The University of San Francisco: International Student and Scholar Services
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International Student Orientation

International Student Orientation addresses areas of cultural adjustment, academics in the United States, immigration matters, USF and San Francisco resources, and other points of interest. You'll have the opportunity to meet other new students and to ask questions of continuing students. 

Spring INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION

Mandatory Orientation | Thursday, January 16th | 9:00am-3:30pm | McLaren -- For the full Spring 2014 orientation schedule, please click here

Optional International Student Orientation activities begin on Tuesday, January 14th with activities to help students get settled, meet new friends, purchase dorm necessities and have a campus tour.  Thursday, January 16th is 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 adjustment.

*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.

Have questions about travel, visas and preparing for life at USF? Review 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 closed.

International students with confirmed on-campus housing can move-in as early as January 13th, 2014.  ISSS recommends coming early and using our airport shuttle service that is available before International Student Orientation. 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 identified by green & yellow balloons. Registration for the shuttle is now closed. If you have any questions regarding the shuttle please contact ISSS at isss@usfca.edu.

Note: The shuttle will only transport students from SFO airport to the 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 share@usfca.edu.  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 on Wednesday, January 14th.  Location and other information about this test will be sent to you from the English as a Second Language office and 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 esl@usfca.edu.