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One of the best things about HPU is the Career Services Center, which I find is very useful. They assist students with getting internships and finding business contacts. They also set up meetings with well-known companies who need new employees so I could meet with business people face-to-face. I got an internship at Sheraton Waikiki as the Front Office Manager, which was a good experience for me because Hawaii has the best travel industry in the world.

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Students Returning After a Leave of Absence

Do you want to return to Hawai'i Pacific University to complete your degree after taking a break from your studies or after attending another institution?  See below for the specific requirements regarding your situation:

1. I left HPU for less than five months and remained inside of the United States.

2. I left HPU for more than five months but less than one year, and did not leave the United States.

  • Contact the Registrar's Office for reinstatement.
  • You will need to request a transfer of your SEVIS record from your current institution and will receive a new HPU I-20.  Contact the International Student Services Office for more details.

3. I left HPU for more than five months but less than one year, and did leave the United States.

  • Contact the Registrar's Office for reinstatement.
  • You will need to request a new I-20.  See below for further information.

4. I left HPU for more than a year.

  • You will need to submit an application for readmission, which must be accomplained by a $50 reapplication fee and transcripts for any coursework obtained since you last attended HPU.  To access the application for readmission, click here.
  • You will either need to request a transfer of your SEVIS record from your current institution (if you are attending another US institution) or you will need to request a new I-20.  See below for further information.

Applying for a new I-20

 The process of applying for and receiving your new I-20 is simple; however, following the guidelines below and beginning well in advance of the semester for which you will re-enroll will help make the process go smoothly.

  • In order to receive a new I-20, you will need to resubmit a new Statement of Financial Sponsorship Form (Degree seeking or Visiting) and original financial/bank document, which verifies proof of financial support from you or your sponsor. Please refer to the following link for the latest tuition and I-20 total for the academic year:  Please also note that the original bank document(s) should be no more than six months old.

  • Be sure to indicate your full legal name as shown on your passport, and include your permanent address in your country, a valid phone number where we can reach you and a note about your intended return date and semester.  If you have any updated or new transcripts you may include them as well.

Please mail all forms and supporting documents to:

International Admissions
Returning Student
Hawaii Pacific University
1164 Bishop St #1100
Honolulu, HI 96813 USA

 

Other important information to consider:
  • Students must apply for a new visa stamp in their passport even if they have an unexpired visa stamp. Immigration regulations state that students who have been out of the U.S. for more than 5 months automatically invalidate their visa stamp.

  • Students may enter the U.S. no earlier than 30 days prior to the start date of the quarter for which they will re-enroll.

  • Please note that you will have to be in F-1 status for two consecutive semesters before you will be eligible for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT).

If you have any questions about receiving a new I-20 or about the process of returning to HPU please contact us!

International Student Services
Tel: +1 808-356-5299
Fax: +1 808-543-8065
E-mail: iss@hpu.edu