International Postdocs

Of the approximately 1,100 postdocs at UCSF just over half are international scholars, representing every continent. UCSF was ranked 10th among universities worldwide on Newsweek International’s “Top Global Universities” list.

All new postdocs should attend Postdoc Orientation, offered by the Postdoc Office, but international postdocs should also be sure to contact the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) to sign up for special orientations for J-1, H-1B, and other visa holders. Contact ISSO in regard to getting a social security card, taxes, visas, employment authorization, immigration status, cultural adjustment, and advice on other matters specific to international postdocs.

ISSO contact information:

International Students and Scholars Office
1675 Owens Street, Room CC-290, Box 0477
San Francisco, CA 94143

Office hours

Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (drop-in hours)
Telephone: (415) 476-1773; Fax: (415) 476-8119
[email protected]

Compensation, Benefits and Taxes

The same policies concerning wages and benefits pertain to all postdocs at UCSF, regardless of nationality. International postdocs should be aware of their situation in relation to taxation and tax withholding, which may vary depending on the postdoc's home country.

Campus Groups

International postdocs may be interested in coming to the meetings of the Postdoctoral Scholars Association at UCSF. Many international postdocs are involved with the PSA, and it’s a great way to meet other postdocs and get involved with the postdoc community.

Postdocs have the opportunity to join many culturally oriented Registered Campus Organizations through the UCSF Office of Student Life. See the list of RCOs or contact the Office of Student Life at 502-1484 or [email protected].


International postdocs may be especially concerned about finding housing in the (admittedly) pricey Bay Area. See the section about housing and commuting on this website, but also be sure to check out Campus Life Services' website, especially the section on housing resources for international students and scholars.

Other Resources for International Postdocs

National Postdoc Association’s International Postdoc Survival Guide

The UCSF Office of Career and Professional Development frequently offers classes on “Pronouncing American English.” Visit OCPD’s website to see the schedule of events and classes.

Cultural Organizations in San Francisco

Alliance Francaise San Francisco
Chinese Culture Center
The Goethe Institute (Das Goethe-Institut)
Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco
Japan Society of Northern California
Russian Center of San Francisco