Step 15: Mark Your Calendar & Make Your Travel Arrangements

Pre-Departure and Arrival Information

EducationUSA Orientations in Your Home Country and Other Services
EducationUSA is a global network of more than 400 advising centers in more than 170 countries supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Visit the EducationUSA Find An Advising Center web page to locate the Center nearest to you. Visit the Your 5 Steps to U.S. Study: Prepare For Your Departure web page to learn about Pre-Departure Orientations in your home country.

USF International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Pre-Departure and Arrival Information Guide
The ISSS Fall 2019 Pre-Departure and Arrival Information Guide is filled with specific information about preparing to study at USF and to live in San Francisco. Be sure both to consult the Guide and to follow the related Next Steps carefully in order to ensure safe travels and a smooth transition to USF.

USF Student Housing and Residential Education (SHaRE) Resources
Please visit the SHaRE What's In My Room? web page to see a list of items you will find in your residence hall room upon arrival, recommendations about what items to bring with you to campus, and rules about what items you will not be allowed to keep in your room.

Mark Your Calendar with these important dates for Fall 2019, and Make Your Travel Arrangements accordingly:

August 13 International Student Move-In Day
August 13 ISSS Airport Transportation Service Available
August 14-16 Immunization Clinic
August 14-16 Optional International Student Orientation Activities
August 16 Academic English Student Placement Testing
August 17 Fall 2019 Program Start Date
August 17 International Student Orientation Program
August 17-19 New Student Orientation Program
August 20 Fall 2019 Classes Begin
December 12 Fall 2019 Final Examination Period Ends
December 14 Residence Halls Close for Winter Break

Airport Pick-Up
ISSS will offer all new international students Free Transportation from the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to the USF Campus on International Student Move-In Day: Tuesday, August 13. Please visit the ISSS Pre-Arrival Information web page for details, and the ISSS International Student Orientation web page to Register in Advance and Arrange Your Airport Pick-Up.

The ISSS shuttle service will be available on August 13 only. Should you be arriving at SFO before or after August 13, and wish assistance in arranging your ground transportation in advance of your arrival, please be in touch with ISSS. ISSS staff will be happy to help you to identify appropriate means of transportation to campus, or to any other San Francisco Bay Area location.

International Student & Scholar Services
Tel: +1 (415) 422-2654, Fax: +1 (415) 422-2412
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