Before You Start

We are so excited to welcome you to the University of the Pacific! You need to take just a few steps before you arrive to avoid any issues or delays. Check out the list below, and if you have any questions, contact us, and we’ll be happy to help.
Contact your Enrollment Advisor to discuss all your required steps and ensure you have all required paperwork.
Africa

Africa

China

China

Latin America

Latin America

Middle East

Middle East

North America

North America

North Asia

North Asia

Russia/Central Asia/Eastern Europe

Russia/Central Asia/Eastern Europe

South Asia

South Asia

Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia

UK and Western Europe

UK and Western Europe

Abbie

Abbie (North Asia excluding Korea)

+852 8481 0532

Whatsapp: +852 8481 0532

Email Abbie
Ainara Gainedenova

Ainara Gainedenova

+7 (778) 887 17 53

Whatsapp: +7 (778) 887 17 53

Email Ainara Gainedenova
Alexis

Alexis (North America)

+1 239-744-9468

Whatsapp: +1 239-744-9468

Wechat: alexis0426

Email Alexis
Alice

Alice (Northwest)

+1-857-315-8730

Whatsapp: +1-857-315-8730

Wechat: aliceqinus

Email Alice
Alsu Samatova

Alsu Samatova

+7 939 346 09 59

Whatsapp: +7 939 346 09 59

Email Alsu Samatova
Amanpreet Singh

Amanpreet Singh (India)

+91-9311136326

Whatsapp: +91-9311136326

Email Amanpreet Singh
Amol Pote

Amol Pote (India)

+91-9326469936

Whatsapp: +91-9326469936

Email Amol Pote
Bibiane

Bibiane (Korea)

+82-10-7711-6538

Whatsapp: +82-10-7711-6538

Email Bibiane
Chau

Chau (Vietnam)

+84-908-792-892

Whatsapp: +84-908-792-892

Skype: diemchau.dt

Email Chau
Chau Luu

Chau Luu (Vietnam)

+84 962 442 193

Whatsapp: +84 962 442 193

Skype: live:chau.luuquynh

Email Chau Luu
Chris

Chris (Southwest)

+1-508-948-7542

Whatsapp: +1-508-948-7542

Wechat: chris040594

Email Chris
Damini Rajpoot

Damini Rajpoot (India)

+91-8800020429

Whatsapp: +91-8800020429

Email Damini Rajpoot
Daniyal

Daniyal (Pakistan)

+92 310 588 8648

Whatsapp: +92 310 588 8648

Email Daniyal
Diksha Roy

Diksha Roy (India)

+91-8882593634

Whatsapp: +91-8882593634

Email Diksha Roy
Doris

Doris (South China)

+86-150-1870-6751

QQ: 2282183545

Email Doris
Hitesh Arora

Hitesh Arora (India)

+91-8826911998

Whatsapp: +91-8826911998

Email Hitesh Arora
Isha

Isha (India)

+91 9953550789

Whatsapp: +91 9953550789

Email Isha
Jane

Jane (West China)

+86.159.2876.6884

QQ: 713070180

Email Jane
Kapil Dev

Kapil Dev (India)

+91-7982570704

Whatsapp: +91-7982570704

Email Kapil Dev
Laxmi Pawar

Laxmi Pawar (India)

+91 98183 96406

Whatsapp: +91 98183 96406

Email Laxmi Pawar
Lisha

Lisha (North China)

+86-183-1016-8200

QQ: 18310168200

Email Lisha
Mohammad Shaban Khan

Mohammad Shaban Khan (India)

+91-8700757968

Whatsapp: +91-8700757968

Email Mohammad Shaban Khan
Ngoc Hoang

Ngoc Hoang (Vietnam)

+84 382 027 922

Whatsapp: +84 382 027 922

Skype: live:bichngoc.ufm

Email Ngoc Hoang
Nikita

Nikita (India)

+91 9310587075

Whatsapp: +91 9310587075

Email Nikita
Padma

Padma (North America)

+91-6381067726

Email Padma
Prerna Dhir

Prerna Dhir (India)

+91-9872221636

Whatsapp: +91-9872221636

Email Prerna Dhir
Rakesh

Rakesh (India)

+91 9096507300

Whatsapp: +91 9096507300

Email Rakesh
Sahil Massey

Sahil Massey (India)

+91- 9811718710

Whatsapp: +91- 9811718710

Email Sahil Massey
Sakshi Bhatia

Sakshi Bhatia (India)

+91-995-351-0160

Whatsapp: +91-995-351-0160

Skype: arorasakshi187

Email Sakshi Bhatia
Sakshi Parashar

Sakshi Parashar (India)

+91- 880728950

Whatsapp: +91- 880728950

Email Sakshi Parashar
Samah

Samah (Middle East)

+971 58 831 8521

Whatsapp: +971 58 831 8521

Email Samah
Sanjukta

Sanjukta (North America)

+91-9820162776

Whatsapp: +91-9820162776

Email Sanjukta
Saranya

Saranya

+66-96-982-0007

Whatsapp: +66-96-982-0007

Skype: awesome.saranya

Email Saranya
Sayli Vaydande

Sayli Vaydande (India)

+91-9653473094

Whatsapp: +91-9653473094

Email Sayli Vaydande
Sofya

Sofya (North America)

+1 347 399 35 72

Whatsapp: +1 347 399 35 72

Email Sofya
Solayide Adenuga

Solayide Adenuga (Africa)

+234.806.662.9088

Whatsapp: +234.806.662.9088

Email Solayide Adenuga
Taha

Taha (Pakistan)

+92-307-333-6878

Whatsapp: +92-307-333-6878

Skype: tshahid29

Email Taha
Tiffany Chan

Tiffany Chan (North Asia excluding Korea)

+886 903006063

Whatsapp: +852 9222 3579

Email Tiffany Chan
Valeria

Valeria (Latin America)

+57 310 7880364

Whatsapp: +57 310 7880364

Email Valeria
Vartika

Vartika (North America)

+91-8920463212

Email Vartika
Veena Iyer

Veena Iyer (India)

+91-8828317960

Whatsapp: +91-8828317960

Email Veena Iyer
Vicky

Vicky (North China)

+86-135-2182-7910

Wechat: vickychen7910

Email Vicky
Viraja

Viraja (India)

+91 7028090894

Whatsapp: +91 7028090894

Skype: +91 7028090894

Email Viraja

Review your conditional offer letter and make sure that you have submitted all documents listed as missing.

Once all your documents are submitted, please submit your I-20 Request Form along with your financial statements as outlined in the Certificate of Finances.

The university will process your I-20 and email it to you as soon as possible – please expect a minimum of 10 business days.

As soon as you have your I-20, please Apply for Your Visa.

At University of the Pacific Stockton, there are many different on-campus options for undergraduate and graduate students. These convenient on-campus housing come with all utilities included.

Visit UOP’s profile page on Shorelight.com for details about housing options for students who are enrolling in UOP International.

After you receive the electronic copy of your I-20, complete the following steps before booking your visa appointment:
  1. Schedule a free visa information and preparation session with your personal Enrollment Advisor.
  2. Check that the details on your I-20 are correct (including your date of birth) and make sure your name is the same as it appears on your passport.
  3. Prepare the documents you will need to take to the embassy when attending your visa interview.

Immigration Documents:

    • Passport
    • Visa
    • I-20
    • Letter of Acceptance
    • SEVIS I-901 Fee Receipt

Original Documents:

    • Academic transcripts, sealed in an envelope and certified
    • Academic certificates
    • English proficiency test scores
    • Bank Statement
After you complete the above steps, 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.
    1. Complete your Visa Application.
    2. Pay your I-901 (SEVIS) fee.
    3. Visit usembassy.gov to learn more about scheduling your visa appointment, what to expect when you arrive and the documentation you need to take with you.
    4. Notify your enrollment advisor of the date and embassy location of your visa appointment.
    5. Watch these videos to help you apply for your visa and prepare for your interview:

How to Apply for Your F-1 Student Visa

Other links that international students find useful:

When purchasing your ticket to your new city, plan to arrive on or before your scheduled move-in day.

We are so excited for you to join us on campus! To ensure a smooth transition to your new home, plan to arrive on or before your official move-in day. The Sacramento International Airport (SMF) is highly recommended as our primary airport for your arrival. The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) can used as a back-up if necessary.

Once you book your flights, you must fill out the student arrival form. If your family is joining you, you must also complete the family arrival form.

Move-In Dates

For all undergraduate and graduate program move-in dates, please visit the Important Dates page.

We are looking forward to meeting you in person!

For discounted international travel, click here

To help avoid delays with enrollment, make your tuition and fees payment in full two weeks before you arrive.

When you begin, have your acceptance letter in front of you, as you will need to refer to the information in the letter.

Choose between two ways to submit payment for tuition and fees:

    1. Flywire by Peer Transfer: Please visit UOP’s Flywire portal to complete the transfer process. Please note that you can NOT use a U.S. credit card or U.S. bank account.
    1. Paysimple via ACH or Credit Card: Please use UOP’s Paysimple portal for U.S. bank account or credit card payments.
For student loan information, contact:
Set up your Pacific Tools Before Orientation Begins!

The second page of your final offer letter includes step-by-step instructions on how to set up your Pacific email and log into our learning management system.

Please contact us at studentservices@uopinternational.org if you did not receive this information.

  1. Log into InsidePacific, our learning management system
  2. Set up your Pacific email, Pacific’s official communication tool
  3. Download Microsoft Teams – a convenient call/chat/collaborate tool to speak to us more frequently – on your mobile device or desktop
  4. Log into Canvas, where all your academic courses and information will be found

iTEP English Placement Test

(Undergraduate and Graduate Students)

 

As part of your pre-arrival checklist, you will take the iTEP Academic English placement test online before your orientation begins. Graduate Direct students and International Direct students do not need to take the iTEP test.

How do you take this test? You will take this test online, alone, at a time you choose before orientation starts. You will need an iTEP Test ID and iTEP Password to complete the test. These will be sent to your email after you have received your visa. Please check your email carefully for this message. The directions for the test are below. Read them very carefully..

When do you take this test? You can take this test online at a date and time of your choice before orientation starts. The test is secured and remotely proctored using a browser lockdown tool. Instructions on how to use this tool are below. Read them very carefully.

Why do I take this test? The results of this test help us confirm you have been placed in the appropriate program of study. It is required that all students complete this test, regardless of when their last English test was completed.

About the iTEP Academic test:

  • The iTEP Academic test will be taken online at a time you choose. The test is remotely proctored by iTEP via a browser lockdown tool.
  • The test takes about 90 minutes. It begins with a short tech check and introduction. Plan for approximately 2 hours.
  • There are 5 parts: Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking and Grammar.
    You cannot study for this test; it is meant to give us a picture of your academic English skills as they are right now.
  • Get sleep and have some food before the test so that you can do your best.
  • For more information, feel free to look at this site: https://www.itepexam.com/schedule-itep/prepare/

Test Requirements:

  • You must be on computer/laptop with a web camera. The camera remains on during the entire test. Sorry, you cannot take the test on a tablet or phone.
  • You must have an official photo ID (passport) with you. You show this ID to the camera at the start of the test.
  • You must be able to take the test in quiet, private room with reliable internet access. We recommend you use a headset with microphone for best listening and speaking results.
  • You cannot leave the test for any reason. No bathroom breaks allowed. Please plan ahead.
  • You cannot use any outside resources during the test (no phone, no dictionary/translator tools, no internet research, etc.).

iTEP Test Directions:
Students in China, please read the intro letter and quick setup guide carefully before beginning:

Students in all other locations (outside China), please read the intro letter and quick setup guide carefully beginning:

Math Placement

(Undergraduate Students Only)

All incoming undergraduate students are required to take a math placement exam before orientation.

How do you take this test? The math placement exam is located inside the Canvas app, which is where you will access your course materials. You will log in with your PacificNetID and password.

When do I take this test? The math placement test can be completed by yourself, online at a time of your choice before orientation starts. You don’t need to schedule a time but you must complete it before orientation starts.

Why do I take this test? The results of this test allow the university to place you in the appropriate math course for your level and major.

You must bring the completed Health & Immunization checklist to campus when you arrive

  • Print the form and gather your immunization records (speak to your family, they often know where they are!)
  • Take the form to a medical professional to review and fill out
  • If you are missing any immunizations, get them done in your home country before you arrive
  • Ensure that your records are either in English or include an official translation in English

In addition to the above form, all students are required to be immunized against COVID-19 vaccination to study at Pacific

  • Any WHO approved vaccination will satisfy this requirement
  • Ensure that your COVID-19 vaccination record is in English or includes an official translation in English
  • If you are unable to secure a COVID-19 vaccine prior to arrival, you will be scheduled to receive the vaccine upon arrival to Pacific
  • Please review Pacific’s COVID-19 student updates for the most up-to-date information
Email studentservices@uopinternational.org with the following items:

Photo for your Student ID

  1. Be sure your photo is in color, has no hats or head coverings, is looking directly at the face and is submitted in .jpg format
  2. Include your Name and University of the Pacific ID number in your email
Records Release Authorization Form

  1. This form tells the university if you give permission for them to release information should an agency, parent or sponsor request it
  2. If you give permission to release the information, fill out the detail requested and sign the form at the bottom.
  3. If you do not give permission to release information, leave the top portion of the form blank and sign the form at the bottom.

Release & Waiver of Responsibility Form

  1. Please read the form and then sign and date it.

Here is what to expect on arrival day!

Airport pickup

If you have submitted an arrival form, you will have received an automated text to your mobile phone from a ride share company for pick up. Simply connect to airport wifi and call for your ride once you have collected your luggage. Be sure to follow the instructions to find the rideshare location to pick up your ride. Use teams or pronto to contact a member of UOP International if you have any challenges or any changes to your arrival plans.

Please review the below pre-arrival videos into San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Sacramento International Airport (SMF) to view how to use your Uber from UOP International!

San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

Where to go

Once you arrive on campus, you will be checked-in and escorted to your residence.
Check-in details and the orientation schedule will be included in your Canvas page and provided prior to arrival.

Arriving early?

If you arrive before your move-in day, you will need to arrange accommodations at a local hotel. Consider staying at one of the following local hotels until the official move-in date. Please note that you will also need to arrange transportation from your hotel to your residence on move-in day.

Please report to the UOP International campus to check in on move-in day at the housing check-in address listed in your prearrival email.

Stockton Local Accommodations

If friends or family travel with you to campus, we recommend the following area hotels:

Hotel
Contact Information
Hilton Stockton
2323 Grand Canal Blvd,
Courtyard by Marriott
Stockton, CA 95207
Extended Stay by Marriott
(2.3 miles from campus)
3252 West March Lane,
Stockton, CA 95219,
(3.3 miles from campus)
2844 West March Lane,
Stockton, CA 95219,
(3.4 miles from campus)

San Francisco Local Accommodations

If friends or family travel with you to campus, we recommend the following area hotels:

Hotel
Contact Information
The Pickwick Hotel San Francisco
85 Fifth Street,
InterContinental San Francisco
San Francisco, CA 94103,
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
415.267.3940,
(0.1 miles from campus)
888 Howard St,
San Francisco, CA 94103,
415.616.6500,
(0.4 miles from campus)
780 Mission Street,
San Francisco, CA 94103,
415.896.1600,
(0.9 miles from campus)

There are many things to consider when preparing for university, let alone moving to a new country! To make your transition to the US easier, we’ve put together a list of everyday necessities.

We’ve partnered with campusSIMS to help connect you with mobile phone service. Get your US phone number in your home country and have service that’s ready to use as soon as you land. Click here to get your free SIM card.

campusSIMS helps international students get connected with mobile phone service in the US. Through campusSIMS’ exclusive partner Mint Mobile, students can sign up and get their US phone number while in their home country, and have mobile phone service ready to use as soon as they land.

Students can get low-cost, reliable mobile phone service starting at as low as $15 per month that includes:

  • A free SIM card
  • Unlimited talk and text
  • High speed data
  • Nationwide coverage on the fastest, most advanced network

For more information, visit campussims.com.

International Student Loans

Embarking on your educational journey in the United States shouldn’t come with the roadblock of finding a co-signer for financial aid. Shorelight recognizes this hurdle and has proactively partnered with premier financing organizations such as Fly Finance, MPower Financing, and Prodigy Finance. This strategic collaboration eliminates the traditional barriers international students face, such as the need for a co-signer, collateral, or an established US credit history, streamlining your path to securing educational funding.

Find the right loan organization for you on Shorelight.com.

Easy Flight Bookings and Travel Discounts

StudentUniverse in collaboration with Shorelight, provides exclusive student-only discounts on flights around the world. StudentUniverse has exclusive deals with airlines to get the lowest-possible airfare for international students. If your travel plans change, don’t worry – all purchases have 24-hour risk-free cancellation.

StudentUniverse can be used to book not only your flight to campus, but also provides the best deals for Spring break and other travel. Use it to explore new cities like San Francisco or NYC, or book through them to go hiking in Yosemite National Park, or even when you fly home to visit family.

This program helps international students apply for remote internships and gain real-life work experience to boost their resumes.

  • Certificates and training: Attend online professional bootcamps before your virtual internship starts. Gain hands-on experience once you officially begin by contributing to projects alongside industry experts. If you are interested in certifications, Career Premium now offers unlimited access to training courses that lead to certification in Amazon Web Services, Java, Microsoft Azure, and Python, among many other in-demand skills.
  • Coaching and mentorship: Receive direct guidance from career coaches and industry experts on career exploration, skill training, and professional development.
  • Applying: Work on real-life projects for leading employers and build your portfolio. We work with more than 12,000 multinational companies that have unique projects for you to leverage your new skills, experience, and professional network to land your dream job.

“The tutors are resourceful, and they really helped me while I was applying for internships. I certainly believe I will find a job after graduation.”—Shelley, hired at Tesla

Important Dates

Application Deadline

April 14, 2024

I-20 Transfer Deadline

April 14, 2024

Payment Deadline

April 24, 2024

Move-in Date

May 8, 2024