International Student Services

Viterbi Admissions and Student Engagement (VASE) Office works closely with the Office of International Services (OIS) to assist our international students during their time at USC.  Viterbi graduate students must obtain approval from VASE advisors before submitting forms to OIS.

Please visit the links below for more information on policies and requirements for international students.

RSS USC Office of International Services News and Updates:

  • International Students with Financial Need Can Apply for COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Funds May 27, 2021
    On May 14, the Department of Education issued a final rule stating that international students are now eligible to receive funding for emergency grants offered by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA or HEERF II), and the American Rescue Plan Act of […]
  • National Interest Exceptions (NIE) for Students Traveling from India, China, Brazil, South Africa, Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and Ireland May 1, 2021
      On April 29, 2021, the U.S. government issued a proclamation suspending entry into the U.S. of nonimmigrants who were physically present within the Republic of India during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the U.S. effective May 4, 2021. On April 30, 2021, the Department of State issued a National […]
  • DHS Extends Existing Guidance for the 2021-2022 Academic Year April 26, 2021
    Dear Students: As USC plans for a return to campus for the Fall 2021 semester with primarily in-person classes, the Office of International Services (OIS) would like to share some information to help international students determine their academic plan. Please read the rest of this message carefully, as it contains important information pertaining to international […]
  • Did you receive a stimulus check from the U.S. government? April 20, 2021
    The U.S. government provided three rounds of Economic Impact Payments (stimulus checks) to all resident aliens and U.S. citizens in 2020 and 2021. If you received the stimulus check, you either appropriately qualified as a resident alien or you filed your taxes incorrectly and should have filed as a nonresident alien. Any individual qualified as […]
  • Commencement FAQ for International Students April 16, 2021
    Updated 4/14/2021 1.  Can international students who are currently in the U.S. (i.e., enrolled in classes for spring 2021 or graduated in 2020 and are currently on OPT) attend commencement? California state health officials have confirmed the graduating classes of both 2020 and 2021 may attend commencement ceremonies in person. This applies to international students […]