Office of International Students and Scholars
Welcome to our international family. USD hosts international students and scholars from more than 70 countries around the world. We are delighted that you are joining this group of distinguished students and scholars, and we hope that your experiences here will prove intellectually challenging, culturally enriching, and personally enjoyable, whether you stay only for a few weeks, or several years.
The International Center and the campus community would like to offer additional support to international students, scholars or employees who may be impacted by the U.S. President's executive order. On Monday, January 30, 2017, USD President James T. Harris sent out a message in support of our campus community and all of those impacted by this order. He also recently signed with other Catholic Higher Education leaders, on behalf of our entire USD community, that “we reaffirm the commitment of our institutions to creating inclusive, welcoming campus environments that embrace people of all faiths and cultures”.
Travel Warning (updated on 2/21/2017):
- For the most up to date information review the Travel Advisory.
- On Friday, January 27, 2017: the U.S. President issued an Executive Order impacting immigration policy and banning immigrants and non-immigrants from entering the U.S. from certain countries. The USD International Center strongly recommends international students, scholars and employees from the currently impacted countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen) NOT to travel internationally until the ban has been lifted or consult with our office before making any international travel plans.
- On Friday, February 4, 2017: Executive Order on Travel Ban to certain countries nationals has been temporarily lifted as of February 4th, 2017. For additional information, please refer to the Urgent Notice from the U.S. Department of State.
What is iTorero?iTorero is a convenient online system where international students can request documents and services from the Office of International Students and Scholars from the comfort of their own computer.
Important Immigration Updates
Travel – Immigration Documents:
As a reminder please remember to bring the following documents when you travel overseas
- Latest I-20 ( Travel signature validity one year)
- Copy of your most recent I-94 admission number
- Copy of your SEVIS I-901 payment receipt
Department of Homeland Security is re-enforcing it’s tracking system for all F-1 and J-1 students’ most current contact information. If your current contact information is not accurate or missing, it will trigger an alert to law enforcement. The required contact information include:
- Current Local Address (not mailing address)
- Email Address
- Cell Phone Number
Have you received an I-515 before when traveling without your I-20 or DS-2019?
The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) recently announced a new procedure to address I-515A noncompliance.
We will be holding our frist OPT session on Tuesday, February 7th, please note this session is ONLY for students graduating in May or August. Confirm your attendance here!
In the News
// February 8, 2017
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// November 12, 2016
The United States Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State have a joint, week-long initiative in which they recognize the gl…
// November 11, 2016
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- Tuesday, February 28, 2017 // 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.Warren Hall, Room 131 5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110
- Tuesday, February 28, 2017 // 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, Room Warren Auditorium 5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110
- Tuesday, March 21, 2017 // 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
- Sunday, March 26, 2017San Diego Zoo