International Student & Scholar Services

The University of San Francisco hosts students from all over the world. Many international students have found USF to be the ideal environment for them to study, learn, and live.

Jimena Tejada, Communication Studies

"I chose USF because of their commitment to social justice and their great programs... So far I can honestly say its been a great experience!"

Jimena Tejada, Guatemala, Communication Studies

Choosing to study in the United States is a big decision and there is much excitement and growth on your path ahead. International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) promotes a global perspective for the USF community through educational and programmatic outreach while fostering the holistic development of international students/scholars by providing support services and immigration advising.

ISSS will keep its International Student Support and Resources webpage up to date with immigration changes and travel information.

Who We Serve

  • International students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees
  • Visiting scholars
  • Non-immigrant visa holders, asylees, and refugees participating in academic, language training, or educational exchange programs at USF, including:
    • Participants in the Jesuit Education Exchange Program (JEEP)
    • Non-credit, non-degree course participants
    • Foreign students pursuing an internship in the United States that will fulfill degree requirements at their home institution

ISSS Services and Programs

  • Document Processing and Advising: F-1 and J-1 student visas, and U.S. tax filing requirements for non-residents
  • Assistance with Living Abroad: Advice on personal adjustments and cross-cultural matters and referrals and/or advocacy efforts on behalf of international students to on-and off-campus service providers
  • Orientations: Fall/Spring/Summer International Student Orientation (ISO) for new students, orientations cover academic expectations, immigration regulations, campus life, and cultural adjustment.
  • Training: Job Success Strategy Series, Optional Practical Training (OPT) for F-1 visa holders, H-1B visa workshop

Campus Involvement Programs

  • USF International Student Association (ISA): International students support and learn from each other in this social community supervised by ISSS.
  • International Education Week: A yearly extravaganza of cultural performances, storytelling, food fests, and other events celebrating global diversity at USF.
  • Stories and Food From Home Series: International students present on their home country and provide a sampling of cuisines.