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Office of International Student Services

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Pepperdine defines an international student as one having neither U.S. citizenship nor a U.S. Permanent Resident Visa. Most international students enrolled at Pepperdine obtain an F-1 student visa and maintain F-1 status. For more information on obtaining an F-1 student visa, please select "new students," your level (undergraduate or graduate), and then scroll to "Next Steps."

A student allowed to study in the U.S. while maintaining a non-immigrant visa other that the F-1 visa will select from a list of approved visa types on the Pepperdine application and will upload the documentation authorizing study. For questions regarding visas which allow part-time or full-time study at Pepperdine, please email OISS@pepperdine.edu.

**Please note that visitors to the United States in B-1, B-2, WT or WB visitor visa status are not authorized to audit or enroll in classes at Pepperdine.

Prospective Students

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In addition to being ranked #46 on U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges National Universities list, students choose Pepperdine for all the possibilities that a faith-based university committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values provides.

Admitted Students

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We are here to assist you and be a resource to you from completing your form I-20 to successfully obtaining your visa. Please contact our office with any questions you may have.

Enrolled and OPT Students

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As a current student it is our top priority to help you maintain your F-1 status, as well as providing you with the information and resources necessary to work in the US and travel home while you are a student.

Meet Your Admission Counselor

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Our International Admission Counselors are here to be a resource to you as you navigate the college admission process in the US. If you are a prospective undergraduate student, please select your geographical region to identify your International Admission Counselor.


About Us

Who We Are

The Office of International Students Services (OISS) values our international students for what they bring to our campus – diversity, global perspective, cultural respect, determination and a wonderful sense of adventure. We welcome students from all nationalities, faiths, and education systems, as you provide a diverse perspective in our classrooms. Thank you for your interest in Pepperdine and please feel free to contact our office, as we hope to be a helpful resource to you during the admission process.

Who We Serve

Prospective Students, Current Students, and Alumni

  • Non US Citizens
  • Undergraduate Applicants with non U.S. credentials/transcripts
  • Non US Passport Holders
  • Non US Permanent Resident Visa/Green Card Holders

What We Do

OISS assists both international and domestic students attending schools outside of the United States with the undergraduate application and admissions process, as well as renders the official Pepperdine admissions decisions.

OISS helps refer prospective international graduate students to their intended departments for admissions, as graduate admissions decisions are rendered in the departments rather.

OISS provides information and support for our community of international students related to obtaining and maintaining their immigration status.

OISS is committed to providing outreach, service and support to ensure international student success within our campus community

Thank you for your interest in Pepperdine and please feel free to contact our office, as we hope to be a helpful resource to you.

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