U.S. Department of Homeland Security Rescinds July 6 Policy Guidance

We are pleased that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security agreed to rescind the July 6, 2020 policy guidance issued by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) that would prevent international students from taking online-only courses in the fall semester while residing in the United States. USC played a critical role in advocating for Read more

International Student FAQ – Fall Semester

We understand students have many questions about the fall semester following the updated guidance provided by the Student Exchange Visitor Program on Monday. This is a fluid situation, and USC senior administration and OIS are still reviewing what the potential impact of this guidance could mean, legally and practically, for our community. We ask for Read more

New Guidance: International Student Enrollment for Fall 2020

On July 6, 2020, the Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) issued updated guidance to universities regarding international students’ ability to study in the U.S. during the fall 2020 semester based on the institution’s method of instruction (i.e. online, in-person or hybrid). Despite our serious concerns about this new guidance, and our strong disagreement with the Read more

White House Issues Presidential Proclamation Barring Visas and Entry for Certain Chinese Graduate Students and Researchers

On Friday, May 29, President Trump issued a proclamation barring entry of certain Chinese graduate students and researchers affiliated with universities connected to the Chinese military. The proclamation, which does not affect Chinese undergraduate students, bars entry for any Chinese national applying for F or J visas to study or conduct research in the U.S. “who Read more

Academic Support Resources for International Students

The Kortschak Center for Learning and Creativity (KCLC) recognizes students may need additional assistance preparing for the hybrid model of instruction proposed for the fall semester. Therefore, the KCLC is offering virtual drop-in services four days a week until August 6, 2020 for any USC students, regardless of if they are currently enrolled in classes Read more

Webinar: How Will USC’s Fall 2020 Plan Impact Me?

OIS staff understand this is an uncertain period of time and there are still many unanswered questions about how and when we can return to campus. USC is still developing plans for how to bring students back to campus safely for the fall semester. In the coming weeks, the university will launch the Project Restart Read more

Message to the USC International Community

The events of the past two weeks, starting with the death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers in Minnesota, have exposed yet again the ongoing harm caused by prejudice, discrimination, and violence within our society. That this horrific incident is the latest of numerous cases involving targeted violence toward members of the Read more