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

Make the Most of Your Spring Break in Los Angeles

Los Angeles, or the City of Angels, is many things – a cultural melting pot, home to Hollywood, and the heart of Southern California. In a city this big, there’s bound to be tons to do! Check out our list of the best things to do in L.A. for a little staycation inspiration. Visit a Read more

Workshops Offered for USC Students

OIS is offering a number of workshops this semester to help students master both spoken and written academic English. Check out a comprehensive list of workshops offered across both the University Park and Health Sciences Campuses. University Park Campus Why Don’t They Understand Me? Tips for Perfect English Pronunciation Learn how to adjust your accent Read more

Jump Start Your Job Search with GoinGlobal

GoinGlobal’s exclusive H-1B Plus database provides millions of H-1B visa application records for American employers interested in hiring international talent. Utilizing U.S. Department of Labor records, GoinGlobal’s proprietary search engine allows users to identify positions, locations, and salary ranges based on company name, occupation, industry, and job title. The H-IB database can also be used to identify 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

Culture Shock Shakes Things Up for New Students

Culture Shock Cartoon

Are you riding the waves of culture shock since arriving in the U.S.? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Story by: Lydia Siriprakorn The sun is too bright today. The traffic didn’t seem so bad at first but is completely unbearable lately. Even the Los Angeles air smells funny now, not refreshing like it did just weeks Read more

Community Safety Advisory

SCAMS REPORTED OFFENSE:   DPS has received numerous complaints from students, many of whom are international students, who had been tricked into giving money to imposters posing as agents of the IRS, U.S. Customs, or other public entities.  During the 2018 fall semester, seventeen students were victims to these scams with an average loss of Read more