International Student Resources
As an international student, we understand that it can be overwhelming trying to navigate a successful academic life in an unfamiliar environment. CASA coaches are here to help you!
Tips for International Students
- Know the difference between your CASA coach and your faculty adviser.
- Each USF undergraduate student is assigned an academic success coach (CASA coach) and a faculty adviser to support your journey at USF. Your success coach will provide you with academic/personal coaching and connect you to the right resources, while your faculty adviser will help you develop an academic plan to stay on track to graduate.
- Know who your CASA coach is and connect with them once a semester.
- You can find your CASA coach in the Student Hub under "My Success Team" and make an appointment with them through the Student Hub.
- Your coach can help explain U.S. classroom expectations, grading, and academic policies, and different resources USF offers.
- Talk to your CASA coach about major/minor exploration, any challenges you're facing, or just let them know how things are going!
- Meet with your Faculty Adviser regularly.
- You can find your faculty adviser in the Student Hub under "My Success Team"
- Talk to your faculty adviser about course selection, academic advisement, and to create a graduation plan
- Be a part of the vibrant USF community by participating in USF events like sports games, clubs and organizations, and University Ministry.
- For travel, work authorization, and visa questions, be sure to contact International Student and Scholar Services.
CASA Support for International Students
- We collaborate with the New Student Orientation, International Student Orientation, Cultural Centers, and CAPS to hold workshops and programs addressing international student concerns.
- We have coaches who are able to speak various languages including: Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, Japanese, and Spanish.
Additional Resources for International Students
- International Student and Scholar Services: Provides international student orientation, immigration advising, documentation processing, and more for USF international students
- International Student Association and other cultural clubs: Student organizations at USF you can get involved in
- Conversation Partners Program: This is an Academic English for Multilingual Students (AEM) program that matches its international students with highly proficient English speakers in the USF community
- Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS): Talk to them about cultural adjustment and stress management associated with your academic and personal life
- Learning and Writing, and Speaking Centers: Free services including subject-specific tutoring, academic skill development, writing assistance, and communication-related support
- Student Disability Services: The University offers many services to students with disabilities including academic accommodations, residential accommodations, transportation, etc.