International & Exchange Student Orientation


International Student Orientation (ISO) LAUNCH!

August 16 - 22, 2022

First-year international students:  

  • First years arrive at Oxy on August 16  . . . with your "fully vaccinated" documents,* negative COVID test, and ready to LAUNCH!
  • August 17 - 19: first years, meet IPO staff, student leaders, and your fellow global tigers! We will have formal sessions, social time, neighborhood exploration, and practical tasks to accomplish. And, oh yeah, get over jet lag!
  • August 20 – 22: First years participate in LA Engage ~ IPO pays half the cost!  The other half is charged to your student account. Spots limited.
  • REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED. Invitation was sent to new students with fewer than 2 years experience with US culture.

Visiting Language Assistants:

  • August 21: Visiting Language Assistants arrive at Oxy!
  • August 22:  Visiting Language Assistant orientation.


  • August 22 to the start of classes: Participants transition into mandatory new student orientation based on their cohort. There are different specialized sessions for each group (i.e. first-years, exchange, etc.)

ISO programming is not relevant to students who went to high school in the U.S. or Canada, or who have 2 or more years of experience with U.S. culture.

Please email us with any questions or concerns at


International Student Orientation Team

Edin Custo

Co-Director, International Student Orientation
Hi there! My name is Edin (he/him/his) and I am a senior Biochemistry student from Bosnia and Herzegovina. In my free time, I like to watch movies and TV shows, as well as explore the Greater...
Lisa Yang

Lisa Yang

Co-Director, International Student Orientation
My name is Lisa Yang. I am a rising junior double-majoring in Diplomacy and World Affairs and Economics. During my free time, I either like to go to the gym or to take a nap. Participating in...

Haowen Luo

Team Member, International Student Orientation
Hi! My name is Haowen Luo, 罗浩闻. I’m an international student from China. I’m a rising junior at Occidental College. I double major in Diplomacy & World Affairs and Theater & Performance...

Joy Mopeli

Team Member, International Student Orientation
Hello! My name is Joy (she/her/hers). I am from Lesotho and I’m a rising sophomore. I am thinking of a Diplomacy and World Affairs major and a double minor in Public Health and Urban and...

Abby Smith

Team Member, International Student Orientation
Hi everyone! My name is Abby and I am a rising senior here at Oxy double majoring in Diplomacy and World Affairs and East Asian Studies. In my free time you can most likely find me binge...