It is possible to maintain the F-1/J-1 student status while participating in a USC study abroad program. F-1/J-1 international students who are interested in studying abroad must meet the following requirements:

  1. Maintained F-1/J-1 student status for at least one full academic term prior to the semester in which they will study abroad
  2. Be enrolled full time at USC in the semester that the student will study abroad
  3. Have a valid passport, F-1/J-1 visa and I-20/DS-2019 with valid travel signature to return to the U.S. after the study abroad program.

Students considering studying abroad must meet with an OIS advisor before finalizing travel plans. To meet with an advisor, please contact OIS.