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.


Helping Fellow International Students Find a Place at USD

Newly Admitted Students

If you have officially been issued either an I-20 or DS-2019 please refer to our Newly Admitted Students page to find more detailed pre-arrival information. Students will also be receiving pre-arrival details by email.

If you have NOT officially been issued an I-20 by USD you will need to contact either the Undergraduate or Graduate Admissions Office to resolve any pending items.

Travel Reminders

Traveling soon? Be sure to review our travel page here for guidance and important information about the necessary documents.

Immigration Announcements

  • Attention to all current F-1 and J-1 students: Effective August 9th, 2018, United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) updated their policy on Unlawful Presence.  Please contact us if you have questions or concerns.
  • Stay informed by keeping up with the latest updates on Immigration Policy (edited on 06/26/2018)
  • Immigration advising appointments are available for:
    • Visa Renewal
    • Impact on DUI arrest/violation
    • Recreational/medical drug possession


Employment Information

Log into our employment page here for important information about:

  • On-campus employment
  • Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
  • Optional Practical Training (OPT)
  • Unpaid Internships & Volunteering

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