International Student Survival Guide: New York Metro Area

One To World is proud to publish this expanded edition of The International Student’s Survival Guide: New York Metro Area, an invaluable and proven resource for both newly arrived and long-term resident students and visitors in the region. This 2019-20 ebook edition is packed with practical information for newcomers who come to live in New York City or nearby New Jersey.

With this handy guide, readers learn how to find housing, open a bank account, practice their English, explore the area and make informed decisions about products and services as they get settled. Click here for a preview of the book.

"I really like the international student survival guide. It is thorough, detailed, up to date, and written with care. I can see that your team has put a lot of effort into it. I also appreciate that it helps me to learn about NYC even before I go there. I hope you will continue distributing this book to future international students."
Student from China at New York University

“Your first major goal is finding a place to call home. Although the search for housing can be a challenging and sometimes complicated process, stay positive! The metropolitan area offers a diverse array of safe and affordable housing options, so you’re sure to find something that fits your needs…”

Read more from the guide’s Housing Chapter.

If you’re interested in getting a copy of our e-book, you can reach out to your International Student Office, or place your own order by filling out the order form and emailing it to Jaime Fahy.


International students in the U.S. are required to file a tax return each year with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). You must file at least one form with the IRS, even if you do not earn income in the U.S. The good news is that if you overpaid tax, you will get a refund!

Filing Your Tax Return

You can use a U.S. tax preparer for international students such as Sprintax to guide you through the process of preparing and completing your U.S. tax return. We (and all other university staff) are not qualified or allowed to provide individual tax advice. 

After you login to Sprintax, it will ask you a series of questions about the time you have spent in the United States and in which immigration status, looking back over a period of years. Sprintax will then determine your tax status. If it determines that you are a “nonresident alien” (NRA) for federal tax purposes, you can continue to use it to respond to a series of guided questions. Sprintax will complete and generate the forms you need to print, sign, and mail to the IRS (Internal Revenue Service). If it determines you are a resident alien for federal tax purposes, you won’t be able to continue using the software.

For more information, please visit Sprintax’s website. If you have any questions about Sprintax, please email or talk to the friendly team at the 24/7 online chat help.

News & Advocacy

Keep up to date with international education news and updates, and learn more about how One To World supports international exchange and international students on our advocacy page.

International Student Programming

Our events offer a range of benefits to international students; From developing career skills to meeting new friends from the U.S. and abroad, check out our event calendar for it all!

In addition to our monthly programs, we strongly encourage you to get involved in Global Classroom! Global Classroom provides international students an opportunity to lead interactive, curriculum-related presentations in New York City public schools about their countries and cultures as well as their academic disciplines. Global Classroom is a wonderful way to further Senator Fulbright’s message while learning more about the city from the perspective of its young people. We hope you’ll choose to get involved right away and help us in our efforts to bring the world into NYC schools!

Discount Student Airfare

One To World is happy to partner with StudentUniverse to help you find special student discounts on flights around the world. StudentUniverse has exclusive deals with airlines to get you the lowest possible airfare. Use this page to search for the best deals! Please note that prices are based on the availability of seats on any given flight and therefore may change from day to day.

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Keep up to date with news, events, and resources for international students by following us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

One To World offers international students the ability to participate in a very wide array of great activities. No matter what your interests are, you'll always find a One To World event that's right for you.

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