Delayed Arrival I-20s for New International Students

In light of the current public health crisis in Los Angeles and President Folt’s message to students asking them to delay coming to campus for several weeks, new students (summer 2020, fall 2020 and spring 2021 admitted students currently outside the U.S., and students returning from an LOA) now have the option to request an Read more

DHS Confirms Guidance for the Spring 2021 Semester

Dear Students: With the spring semester quickly approaching, the Office of International Services (OIS) would like to share what we know at this time to help students determine their academic plan. Please read the rest of this message carefully, as it contains important information pertaining to the spring 2021 semester. There are several factors that Read more

Virtual International Education Week 2020

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 study, learn, and exchange experiences. Join us Read more

Visa Options for International Students – Life after OPT

Join Immigration Attorney Tien-Li “TL” Loke Walsh for a workshop covering topics such as: H-1B Visas F-1/H-1B Cap-Gap Relief Alternatives to the H-1B Visa, including E-3, TN, H-1B1, O-1 Visas Green Card Options: Diversity Lottery, Family-*Employment-Based Immigration Wednesday, November 11 at 9:00am to 11:00am Virtual Event Registration Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-RZ8MWT4R0KsYwO5kmZ8Rg

USC DPS Community Safety Advisory: Scams Targeting International Students

COMMUNITY SAFETY ADVISORY Note: the content includes language about sexual assault that may be disturbing to some readers The USC Department of Public Safety is providing this notification to advise the campus community of concerning reports of scams and thefts targeting our students and members of the USC community. DPS has received three reports, which Read more

Proposed Elimination of Duration of Status (D/S) for F and J Visa Holders

On September 25, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed a rule to eliminate duration of status (D/S) for F and J visa holders, which would limit the length of approved stay in the US, and require a new application process to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for extensions of stay. This item Read more

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

Zoom Group Advising

OIS offers group advising sessions via Zoom on topics such as CPT, OPT, STEM OPT, RCL, Leave of Absence, and Program Extensions. Refer to the OIS eCalendar to view upcoming session topics.

OIS Director Welcomes New Students

Dear New Trojans, On behalf of the Office of International Services (OIS), I would like to welcome all new students to the University of Southern California. We are honored you chose to continue your education at USC, and we look forward to ensuring you have a great experience during your time as a student. The 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