Newly Admitted

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Important Information for Fall 2020 Admitted Students

Congratulations on your admission to USD! Review this information to learn what you need to know about being an international student at USD.

Click the green button below for mandatory international orientation modules and then scroll down for more information, helpful videos and resources.

For information about Admissions requirements, please refer to International Admissions.

Fall 2020 Virtual International Orientation Information

Additional International Orientation Information for Fall 2020 Admitted Students

  • Undergraduate Students
  • Undergraduate Exchange (J-1) Students
  • Graduate Students (Law School and PhD Programs Included)
  • International Orientation Activities & Resources
  • International Parents & Families

Torero BluePrint: USD's Plan to Reopen Campus for Fall 2020

COVID-19 International Student FAQs

Entry to the United States:

You may legally enter the United States up to 30 days prior to the program start date (indicated on your Form I-20 or DS-2019). Remember to enter the United States under your student visa and not your tourist visa.  Travelers arriving in the U.S. from abroad should also review the , along with the .  OISS recommends that international students and scholars enter the U.S. at least 14 days prior to the start of the program.  

Limited On-Campus Housing for International Students

Please refer to Student Campus Guide for Fall 2020 for more information.  Additional information can be found by visiting the Torero Blueprint website. Residents permitted to live on-campus will receive a confirmation from Residential Life. Individual early arrival requests must be approved by Residential Life and will only be granted on special circumstances. Please contact  if you have any questions.

Off-Campus Housing Options

USD does not have any partnerships with outside leasing companies. We encourage you to check out our in addition to our and .

 

Arriving in San Diego/USD:

The closest airport to USD is the San Diego International Airport (airport code SAN). USD does not offer an arranged airport pick-up service. Taxicab fare from the San Diego International Airport to USD should cost only about $30 (including a customary 10% tip). All taxis from the airport are registered and the driver must charge fare based on a standardized electronic meter. Though the driver will prefer cash, you may pay with any major credit card. Rideshare programs like Uber and Lyft are also options and pick-up locations for ride-sharing services at the airport are well-marked.

If your flight arrives at the Los Angeles International Airport (airport code LAX), there are a few transportation options when traveling from Los Angeles to San Diego. The most convenient option is to book a flight from Los Angeles to San Diego, although this can also be quite costly. Another more economical option is to arrange for a shuttle or other van service prior to your arrival. Finally, you may also take a train from Los Angeles Union Station (there is a bus that connects the LAX airport to Union Station) to San Diego Old Town station and then take a short taxi ride to campus. 

International Students and Scholars Resource Page:

The OISS website is a great resource for your pre-departure planning.

The Student Life tab covers topics such as finding a place to live in San Diego, purchasing or renting a car, opening a bank account, etc.

Additionally, the Welcome Checklist offers great reminders of key tasks to think about and take care of shortly after your arrival.

What to Expect Once You are Admitted

Once you have been admitted to the University of San Diego (as confirmed by a letter offering you admission), you will be provided with instructions by the Admissions Office on how to obtain your Form I-20.  Your Form I-20, or Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) student, will be issued by the USD Admissions Office once you have submitted all pertinent requirements.

Getting Your Student Visa

Once you have received your Form I-20, the next step is to apply for an F-1 visa.  You will need to make an appointment for an interview with a Consular Officer at an American Embassy or Consulate in the city where you reside.  Please refer to the checklist below for documents that you would need to prepare before going on your interview.  Please take note that, depending on the specific embassy or consulate you are applying to, you may be required to provide additional documents in support of your application.  For guidance, please refer to information found on your embassy or consulate's website.

Checklist

Getting Your J-1 Visa

Once you have received your Form DS-2019, Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor Status, the next step is to apply for a J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa for yourself and your dependents, if applicable. You will need to make an appointment for an interview with a Consular Officer at an American Embassy or Consulate in the city where you reside.

Please refer to the checklist below for documents that you must bring to your interview. Please note that depending on the specific embassy or consulate you apply to, you may be required to provide additional documents in support of your application. For additional guidance, please refer to information found on your embassy or consulate's website.

Items to Bring to Your Interview

For additional information, please refer to the U.S. Department of State.

Arrival and Check-In Information

J-1 Undergraduate Exchange Student Orientation

All undergraduate exchange students at USD are required to attend orientations prior to the start of classes. Travelers arriving in the U.S. from abroad should also review the , along with the .  OISS recommends international students and scholars to enter the U.S. at least 14 days prior to the start of the program.  

Moving In (On-Campus)

If you have made arrangements to live on campus and have received the housing confirmation, you may move into your dormitory early August pending on the approval from San Diego County.  Upon the arrival of your scheduled Move-In date, please visit the Mata'yuum Crossroads (housing office) building to pick up your room key.  

Off-Campus Housing

USD does not have any partnerships with outside leasing companies. We encourage you to check out our in addition to our and .

Additional Resources to Prepare for Life in the United States

For a student venturing off to the United States to study, traveling can be a source of both excitement and stress. You are likely eager to find out what documents you need to bring, how much money to bring, what to expect upon arrival here in the United States, etc. To help prepare you for your departure, please consult Education USA's excellent guide on pre-departure planning.

In addition, the OISS website is a great resource for your pre-departure planning. The Student Life tab covers topics such as finding a place to live in San Diego, purchasing or renting a car, opening a bank account, etc.

All USD full-time undergraduate, graduate, law students, and visiting scholars are required to have health insurance. At the beginning of every academic year, students need to decide to enroll in or waive the USD Health Insurance Plan. This requirement ensures that students in need of health and/or mental health care beyond the scope of services provided by USD Student Wellness Services can access the appropriate care and resources in the community. Details can be found on the OISS health insurance webpage.