Office of International Students and Scholars

Welcome to USD!

Welcome to our international family. USD hosts international students and scholars from more than 70 countries around the world. We are delighted that you are joining this group of distinguished students and scholars, and we hope that your experiences here will prove intellectually challenging, culturally enriching, and personally enjoyable, whether you stay only for a few weeks, or several years.

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Helping Fellow International Students Find a Place at USD

Newly Admitted Students


If you have officially been issued either an I-20 or DS-2019 please refer to our Newly Admitted Students page to find more detailed pre-arrival information. Students will also be receiving pre-arrival details by email.

If you have NOT officially been issued an I-20 by USD you will need to contact either the Undergraduate or Graduate Admissions Office to resolve any pending items.

Important Immigration Announcements & Reminders

  • Stay informed by keeping up with the latest updates on Immigration Policy (edited on 12/04/2017)
  • Holiday Schedule:
    • International Center will be closed from 12/23/2017 through 1/2/2018 in observance of the university's holiday break.  Please plan accordingly!
  • Travel Reminder – Key Documents to carry: 
    As a reminder please remember to bring the following documents when you travel overseas:
  • Have you received an I-515 before when traveling without your I-20 or DS-2019?
    The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) recently announced a new procedure to address I-515A noncompliance.
  • Immigration advising appointment available for:
    • Visa Renewal
    • Impact on DUI arrest/violation
    • Recreational/medical drug possession

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