Office of International Students and Scholars

Office of International Students and Scholars


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Aloha and welcome to Hawaiʻi Pacific University and the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS). The University is home to more than 500 international students and scholars representing diverse cultures and viewpoints from over 80 countries. We believe that international students and scholars at HPU are vital to cross-cultural understanding and our goal is to promote international educational exchange through all our programs and interactions. 

A student’s affiliation with OISS begins immediately after the admission process and continues well beyond graduation. OISS staff can advise international students, scholars and faculty on immigration, cultural, financial, academic and personal concerns, and make appropriate referrals when necessary.

Information on this page is susceptible to change, with or without notice. If you are unsure of whether or not you are maintaining your status properly, please contact OISS immediately. For additional information regarding enrollment requirements, students can also visit:

As a student or scholar, it is your responsibility to ensure you are adhering to the regulations associated with your visa status. As an F or J visa holder, you must:

  • Maintain a valid passport
  • Enroll as a full-time student according to your registration regulations and make normal progress toward your degree (students only)
  • Inform OISS of address, email, or phone number updates within 10 days of any change
  • Notify OISS of changes to your academic major or program (e.g. history to political science or bachelor's to master's degree)
  • Always be aware of the expiration date on your I-20 or DS-2019. Request any necessary extensions before the expiration date
  • Maintain health insurance for yourself and any dependents
  • Work only with proper authorization. Contact OISS before starting ANY employment
  • Request a travel signature on your I-20 or DS-2019 before traveling out of the U.S. if you intend to return
  • Not participate in illegal activities

The purpose of OISS is to:

  • Represent the University to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of State, and other government agencies dealing with international visitors
  • Provide international students and scholars with advice and documentation necessary to maintain their legal status within the United States
  • Guide international students and scholars in their adaptation to American culture and campus life
  • Maintain University compliance regarding regulations concerning international students and scholars
  • Serve as a resource for University departments who work with an international population

OPT Workshop Dates for Summer 2021

If you plan to submit an OPT application, it is mandatory that you attend one of the workshops listed below in order to obtain OISS approval. Your OPT application will be rejected by USCIS without OISS approval. Students who plan to apply for post-completion OPT cannot begin the application process until their final semester. 




By Appointment Only


Online or In-person

All workshops will be a discussion-based presentation regarding the timeline, process, and regulations affecting students on OPT. Workshops will be conducted via Zoom web conference, so you must RSVP to receive the invitation link. An email confirmation will be sent to you once a request has been submitted.




Travel Signature

Working Off Campus