Office of International Students and Scholars

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What To Do When You Arrive at USD

Step One:

All international students must check-in with the Office of International Students and Scholars within 7 days of arrival.  Please bring the following with you when you check-in:

1. SEVIS 1-20 form (for F-1 students) or DS-2019 form (for J-1 students)
2. Passport
3. I-94 card
4. Proof of comparable health insurance (if you are currently covered under a health plan with provisions similar to the USD international student medical insurance)
5. Student’s immunization records

(Note: Students or scholars with F-2 or J-2 dependents must also bring the immigration documents of their dependents.)

You are required to provide your local (San Diego) address at the time of check-in.  If you are still in the process of finding long-term accommodations, please provide our office with the address of your hotel or place of temporary accommodation.    If you will be living on campus, please be certain about the name of the building or dormitory you have been assigned to.

Remember, you will not be able to register for classes unless you complete the check-in process with OISS!

Step Two:

You must make an appointment with your assigned academic adviser (freshmen and transfer students will be assigned what’s called a “preceptor”, and he/she will basically serve as your adviser).  Your adviser will help you select classes and will give you a signed academic advising form so you can register for classes. 

You may then proceed to the One-Stop Office (University Center Room 125) to register and settle your account.

After receiving your class schedule, you will be able to obtain your student identification card, parking permit (if needed), and access to campus resources.

Step Three:

To obtain your USD Identification (ID) card, go to the Campus Card Office located at University Center Room 119.

Take your class schedule or receipt of payment for your classes.  After you receive your ID card, you may buy your books at the USD bookstore.