Spring 2022 UOP International Pre-Arrival Webinars
If you are starting your studies in January 2022, you must attend one of these pre-arrival webinars. At these pre-arrival webinars you will get important information about how to arrive, when and where to arrive, and what you must do to prepare. We look forward to seeing you at the webinar!
17 November 2021 – 6am PST for Undergraduates: https://shorelight.zoom.us/s/86226258162
18 November 2021 – 6am PST for Graduates: https://shorelight.zoom.us/s/84159414990
15 December 2021 – 6am PST for Undergraduates: https://shorelight.zoom.us/s/85421930429
16 December 2021 – 6am PST for Graduates: https://shorelight.zoom.us/s/89998090156
January 11, 2022
Campus Move-In, 8AM to 8PM
Shuttles to Shops and Services Available
January 13, 2022
Academic Program Overviews
Introduction to CAP
Participation in Pacific’s orientation events
January 12, 2022
Introductions to Immigration, Housing and Health Services
Navigating Pacific Systems
Small Group Orientation Activities
January 14, 2022
Registration for Spring 2022 Courses
Participation in Pacific’s orientation events
Frequently Asked Questions
Please visit www.uopinternational.org/before-you-arrive/ for step-by-step information on arriving and preparing for orientation.
Students can access the detailed orientation schedule on Canvas, Pacific’s Learning Management Platform.Students will receive an invite to this Canvas page in their Pacific email.
Check page 2 of your offer letter for detailed instructions on accessing your Pacific email, Canvas, and more.
Orientation is an important and mandatory part of your preparation to attend Pacific. Missing even one day could result in you missing important information about your classes and may result in a delay in your registration. If you know in advance you will arrive late, please let us know as soon as possible so we can make a plan for your arrival. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will get your class schedule during orientation, at the Registration session, after you have completed all placement tests and made all necessary payments.
You can view your class schedule online on Inside Pacific. Detailed instructions on how to locate your schedule on Inside Pacific are available on the UOP Canvas page.
To start, carefully follow the instructions on page 2 of your offer letter to set up your Pacific accounts (your u.pacific.edu email, Inside Pacific, Canvas, and Teams). If you have trouble with your Pacific NetID, Pacific password or please contact the ITE Helpdesk for your campus. For Stockton, email email@example.com. For San Francisco, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit Pacific’s website for the complete Academic Calendar:
|Stockton Orientation||August 15, 2021 – August 20, 2021|
|San Francisco Orientation||August 18, 2021 – August 20, 2021|
|Stockton Move-In||August 15, 2021|
|San Francisco Move-In||August 18, 2021|
|Stockton Classes Begin||August 23, 2021|
|San Francisco Classes Begin||August 21, 2021|
|Last Day of Semester||December 10, 2021|
|Stockton Orientation||January 11, 2022 – January 14, 2022|
|Stockton Move-In||January 11, 2022|
|Stockton Classes Begin||January 18, 2022|
|Last Day of Semester||May 11, 2022|
|Stockton Orientation||May 12, 2022|
|Stockton Move-In||May 11, 2022|
|Stockton Classes Begin||May 16, 2022|
|Last Day of Semester||July 22, 2022|
Academic advising helps you to plan your studies and to make decisions about which courses to take when.
Academic advising is conducted by the UOPI Academic Team and Faculty Advisors in your major.
You will have your first academic advising meeting during orientation.
Additionally, the UOPI Academic Team will meet with you regularly during your program to keep you informed about about program completion requirements, to connect you to Pacific services, and to support you with longterm planning for your studies.
Academic Advising Questions? Please contact email@example.com.
Students should complete all placement tests prior to to the start of orientation. For additional testing information, please visit: https://www.uopinternational.org/before-you-arrive/#Testing
When placement testing is complete, the UOPI Academic Team can prepare for your registration. Registration is completed during orientation.
Tutoring and academic support services are available for all students free of charge.
For English language tutoring, please visit the Tutoring Module on the UOPI Canvas page.
For support with writing and research assignments in Pacific courses, please visit: http://pacificwritingcenter.weebly.com/
For peer tutoring in any Pacific course, such as Biology, Math, Economics and so on, please visit: https://pacific.mywconline.com/
Pacific offers many additional student support services such as assistance with career planning, and counseling and psychological services. For more detail, please visit: https://www.pacific.edu/student-life/student-services
Frequently Asked Questions
GPA calculators are very useful tools! To calculate your GPA, you can use any online GPA calculator. Go online, search “GPA Calculator”.
First, check with your professor and/or the course syllabus for details on textbook requirements for each course. Required textbooks will be available for purchase in the university bookstore (www.pacific.edu/student-life/bookstores) or online at a vendor of your choice.
Health & COVID-19
Visit https://www.pacific.edu/covid-19-update/students for the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 on campus.
Individuals with F-1 student visa status are required to show proof of COVID vaccination in order to enter the US. Vaccinations must align with the US’s approved list of COVID-19 vaccines. Only two exceptions apply:
- Student is from a country with limited COVID-19 vaccine availability (see list here ).
- Student is under 18 at the time of travel.
Effective December 06, 2021 – all international travelers (regardless of vaccination status) must show results of a negative coronavirus test taken one day prior to their flight’s departure from a foreign country traveling to the United States.
If neither vaccine exceptions apply to you and you remain unvaccinated, you may not be able to enter the US on the date of your scheduled travel.
For those passengers traveling under one of the above exceptions they must complete and present the Combined Covered Attestation Form to the airline at the time of departure. Passengers must be prepared to answer questions regarding Section 4 of the form and should have a clear understanding of their school’s COVID policies.
Student Health Services provides comprehensive healthcare as well as counseling and psychological services to Pacific students on all three campuses.
For more detail please visit:
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. All Pacific students, at all Pacific campuses, are required to have a COVID-19 vaccination. All students are required to upload a copy of their vaccination record to Pacific’s medical portal prior to or during orientation. For the most up-to-date information on vaccine requirements, please visit: www.pacific.edu/covid-19-update/students
During your stay in the U.S. in F-1 status, you are subject to many complex immigration law and regulations that relate to your legal status here. Advisors at International Programs and Services (IPS) are available to assist you and answer your questions about your immigration status, but it is your responsibility to know and abide by the law in order to maintain valid legal status. It is to your benefit to make sure to maintain legal status throughout the duration of your stay in the U.S.
For immigration advising and policy guidance, please contact IPS:
International students are required to submit proof of sufficient funds to cover educational expenses in the U.S. in order to obtain a SEVS I-20. Having obtained an I-20, signing it and either entering the U.S. or filing a change of status to F-1 you agree to have funds available for the duration of your studies. It is important, therefore, that you responsibly plan and manage your finances.
During your orientation, you will attend a session on immigration. During this session, you will be advised of all
January 1 through April 15 is “Tax Season” in the United States. During this period, U.S. citizens, permanent residents and many non-immigrants must file income tax returns and other tax forms.
All international students, scholars and their dependents (F-1, F-2, J-1 and J-2 who have been in the United States the previous calendar year) who are non-residents for tax purposes MUST file tax Form 8843 regardless of whether they worked or not.
For more information, review the info provided by the IPS Website: https://students.pulse.pacific.edu/documents/ips/ISSS/ISSS%20WYNTK%20Taxes.pdf
Remember! UOPI and IPS advisors are NOT experts in income taxes and thus, cannot advise or assist you in filing your returns. The information on this webpage is provided as a service to enrolled international students. The information does not constitute tax advice and staff cannot assist with the preparation or completion of individual tax return forms.
Frequently Asked Questions
The University of the Pacific has been approved by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to accept students in F-1 Student and J-1 Exchange Student status for the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels. Below are some frequently asked questions about the international student program.
A non-immigrant who is pursuing a “full course of study” to achieve a specific educational or professional objective, at an academic institution in the United States.” (8 CFR 214.2(f),214.3, and 214.4).
A foreign national who is (1) studying in the U.S. and pursuing a full course of study leading to or culminating in the award of a U.S. degree, or engaged full-time in a prescribed course of study of up to 24 months (non-degree) duration, (2) Engaged in academic training, or (3) Engaged in English language training.” (22 CFR 62.4(a))
SEVIS stands for Student and Exchange Visitor Information System which is an online database managed by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) which is a sub-department of DHS. Each student gets a “record” in SEVIS into which IPS inputs the student’s personal, academic, financial, and employment information as required by the federal immigration regulations. SEVP also monitors and edits the student’s SEVIS record.
The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) utilizes SEVIS to monitor the records of all F-1 and J-1 students. However, the university has specified individuals within the International Programs and Services office serve as Designated School Officials (DSO) and Responsible Officers (RO) for F-1 and J-1 students to monitor students “on the ground”. The DSOs and ROs manage the students’ SEVIS records and update the information to SEVP as needed.
An International Student Advisor is an employee of Pacific in the office of International Programs and Services who assists international students with immigration, cross-cultural, personal, financial and academic concerns. The International Student Advisor also monitors the student’s immigration status and updates the SEVIS record as required by the federal immigration regulations and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Job & Career Support
For up-to-date information, please visit: https://www.pacific.edu/academics/international-programs-and-services
On-campus employment refers to any employment that is paid by Pacific with the physical work site located on the campus the F-1 student is authorized to attend or for a company that holds a contract with Pacific to offer services directly to Pacific students on the Pacific campus the F-1 student is authorized to attend. F-1 students should meet with the International Student Advisor before beginning any work with a non-Pacific company to verify whether the position will be considered on-campus.
F-1 students can work up to 20 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters. During the summer semester and other university breaks, F-1 students can work up to 40 hours per week provided they will enroll in the upcoming fall semester.
F-1 students who are employed need a Social Security Number (SSN). Once a student receives a job offer, the student should request an Social Security Letter (and attach a copy of the job offer letter) from IPS. Once the student has all necessary documents, the student must go to the Social Security Administration office.
University of the Pacific Career Services
University of the Pacific Career Services supports you in developing and achieving career goals that lead to a meaningful life. Career Services offer services like career advising, job and internship help, resume and cover letter writing help, and graduate school planning. Maybe you’re not sure what you want to major in or what you want to do in a future job — we can help you with that, too. Our career assessments can help you learn more about your interests, personality type, and which career options and majors might be best suited for you.
You can make an appointment on your first day at University of the Pacific. Our Tigers on Pace program is a four-year plan that allows you to pursue options and be prepared for graduation. However, you can jump in this plan at any point.
Most students think they have to wait a certain amount of time to be eligible for internships, jobs, or even job shadowing opportunities. We are here to dispel that myth and help you get connected to employers as soon as you are ready. Supporting you in achieving your version of success is our primary goal.
Even our alumni can receive free career services for life. As soon as you’re ready to start talking about your career, we are ready to support you in your journey.
Events we regularly host include:
- A career fair each semester
- A nonprofit career fair
- Mock interviews with employers
- Workshops on resumes, cover letters, social media, and more
The Career Accelerator program—an exclusive service for students enrolled in UOP International–helps you develop your professional skills, get an internship, and launch your career. With opportunities in one of the most vibrant U.S. cities at your fingertips, your career path starts here. For more information, please contact Brittany Chill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students and alumni can use Handshake to find full-time, part-time, internship, co-op, and on-campus job opportunities. On Handshake, you can schedule advising appointments, connect with employers, register for events, and more! Visit pacific.joinhandshake.com to explore job openings.
Frequently Asked Questions
You may apply for a social security number ONLY if you have been offered a job on-campus or if you have been granted practical training (CPT or OPT) employment authorization (keep in mind that practical training options are generally not available to new students). An SSN will be given to you for employment purposes only, NOT for purposes such as applying for credit cards, renting an apartment, etc.
If you do have a job offer and need an SSN, you must apply for a social security number through your local Social Security Administration (SSA) office. If the SSN is for an on-campus job you must first bring your offer letter to ISSS because an ISSS advisor must sign off on the letter from your hiring department. For the SSA location nearest you, please visit the Office of Social Security and type in your zip code. You may also call 1-800-772-1213 or visit International Students and Social Security. You may download the social security application (Form SS-5) online.
The total hours of your employment on campus cannot exceed a maximum of 20 hours per week when you are in classes and 30 hours per week during breaks.
Contact Career Services for an appointment at email@example.com.
Scholarships & Finances
UOP International students are eligible for merit based academic excellence scholarships during their academic program and their degree duration. Scholarships are selective and require GPA maintenance and full-time enrollment status. Additional information about scholarships outside of UOP International can be found here: www.pacific.edu/financial-aid/scholarships
Frequently Asked Questions
To move from the UOP International Program to University of the Pacific, you must meet the following requirements according to your program of study:
- EAP Program
EAP students must pass both UOPI English language courses in EAP Term 1 and EAP Term 2 with 73%. If a student receives less than 73% in a UOPI English language course, they may repeat it once. If students do not pass both English language courses, they may have to repeat both. A second failure of an English language course will result in dismissal from the accelerator program/UOP.Students must earn a cumulative GPA = 2.0 for Pacific courses and for UOPI courses (separately, not a combined GPA) to successfully complete the program and progress to full Pacific student status. Students in the Schoole of Engineering and Computer Science must earn a minimum GPA of 2.5 in their Pacific courses to enter their programs.
- AAP Program
AAP students must pass both UOPI English language courses in AAP Term 1 with minimum 73%. If a student receives less than 73% in a UOPI English language course, they may repeat it once. If you repeat a course, it means you finish the AAP program with fewer Pacific units. A second failure of an English language course will result in dismissal from the accelerator program/UOP. Students must earn a cumulative GPA = 2.0 for Pacific courses and for UOPI courses (separately, not a combined GPA) to successfully complete the program and progress to full Pacific student status. Students in the Schoole of Engineering and Computer Science must earn a minimum GPA of 2.5 in their Pacific courses to enter their programs.
- ID Program
ID students must earn a minimum GPA of 2.0 to stay in good standing with University of the Pacific and continue their program of study. An ID student with a GPA less than 2.0 may be subject to probation or disqualification by the university.
AMAP students must earn a minimum GPA of 3.0 to progress to direct graduate studies.
- Graduate Pre-Sessional English to Accelerator Programs
Graduate students in the Pre-Sessional English programs (full-time English study) must earn a minimum GPA of 3.0 to progress into the MAP, AMAP or Graduate Direct programs.
Housing & Dining
On-Campus Housing – Stockton Campus
Housing Options – San Francisco Campus
There is no on-campus housing in San Francisco. However, UOPI does refer students to Kapi, a provider of furnished housing in the Bay Area: kapihousing.com
For additional detail on off-campus housing, please also visit: dental.pacific.edu/student-life/housing-dining/residential-life-and-housing/san-francisco-housing
Parking on all three campuses of the university is by permit only. Campus public safety officers enforce traffic and parking permit regulations on each campus and patrol campus parking on a regular basis. Each campus has somewhat different parking arrangements and policies.
For more detail about visitor parking or campus parking permits, please visit:
Clubs & Organizations
There’s no shortage of ways to get involved, connect and have fun at Pacific. Whether you’re interested in giving back to the community, pursuing a passion or simply meeting people with similar interests, it’s easy to find exciting activities and events around campus.
For more detail, please visit: www.pacific.edu/student-life/activities-programs