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

Follow Up to USC’s 8/5/2020 Message About Fall Semester

On August 5, USC’s senior administration announced plans for the Fall 2020 semester that included some important changes, due to the continuing public health emergency impacting our community and campuses. Important Highlights about USC’s Fall 2020 Plans: All instruction will begin online for Fall 2020, with only a small number of exceptions in certain clinical education Read more

Fall 2020 Travel Guidance for International Students Currently Outside the US

On July 25, OIS wrote to students about the updated SEVP guidance issued for the Fall 2020 semester and what it means for new and continuing international students. Understandably, students currently outside of the U.S. still have many questions about how this guidance impacts travel to the U.S. for the Fall 2020 semester. New Students: The SEVP guidance does not Read more

SEVP Issues Fall 2020 Guidance for F-1 Students

On July 24, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) clarified that for the Fall 2020 semester F-1 students should abide by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) guidance originally issued in March 2020. This guidance allows distance learning in excess of regulatory limits due to the public health emergency generated by COVID-19. What does this mean Read more