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International Student Orientation

All incoming international students (undergraduate and graduate) must attend an international and new student orientation.

Orientation Dates: 

  • Move-in: 05 January 2020
  • Orientation: 06 January 2020

Travel to the University of the Pacific: Please complete the required arrival form at

Important Notes:

  1. Orientation is mandatory for all F-1 and J-1 visa holders.
  2. Health insurance: Please see for an overview of health insurance at Pacific; submit your immunization records; and, if needed, complete the health insurance waiver at upon arrival should you decide to waive the Student Health Insurance Plan, or SHIP.
  3. Graduate Assistantships: If you have an assistantship, please check-in with International Programs and Services (IPS) within 48 hours of arrival to the U.S., so that IPS staff can update your immigration record and then assist with your Social Security card application.
  4. A Social Security card is required in order to pursue employment in the U.S. and the Social Security Administration recommends you arrive in the U.S. at least 10 days before the semester start date in order to facilitate the processing of your Social Security application (see