Memorial Day Closure

OIS will be closed on Monday, May 25, 2020 in observance of Memorial Day. We will resume regular hours remotely on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.

Let’s Talk: International Student Edition

What is Let’s Talk? Let’s Talk is a weekly drop-in opportunity to spend 30 minutes with a clinician from USC Counseling & Mental Health. Let’s Talk: International Student Edition is specifically for international students, who may be experiencing stress related to being far from home or far from campus in these challenging times. An outreach Read more

Alexis Arellanes Joins the OIS Staff

The Office of International Services is excited to announce Alexis Arellanes joined our team as International Services Intake Coordinator on April 14, 2020. Alexis will serve our students and scholars (virtually) alongside Qiuyang Zhao. A southern California native, Alexis attended the University of San Francisco and earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Legal Read more

How Are You Making the Most of Physical Distancing?

Ever since Governor Newsom announced the Safer at Home order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, California residents have been staying in and practicing physical distancing – only stepping out of their homes for necessities. While this is no doubt an essential precaution to ensure public health and flatten the curve, months indoors can start Read more

Zoom Group Advising

OIS will offer group advising sessions via Zoom. Refer to the OIS eCalendar to view upcoming session topics. Please join us.

Remote Assistance for USC’s International Community

The Office of International Services is providing remote assistance to our international community. For F-1 student related inquiries: email For J-1 Exchange Visitor related inquiries: email To request OPT/STEM OPT Extension I-20: Refer to the instructions provided on the OIS OPT page or STEM OPT Extension page If you have questions after reviewing Read more

Deciding Whether to Return to Your Home Country During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The decision whether to return to your home country is a personal one and should be considered carefully, in consultation with family when possible. The University wants you to be where you will feel most comfortable in the coming weeks. Classes will be held remotely the remainder of the semester and you will receive more Read more

Mindfulness in the Age of Social Distancing

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and mandatory and recommended quarantines, have established social distancing as the new way of life for citizens across the globe. While no doubt a crucial precaution, many of us are already feeling the toll of isolation – far away from our friends, our professors, and our families. Now more than ever Read more

Valid US 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. Students currently outside of the US are not required to update their US address. Step-By-Step Instructions on Local U.S. Address Entry in MyUSC/OASIS Account Login Read more