International Student Orientation
addresses areas of cultural adjustment, academics in the United States,
immigration matters, USF and San Francisco resources, and other points
of interest. You'll have the opportunity to meet other new students and
to ask questions of continuing students.
Spring INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION
Mandatory Orientation | Thursday, January 16th | 9:00am-3:30pm | McLaren -- Full schedule to come in December 2013
International Student Orientation activities begin on Tuesday, January
activities to help students get settled, meet new friends, purchase dorm
necessities and have a campus tour. Thursday, January 16th is designed
to address the most common questions and
concerns that international students have as well as covering important
information such as immigration regulations
pertaining to your visa, academic expectations, and cultural
*Attendance at the
International Student Orientation is mandatory. Failure to
attend the orientation program will result in a hold being placed on
your student account which limits your ability to register for classes,
access library resources, etc. at the University. Undergraduate students
are also required to attend New Student Orientation, and Graduate
students need to attend their department orientation. If your
department orientation conflicts with International Student Orientation
you will be contacted to attend a separate session.
Have questions about travel, visas and preparing for life at USF? Review our Pre-Arrival pages for more information on the visa process, what you will need to bring with you, and transportation options for when you arrive.
USF-sponsored transportation shuttle from San Francisco International
Airport to the USF campus, will be provided free of charge.
Register here for the complimentary Airport Shuttle.
International students with confirmed on-campus housing can move-in as early as January 13th, 2014.
ISSS recommends coming early and using our airport shuttle service
that is available before International Student Orientation. USF Guides
will welcome arriving students in the lobby area of the international
terminal at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Look for the USF
Guides who will be holding USF signs and
identified by green & yellow balloons. If you have any questions regarding the shuttle please contact ISSS at email@example.com.
Note: The shuttle will only transport
students from SFO airport to the campus and will not make any other
stops in the city. No one is required to use the shuttle; if you prefer
to get to campus as quickly as possible, you are welcome to use
alternative forms of transportation (see our Pre-Arrival pages for more transportation options).
Remember that you can enter the country up to 30-days prior to your program start date. As
an incoming international student, you need to plan your trip
accordingly so that you arrive in San Francisco before orientation
begins. If living in on-campus housing, be certain to confirm your
housing assignment with the Student Housing Office by phone at +1(415)422-6824 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. They can answer any questions about housing.
"Undergraduate English Conditional" students (who have not met the English proficiency requirement) will be given an English placement test on Wednesday, January 14th.
Location and other information about this test will be sent to you from
the English as a Second Language office and appear on the detailed
orientation schedule when it is posted above. This test is required for
all undergraduate "English Conditional Admits". If you have questions
about this test please contact email@example.com.