OIS Programs

LA Today

The OIS LA Today program allows international students to experience the diverse activities that Los Angeles and Southern California has to offer. The OIS International Program Assistant (IPA) plans and guides participants on excursions to parks, beaches, museums and more. Past events have included apple picking in the fall, horseback riding at Griffith Park, skiing at Big Bear Mountain, visiting the Getty Museum, and exploring Catalina Island.

Please email oisipa@usc.edu with any questions about the LA Today program.


International Coffee Hour

Take a break while enjoying a fresh cup of coffee! Stop by OIS and taste the unique flavors of snacks from all over the world. International Coffee Hours are held once a month at OIS and is open to all USC students and scholars. Check the OIS Event Calendar for upcoming dates.


International Education Week (IEW)

November 15-19, 2021

The Office of International Services celebrates International Education Week, a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, through various events and programs around campus. Check out this flyer for more information about events on campus during IEW (November 15-19, 2021).


Job Search Strategies for International Students

The Job Search Strategies for International Students workshops are presented by counselors from OIS and the USC Career Center. The presenters address techniques about the US job search process, as well as the immigration aspect of job searching for F-1 international students.

The following topics will be discussed:

  • The job search process in the US
  • Cultural differences associated with the US job search process
  • On-campus resources for various phases of the job search
  • Work authorization options for F-1 international students including Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and a brief introduction to Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Workshops are offered 3-4 times a semester. Check the USC Career Center Event Calendar for time and location.

For more information, contact the USC Career Center. 


English Language Program (ELP) for USC F-2 and J-2 Dependents

Due to limitations related to COVID-19, ELP will not be offered in Spring 2022. Please check back in Fall 2022 for updates.


J-1 Scholar Meet & Greet

Please contact j1exchg@usc.edu for J-1 events and opportunities.


J-1 Scholar Reception

Please contact j1exchg@usc.edu for J-1 events and opportunities.