Step 6: Make Final Travel Arrangements

EducationUSA orientations in your country
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. Search for an advising center in your country to see if they offer a pre-departure orientation.

USF International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Pre-Departure and Arrival Information Guide
The ISSS Pre-Departure and Arrival Information Guide is filled with specific information about preparing to study at USF and to live in San Francisco. Use the guide and the Next Steps pages to ease your transition to the U.S.

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.

Important Dates:

  • January 14: International Student Move-In Day
  • January 14: ISSS Airport transportation will be available from SFO
  • January 16: Academic English Placement Testing
  • January 16: International Student Orientation
  • January 17: New Student Orientation (for all students)
  • January 21: Spring 2020 classes begin
  • May 14: Spring 2020 final exam period ends

Airport Pick-Up

New international students arriving to SFO on International Student Move-In Day: January 14, 2020, may register in advance for the ISSS organized transportation service to USF. For details and to register, please visit the Getting to USF page. If you plan to arrive at SFO before or after January 14, and need information about ground transportation options to USF, please visit the ISSS Getting to USF page or email

International Student & Scholar Services

Tel: +1 (415) 422-2654, Fax: +1 (415) 422-2412
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