J-1 Scholar Orientation

This monthly orientation gives J-1 scholars an opportunity to meet the Office of International Services J-1 Advising Staff and gain valuable information regarding immigration regulations and resources available to them through the OIS. We strongly encourage all scholars to attend an orientation session shortly after their arrival at USC. 

J-1 Scholar Meet and Greet

This monthly event allows both new and current J-1 scholars to meet one another and get better acquainted. OIS staff members are available to answer questions for new scholars, but current scholars tend to be the best resource to help new J-1’s settle into USC and Los Angeles.

J-1 Scholar Reception

The J-1 Scholar Reception is an annual event that brings the entire J-1 community together. All of our J-1 scholars, J-2 dependents, USC faculty sponsors, and department administrators are invited to an afternoon of hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. This semi-formal event is an opportunity to recognize the J-1 scholar community and show our appreciation for everything they add to the life of the university.

OIS Events

The Workshops and Events section of the OIS website includes information about the numerous events sponsored by the Office of International Services. We are very interested in providing opportunities for J-1 scholars to meet one another and make the most of their time in Los Angeles. If you have ideas about things we can do to promote interaction within the J-1 community, please share your ideas with us. You can make an appointment with an OIS J-1 advisor or e-mail us at

USC Events

Scholars can easily find art exhibits, evening lectures, music performances, lunch discussions, and many other opportunities happening on campus all the time. Many of these events are free while others request an RSVP or require a ticket. As J-1 scholars, you and your dependents are invited to participate in anything you find interesting.

Please follow the link to the USC Arts and Events Calendar.