Office of International Students and Scholars

COVID-19: International Student FAQs Winter Break Travel Advisory

Current OISS Operations

The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) is operating remotely during our regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm). While we will not be conducting any in-person meetings and appointments or accepting walk-in traffic at this time, we remain available for service requests and advising via email, phone, and Zoom. Please refer to our FAQ page for specific information about our current operations.

All requested documents, including I-20s, will be issued digitally per the current guidance. As such, students do not need to obtain hard copies of travel signatures in person.

Office Closure

Please note that the university will be closed for the holidays on the following dates:

  • Thanksgiving: Thursday, November 26 - Friday, November 27
  • Christmas & New Year: Thursday, December 24 - Friday, January 1

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. 

Important Regulatory Updates

October 2020:

Our FAQ page was updated with information regarding the Spring 2021 semester.

Created by: Luiza Ferraro Adas '21 (Clinical Mental Health Counseling) - International Student from Brazil


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OISS attempts to provide the most recent, useful information to our students. However, we make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to here, the iTorero Portal, and in emails coming out of OISS. Information provided by OISS does not constitute and should not be considered legal advice or a legal opinion, and it may not necessarily reflect the most current legal developments. OISS likewise cannot guarantee the outcome of status-related benefit requests filed with US government agencies.  Students should seek the advice of counsel or a tax professional for additional guidance. OISS reminds students and scholars that failure to comply with F-1 and J-1 regulations is a violation of your status, which may result in serious consequences including the termination of your SEVIS record, your inability to re-enter the US, and the accrual of unlawful presence which could lead to your removal from the US. Direct all questions regarding your F-1 and J-1 status to OISS, internationaloffice@sandiego.edu