Frequently Asked Questions

How do I identify myself as an HPU student?

There are several types of international students here at HPU. In order to receive the most accurate responses from our departments, make sure to identify yourself correctly:

Student Type

Explanation

Your Initial Point of Contact

Degree-seeking student

You intend to complete a full degree program and graduate from Hawaiʻi Pacific University

International Admissions

international@hpu.edu

Visiting student

You will attend Hawaiʻi Pacific University for 1 or 2 semesters as a study abroad student. You pay HPU tuition and fees

Visiting Student Program

visiting@hpu.edu

Exchange student

You will attend Hawaiʻi Pacific University for 1 or 2 semesters on an official exchange agreement. You pay tuition and fees at your host university only

Study Abroad & International Exchange

studyabroad@hpu.edu

 

What do I need to submit in order to get my Form I-20?

You must reserve your place at HPU through submitting your registration deposit or a deposit waiver. Once your place has been reserved, please refer to the Pre-Arrival Checklist > Request a Form I-20 section for relevant instructions.

 

What do I need to submit in order to get my Form DS-2019?

You must first submit an application through either the Study Abroad & International Exchange office (students) or through your intended HPU host department (scholars). Please refer to the Pre-Arrival Checklist > Request a Form DS-2019 for relevant instructions.

 

Which address will my Form I-20 or DS-2019 be mailed to?

The Form I-20 is sent to the address you provided to us on your SFS form. Per USCIS regulations, all Form I-20s will be sent directly to the student. The Form DS-2019 will be sent in accordance to the agreement you have with either the Study Abroad & International Exchange office (students) or through your HPU host department (scholars). Please note that we are unable to ship to P.O. Boxes. 

 

Can I have the tracking number for my immigration document?

  • If you are issued a Form I-20: Yes. Please contact us at i20@hpu to request your tracking number
  • If you are issued a Form DS-2019:
    • For students: Contact Study Abroad & International Exchange
    • For scholars: Contact your HPU host department

 

Why is the name on my immigration documents different from my preferred name?

The name on your Form I-20 or DS-2019 must match the machine readable portion of the biographical page on your passport.

I AM IN THE PROCESS OF APPLYING FOR A GREEN CARD (PERMANENT RESIDENCY) BUT HAVE YET TO BE APPROVED. DO I still need to follow F-1 regulations? AM I STILL CONSIDERED AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT?

Please contact OISS directly to discuss your specific situation, as responses will differ depending on your circumstance. In general, a pending green card application does not constitute a legal status. Therefore, if you entered the U.S. as an F-1 student, we recommend maintaining your F-1 status in case your permanent residency application is denied for any reason.