​International Student Introductory Program for Graduate Programs

​Feel like a San Diego native—before your first class starts.

We want you to have the best experience at USD. That is why we offer an International Student Introductory Program (ISIP) and make it your first mandatory course as a new international student. Just like tour guides, we will show what it is like to live and study in the U.S. by taking you around campus and introducing you to the business, social and cultural scenes in San Diego.

To build your confidence and academic success, we will help you improve your speaking, reading and writing skills. Plus, you will have the opportunity to develop relationships with faculty, alumni and other students—so you have a network of support right from the beginning.

This year’s ISIP will take place from Aug. 3 to Aug. 4, 2020.

Your ISIP itinerary.

Fun times. Professional development. And more.

  • Explore America's Finest City alongside your new classmates.
  • Engage in popular social activities. Previously, students have attended a San Diego Padres baseball game, dined at local restaurants and visited local sites such as Balboa Park.
  • Improve your skills through career and professional development seminars.
  • Master your communication skills through public speaking and writing workshops.
  • Meet and mingle with graduate business students and USD faculty.
  • Find out everything you need to know about living in San Diego--how to find housing and transportation as well as information about healthcare and U.S. immigration regulations.
University of San Diego students at Balboa Park
Immaculata USD

Find your home away from home.

To help facilitate your move to San Diego, USD is offering temporary housing for the International Student Introductory Program. These on-campus residences are furnished units and are ready for immediate use. 

ISIP at Pohes

Fast facts.

  • Plan to arrive a week in advance. This way, you will have time to get settled.
  • Our program meets on campus in San Diego, with trips into the city scheduled in.
  • Have you worked or studied in the U.S. for two years? If so, you are not required to participate in ISIP but are more than welcome to.