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.

USC Gould School of Law’s Student, Faculty, and Staff Immigrant Legal Advice Project provides free, confidential legal consultations and referrals to the following USC students, faculty, and staff who may be at risk of deportation or who have other questions regarding their legal status and legal rights under the immigration laws:

  • Individuals outside of the US with visas or LPR (green card) status who are having difficulty returning to the US;
  • Individuals with DACA or who previously had DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals);
  • Undocumented individuals;
  • Individuals who have been arrested by immigration authorities or who believe they are in danger of being arrested by immigration authorities;
  • Individuals who otherwise have an urgent need for advice or representation.


All international study abroad, exchange, internship and short-term overseas programs (i.e. Maymester/summer/spring break programs) at USC, whether for credit or not, must be approved prior to advertisement and/or program launch. All departments offering off-campus programs must adhere to the following required procedures:

  • The Off-Campus Studies Panel (OSP), a subcommittee of the University Committee on Curriculum (UCOC), reviews all for-credit, off-campus and international programs.
  • The USC Division of Student Affairs coordinates the care of student participants on international programs and manages reporting requirements for the department offering the program.


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.