Study Abroad in Malawi -   Lunch Discussion about  possibilities for  study abroad / service learning program in Malawi - Everyone welcome

Marshall Student Center Old Faculty Dining Room - Please purchase lunch in Cafeteria or bring your own. 

Monday 11.9.15 4:00 - 5:00pm International Education at CSU with Dr. Neal McCrillis and Dr. Becky Becker from Columbus State University

Teaching Circle: International Education Nursing Auditorium, Room 124 Rosalynn Carter Health and Human Services Insitutue


Tuesday 11.10.15 7:00 - 8:30 pm

World Cafe - See here!

Faculty Dining Room - W2W Sanctioned Event
Wednesday  11.18.15 Financial Aid and Study Abroad Workshop

ACE 108 / 11am - Noon





Intercultural Skills for the Global Economy -with Dr. Mick Vande Berg, Institute for Cross-Cultural Teaching and Learning Webinar Series


 127 Administration Building                          Faculty Staff Professional Development - Teaching Circle for Study Abroad




"My Year in China" with GSW  student Tabias Pittman

Carter I, Room 124

W2W Sanctioned Event



Study Abroad Fair Marshall Student Center Hallway


2.3.16 - 2.5.16

2016 WISE Conference:
Navigating Study Abroad for Faculty who Teach Study Abroad


2.5.16 - 2.6.16

USG Americas Council 19th Annual Conference on the America


Monday 2.08.2016  


W2W "Brazil: Contemporary Issues of a BRIC Nation" 

Dr. Eric Spears, Assistant Vice-President for International Education at Georgia College, and Assistant Professor of Geography

Carter I, Room 124, GSW Campus

W2W Sanctioned Event

Thursday 2.11.16   4:00-5:00pm 

Intercultural Learning / Faculty Seminar:  Dr. Chu Chu Wu, Professor in the College of Education, will speak about her experience as an AASCU Fellow at the AASCU Japan Studies Institute.

Conference Room, School of Business



Intercultural Learning Courses Before and After Study Abroad:
Four Decades of Preparing Students for International Education Experiences
Presenter: Bruce La Brack, University of the Pacific


Crawford Wheatley Hall, Room 127

11:30-12:30 PM

Global Lunch and Learn Series
“Bulgaria: Pearl of Eastern Europe with Dr. Phil Szmedra


Education Building,
Room 100
W2W sanctioned Event

2.19.16 - 2.21.16 GILC (Georgia International Leadership Conference) - An outstanding opportunity for US and international students from across GA colleges and universities to engage in thoughtful dialogue, social interaction, cultural exchange, and leadership development activities See Video I HERE Eatonton, GA  Video II



"Through the LENS: A Photographic Narrative of the Hindu and Sikh Religions of India"

with Dr. Parvinder Singh Sethi, Professor of Geology, Radford University

Carter I, Room 124
GSW Campus 
W2W sanctioned Event




Application Deadline for the Japan Studies Institute through AASCU


International Women's Day:  Peace Corps Experiences of Women around the World   Video
Carter I, Room 124
GSW Campus 
W2W sanctioned Event

11:00am - 12:15pm

Global Health and Cultural Experiences with the 2015-16  Humphrey Fellows Carter I, Lecture Hall, GSW Campus W2W sanctioned Event


4:00 - 5:00 PM


Developmental Learning for Intercultural Competence
Presenter: Michael Paige, University of Minnesota   - Webinar will be held in the School of Business Conference Room


Peru Study Abroad

March 18-27 See Flyer
Thursday 3.24.16 Faculty Application Deadline, 2017 USG European Council Programs Faculty/Staff




Faculty Application Deadline, 2017 USG Asia Council Study Abroad Program in China Faculty/Staff

11:30 AM-12:30

Global Lunch and Learn Series:  NEPAL 
with Dr. Kailash Ghimire, GSW Math Department
Old Faculty Dining Room
W2W sanctioned Event


4:00 - 5:30 PM
University 4000 Study Abroad - PERU / Student Panel Presentation 124 Carter I

W2W sanctioned Event


Taste of the World! (TOTW) Marshall Student Center 


Wed - Friday


The Forum on Education Abroad National ConferenceAtlanta GA;
GSW Faculty Application
Conference Sessions


Friday & Saturday
4.8.16 - 4.9.16

"Teaching South Korea"
Faculty Development Workshop at GSU Perimeter College, Clarkston Campus
World Cafe' - Interactive Dialogue, Music, and Food  participation Limited: Pre-Register HERE New Faculty Dining Room
12:00 - 12:50pm
Jamaica - Study Abroad Presentation / Transcultural Nursing Course 124 Carter I
W2W sanctioned Event

6:30PM- until

Holi Festival -ISA and CAB are co-sponsoring an Indian celebration of colors, love and unity.

GSW Lakehouse Beach

4:00-5:00 PM

Key Concepts for Overworked International Educators:
Lessons Learned in Putting Theory Into Action

Presenter: Janet Bennett, Intercultural Communication Institute



5.8.16 - 6.1.16 China Study Abroad See Flyer

5.12.16 - 5.22.16

Tanzania Exploratory Trip Faculty/Staff

4:00-5:00 PM

Making It Developmental:
Building a Process for Student Development

Presenter: Tara Harvey



6.2.16 - 6.30.16 Bulgaria Study Abroad See flyer





Teaching Arist, Cultural Edudator, and Community Leader and Performer
Masankho K. Banda

Celebrating Culture and Community

Through the Arts

Man dancing


Nov.2 - Nov 5, 2015
Events are FREE and open to the GSW Americus Sumter County Community


  • Americus-Sumter County Schools
  • Americus-Sumter County Arts Council
  • GSW African Student Association
  • Georgia Southwestern State University


Traditional African Culture shared threw Stories, Song, Dance, and the Drums - a celebration of our cultural identities
Preformances - Presentations
GSW Forum/Panel Discussion
Drumming/Dance Workshops

Date/Time Event Location/Details/Comments
Highlighted Sessions are Mandatory
Saturday, August 15
All Day Students arrive/Atlanta-Hartsfield Airport or Columbus

GSW Van and ISO-Team will meet students in lobby of international arrivals or with Groom Shuttle


7:00pm Drive to Americus/GSW
11:00pm Student ID's / Check into Residence Halls
Sunday, August 16
10:30am ISO Check-in / Meet next to Cafeteria - by Post Office Marshall Student Center
11:00am-12:00pm Brunch (Combined Breakfast/Lunch) Campus Cafeteria at the RFoC
1:00pm Orientation Welcome ARC Room 106 - ISO-Team
1:30pm - 2:30pm Immigration Overview ARC Room 106  Bring Original Passports, I-94's, I-20's (F-1 students) or DS-2019's (J-1/ non-ELI CHEPD students)
3:30  Walmart Runs Meet in front of Marshall Student Center
7:00pm  Welcome Picnic - GSW Lake House All new international students are invited. Sponsored by the Christian Student Center and Williams Road Church
7:00 - 11:00 Campus Recreation Open House / Tour the Campus with ISO Team Student Success Center / Dome
*Open to all students
7:00-11:00pm Laser Tag and Movie Night

Student Success Center STORM Dome, SSC 2nd Floor Conference Rooms, Rock Climbing Wall, & Intramural Gym *Open to all students

Monday, August 17
10:00am Academic Environment at GSW ACE 106 - Welcome Greeting - Dr. Charles Patterson, GSW President; Dr. Helen Tate - Associate Vice-President for Academic Affairs
10:30am Academic Resources ACE 106 - Academic Resources: Dr. Lauren DiPaulo, Ms. Linda Randall, Ms. Talisha Adams, Ms. Ru Story-Huffman
11:00am Campus Life Panel Discussion GSW Students ACE 106 - Student Panel: International & US students: Life at GSW
Noon - 1:00pm Lunch Campus Cafeteria
1:00pm Excursions / Co-Curricular Programs ACE 106 - ISO Team
2:00 Public Safety Campus Police - Chief Tracy and Officer Josey
2:15pm Leadership Opportunities ACE 106 - Mr. Josh Curtain, Director of Student Life and Organizations
2:30pm Residential Life ACE 106 - Ms. Jill Hohnecker, Residence Life - Campus Coordinator
2:45pm Campus Recreation Opportunities ACE 106 - Ms. Angela Lea Summer, Director of Intramurals and Campus Recreation
3:00pm Campus Safety GSW Police ACE 106 - Chief Tracy and Staff
3:30pm Walmart Runs Meet in front of the MSC (Marshall Student Center)
5:30-7:00pm Picnic & Philip Fox Band (Country Music)

Centennial Plaza - Free for all GSW students with valid GSW ID

Tuesday, August 18
9:00am Registration ARC - Academic Advising F-1 and non-ELI CHEPD students
9:45am Student Employment / Campus and Career Services ACE 106 - Ms. Sandra Fowler - Director of Career Services Center
10:15am Health Services ACE 106 - Ms. Ann Miller, Director of Student Health Center
Ms. Ann Miller, Director of Student Health Center
10:30am Fitness and Wellness Anna Champion, Director of Fitness and Wellness
11:00am Health Insurance and Student Accounts ACE 106 - Ms. Christy Barry, Director of Student Accounts
Noon - 1:00pm Lunch Campus Cafeteria
1:30pm Banking Services - Money and Finance Matters ACE 212
*Wells Fargo -Opening student bank accounts; Discuss realities of credit cards
Aft Open  Evening Open  
Wednesday, August 19

Classes Begin!

Tuesday, August 25

6:00pm-7:30pm     Welcome Picnic with FACE - GSW's International Friendship Program: 6:00pm Old Faculty Dining Room, Marshall Student Center, GSW


"Opening Windows to the World"

The GSW Intercultural Outreach Program is designed for both American students who have studied abroad and international students who are currently studying in America. Students who have a passion for other cultures have the opportunity to share their international expertise with GSW and the Americus community through visual presentations as well as displays of contemporary cultural artifacts, e.g. currency, clothing, or local traditional novelties.

GSW Intercultural Ambassadors are trained to encourage, inspire, and ignite global curiosity in those around them through their presentations as well as cultural conversations in settings such as: 

  • Residence Life Programs
  • GSW Classes
  • Middle and High School Classes
  • Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs
  • Magnolia Manor

If you have an adventurous spirit or just want to learn more about the world around you, then this is the perfect group for you!

For more information on booking an Intercultural Ambassador or becoming an Intercultural Ambassador please contact:

Maribel Greene
International Student Advocate
ACE 204-A
(229) 931-2346 

Intercultural Ambassadors 


Dominic Annan

International Student from:

  • Ghana

Kate Yancey

Study Abroad in:

  • China
  • Western Europe

Tabias Pittman

Study Abroad in:

  • China

Haohang Xu

International Student from:

  • China

Taralkumar Ahir

International Student from:

  • India

Interested in Becoming an Intercultural Ambassador?

What to Expect as an Intercultural Ambassador
Intercultural Ambassador Application 


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