International Student & Scholar Services

Promoting a global perspective for the USF community and providing support services and immigration advising to international students and scholars.

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.

Who We Serve

  • International students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees
  • 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)
    • Full-time enrollees in the Intensive English Program (IEP)
    • 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 Strategies, Optional Practical Training (OPT) for F-1 visa holders, Research and Writing Clinic with librarians and faculty

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.

Contact Info

International Student and Scholar Services

Monday to Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

University Center 5th Floor (415) 422-2654 (415) 422-2412