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's Pre-Departure and Arrival Information Guide

USF's ISSS Pre-Departure and Arrival Information Guide is filled with specific information about preparing to study at USF and to live in San Francisco. 

USF Student Housing and Residential Education (SHaRE) Resources

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.

Confirm Your Address

Upon arrival to USF, all international students will be required to report their U.S. address and permanent address and provide copies of their immigration documents.

Important Dates

  • January 16: Move-in Day for new international students
  • January 18: International Student Orientation
  • January 19: New Student and Family Orientation (NSFO), for all students
  • January 22: Spring classes begin
  • May 16: Spring final exam period ends

For more dates, please check the academic calendar.

Airport Pick-Up

We will organize airport transportation service from SFO to the USF campus on Move-in Day (January 16). This information will be posted on the Getting to USF webpage.


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