Meet the 2017/2018 OIS Student Staff

OIS employs 22 students to assist in serving USC’s international community. Each student staff member plays an integral role in the delivery of the services and programs OIS provides to international students and scholars. Visit the About Us page on the OIS website to read their biographies.


Trojan pride ran wild through the veins of 160 International students this past weekend! On October 6th, 2017 the International Student Assembly, Undergraduate Student Government Trojan Pride, and USC Athletics Department decided to coproduce an event for International USC students. Though football is considered soccer around the world, these organizations wanted to provide a welcome Read more

USC Trojan Cricket Club: The Stepping Stone into the Big Leagues

As home to the largest Cricket Club in the United States, the Trojan Cricket Club has been a staple of USC athletics since 1992. The club registers 105 students each semester and then divides then among seven teams of 15 players each. The teams play against each other in tournament-style matches with each team playing at least once against Read more

Travel Ban Update: New Presidential Proclamation Signed September 24

On Sunday, September 24, the President issued a Proclamation restricting entry for certain individuals from eight countries: Iran, Libya, Yemen, Chad, Somalia, Syria, North Korea and Venezuela.  This replaces the previous 90-day ban on travel for citizens from six countries. While it will take some time to see how this new Presidential action is implemented, Read more

11 Struggles for People with Unique Names

Former USC international student Hue La discusses the challenges of having a commonly mispronounced name. Story by: Hue La Some 98% of the people I’ve met in the States pronounced my name incorrectly on their first try. My name, Hue, is pronounced “hu-ay,” instead of like the word “hue.” Although my name is fairly simple Read more

Jumpstart Your U.S. Job Search


Landing a dream job in the U.S. may not be as impossible as you think. Check out these pointers from the Career Center to give yourself a head start on the job search. Story by: Charlotte Chang “What are you doing after graduation?” The question plagues seniors on every corner of campus. Navigating the immigration 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

Coffee with ‘SC Celebrity Wesley Chu

Wesley Chu is a pianist, but he is also kind of a rock star. By age 5, he had completed the entire Canadian Royal Conservatory Examinations curriculum, and was performing for the likes of Nelson Mandela. Wesley was recently selected for the USC International Artist Fellowship Program, through which he joined Thornton School of Music’s Read more

Passport Verification for New International Students

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 for more Read more

OIS Closed July 12, 2017

OIS will be closed on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 for an off campus event. We will resume regular hours on Thursday, July 13, 2017.