International Student Orientation (ISO) LAUNCH!

August 15 - 21, 2023

First-year international students:  

  • First years arrive at Oxy on August 15 . . . with your "fully vaccinated" documents,* negative COVID test, and ready to LAUNCH!
  • August 16 - 19: 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 19 – 21: First years participate in LA Engage ~ IPO pays half the cost!  The other half is charged to your student account. Spots limited.


  • August 22 - August 29: 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 ipo@oxy.edu.


'22 Orientation Team - '23 coming soon!

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 Los Angeles area. My favorite movie is Interstellar (2014) and my favorite show tends to change year-to-year...

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 the O-team leader program is the first time that I am involved in a campus activity. The last time that I...

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 Studies. I went to high school at Cape Cod Academy, MA. I love to sing, and I am the vocal in a band, Chouby. I...

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 Environmental Policy. I have grown to love the city and the communities here at Oxy, and I hope to be a resource...

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 watching TV, drawing, and drinking way too much coffee. While I'm not an international student myself, I studied...

Contact International Programs
McKinnon Center for Global Affairs, Johnson 102