International Students and Scholars

The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) is responsible for all immigration matters that affect international degree-seeking students, exchange students, and international visiting scholars and faculty attending or visiting USD on non-immigrant visas.  The office is a centralized immigration advising office for all international students and scholars on campus.  

In addition, OISS is also responsible for the welfare of USD’s international students and scholars and acts as a resource and support to these individuals in the transition to a new culture and environment.  Student advising includes assistance with procedures, expectations, and requirements of the US academic system. 

  • Immigration Advising
  • International Orientation Program
  • International Student Orientation Leadership Program
  • Health Insurance Enrollment Advising
  • Career planning workshops
  • Community Service
  • International and US cultural & social events:
    • Weekly International Coffee Hours
    • Training and outreach to USD faculty on international student issues
    • International Education Week events
    • International Expo/Cultural Fashion Show
    • International Holiday Celebrations

Finally, the office fosters opportunities to promote and encourage cross-cultural understanding. 

The Office of International Students and Scholars is housed in the International Center located in Serra Hall, Room 315; (619) 260-4598; go to OISS.