Step 16: International Student Orientation Programs

Please Note that all international students are required to attend both International Student Orientation and New Student Orientation. These Orientation programs will prepare you to study and live at USF and in San Francisco, and will help you to meet new friends and begin to feel at home in the City.

Both programs offer opportunities to become acquainted with other students in social gatherings, and to explore San Francisco.

International Student Orientation: August 17
International Student Orientation sessions will give you important information concerning:

  • Immigration Matters, including maintaining your visa status, travel regulations, and working in the United States
  • Academic Matters, including faculty expectations, student academic support services, and tips for academic success
  • Practical Matters, including banking, shopping, and living in San Francisco

For more information about International Student Orientation (ISO), and to see the ISO schedule, please visit the ISSS International Student Orientation web page.

New Student Orientation: August 17-19
New Student Orientation sessions will introduce you to faculty and staff in your academic program; provide essential information about your specific academic major; and describe how to arrange for academic support services such as tutoring at the Learning Center and help improving your writing skills at the Writing Center.

There will be activities and events especially for students living on campus, and for those interested in student clubs, service learning, or internship opportunities.

For Questions About International Student Orientation:
International Student and Scholar Services
Tel: +1 (415) 422-2654, Fax: +1 (415) 422-2412
Email:, Web:

For Questions About New Student Orientation:
Division of Student Life

Tel: +1 (415) 422-5550, Fax: +1 (415) 422-2898
Email:, Web: