International graduate students are encouraged to apply to our programs. If you are an International student and have concerns about your course study, finances or length of stay in the United States you will find the Office of International Students and Scholars a valuable resource in answering many of your questions. Some typical concerns of international graduate students are related to financial issues and these are described below.
International students on research and teaching assistantships follow the same rules for payment of tuition as U.S. students. In other words, they can obtain a tuition waiver for up to one year, after which they must apply for a tuition waiver for the following year, although it is not guaranteed. If an international student is not supported on a teaching or research assistantship, they are required to pay out-of-state tuition.
WSU stresses that international students who are not funded on research and teaching assistantships should have sufficient funds available on entering the graduate program to complete their course of study. International graduate students should not plan on part-time employment as a means of support through graduate school.
If, however, a research or teaching assistantship becomes unavailable for an international student during their course of study and supplementary employment is necessary, the Student Employment Center can aid in finding part-time work. Employment is limited to 20 hours or less for students enrolled in the graduate program.
Social Security Number
Any international student employed by WSU or a private business must obtain a social security number. Vist the Social Security Administration in Lewiston, Idaho or contact via phone at 1-800-772-1213.
International students who are employed in the United States are taxed the same as residents but file using different forms. Taxes are due on April 15. Most graduate students will find filing fairly simple; information and forms are available at the U.S. Post Office.
Upon graduation, international students may remain in the United States for 12 months to obtain practical training. To apply for this status, a letter written by the student’s advisor to the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service is required. The International Students and Scholars Office can provide aid in applying for practical training.