Winter Break Travel and Re-entry Information

OIS will be closed from December 24, 2018 through January 1, 2019 for winter break. Regular office hours will resume on January 2. Please visit the Travel section for detailed travel and re-entry information. Information for students/scholars who are requesting a travel signature from abroad Option 1: Request a Reprint of Your I-20/DS-2019 Email the Travel Signature Read more

Local U.S. Address Update Policy Guidance During Winter Break

Students traveling to their home country to spend time with their family and friends or vacationing outside the U.S. over winter 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

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

OIS Closed for Thanksgiving

The Office of International Services wishes everyone a very happy Thanksgiving. Please visit us before 1:00 PM on Wednesday, November 21, 2018. Our office will be closed on Thursday, November 22, 2018, and Friday, November 23, 2018. We will reopen on Monday, November 26, 2018, at 8:30 AM.  

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.