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:

  • Commencement FAQ for International Students April 10, 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 […]
  • An Important Message from OIS March 20, 2021
    Dear USC International Students and Scholars, The Office of International Services (OIS) stands in solidarity with the statement made by President Folt and wants to express in no uncertain terms that racism, violence, hatred, bigotry, and xenophobia will never be tolerated. OIS is here to support and uplift our Asian students and scholars, and we understand members […]
  • Social Security Administration Now Open For SSN Application Appointments March 12, 2021
    The Social Security Administration (SSA) is now open for Social Security Number (SSN) application appointments. Students who were unable to apply for their SSN last year should apply now. Below are some frequently asked questions about obtaining an SSN: I began my on-campus/CPT employment last year without an SSN. Should I apply for an SSN […]
  • Important OPT Information for Spring 2021 Graduates March 4, 2021
    As you prepare to apply for OPT with USCIS, OIS would like to clarify some frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the OPT Application Checklist, Form I-765, and related documents. For questions related to employment requirements while on OPT and other important FAQs, refer to the OPT Instructions. 1) My city of birth is incorrect on […]
  • Safety Advisory: Scams January 25, 2021
    The USC Department of Public Safety has received reports from students, many of whom are international students, who were deceived into giving money to impostors posing as law enforcement officials or representatives of agencies such as the Social Security Administration, IRS, U.S. Customs, Citizenship and Immigration Services and Department of Homeland Security. Some impostors or […]