Local U.S. Address Update Policy Guidance During Summer Break

Students traveling to their home country to spend time with their family and friends or vacationing outside the U.S. over summer break are NOT required to update their local U.S. address information in their myUSC/OASIS student account even though USCIS regulations state students must report any changes to their residential address within 10 days from Read more

Passport Verification (PPV) Sessions Now Available

All new international students are required to complete Passport Verification (PPV) with the Office of International Services (OIS) upon arrival to the US. PPV is a procedure that verifies a student’s immigration status to ensure that the student is eligible to start an academic program at USC for the upcoming academic semester. Visit the New Students section Read more

USC Student Tony Gao in Forbes Asia 30 under 30

A year ago, OIS sat down for an interview with award-winning entrepreneur and USC business student Tony Gao. In 2013, Tony co-founded Easy Transfer Limited, a company that offers payment solutions for Chinese students in the U.S. and their parents. At age 21, Tony had by then already been awarded a place in Bloomberg Business Week’s “25 under 25”, Read more

Jessie Reeves Joins the OIS Staff

The Office of International Services is excited to announce that Jessie Reeves joined our team as International Student Advisor on March 1, 2017. Jessie will advise international students on issues related to immigration status and employment, as well as assist students adjust to life at USC. She will also provide training and guidance to campus partners on immigration regulations, international Read more

“Wear the Green” on Saint Patrick’s Day!

Saint Patrick’s Day is a national holiday in Ireland, but is also universally celebrated (though not as a public holiday) throughout the United States. Americans with Irish heritage make up one of the largest population groups in the country. On March 17, supermarkets, shops, and Irish pubs are decorated in green in celebration of Irish Read more

Revised Executive Order on Immigration

Earlier this week, the president signed a new executive order to replace the original “travel ban” from January 27.  This revised executive order imposes a 90-day ban on the issuance of new visas for citizens from Iran, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, and Sudan effective March 16. The new executive order clarifies the following issues related Read more

Coffee with ‘SC Celebrity Bokyung Byun

‘SC celebrity Bokyung Byun was described by her colleagues as a guitarist who “performs with fleet-fingered, delicate precision, and expressiveness”. As of this academic year, Bokyung is attending USC Thornton’s doctoral program in Guitar Performance through the prestigious International Artist Fellowship Program. As an International Artist Fellow, Bokyung has been identified as one of the most outstanding young artists from Read more

New Webpage Supporting our International Community

The Office of International Services would like to direct your attention to a new webpage that has recently been created on the provost’s website. The page includes the various communications, services, and programs the community has put into place to support our global community and to uphold our shared values of openness and inclusivity. The Office Read more

Spreading the Love on Valentine’s Day with OIS

Being true romantics at heart, the staff at OIS did not hesitate to organize a Valentine’s Day event to help get the international community in the mood for love! Shortly after the “OIS Love Station” opened its doors, international students came in great numbers to take advantage of the activities being offered. Guests were welcomed by Read more

ACLU Legal Director Speaks at USC Gould School of Law

David Cole, the new legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), inherited an entirely different job than he had expected. 2017 was supposed to be the year in which the first female president of the United States was welcomed into office. Her liberally minded Supreme Court nominee would tip the scales in favor of civil rights Read more