​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's 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'll show what it's 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'll help you improve your speaking, reading and writing skills. Plus, you'll have the opportunity to develop relationships with faculty, alumni and other students—so you have a network of support right from the beginning.

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The 2019 ISIP is from August 1 to 8 and will be held on the University of San Diego campus, with special outings to locations and attractions around San Diego. The program costs $500 and covers fees, local outings and some meals. Please note that the program fee will be charged on your student account.

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Your ISIP itinerary.

Here are the kind of activities you can experience during the ISIP program.

Fun times.

Learn about fun things you can do in San Diego.

Engage in popular social activities.

Professional development.

Improve your skills through career and professional development seminars.

Master your communication skills through public speaking, speech and writing workshops.

Meet and mingle with other graduate business students and faculty at USD.

Health and housing.

Find out about housing, transportation and healthcare information.

Learn about U.S. immigration regulations.

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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. Please click here to view the information on student housing for ISIP participants. 

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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.