Fall 2016 International Student Orientation

Undergraduate and Graduate Student Mandatory Orientation:

Graduate Student Orientation: Friday, August 19 9:00am-1:30pm in McLaren Complex

Undergraduate Student Orientation: Saturday, August 20 8:30am-1:30pm in Memorial Gym

There will also be optional activities before the mandatory sessions to help incoming students get settled, meet new friends, and get familiar with campus.

  • Undergraduate and Graduate International Student Orientation and Welcome Activities | Schedule will be posted soon

The mandatory sessions are 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 adjustment.

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.

Register for the Tuesday, August 16th Airport Shuttle here.

Before you arrive at USF, please review the Next Steps page for information to help you successfully enroll at USF. Also look at 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.

International students with confirmed on-campus housing can move-in early, dates will be posted soon. ISSS recommends coming early and using our airport shuttle service that is available before International Student Orientation. The shuttle will only be available on Tuesday, August 16. 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 green & yellow balloons. Registration for the shuttle is not open yet. If you have any questions regarding the shuttle please contact ISSS at isss@usfca.edu.

Note: The shuttle will only transport students from SFO airport to the Hilltop 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 share@usfca.edu.  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. Location and other information about this test will be announced later and sent to you from the Academic English for Multilingual Students Office. It will also 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 aem@usfca.edu.