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

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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.

OIS Closed for Independence Day

The Office of International Services wishes everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July. Our office will be closed on July 3, 2017 (Monday) and July 4, 2017 (Tuesday). We will reopen on July 5, 2017 (Wednesday) at 8:30 AM. Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the Read more

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