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Practical Matters

This section contains information on living in the U.S., including taxes, identification, health insurance, and other practical matters.

Essential Information

  • Driving in the U.S.

    The Commonwealth of Massachusetts allows some international students and scholars to use their home country license while in the U.S. Others should apply for a Massachusetts' driver's license. 


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  • Protect Yourself from Scams

    Learn more about the types of scams international students and scholars face and how to protect yourself.

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  • Travel & Re-entry

    Learn more about traveling outside the U.S. and re-entering the country.

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  • Social Security Numbers

    Generally speaking, Social Security Numbers are available to F-1 and J-1 students who are employed and J-1 scholars.

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  • Taxes

    All international students and scholars are REQUIRED to file U.S. taxes regardless of immigration or income status.

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  • Health Insurance

    Health Insurance is required of all students. 

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