USC Global Resources & Policies

The Office of International Services (OIS) is a resource center for international students and scholars, and provides guidance and information on the following:

  • F-1 Student Visas: visa application process, requirements for maintaining international student status, and travel and reentry requirements.
  • J-1 Scholar Visas: information for scholars and sponsoring departments on the process of bringing a J-1 exchange visitor to USC.
  • F-1 and J-1 Employment: information for F-1 and J-1 students to obtain the appropriate work authorization, including Optional Practical Training and Curricular Practical Training.

Faculty/Staff Visa Services (FSVS) provides the specialized services required to facilitate the hiring of international faculty and staff, and a centralized resource for information regarding immigration and the hiring process.


  • The International Collaborations and Export Controls Policy contains guidelines applicable to USC’s international activities related to research, instruction, healthcare, student programming, and other partnerships and affiliations abroad. All USC faculty and staff should be familiar with these guidelines before participating in any international activities or travel.In developing these policies, the University has carefully considered how best to protect academic values, offer flexibility in developing relationships across the world, and meet important legal requirements, with the overarching goal of maximizing the University’s impact across the globe.
  • The Office of the Vice President for Global and Online Initiatives provides guidelines for Creating International Partnerships.


All engagements of individuals to perform work outside of the United States – including as independent contractors – must go through the Office of the Vice President for Global and Online Initiatives for review and approval. Guidelines for initiating review can be found here: International Independent Contractors.


The Student Travel Abroad — Destination Restrictions and Crisis Management Policy outlines the responsibilities of students, faculty and staff engaged in the process of organizing and managing student travel abroad. USC tracks all student travel, except personal. Undergraduate and graduate students traveling outside the United States to perform any activity organized, sponsored, or related to USC in any way, must comply with USC’s policies and guidelines for sharing information and obtaining insurance and International SOS coverage prior to traveling.

Global Initiatives oversees student travel abroad, collects and reports data on travel by students and coordinates with USC Schools, Student AffairsStudent HealthCampus Support & InterventionRisk Management, and other units for risk assessment and emergency response.


For programs run by partner institutions, or USC-organized programs that do not include on-site participation by USC employees (i.e. internships), it is expected that a campus-based Response Team will be convened to coordinate the University’s response to an emergency abroad. Even in instances when USC staff/faculty are located on-site, the severity of a crisis involving one or more USC programs abroad may necessitate the formation of a campus-based Response Team.

The Campus Based Response to Overseas Crises can be found here.



The USC Immigrant Legal Assistance Center (ILAC) provides free, confidential consultations, legal assistance, and referrals to the following members of the USC Trojan Family, students, staff members, contract employees, faculty and family members, who may be at risk of deportation, who may be eligible to apply for immigration status, or who have questions about their legal status and legal rights under the immigration laws:

  • Individuals seeking to renew DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)
  • Individuals with TPS (or expired TPS) (Temporary Protected Status)
  • Undocumented individuals
  • Individuals who have been arrested by immigration authorities or who believe they are in danger of being arrested by immigration authorities
  • Individuals without permanent legal status who have a citizen or permanent resident spouse or other family member
  • Individuals without permanent legal status who have been a victim of a crime
  • Individuals with or without legal status who are considering domestic or international travel
  • Individuals seeking to naturalize and become US citizens
  • Other immigration issues or questions.
For a comprehensive list of campus resources and programs for undocumented, DACA, TPS and immigrant students, faculty and staff please visit the Undocumented Trojans Online Resource Center.