Skip to Content

International Accelerator Program

  • Student meeting with a professor

Before you Arrive

Complete Your Pre-Arrival Checklist

 You should apply for your visa as soon as possible. It requires an interview with the U.S. embassy and can sometimes take several weeks to schedule.

Please visit to learn more about scheduling your visa appointment. The website also has information on what to expect and the documentation you will need to take with you for your interview. Here are other links that might be helpful to you: visa photo requirements, visa application and I-901 Fee and study in the states.

Check out two videos below that will help you on how to apply and prepare for your visa interview.

Download this useful Immigration Guide to help you learn more about the process for getting your F-1 visa.

Summer 2021:
  • Academic English - Please plan to arrive at USC on May 18 between 9AM-4PM to move in, and for May 19-24 orientation. Class begins on May 25.
  • Accelerator Students - Please plan to arrive at USC on May 25 between 9AM-4PM to move in, and for May 26-30 orientation. Class begins on June 1.
Fall 2021:
  • All students - Please plan to arrive at USC on August 11 between 9AM-4PM to move in, and for August 12-18 orientation. Class begins on August 19.

You must pay your tuition and fees in full, as per the deadline on your Statement of Fees. If you do not pay on time, you will have a hold on your account, and you will not be permitted to register for courses until payment has been received.

1. Sign up for the multi-factor authentication using the instructions

2. Watch this video and learn how to sign up for Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA).

3. After setting up MFA, fill out this form to submit your account information to the IAP team. 

    • After submitting, please wait 48 hours before moving onto Step 5.

Once you finished step 4 and set up your MFA:

    1. Go to and log in with your VIP ID and password.
    2. Click “Courses” on the left.
    3. Look for “Your_program_name Orientation”. For example, if you are an EAP student, you should look for “EAP Orientation”.
    4. Once you click into your orientation, click on “How to use this Blackboard Orientation?” and follow the steps to complete all the Pre-Arrival Steps.
We strongly encourage all IAP students arriving on campus to get a COVID test prior to departing their home country, and we will require students to be retested again upon arrival during IAP Orientation. If possible, please try to get a COVID test as close to your arrival date as you can.
Please reach out to if you have any questions about the above Pre-Arrival steps.


Helpful Resources



Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.