Required for New Student Check-In:
- Complete the Staying in Status Module
- Complete the International Orientation Intake Form
- Complete Registration for Fall 2017 International Orientation on either August 14th (International Teaching Assistants (ITA) only) or August 23rd (Undergraduate and non-ITA Graduate students).
- Complete the Foreign National Tax Information Form [pdf]
Please take the time to complete these documents prior to checking in with the ISS Office. We look forward to seeing you at International Orientation in August 2017. Details on orientation will be announced as soon as they are available.
More Orientation Information:
What is International Student Orientation?
International Student Orientation is a mandatory requirement for all new F-1 and J-1 international students at USC. It is hosted by International Student Services. It will cover a variety of areas that are important for all students to know. Topics such as health insurance, taxes, course registration, counseling services, and getting a drivers license will all be covered throughout the orientation. Most importantly, we will discuss the important immigration regulations you are required to follow as an F-1 or J-1 international student at USC.
International Student Orientation is different from Undergraduate Orientation. If you are an undergraduate student, you will be required to attend an Undergraduate Orientation in addition to International Student Orientation. Both International Student Orientation and Undergraduate Orientation are mandatory for you to attend.
Many graduate students are also required to attend an additional departmental orientation. You should contact your department if you have questions about this.
Who is required to attend?
All new F-1 or J-1 international students must attend International Student Orientation. If you are transferring from another school or institution in the United States, you are still required to attend International Student Orientation.
If you do not have an F-1 or J-1 visa, you are not required to attend International Student Orientation.
When is it offered?
Fall 2017 orientation will be held in August 2017, prior to the start of classes. There will be two orientations offered:
Orientation for International Teaching Assistants will be held on Monday, August 14th at 1pm in Close-Hipp 005. (ITAs only).
International Orientation for Undergraduate students and non-TA Graduate students will be held on Wednesday, August 23rd at 12 pm in Close-Hipp 005.
You need to register for only one session.
You are only required to attend one International Student Orientation. Be prepared to spend the entire afternoon with us on your selected date!
Where is it held?
Both sessions of the Fall 2017 International Student Orientation will be held on USC's campus in the Close-Hipp Building in Room 005 (the Belk Auditorium on the lower level).
Are meals provided?
Lunch will be offered at the beginning of orientation. Lunch typically consists of sandwiches, chips, fruit, a cookie, and soda or water. If you have dietary restrictions, please inform us prior to orientation so that we can accommodate your requests.
What should I do to prepare for orientation? How do I check in with ISS?
Before you come to orientation, you will need to complete the online Staying in Status Module. This is a mandatory part of orientation. If you do not take the time to do this before attending orientation, you will not be able to register for courses until you have completed the Staying in Status Module.
For Fall 2017 Orientation, we ask that you "check in" with our office in August 2017 in the weeks leading up to the start of classes. You must register for a specific day and time to check in with the International Student Services office. You may register here. The check-in process is part of the federal regulations for F-1 and J-1 international students.
After you submit your immigration documents during check-in and complete the Staying in Status Module, we will lift the "citizenship verification" hold that is on your student record. Lifting this hold will allow you to register for classes.
When you check-in, please bring the following documents to the International Student Services Office:
- Your passport
- Your visa (F-1 or J-1)
- Your I-20 (F-1) or DS-2019 (J-1)
- Your I-94
- Your SEVIS I-901 Payment Receipt
- If you have attended other schools in the United States, please bring your previous I-20s or DS-2019s
- If you have dependents (spouse or children), please bring their passports, visas, and I-20s/DS-2019s with you as well
Your immigration documents will be collected at our front desk, scanned, and then
returned to you.
For questions about the check-in process, please email Vince Guarino.
What should I bring with me to orientation?
We recommend that you bring a pencil or pen with you to International Student Orientation so that you can fill out certain forms. Though lunch will be provided, you may also wish to bring a bottle of water or snacks.
How do I register?
Registration for International Student Orientation can be completed online. Once your I-20 or DS-2019 has been processed by International Student Services, you will be given additional information about online registration.