Fall 2015 INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION
Undergraduate Student Mandatory Orientation: Saturday, August 22nd | 8:30am check-in | War Memorial Gym
Graduate Student Mandatory Orientation: Friday, August 21st | 9:00am check-in | McLaren Complex
There will also be optional activities before the mandatory sessions to help incoming students get settled, meet new friends, purchase dorm
necessities and get familiar with campus.
- Undergraduate International Student Orientation and Welcome Activities | schedule
- Graduate International Student Orientation and Welcome Activities | schedule
The mandatory sessions are designed
to address the most common questions and
concerns that international students have as well as covering important
information such as immigration regulations
pertaining to your visa, academic expectations, and cultural
Attendance at the
International Student Orientation is mandatory. Failure to
attend the orientation program will result in a hold being placed on
your student account which limits your ability to register for classes,
access library resources, etc. at the University. Undergraduate students
are also required to attend New Student Orientation, and Graduate
students need to attend their department orientation. If your
department orientation conflicts with International Student Orientation
you will be contacted to attend a separate session.
Before you arrive at USF, please review the Next Steps page for information to help you successfully enroll at USF. Also look at our Pre-Arrival pages for more information on the visa process, what you will need to bring with you, and transportation options for when you arrive.
Registration for the Airport Shuttle is now open
International students with confirmed on-campus housing can move-in as early as Tuesday, August 18th.
ISSS recommends coming early and using our airport shuttle service
that is available before International Student Orientation. The shuttle dates are Tuesday, August 18 and Wednesday, August 19. USF Guides
will welcome arriving students in the lobby area of the international
terminal at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Look for the USF
Guides who will be holding USF signs and
green & yellow balloons. Registration for the shuttle is now open. If you have any questions regarding the shuttle please contact ISSS at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: The shuttle will only transport
students from SFO airport to the Hilltop campus and will not make any other
stops in the city. No one is required to use the shuttle; if you prefer
to get to campus as quickly as possible, you are welcome to use
alternative forms of transportation (see our Pre-Arrival pages for more transportation options).
Remember that you can enter the country up to 30-days prior to your program start date. As
an incoming international student, you need to plan your trip
accordingly so that you arrive in San Francisco before orientation
begins. If living in on-campus housing, be certain to confirm your
housing assignment with the Student Housing Office by phone at +1(415) 422-6824 or by email at email@example.com. They can answer any questions about housing.
"Undergraduate English Conditional" students (who have not met the English proficiency requirement) will be given an English placement test. Location and other information about this test will be announced later and sent to you from
the Academic English for Multilingual Students Office. It will also appear on the detailed
orientation schedule when it is posted above. This test is required for
all undergraduate "English Conditional Admits." If you have questions
about this test please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.