New Students


Welcome to the University of San Francisco! 

Choosing to study in the United States is a big decision, and you have an exciting path ahead. We at ISSS are here to help you grow into your new home and access all the resources you need to be successful. Make sure you're keeping track of all the Next Steps so you're ready when you get here. We'll also be sending a lot of information via email, so be sure to monitor your email over the summer.

Here's some information you might find helpful for your transition.

Before Your Departure

Learn about student visas, your Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019), required immunization records, housing, and travel tips.


Packing & Travel

What to bring, U.S. Customs and Immigration Procedures, required documents, and transportation options from the San Francisco International Airport to USF.


Once You Arrive

Where to go when you arrive on campus, International Student Orientation (with activities for both students and parents), degree program orientation, your USF One Card (ID Card), opening a bank account, and getting a cell phone.


Success in Your First Year

Cultural adjustments, academic success, and getting involved on campus.


Check List

Download and print this checklist to keep track of everything you can do to prepare for your arrival.