Thanksgiving Holiday Closure

The Office of International Services wishes everyone a very happy Thanksgiving. Our office will close at 3:00 PM on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 and will reopen on Monday, December 2, 2019 at 8:30 AM. Please plan your visit to OIS accordingly.

Resources Recommended by USC Career Center

Transitioning to the U.S. and job-hunting as an international student can be difficult, especially when understanding the differences in cultural and employment norms across cultures. provides online services to individuals entering and living in the U.S. and can help as you get ready to study at USC. Disclaimer: Please do not rely solely on Read more

Beware of Scams!

Students across the country are being targeted by phone scams. Callers spoof their phone numbers and identify themselves as officers from local and/or foreign police departments, FBI, Homeland Security, IRS, and even students who claim to being looking for roommates. They have aggressive phone tactics where they make-up fake scenarios and threaten to arrest and Read more

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