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Q: When is my application due?
A: The priority deadline for the 2013/2014 Academic Year is Monday, September 24, 2012. However, we continue to accept applications all year and accept students as spaces become available. The priority deadline for Summer 2013 applications is also September 24, 2012. However, we continue to accept applications on a rolling basis as space is available.Q: What is required as part of the application?
A: Applicants must complete the on-line application form which includes an essay. Applicants must also complete an interview with the visiting faculty member.
Q: Should I apply for one semester or a year?
A: We believe that by staying a year, your experience will be enhanced academically and culturally by a longer stay in the country. Although we understand that some students may only be able to participate for one semester, we encourage all students to give serious consideration to a full academic year stay. Students who have only attended one semester tell us time and time again that they wished they had stayed the full academic year.
Q: Can I apply for more than one program?
A: You can participate in as many international programs as you wish, but you can only apply for one program per term.
Q: What is the second choice option on the application used for?
A: The second choice option is used for recruiting purposes only. This is not an application for your second choice program.
Q: If I apply for an Academic Year, can I switch my application to one semester later?
A: No. You must drop your current application and re-apply for the program that you are interested in.
Q: If I sign a contract, can I change my contract from an Academic Year to a semester only contract or from semester only to Academic Year or from one semester to the other semester?
A: No. You will receive a contract that specifies the location and term/s of the program for which you applied. If you wish to change, you will be considered withdrawing from the program for which you signed a contract and financial penalties, as outlined on the contract and in the Seaver College Student Handbook, will apply. In order to process your request, you will need to contact the International Programs Office to request a withdrawal form. Once you sign the withdrawal from, you can then request to change your application. In the event a space becomes available, you will be considered along with other students on the waitlist at that time.
Q: I have already submitted an application and would like to apply for another program in another term. Do I have to complete an entire application again?
A: Yes, you must apply for each program separately. You may use the same essay if it is applicable, but you MUST paste this information into the new application.
Q: How does International Programs make acceptance decisions?
A: If you are applying the first semester of your freshman year, SAT/ACT scores are evaluated as well as high school GPA, application essays, campus citizenship, disciplinary status and your interview with the visiting faculty member of the program to which you applied.
If you have completed a semester of college coursework, you will be evaluated on SAT/ACT scores, college GPA, application essays, disciplinary status, campus citizenship and an interview with the visiting faculty member of the program to which you applied.
Q: When do I interview?
A: After you submit your on-line application a confirmation screen will pop up on your computer with information on who to contact to set up an interview. Shortly thereafter, you will also receive notification via e-mail regarding who to contact for your interview. Please note it is your responsibility to contact the visiting faculty member to set up the interview.
Q: When will I know whether or not I am accepted?
A: 1) First, you must complete an interview with the visiting faculty. After you have submitted your on-line application, you will receive an e-mail with information about how to schedule this meeting. Please note, it is your responsibility to schedule and complete the interview.
2) Once you have completed your interview, your application is complete and will be reviewed at the next selection committee meeting.
3) You will receive notification in your campus mailbox after the selection meeting.
4) If you applied by the early decision deadline, you will receive notification on October 29, 2010. If you applied after that date you will receive notification on a rolling basis depending on when you applied.
Q: I'm on a waitlist. What are my chances and when will I know if I get to go?
A: It is impossible to predict how quickly space(s) may become available in the program. In most cases, a number of the students who were initially confirmed into a program drop out for various reasons throughout the year and all students' applications on the waitlist will be reviewed again if a space becomes available. However, we cannot guarantee that any confirmed students will drop. If a position becomes available, only the student(s) on the waiting list who have then been accepted will be notified. It is thus important that the International Programs Office has your current contact information at all times. If the information from your application changes (most importantly, your address, phone number or language 151 status), please update Wavenet and International Programs with the new information. If your plans change, let the International Programs Office know you are no longer interested so any place that opens can be offered to a fellow student.
Q: What other options do I have if I've been placed on a waitlist?
A: If you are on the waitlist and want to go abroad, you can also apply for a summer program. Summer programs are generally less competitive than the academic year programs. You may also contact the International Programs Office to find out which programs have availability for the Academic Year.
Q: Do students who apply for the academic year receive preference?
A: Yes, we believe that by staying a year, your experience will be enhanced by a longer stay in the country, academically and culturally. Although we understand that some students may only be able to participate for one semester, we encourage all students to give serious consideration to a full academic year stay if offered in the program location.
Q: How are the student selections made?
A: The Selection Committee makes all acceptance decisions. The Committee considers many factors along with the application including academic performance, disciplinary status, campus citizenship, an essay, and an interview.
Q: When are the acceptance decisions made?
A: Students who apply by the early decision deadline will receive their notification letters:
2013/2014 Academic Year, Fall 2013 and Spring 2014: Friday, November 2, 2012
Summer 2013: Friday, November 2, 2012
Students who apply after the early decision deadline should receive their notification letters a week or two after their interview.
Q: What happens after I am accepted?
A: After acceptances are made, students must attend a Contract Signing Meeting and complete and turn in their acceptance paperwork to confirm their space in the program. The acceptance paperwork includes a contract, and flight form (and a homestay application for BA and some summer programs). Mandatory orientations are held in Spring 2013 and are required in order to attend a program.
Q: Which courses are being offered?
A: See the specific Program's web pages for a full list of all courses being offered at each location. You may also pick up a hard copy of these listings in the International Programs office.
Q: Are there any language course pre-requisites?
A: Yes. Students attending Buenos Aires, Florence, Heidelberg, Lausanne, or Shanghai during the Academic Year must have completed the relevant 151 language course by the Spring 2013.
Q: Do I have to take a language while overseas?
A: All students must take a language course in Florence, Heidelberg, Buenos Aires, Shanghai, and Lausanne including students who have completed their General Education requirement in a language. The language courses must be taken for a letter grade (not on a Credit/No Credit basis).
Q: Who teaches the courses in International Programs?
A: The Pepperdine Program Director is a fully qualified faculty member who teaches in the program. In addition, a Visiting Faculty member is sent from Malibu to each program location each semester. The University employs selected, qualified local faculty to teach other courses. Many of these local faculty have worked for the University for a number of years.
Q: Are computers available overseas?
A: Yes. Each academic year program has computers available for students to use. Computers in the residential houses all have ethernet connection and those students with laptops need to have a wireless card with their laptop to access the internet in the houses. Oftentimes, students will not be able to access the Internet in homestays. Alternative locations are available, however. Most students do bring their own laptops. Computers are also available in many residential summer programs.
Q: Can I do directed studies?
A: We are not able to offer directed studies overseas. Students are only able to enroll in classes listed on our website.
Q: Do Pepperdine's international programs have five-day classes?
A: The program in Buenos Aires and Shanghai have classes 5 days per week. All other programs have classes 4 days per week.
Q: Can my friends and parents stay with me at the Pepperdine residence?
A: No. Outside visitors are not allowed to stay in the Pepperdine houses overnight. Program directors can help you find affordable hotels nearby. Pepperdine students in other International Programs can stay overnight on weekends on an exchange basis only with a reservation made in advance.
Q: Can my friends and parents stay with me in the homestays?
A: Homestay families are not required to provide housing to visitors. Program directors can help you find affordable hotels nearby.
Q: Do many Pepperdine students go on an overseas program?
A: YES! More than 60% of graduates will have studied abroad at least once during their undergraduate career at Pepperdine. Two-thirds of all those students who enter Pepperdine as a first-time college freshman attend one or more of our International Programs.
Q: Do you need to know a foreign language in order to participate in one of the International Programs?
A: Prior to studying abroad in one of the academic year programs, students must complete or pass out of the 151 language course for the host country's language. (There is not a language requirement in London.) All other factors being equal, students who have already begun their study of the language will be given priority in the selection process. Prior knowledge of the language is also required for some summer specialty programs. Please see the specific program course listings for more information on summer program pre-requisites.
Q: How much does the program cost?
A: Tuition costs are the same as those at the Malibu campus for the same number of units. There is also an International Programs charge which covers room, board, airfare, educational fieldtrips, transfers, and other costs. The charge for the 2013-14 academic year is $9,885 per semester, and will not increase more than 10% for the next year. The costs for the current year are shown in the Seaver College Academic Catalog
Q: What is included in the International Programs charge?
A: The price includes room, board, transportation, educational field trips, local group excursions and other group activities.
Q: Are there any external costs associated with the program that are not included in the International Programs charge?
A: There is a fee associated with obtaining a study visa. This cost varies from country to country, year to year. Some programs may require local health insurance coverage upon arrival in the country. You will also want to research your own personal health insurance coverage to confirm whether or not you are covered overseas and whether or not you need to purchase additional coverage. There is a fee for obtaining or renewing your passport. You will need to research these fees which are payable directly to the service provider. Additionally, there is an extra fee for taking a PE course.
Q: Does financial aid apply to the cost of an International Program?
A: Grants and scholarships only apply to tuition, unless otherwise stated by your financial aid advisor. For the most accurate financial aid information, go to the Financial Aid website and also talk to your financial aid advisor. For summer program applicants, there is a summer estimator available on this site to help you calculate your financial aid.
Q: How much spending money should I take with me?
A: How much money you will need depends entirely on personal spending preferences. Some of the factors to take into consideration are how much you think you'll be traveling, how much you normally spend while traveling for meals, lodging, etc., and how many souvenirs you think you want to buy. Former students say on average they spend anywhere from $1,500 - $3,000 per semester.
Q: Is there an extra fee for taking a PE course?
A: Yes. Fees range between $165-$500, depending on the course.
Q: How do I get money when I'm overseas?
A: ATMs accepting Visa and Master Card are easily accessible in most cities. It is important to check with your bank to make sure you have an international pin number.
Q: How do I get a passport?
A: You should begin applying for a passport as soon as you apply for a program. A list of the addresses, phone numbers, passport requirements and business hours of locations in the area that process passports is available at the International Programs Center. You may also visit the US Department of State's Passport Services website for more information such as passport offices nationwide, passport applications, and passport renewals at http://www.travel.state.gov/passport.
If you do not have a current passport, apply now. This will require a certified copy of the birth certificate. Depending upon the region, these can take a few weeks to receive. Start now.
If you have a passport that was obtained before you turned 16, you will need a renewal since passports issued before 16 expire in 5 years (as opposed to 10). As students apply a year in advance, the passport must also be valid the year of study abroad as well as 6-12 months after the return to the States, depending upon the airline used and/or the consulate requirements for your student visa. Renew now.
Q: Do I need a visa to participate in my program?
A: With the exception of Germany and Buenos Aires, all host countries of Pepperdine International Programs require participants to travel with student visas during the academic year. Semester only and Summer requirements vary.
Q: Where do I get a visa?
A: Visas are issued through the embassy or consulate of the appropriate host country.
Q: When do I get my visa?
A: Visas are issued for a certain length of time. To avoid early expiration, the consulate will issue your visa no more than 90 days prior to your program's departure.
Q: Will it take a long time to get a visa?
A: The visa process is extensive and can take up to eight weeks (or more) before you receive your visa.
Q: How do I get a visa?
A: To assist you, the International Programs Office will contact you regarding a mandatory Visa Workshop. Our staff will walk you through the process and give general guidelines regarding documents for your program's host country. Ultimately, it is your responsibility to contact the appropriate consulate, provide all necessary documents, comply with any additional requirements given to you by the consulate and apply for your student visa.. YOU MUST HAVE A VALID PASSPORT TO SUBMIT TO THE CONSULATE WHILE YOUR VISA IS BEING PROCESSED.
Q: What can I do now?
A: 1) If you do not have a current passport, apply now. This will require a certified copy of the birth certificate. Depending upon the region, these can take a few weeks to receive. Start now.
2) If you have a passport that was obtained before you turned 16, you will need a renewal since passports issued before 16 expire in 5 years (as opposed to 10). As students apply a year in advance, the passport must also be valid the year of study abroad as well as 6-12 months after the return to the States, depending upon the airline used and/or the consulate requirements for your student visa. Renew now.
3) Verify coverage for your current health insurance policy. Ask for a list of all international locations. Specific requirements will differ according to the program you apply for and are accepted to; however, as all students are required to have current health insurance coverage, you can determine the scope now and evaluate whether or not you will want or need to purchase different coverage for the time that you will be abroad. Pepperdine does offer two different health insurance plans, specific for study abroad and overseas travel, through the Student Health Insurance Office.
Q: From where do the programs depart?
A: Group flights depart from and return to Los Angeles. Students may petition to be exempt from the Group Flight if they live outside of California, making it expensive and inconvenient to fly from their residence to LAX. Student must supply evidence of their place of residence.
Q: Is the cost of airfare included in the program charge?
A: Yes. The cost of the round-trip airfare on the group flight is included in the International Programs Charge.
Students who attend both semesters during the academic year will receive one airline ticket on the group flight that departs in the Fall and returns at the end of the Spring semester. Students are responsible for all travel over Christmas break. If you attend both semesters, the second semester is discounted by $1,000 as a second round-trip flight is not being purchased for you.
Q: Can I arrange my own travel to the program?
A: Students are required to go on the group flight.
Students may petition to be exempt from the Group Flight if they live outside of California, making it expensive and inconvenient to fly from their residence to LAX. Student must supply evidence of their place of residence. In order to do so, you must mark the "petition to be exempt from the group flight" option on the flight contract that you receive as part of the confirmation paperwork. If your petition is granted, you are responsible for arranging your own travel (including airport transportation upon arrival) to and from the program. You must arrive on the same day as the group flight students, between normal business hours of 9am-5pm. As an exemption, students will be charged $1,000 less the International Programs charge.
Q: What opportunities are there for travel?
A: Traveling to selected destinations will definitely be a part of your educational experience. However, these are serious academic programs and your studies must come first. Also, don't overlook exploring and learning about the city and country in which your program is located by visiting only distant places. There is an educational field trip in both the fall and spring terms of each academic year program. Class schedules vary for the summer programs.
Q: I'm going overseas for a year. What do I do over the Christmas break?
A: Many students use the Christmas break to travel to more distant locations that they can't visit during the semester. Others purchase a ticket to return home for Christmas with their family and friends. In other cases, the family from the U.S. visits the student overseas and they travel together during the holidays. In any case, the Pepperdine residences close when the return group flight leaves in December and will not re-open until shortly before the group flight arrives in January. Homestay families are not expected to house students during this time.
Q: Where do I apply to be an RA?
A: Online through WaveNet. Revisit your International Programs Application after you have signed your contracts and you will notice that a new link has appeared next to it to be an RA.
Q: When is the application available?
A: The application will be available on WaveNet after you sign your contracts and are confirmed for your program.
Q: What does the selection process entail?
A: Applications are submitted on-line to International Programs. Some candidates will be called in for an interview after the application due date.
Q: Do RAs overseas have weekend duties like they do in Malibu?
A: No. There are no required weekend responsibilities for IPRAs.
Q: Do the RAs get room and board overseas?
A: No. The RAs are paid a monthly stipend.
Q: Are there SLAs overseas?
A: No. Currently, the Spiritual Life Advisor (SLA) Program is unique to the Malibu campus.
Q: When is IPRA Training?
A: Mandatory IPRA Training for 2013-14 takes place in August. Mandatory IPRA Training for Summer 2013 RAs will take place in April.
Q: What if I cannot attend RA Training?
A: You cannot hold the position if you cannot attend Training.
Q: Are the RAs required to travel on the group flight?
A: Yes. The RAs are required to travel over to the program location on the group flight. RAs have been specifically trained for emergency procedures and will be the contacts in the event an emergency arises in transit.
Q: I am on the waitlist for a program, can I still apply for the RA position?
A: No. Unfortunately, International Programs can only interview and consider those who have been accepted into a program and have also signed their contract.
Q: Can I be an RA for more than one program?
A: If you are applying for an RA position during the academic year, no. The RA position requires a year-long commitment. If you are applying for the summer, possibly. International Programs prefers to give as many students as possible the opportunity to participate in the RA program. However, being hired for one RA position does not necessarily eliminate you from other RA positions.
Q: If I am chosen as an IPRA, can I still be an RA on the Malibu campus?
A: Yes, IPRAs can still apply for Malibu RA positions, for the following year, after they return from overseas. This process is handled independently through Housing and Residence Life (HRL) and all students overseas will be notified, separately by HRL, of the Malibu RA selection process and timelines.
Q: Is there a job description available for the IPRA position?
A: Yes, for a detailed job description please stop by the International Programs Office. Program specific IPRA responsibilities will be covered during training as well as during overseas orientation at the program location.
Q: Do I have any responsibilities once my program ends?
A: Yes, current IPRAs are expected to participate in the training process of the following year's IPRAs.
Q: Is the RA position a full-year commitment?
A: Yes. Only students confirmed for the full academic year will be considered for RA positions in Buenos Aires, Florence, Heidelberg, Lausanne, Shanghai, and London.
Q: Does each program have two RAs?
A: Yes, each program has one male and one female RA.
Q: Which summer programs have an RA?
A: All summer programs have either one or two RAs.
Q: Can I be a summer Malibu RA?
A: No. Mandatory training for summer RA positions through HRL conflicts with mandatory training for summer RA positions through International Programs.
Q: Once I'm overseas, how do I take care of registration and housing for the next semester?
A: From overseas, you can advance register for your next semester's classes at exactly the same moment you could register for them in Malibu. For students returning to Malibu, registration is done via WaveNet. All registration is done during the regular registration period. From overseas, you can apply for housing and be considered exactly the same way as if you were on the Malibu campus.
Q: Can friends or alumni visit the facilities abroad?
A: Arrangements to visit a facility abroad can be made by calling the Program Director. Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Visits are allowed only during office hours. Visitors may not spend the night.
Q: How many students participate in each program?
A: The number of students varies greatly in each program. The Academic Year Programs have anywhere between 40-75 students each semester depending on the program. The summer programs enroll between 10-75 students.
Q: Do I need any vaccinations?
A: During your orientation and/or in your orientation book, the Health Center will give information about vaccines. Once you get that information it is your responsibility to get the vaccinations that are specific to your program. If you have any other questions call the Health Center at extension 4316. You can also find helpful information at the CDC website.
Q: Do I need to complete a medical examination evaluation?
A: Yes, all students are required to complete a medical exam by a certified physician and return a form to the International Programs Office signed by the physician within 90 to 45 days prior to program departure and is due 30 days prior to program departure.
Last Updated on 8-10-12