How to Apply

Your journey begins here...

Congratulations on deciding to apply for an international program!

Requirements to Apply

  • Current Pepperdine student
  • Have completed 30 college units or 2 semesters by program start date 
  • Have a 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • NOT be on academic or disciplinary probation


  • Students may only apply for one program per term.
  • If you would like to apply for more than one summer program, please contact the International Programs Office and tell them which program(s) you would like to attend. If the programs do not overlap, we will open up your additional applications for you.
  • Prepare and save your application essay in a separate document, e.g. Microsoft Word, and copy and paste it into the online application.

Upcoming Dates & Deadlines: Summer 2019, Academic Year 19-20, Fall 2019, Spring 2020 Programs

  • Priority Deadline for Applications: Monday, September 24, 2018 at 12 noon PST
  • Priority Decision Day: Friday, October 19, 2018

Following the priority deadline, applications will accepted for programs with space available. Decisions will be given on a rolling basis.

Application Instructions

Step 1: Explore Programs and Get Advice

Look into which international program is best for you! If you need advising or have additional questions, come to one of our events, or come by our office Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm to speak with a member of our staff or one of the IP Ambassadors. We encourage you to consult your academic and financial aid advisor and your family prior to applying. Please note housing for married couples is not available in any study abroad location.

For additional consultation in the following areas, please consult with the offices below:

Mental Health: Pepperdine Counseling Center (310) 506-4210 or

Physical Health: Pepperdine Health Center (310) 506-4316 and/or Office of Student Accessibility (310) 506-6500 or

Health insurance: visit our health and safety website and contact international.programs@pepperdine.eduif you have further questions.

Prescriptions: check with your provider, insurance and relevant customs department. Contact International SOS about transporting prescriptions or availability of obtaining needed prescriptions abroad. 

Learning and other ability accommodations: Office of Student Accessibility (310) 506-6500 or

Spiritual or cultural adaptation: international.programs@pepperdine.eduor chaplain's office at university.chaplain@pepperdine.eduor (310) 506-6504

Step 2: Complete Your Online Application

Fill out and submit the online application, which you can access via WaveNet.
Sign in to WaveNet, then click the "International Programs" link under "Popular Links" (see screenshot below).

Popular Links

Carefully select the program you would like to apply for using the dropdown menu. Please note that you may only apply for one program per term, with the exception of summer programs that do not overlap. If you would like to apply for more than one summer program, please contact the IP Office and we will open your applications for you.

You will be asked to provide personal data information, complete two essay questions, and complete a supplemental application using Google Forms. Please ensure that you are logged in to your Pepperdine Gmail account before completing the supplemental application.

If you are applying for an internship program, you will also be asked to complete the internship application using Google Forms. If you're applying for a scholarship, to be a Global Fellow, or to be an IP RA, you'll need to fill out a separate application as well. You can do this at a separate time, but be sure to pay attention to the deadlines for each application.

Step 3: Interview with the Faculty-in-Residence

When you complete the your application, you will be asked to contact the Faculty-in-Residence* for your program to request an interview. This is the faculty member that will travel abroad with you and teach classes as part of your program.

Please contact the Faculty-in-Residence for your program as soon as possible after completing your application. If you need to change your interview date or time, please contact your Faculty-in-Residence directly prior to your interview time. You can refer to this sheet to see contact information for your Faculty-in-Residence.

*Note: The application process may vary slightly for students applying to DC+ and summer internship programs. Students applying for summer internship programs will be contacted if they are selected for an interview. Students applying to DC+ programs will interview with the IP Associate Dean, Dr. Ron Cox.

Interview tips:

  • Treat this like a job interview. Dress nicely and arrive on time.
  • Be yourself! Your Faculty-in-Residence wants to get to know you.
  • Think about your answers to these questions:
    • Why did you apply for this specific program?
    • What do you hope to gain from this experience?
    • What challenges do you expect to face abroad and how will you manage them?

Step 4: Avoid Potential Technical Issues

Ensure that you can receive a decision from the International Programs Office. To do this, you need to ensure your Pepperdine e-mail can receive email messages from Pepperdine faculty, staff and the PeopleSoft application system.

1) We strongly recommend that you deactivate email filtering softwares or add-ons such as Boxbe. IP Office staff will not complete authentication steps for Boxbe or similar programs.

2) Ensure that notifications from the PeopleSoft system are not marked as spam:

  • From your Gmail inbox, ​open the Spam folder​ and locate any email from the​ following ​senders:
  • Select each relevant email​ by clicking the checkbox to the left of the sender name​ as such:

do not reply

  • With the email selected, click​ the ​"Not spam"​ button at the top of the window, under the search bar​:

not spam

​Contact the IT ​Service Desk at 310-506-HELP (4357) ​if you continue to have PeopleSoft notifications directed to your SPAM folder or need additional technical assistance.