In a university as big as USC, it can be difficult to know what resources are available. The following are a few sources on where to get started.
Office of International Services
The Office of International Services (OIS) supports international students and scholars as they strive to achieve their educational, professional, and personal objectives. OIS is a resource center that provides advising, information, and opportunities for involvement to help members of the USC international community make the most of their USC experience. Recognizing the many benefits of international educational exchange, OIS advocates for these benefits on campus, locally and nationally.
Kortschak Center for Learning and Creativity
The mission of the Kortschak Center for Learning and Creativity (KCLC) is to apply and engage in research and training to serve individuals with diverse learning needs and to empower students to reach their full academic and creative potential. KCLC offers outreach, programming, and individual coaching services to USC undergraduates and departments to promote a campus-wide understanding of learning differences and their potential to facilitate creativity and academic excellence.
EngageSC is an online platform that allows students to browse the vast number of USC clubs and organizations in which they can get involved.
Interstride is an interactive career platform is for international students and alumni to help enhance their career exploration and job-search experience. The platform offers opportunities with organizations that sponsor employment visas, a place to connect and network, share resources, and ask questions, as well as up-to-date information on the immigration landscape. To create your account, select “USC” as your school in your profile.
Counseling and Mental Health Services
USC’s Student Health Services offer virtual appointments to international students with Ayoung (Alice) Phang, Ph.D., the designated mental health counselor for the Office of International Students. For more information, please visit the Student Health website. To book an appointment, log into MySHR and select “OIS Embedded” appointments under Counseling and Mental Health.
Campus Support & Intervention
CSI works with all student populations at USC to provide support, guidance, and resources to assist with any challenges that may arise in their time as a student. They can serve as a great place to start if a student is dealing with a complex issue and is unsure which campus resources may be most appropriate. They offer consultation on a wide variety of concerns. Check their website for examples of the most common concerns students face, including explanations of related university processes and relevant resources to assist with those concerns.
Office of Student Accessibility Services (OSAS)
OSAS is the unit at USC responsible for ensuring equal access for students with disabilities in compliance with state and federal law. OSAS serves undergraduate, graduate and professional students; on-ground and on-line students; and students in all credit-granting courses and programs of study. The OSAS team is committed to serving the USC community through: ensuring equal access, removing disability-related obstacles, supporting civil rights, and increasing education and awareness on behalf of students with disabilities.