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

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

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 ois@usc.edu For J-1 Exchange Visitor related inquiries: email J1exchg@usc.edu 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

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