Things To Do Over Fall Break 2019

Fall break is coming up this Thursday and Friday, bringing us a much-needed break from midterms! To help you make the most of your 4-day weekend, we’ve compiled a list of things to do over the break: Driving out The great thing about living in Los Angeles is that you can access vastly different landscapes Read more

Healthcare in America 101

The health care system in the United States may be very different from the health care system in your home country. International students may find the information on the USC Student Health page helpful. This information is general to health care in the U.S. but does not apply to all cases.

OIS Closed for Labor Day Holiday

The Office of International Services will be closed on Monday, September 2, 2019 in observance of Labor Day. OIS will reopen on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 8:30 AM. We hope you have a fun and safe holiday!

Adjusting to U.S. Classroom Culture

It’s the first week of classes, which is a very exciting time in any student’s life. As an international student, you may find that the classroom culture is very different from what you’re used to – it’s not just what you learn, but also how you learn! Here are a few ways in which the Read more

STEM OPT Extension: New Reporting Instructions

If you are a student on the 24-month STEM OPT Extension and you received an email from SEVP, or if you have general questions about reporting requirements, please click the link above for more information.

OIS Closed for Independence Day Holiday

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The Office of International Services will be closed on Thursday, July 4, 2019 and Friday, July 5, 2019 in observance of Independence Day. OIS will reopen on Monday, July 8, 2019 at 8:30 AM. To prevent delays in processing due to the holiday closure, please submit requests for OPT I-20s, STEM OPT Extension I-20s, SEVIS transfer Read more

Updating U.S. Local Address 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

OIS Welcomes New Staff Member Francisco Gonzalez

Francisco Gonzalez has joined OIS as Administrative Assistant. In this role he will be working at the OIS front desk, handling paperwork and answering general questions. A southern California native, Francisco grew up in Boyle Heights and studied Kinesiology at San Diego State University. He is currently a graduate student in the Public Administration program Read more

4 Ways to Maximize Your Job Search

It’s almost summer, which means it’s the season for job hunting! When applying for jobs, it’s easy to forget what may or may not be appropriate – can you message people for jobs on LinkedIn? Can you email old contacts? We know how stressful the process is, which is why we are here to help! Read more

Helpful Tips for Interviewing

Interviewing for jobs can be very stressful – you’re constantly meeting new people and trying to market your skills, convincing them that you’re the best fit for the specific position in a sea of talented applicants. We’ve prepared a list of tips to help you prepare and stay confident. Before the day of interview Know Read more