Next Steps

Congratulations on completing your application for a Pepperdine International Program. Learn more about your next steps here.


Information for Accepted Students

Congratulations on being accepted to a Pepperdine International Program! We are so excited to begin this journey with you.

To confirm your place in your program, you must sign and submit your IP Contract by the deadline that was indicated in your admissions notification. If you do not meet this deadline, your place in the program will be released and will no longer be available to you. Read on to learn more about your next steps as an Accepted Student.

Step One: Understand Your Responsibilities as an IP Student

Before signing your IP contract, it is very important that you understand your responsibilities as an IP Student. Before committing to your program, please do the following:

Attend an Accepted Students Information Session

Students who apply by the priority deadline are required to attend an Accepted Students Information Session in order to learn more about the requirements and responsibilities for students studying abroad. Priority Accepted Students must attend one of the following Information Sessions:

Accepted Students Information Session #1

Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Elkins Auditorium

Accepted Students Information Session #2

Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM, Elkins Auditorium

Accepted Students Information Session #3

Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Elkins Auditorium

Students who cannot attend one of the three sessions above must review the Accepted Students Information Session Slides and complete the quiz that was sent to them via email.

Step Two: Read Your IP Contract

It is extremely important that you READ your IP contract before signing it. Remember that this is a binding legal document, and if you break your contract penalties apply. Please read the sample contracts below and contact us with questions.

Review the Sample Contract(s)

Academic Year/Semester Contract (Example)

DC+ Contract (Example)

Summer Contract (Example)

Internship Contract (Example)

Step Three: Consult with Family and Advisors

Before signing your contract, you must consult with the following trusted advisors:

1. Academic Advisor

Connect with at least one of the following Academic Advisors to ensure that you can take the minimum number of units required for your program:

  • One Stop

    • Visit their office for same day academic advising. Best for general advice.
  • Beverly Cawyer, Manager of Academics and Internships

    • Beverly offers advising tailored to IP. Stop by our office to set up an appointment, or contact Beverly.
  • Major Advisor

    • Check your Wavenet account to find their contact details, and set up an appointment. Best for major specific advice, especially for majors with heavier or highly sequential requirements.
  • Course Sheets

    • Compare your DAR with the Course Sheets for your program to determine which classes you can take abroad. Course sheets are available on the "Academics" page for each program. Find your program here.

Suggested Questions to Ask:

  • Which courses are offered in my program?
  • Which courses should I take to stay on track with my four-year-plan?
  • Which courses should I plan to take before going abroad?
  • How will I meet my language requirement (if applicable)?
  • What are the minimum academic requirements I must meet to go abroad?

2. Financial Aid Advisor

Connect with at least one of the following Financial Aid Advisors to ensure that you understand the cost of studying abroad and how your financial aid will transfer (if applicable):

  • Financial Aid Office

    • Visit their office (next to One Stop) for same day financial advising. Best for general advice.
  • Natalie Forde, Assistant Director, Admissions & Preparations

    • Natalie offers advising on IP Scholarships and outside scholarship opportunities. Stop by our office to set up an appointment, or contact Natalie.
  • Financial Aid Advisor

    • Each student is assigned a Financial Aid Advisor based on their last name (see below) Visit the Financial Aid Office to set up an appointment with your advisor. Best for specific financial aid questions or information on loans.
      • A - Che: Deborah Armstrong
      • Chf - Hiz: Lisa Morse-Huey
      • Hj - Mil: Marina Zaretskiy
      • Mim - So: Marissa Ridenour
      • Sp - Vz: Nicole Korn
      • W - Z and Athletes: Veronica Basadre
  • Student Accounts

    • Visit their office (in One Stop) for information on payment plans and payment due dates.
  • Departmental, Arts and Athletic Scholarships

    • If you are receiving departmental, arts or athletic scholarships, visit the department or office awarding your scholarship to understand if you will be eligible to receive your scholarship while abroad.

Suggested Questions to Ask:

  • How much will my program cost?
  • Will my scholarships and/or financial aid apply while I am abroad?
  • Am I eligible for additional scholarships or financial aid?
  • What should I do to prepare financially before going abroad?

3. Family and Friends

It's important to talk through your decision to study abroad with your parents or guardians. Parents should refer to our Parent Resources page and our Parent Conversation Guide for more information, and contact us with questions. Parents and guardians are strongly encouraged to review the sample IP contracts to ensure full understanding.

If you are under 18 at the time you are accepted to an International Program, your parent or guardian will need to sign your IP contract. If you will be under 18 at the time you go abroad, you will need to complete an additional clearance process before going abroad.

Suggested Questions for Parents and Guardians:

  • What courses will you take abroad? Will you stay on track to graduate?
  • Who is responsible for covering the extra cost of studying abroad? How will we cover this cost? What will we do to prepare financially before you go abroad? Will you be eligible for additional scholarships or financial aid?
  • How will you prepare for good health and safety abroad?
  • Where do you plan to travel to? What kind of activities will you participate in while abroad?
  • How will you get to your abroad location?
  • Will our family visit you while abroad? Will you come home during winter break?
  • Is a visa required for your program?
  • Do you have other special accommodations that will need to be met while you are abroad?
  • How will we stay in touch while you are away?

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

For additional questions, please come to the IP Office or contact us at 310-506-4230 or international.programs@pepperdine.edu

Step Four: Sign Your IP Contract

How to Sign Your IP Contract

Note: DC+ Contracts are not digital - please see below for more information.

1. Login to Wavenet. Go to your Student Center and click "International Programs" under "Popular Links." Next, click "Contract."

2. Read the contract! Seriously. Read it. For more information on what is included, see "Understand Your Responsibilities as an IP Student" above. Remember that you can always click "Save" and come back later if you're not yet ready to sign. Important parts to read especially carefully:

  • The flight contract. This is where you decide whether you would like to be part of the group flight or if you would like to be exempt from the group flight, meaning you are responsible for booking your own travel to and from the program. For more information on flight statuses, see our flight FAQ. We usually recommend that students select "group."
  • In the "Additional Information" section you can indicate special accommodations that you will need while abroad. This information will be shared with the program staff abroad. Please note that you must also register for any accommodations (including dietary restrictions) with the Office of Student Accessibility before going abroad. Abroad staff will do their utmost to accommodate all registered accommodations but cannot guarantee that every accommodation is possible. Please contact the Office fo Student Accessibility and/or the program staff for your program for more information before signing your contract.

3. In the "Contract Agreement" section, check the box and sign your name by typing it into the box. Click "Submit Contract."

4. If you are participating in an Internship program, you are also required to sign the Internship contract. To access this, go to your Wavenet Student Center and click "International Programs" under "Popular Links." Then click "Internship." Read the internship carefully and sign your name by typing it in to the box. Then click "Submit Contract."

5. You did it! If you are over 18, print a copy of your contract(s) for your records. If you are under 18, you will need to print a copy of your contract(s) and have your parent or guardian sign it. Your parent or guardian should scan the signed contract(s) and email them to international.programs@pepperdine.edu by the deadline stated in your admissions notification.

DC+ Students

Congratulations on being selected for a DC+ program. DC+ students are asked to sign paper contracts. Please come to the IP Office before the deadline stated in your admissions notification to sign the contract. If you are under 18, you will need to send a copy of your signed contract(s) to your parent or guardian to sign. Your parent or guardian should scan the signed contract(s) and email them to international.programs@pepperdine.edu by the deadline stated in your admissions notification.

Step Five: Celebrate!

You did it! We are so excited to begin this journey with you. Now that you have signed your contract, we encourage you to connect with your IP Faculty-in-Residence, Ambassador and the other students in your group. They will be great resources for you as you prepare to go abroad.

We are throwing a special celebration for Academic Year and Semester students who have signed their contracts. Join us to get program swag, get to know your group and learn about your next steps:

IP Bound: The Launch

October 28, 2019
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Amphitheater

Step Six: Prepare to Study Abroad

Preparing to go abroad starts now! We will send you "IP Bound" emails with lots of information, so keep an eye out for those. In the meantime, check out our IP Bound Blog and read about the six steps to take before you go abroad.


Information for Waitlisted Students

As a student on the waitlist, there are several options for you to consider as you decide how to move forward. Read on to learn more about your next steps as a Waitlisted Student.

Step One: Learn About Your Options

We know that being placed on the waitlist can be disappointing, but remember that it does not mean you are not a qualified candidate, and it does not mean you will not be able to study abroad. Our programs are competitive with limited space available, and we cannot accommodate all applicants at every location. Being placed on the waitlist means you could be admitted at a later date if space opens up in the program. You could also consider applying for an alternate program to increase your chances of an expedited acceptance. To learn more about your options, we strongly recommend that you attend the Information Session for Waitlisted Students:

Waitlisted Students Information Session

Monday, October 21, 2019, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM, Fireside Room (TCC 110)

If you are unable to attend, we hope you will review the Waitlisted Students Information Session Slides or come to the IP Office to get information on your next steps. You can also contact us at international.programs@pepperdine.edu. We may also reach out to you directly as opportunities arise. 

Remember that your RA, SLA and the IP Ambassadors are great resources if you have questions or need a listening ear.

Step Two: Consider Alternate Programs

As a student on the waitlist, you can choose to remain on the waitlist for your program. You can also consider reapplying to another program that currently has space available, to increase your chances of admission. 

Since we know all of our programs are amazing, we encourage you to consider reapplying to another program - it may not be what you initially envisioned, but if you are open to new possibilities we are confident that you will have a great experience no matter where you go. 

As you consider other programs, we encourage you to seek advice from your Academic Advisor, Financial Aid Advisor and family. The IP Ambassadors are also a great resource to help you learn more about alternate programs.

As always, we are available to meet with you and answer your questions. Our goal is to help you go abroad!

Step Three: Decide How to Proceed

Now that you have considered your options, decide how to proceed. If you applied by the priority deadline, you can choose to:

Fill out the Application Change Request Form

If you applied by the priority deadline and were placed on the waitlist, the easiest way to reapply to an alternate program is to fill out the application change request form. This is a google form that will be emailed to you. On the form, you can choose to indicate several alternate programs and terms that you are open to being considered for. Just as in the first round, you will be considered for your first choice first, then your second choice, etc. For the greatest chance of admission, we encourage you to rank as many programs and terms as you are open to attending.

If you are accepted to one of the options you indicate on the change request form, you will have a week to sign a contract committing to the program. If you are not accepted to any of the alternate options you indicated, you will be placed back on the waitlist for your original first choice program. If you would prefer to close your application or be placed on the waitlist for a different program, please contact us.

Please note that if you applied after the priority deadline, the application change request form will not be available to you. However, you can still reapply. Simply go to your Wavenet account and drop your application for your current program by clicking "drop." Then open an application for an alternate program. If you need additional assistance reapplying, please contact us. 

 

Or, you can choose to:

Remain on the Waitlist

If you choose to remain on the waitlist for your program, it is important that you begin preparing to go abroad while you are waiting to be admitted. This includes registering and taking any necessary course and language prerequisites, renewing or applying for a passport, and attending IP events. While you are on the waitlist, we encourage you to attend IP Orientation and Preparation and Visa Workshops to ensure you are prepared. Keep in mind that being on the waitlist is not a guarantee of eventual admission.

Students are admitted from the waitlist throughout the year. If you are on the waitlist and it is no longer possible for you to be admitted based on visa or other restrictions, we will contact you to close your application. If you are on the waitlist and later decide that you would like to reapply to an alternate program, we encourage you to come to the IP Office to discuss your options.