International Students

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International Students

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Office of International Students and Scholars

Welcome to USD!

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.

USD: Your Home Away from Home!

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From right to left: Rhona Reyes, Jessica Forrester, Greg Grassi, Chia-Yen Lin, Amelia Bachtiar From right to left: Rhona Reyes, Jessica Forrester, Greg Grassi, Chia-Yen Lin, Amelia Bachtiar

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

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.

Attention: STEM Majors
On May 10th 2016, USCIS introduced an update extending the 17th month OPT extension for Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math graduates to 24 months.  For more details, see the Study in the States website.

Calling all graduating F-1 students: If you have not applied for Optional Practical Training (OPT), if you are a current student you may be eligible for pre-completion OPT. Please make sure to make an appointment with Amelia Bachtiar to inquire about OPT.

Summer Internships (CPT):
If you are planning on engaging in either an unpaid or paid summer internship it is critical you make an appointment with the International Center, before committing to any internships to discuss your eligibility and options as an F-1 student. You may email Amelia Bachtiar or visit our office to request an appointment.

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Contact Information

Office of International Students and Scholars
International Center

Serra Hall 201
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 260-4598
Fax: (619) 260-5924

Office Hours

  • Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday - CLOSED