The University of San Francisco: International Student and Scholar Services
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Pre Arrival Information

Pre-Arrival Information for New USF International Students

Welcome to the University of San Francisco! Choosing to study in the United States is a big decision and there is much excitement and growth on your path ahead. We at ISSS are here to help you make USF your new home, and to help you find the appropriate resources to be successful. Make sure you read the Next Steps before you arrive to complete all the necessary tasks to finalize your enrollment. It is very important to read through the information provided in our pre-arrival materials and any emails you receive from ISSS, as well as the information provided on these Pre-Arrival pages.


Before Your Departure

  • Applying for a student visa
  • Your Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019)
  • Immunization records
  • Living arrangements during your studies
  • Tips for making your travel plans


Packing & Travel 

  • What to bring
  • United States Customs and Immigration Procedures
  • What documents you need
  • Transportation options from the San Francisco International Airport to USF


Once You Arrive 

  • Where to go when you arrive on-campus
  • International Student Orientation and other orientation sessions
  • Opening a bank account
  • Your USF ID card
  • Enrolling in and making changes to your course schedule
  • Getting ready for classes
  • Campus Map


Success in Your First Year 

  • Cultural Adjustment
  • Academic Success
  • Getting Involved


Check List

Do you feel overwhelmed with all the things you need to do to get ready for you move to USF? Download and print this check list to keep track of what you have done and still need to do.