Life in the U.S.
Your health and wellness are very important components to your life at Clark. Clark provides a variety of resources to support its students, faculty, and employees.
The health care system in the United States might be very different than in your home country, so we encourage you to read through this section carefully and to reach out to the International Center with any questions or concerns.
In addition, health insurance is expensive and is especially complicated in the U.S. We encourage you to read more about health insurance requirements.
Upon arriving at Clark, many students are eager to find an on-campus job. Please know that on-campus jobs are extremely competitive and there are not enough positions available for every student to have one. If you are interested in working on campus, please check out the Office of Student Employment. This office provides a timeline for applying for jobs, important tips for your job search, and resources. Due to the competitive nature of on-campus jobs, it is important that you ensure your resume, cover letter, and interview skills are the best they can be.
We recommend that international students watch this video for job search strategies for international students, including what a typical resume looks like in the United States, the importance of tailoring your cover letter, and best practices for your on-campus job search. The video also includes proper etiquette for the job search — for example, do not visit offices asking for consideration for on-campus jobs.
As an international student, scholar, or employee at Clark, you may have federal and state tax reporting obligations. Tax laws are complicated and the International Center is not authorized to provide any tax advice. However, we hope the information and links provided below are helpful.
- The U.S. tax system is based on a calendar year (Jan. 1 to Dec. 31). This means that the income you earn during this time period is used to calculate the amount owed in taxes for that year.
- U.S. income taxes are calculated at both the U.S. federal (national) level as well as the state and sometimes even the local (city) level. There are different tax rules and different tax rates for federal, state, and local income taxes.
- The U.S. has a “pay as you go” tax system. This means that taxes are usually taken out or “withheld” from your pay each pay period. Then, you submit a tax return by April 15 of the following year to determine whether you paid too much or too little tax during the year. If you have paid too much, you will get a refund. If you have paid too little, you will need to pay the difference between what you had withheld and what you owe in taxes.
Safety and Conduct
Clark is committed to providing all of its members with a safe campus. If you want to discuss a safety concern, Clark University Police Department should be your first point of contact.
Know Your Rights
International students and scholars are entitled to certain U.S. constitutional rights and protections while in the United States.
You should contact the ISSO with any questions about your non-immigrant visa status and for assistance in seeking additional information regarding your legal rights while in the U.S.
Please note that the information provided on this page does not constitute legal advice but is intended for information purposes.
Please feel free to contact the International Center if you have any questions or concerns.