Pre-Arrival Checklist

Submit the following documents via email in PDF format to



1. Submit a Statement of Financial Sponsorship (SFS) Form.

2. Financial Documentation – Bank statement/bank letter or other financial documents verifying funding for at least one academic year (see SFS form for further details). Documents should not be older than 6 months from the semester begin date. 

**Note: If you have a scholarship or a sponsor that covers 100% of your tuition, an official letter from that agency confirming your tuition coverage needs to be submitted. If your scholarship/sponsor only covers 75% of your tuition, you are still liable to submit bank statements or other financial documents to cover the remaining 25% of tuition. 

3. Legible copy of your passport.



If you are already in the U.S. on a F1 student visa, please send us the following documents in addition to the documents listed above;

1. A completed SEVIS Transfer In Form.

2. If you are on OPT, please scan/email a legible copy of your EAD/OPT card (front and back).

3. Legible copy of your US VISA page from your passport.


**Processing time for the issuance of an I-20 DOCUMENT is 3 - 5 business days upon the receipt of all documents in the correct format**

**Please review VISA steps found here before beginning VISA process.

After receiving their I-20/DS-2019, students need to arrange their entry into the U.S. by obtaining the appropriate visa from the U.S. embassy or consulate nearest to where they live. Student can check here to find the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Students can also learn more about news regarding the non-immigrant visas by visiting the Office of Visa Services here.

Note: Students should not apply for a B-1/B-2 (tourist) visa. B-1/B-2 visa holders are not permitted to study full-time in the U.S.

Students cannot apply for their student visa more than 120 days before the program start date listed on their I-20/DS-2019. However, students who receive an F-1/J-1 visa will not be allowed to enter the U.S. earlier than 30 days before the start date of their program listed on their I-20/DS-2019. Students must enter the U.S. with an active visa and an initial HPU I-20/DS-2019.

Every U.S. embassy and consulate has different procedures for F-1/J-1 visa applications. Students should visit the website of the U.S. embassy or consulate with which they want to apply for a student visa and learn about their application procedures.

Note: Wait times for interview appointments vary by location, season, and visa category. Students should plan accordingly and review the interview wait time for the location where they will apply for an F-1/J-1 visa.

The best way to start your HPU journey is with Passport Week, our New Student Orientation program. Passport Week is an informative and fun-filled week for incoming undergraduate first-year and transfer students to meet others and to be introduced to HPU and Honolulu. You will learn about the many campus resources to help you succeed and meet students from all over the world. By participating, you will be prepared for the challenges and celebrations of university life.

To register for Passport Week, click on the Registration page and follow the instructions. For further information, please visit the Passport Week page.



Check your air ticket to see how many pieces of luggage you are allowed to bring and what the weight limits are. Prioritize what you absolutely need that you think you might not be able to get from here. Remember, you can always still purchase generic items from nearby stores or online stores.

Please also check the U.S. customs page for more information about prohibited and restricted items.


If you don’t already know, Hawaii has a tropical weather climate. This means that our average temperatures range from 70˚f to 85˚f throughout the year. Bring clothing that would be comfortable for classes, for outdoor activities such as hiking and swimming, for special events, and for the rainy season. A light sweater would help as some mornings and later evenings may be chilly due to the wind. Bring an assortment of footwear for multiple occasions.


Keep all your important documents, including immigration documents such as passports, I-20 (F-1) or DS-2019 (J-1), and U.S. currency with you. You will need this upon entry into the United States. Also pack a small bag of toiletries, any medications you may need, and a set of extra clothing in case of flight delays or cancellation. To find out more about carry-on restrictions, please visit the TSA website. Please also place valuable items such as laptops, jewelry, camera, and cash in your carry-on luggage in case your checked-in bag gets lost.

Clothing for a couple of days—change of shirt, underwear, etc. You may wish to bring small/travel-sized toiletry items too, but be careful of the limit on size and quantity imposed by security restrictions. You may pack eye glasses/contact lenses as well.

Items such as towels, bed sheets, dining ware, small electrical appliances, kitchen essentials, books, and stationary can be purchased upon arriving in town. There are buses that will take you to shopping malls or close to Walmart or Target for you to get these items. If you have space in your luggage, you may bring a set of towels and sheets with you to help you get started.

If you plan on bringing your own electrical devices, please check that the voltage and outlet plugs are suitable. The U.S. uses 110V, 60Hz. 

Being away from home is hard as you will miss your family and friends. Bring a little something (perhaps photographs or special mementos) that will remind you of them while you are away. You may place these items on your bedside table or study area to comfort you during times when you may miss them.



Students are able to choose to either live on-campus or off-campus. This choice depends on the student's life or personal  circumstances, and experience. For on-campus housing, there are two options (please click on the pictures below for  more  information):

For more information on off-campus housing, please contact Residence Life directly. They provide information on how to get  around the island, housing search resources, and dining options. 



Some scholars who come to Hawaii Pacific University may decide to bring their dependents along with them.  Unfortunately, our on-campus housing option does not accommodate families. Hence, scholars would have to arrange for off-campus housing. For more information, please contact Residence Life