A majority of international students attend USC on an F-1 visa, while a smaller number of students study on a J-1 visa. Please review the table below to determine which visa would be more appropriate for you:
|Document (provided by USC) for visa application||I-20||DS-2019|
|Funding||Private (personal or family) or organization/government.||Must be majority-sponsored by an organization/government.|
|On-campus Employment||Part-time for 20 hours or less during the academic year; full-time during holiday breaks.||Part-time for 20 hours or less during the academic year.|
|Off-campus Employment||May be eligible for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) pending approval from academic advisor.
Eligible for 12-month post-graduation Occupational Training (OPT).
|18-36 months of academic training post-graduation.|
|Dependents||Cannot seek employment; eligible to pursue part-time study.||Can apply for employment authorization; eligible to pursue full- or part-time study.|
|Medical Insurance||Not applicable||Required as per Department of State regulation. See here for more information.|
|Home Residency||Not applicable||2 year home residency may be required, depending on funding source and skill. See here for more information.|