As a new international student, you will have an automatic international registration “HOLD” on your USD account that will be removed once you complete a mandatory immigration check-in at the International Center upon arrival. Various departments on campus, such as your academic department or the Health Center, will also place holds that will be removed by these offices once requirements are met. Please note that you will NOT be able to register or undertake other school-related transactions if there is still an active hold on your account.
Freshmen Students: There is no need to worry about the International Hold as your courses will be selected and registered based on the online survey you complete.
Transfer Students: You may be anxious to have your holds removed so that you can register for classes. Note that your hold will only be temporarily removed once. To temporarily remove the hold so that you can register, you must be issued an I-20 and schedule an advising session by phone with your academic advisor (in your academic major) and ask that he or she contact the OISS to verify that the session took place or is scheduled to take place at a future date. At that time, OISS can temporarily remove the international hold so that you can register for classes (this assumes that you have already removed your Health Center hold by submitting required immunization forms).
Graduate Students: As a graduate student, the International Hold will not serve as a significant obstacle as class registration for graduate students is typically not as competitive and time-sensitive as it is for undergraduate students.
Exchange Students and Scholars: Both J-1 Exchange Students and Scholars must abide by the check-in schedule determined by their program advisor. Visiting scholars and researchers typically will not have any type of hold on their accounts.