Drop-in Advising Not Available on June 25 and July 18

*Drop-in Advising will be closed on Tuesday, June 25, 2024, while OIS staff conduct system maintenance. Drop-in Advising will resume on Wednesday, June 26, 2024, at 1:00pm. *Drop-in Advising will not be available on Thursday, July 18, 2024, while OIS staff participate in professional development. Drop-in Advising will resume on Friday, July 19, 2024, at…Continue Reading Drop-in Advising Not Available on June 25 and July 18

Navigating Culture Shock: A Guide for International Students in the U.S.

Culture Shock Cartoon

Studying abroad far from home is a remarkable and life-changing experience that allows international students to broaden their horizons, gain an excellent education, and explore new cultures. However, along with the many benefits of studying in the U.S., international students may encounter a phenomenon known as “culture shock.” Read on to learn more about culture…Continue Reading Navigating Culture Shock: A Guide for International Students in the U.S.

Tax Webinars for International Students with Sprintax

As we begin to look forward to the coming tax season ahead, Sprintax will host a series of information webinars about nonresident tax, dedicated for the international community. These open, informational sessions will run through to the April 15, 2024 filing deadline. Sprintax Open Tax Webinars for Filing Season 2023: Tuesday, March 5 at 1pm:…Continue Reading Tax Webinars for International Students with Sprintax

Travel and Emergency Contact Information

Continuing F-1/J-1 students can travel abroad and return to the U.S. to resume their studies. Please review the information below before traveling this winter recess: 1. International students must have a valid travel signature on their I-20/DS-2019 to re-enter the U.S. in F-1/J-1 status. Each travel signature is valid for one year from the date…Continue Reading Travel and Emergency Contact Information

Mice, Mentors, and Robots: How USC students were inspired to love the subject they study

Valentine’s Day is not just a day for celebrating romantic love but also a time to reflect on the passions that bring joy and fulfillment to our lives. For many students, that passion is their chosen field of study. Whether it’s the excitement of making a breakthrough discovery or the satisfaction of solving a complex…Continue Reading Mice, Mentors, and Robots: How USC students were inspired to love the subject they study

Warning: Financial Sextortion Scams – It’s More Common Than You Think!

Financial sextortion is a serious threat that can originate on social media, dating websites, apps, messaging services, and gaming platforms. This sinister scheme begins innocently, with individuals believing they are engaging with someone interested in a relationship or offering something valuable. The scammer solicits compromising photos and videos from the victim. They then use these materials…Continue Reading Warning: Financial Sextortion Scams – It’s More Common Than You Think!

Community Safety Advisory: Scams 

The USC Department of Public Safety has received reports from students, many of whom are international students, who were deceived into giving money to impostors posing as law enforcement officials or representatives of agencies such as the Social Security Administration, IRS, U.S. Customs, Citizenship and Immigration Services and Department of Homeland Security. Some impostors or…Continue Reading Community Safety Advisory: Scams 

Warning: Protect Yourself from OPT Scams and Phone Scams

USC students on OPT have been targeted by scammers and we want to ensure you have the information you need to protect yourself from danger.  Scammers aggressively target international students, usually through phone calls or social media messages, impersonating government agency personnel and intimidating them by threatening their OPT status. Scammers then ask students to…Continue Reading Warning: Protect Yourself from OPT Scams and Phone Scams