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New International Graduate Students

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Welcome International Waves!

The Office of International Student Services (OISS) welcomes our newly admitted international Waves to Pepperdine University! It is an honor to help you as you transition to and make Pepperdine University your new home. In order to help you best, there are some important next steps we ask you to follow.

Important First Step: Utilize WaveNet

Until now you have been communicating with Pepperdine via your personal email. Now that you are an official Pepperdine Wave, ALL communication from the University will be sent to your unique Pepperdine email address and can be accessed through the University portal known as WaveNet. WaveNet serves as a single, unifying location for Pepperdine news and services, such as your student account, class registration, email, campus resources, etc.

Students will be provided with unique login credentials for WaveNet in an email after admission to the University. Should you misplace or have any challenges logging into WaveNet, the Pepperdine Help Desk has personnel on duty 24 hours a day and can be reached at 310-506-HELP (4357).

Next Steps

Secure Your Space at Pepperdine

Confirm Your Enrollment

We are excited to welcome our admitted students to Pepperdine University!

After you have been admitted to the University, you must accept your offer by completing the enrollment steps outlined in your admission package. Please follow the instructions sent to you along with your admission package to ensure that you secure your space at Pepperdine.

Submit Your Payment

The University will accept the following forms of payment in addition to financial aid and loans toward a student account balance: cash (U.S. dollars), checks (must be drawn on a U.S. bank in U.S. dollars), and wire payments.

Please keep in mind that funds for a student's personal expenses or off campus living should be given directly to the students and not sent to the student account. Payments applied to the student account are for the balances due on the student's account related to tuition and fees and on campus housing.

Obtain Your Pepperdine I-20

The Form I-20 is the document that you must present at the U.S. embassy or consulate in order to apply for your F-1 visa. Please consult the instructions available on the embassy or consulate website where you intend to apply and review the interview wait time for the location where you will apply. F-1 visas can be issued up to 120 days in advance of your course of study start date. Allow sufficient time to obtain your visa by requesting your Form I-20 as soon as possible. To request your Form I-20 submit all the required documents listed on the I-20 checklist (link below) in one email message to oissnewgraduatestudent@pepperdine.edu. Please allow up to ten business days for processing, and your Form I-20 will be mailed to you by UPS express shipping. 

Obtain Your F-1 Visa

All persons who intend to visit the United States temporarily to pursue a full course of study at an academic institution must be classified as an alien in F-1 student-visa status. Click on the tab below for a checklist of the steps you must take to obtain your visa and admission to the U.S.

Arrival Checklist

Orientation

All new international students are required to attend orientation. If you have not yet received any information regarding the date you are required to arrive on campus for new student orientation, please contact the Admission Office at your school.

Arrival Checklist

Within one week of your program start date, you must submit the following documents to OISS in order to report your status to the US government. Please complete, scan, and email the documents to OISSNewGraduateStudent@pepperdine.edu.  All documents must be sent all at once, under one cover.

  • Copy of your passport, including dependents
  • Copy of your F-1 visa, including dependents
  • Copy of I-94, including dependents
  • SEVIS Contract completed and signed

NOTE: Illegible copies of documents will not be accepted. We strongly encourage students to utilize the scanners in the library to scan and email the documents.

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