OIS Programs

LA Today

The OIS LA Today program allows international students to experience the diverse activities that Los Angeles and Southern California has to offer. The OIS International Program Assistant (IPA) plans and guides participants on excursions to parks, beaches, museums and more. Past events have included apple picking in the fall, horseback riding at Griffith Park, skiing at Big Bear Mountain, visiting the Getty Museum, and exploring Catalina Island.

Please email oisipa@usc.edu with any questions about the LA Today program.


International Coffee Hour

Take a break while enjoying a fresh cup of coffee! Stop by OIS and taste the unique flavors of snacks from all over the world. International Coffee Hours are held once a month at OIS and is open to all USC students and scholars. Check the OIS Event Calendar for upcoming dates.


Job Search Strategies for International Students

The Job Search Strategies for International Students workshops are presented by counselors from OIS and the USC Career Center. The presenters address techniques about the US job search process, as well as the immigration aspect of job searching for F-1 international students.

The following topics will be discussed:

  • The job search process in the US
  • Cultural differences associated with the US job search process
  • On-campus resources for various phases of the job search
  • Work authorization options for F-1 international students including Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and a brief introduction to Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Workshops are offered 3-4 times a semester. Check the USC Career Center Event Calendar for time and location.

For more information, contact the USC Career Center. 


International Student Graduation Reception

Each year, the Office of International Services celebrates and honors graduating international students. Join us for a grand reception with light refreshments, music and performances and celebrate the end of a great academic year for our students.

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English Language Program

The English Language Program (ELP), offered by the Office of International Services, provides English language instruction to individuals in F-2, J-1 and J-2 statuses. This program is held weekly Monday through Thursday from 9:30am to 11:45am, and offers three levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced.

In the beginner’s level, students learn basic grammar, vocabularies, and sentence structures. In the intermediate level where students are more verbal yet have harder time expressing their thoughts coherently, they learn proper pronunciation through listening to CDs and group discussions. In the advanced level, students are challenged with writing and reading materials to increase their comprehension ability. They also learn idioms and discuss common issues faced by international students, such as immigration problems, laws, and car insurance.

Each month, the program offers students the opportunity to explore Los Angeles or other cultures through a potluck event. Students have the opportunity to visit the Natural History Museum, downtown Los Angeles, Chinatown, and many educational places in Los Angeles.

Classes are taught by experienced teachers, who create a safe and friendly environment for spouses and family members of international students to learn and improve their English, as well as make friends in the community. Students have enjoyed learning English together and getting to know each other’s culture.

Information for Spring 2017

Registration and evaluation will take place in the University Religious Center (URC) Room 108 at 9:30am on January 6, 2017. Prospective students will need to bring a #2 pencil to the session. Late arrivals cannot be accommodated. Spring classes begin on Monday, January 9 at 9:30am. The last day to enroll in ELP is February 27, 2017. Please keep checking the website for updates regarding information for Fall 2017. If you have any questions, please email oiselp@usc.edu.


J-1 Scholar Meet & Greet

The J-1 Scholar Meet & Greet is held the 2nd Thursday of each month in the University Club Pub Room. New Scholar Orientation is from 10:00am-10:30am, followed by the Meet & Greet from 10:30am-12:00pm. The Meet & Greet program allows new and current J-1 scholars to meet one another and get acquainted. In addition, OIS staff members are available to answer questions for our new and continuing scholars about USC and Los Angeles.


J-1 Scholar Reception

USC hosts over 900 J-1 scholars from more than 60 countries working in over 100 different fields of research. This annual event provides an opportunity for recognition of the important role that international professors, researchers and post-docs play in the life of the University and the contributions they make to educational and cultural exchange. The J-1 Scholar Reception also provides an opportunity for visiting scholars, their families, and USC faculty and staff to come together in a setting outside of the laboratory/classroom and form relationships with scholars from diverse academic fields.

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