International Education Week 2018

Monday, November 12, 2018 – Friday, November 16, 2018 Each year in mid-November, educational institutions across the country celebrate International Education Week (IEW). This joint initiative was established by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to Read more

Valid U.S. Address Required for All International Students

Immigration regulations require all international students to report any change in their local address in OASIS within 10 days of moving. This information will be updated in students’ SEVIS records. Step-By-Step Instructions on Local U.S. Address Entry in MyUSC/OASIS Account Login to myUSC Under My Services Menu, click on “OASIS” Select “Other Services” tab on the top of 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

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

OIS Closed on July 4, 2018

The Office of International Services will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in observance of Independence Day. We will reopen on Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 8:30 AM.

Travel Ban Update

On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling to uphold the President’s executive order on travel for citizens of Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, North Korea and Venezuela. In fall 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released statements clarifying that benefits for students and scholars Read more

OIS Closed for Memorial Day, May 28, 2018

The Office of International Services will be closed on Monday, May 28, 2018 in observance of Memorial Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 8:30 AM.    

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

OIS Welcomes New Staff Member Alexa Argumedo

Alexa Argumedo has joined OIS as Intake Coordinator. In this role, she will be the first point-of-contact for student and scholars visiting the OIS front desk. A southern California native, Alexa attended Culver City High School and studied Communication Studies with an emphasis in immigration and media at the University of San Diego. She is Read more