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:

  • Fall 2020 Travel Guidance for International Students Currently Outside the US July 28, 2020
    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 […]
  • SEVP Issues Fall 2020 Guidance for F-1 Students July 26, 2020
    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 […]
  • Students from the Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and Ireland Can Now Travel to the US July 17, 2020
    Effective July 16, 2020, F-1 student travelers from the Schengen Area, the UK, and Ireland who are applying for or have valid visas may now travel to the U.S. even though the current Presidential Proclamations regarding travel remain in effect. F-1 Students traveling with valid F-1 visas, do not need to seek a national interest […]
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security Rescinds July 6 Policy Guidance July 15, 2020
    We are pleased that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security agreed to rescind the July 6, 2020 policy guidance issued by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) that would prevent international students from taking online-only courses in the fall semester while residing in the United States. USC played a critical role in advocating for […]
  • International Student FAQ – Fall Semester July 9, 2020
    We understand students have many questions about the fall semester following the updated guidance provided by the Student Exchange Visitor Program on Monday. This is a fluid situation, and USC senior administration and OIS are still reviewing what the potential impact of this guidance could mean, legally and practically, for our community. We ask for […]