Services for International Students
The International Programs and Services Office (IPSO) is an international student's "home away from home." Being international ourselves, we know what it is like to live and study abroad. Our goal is to help integrate you into the Fresno Pacific University community and American culture.
Find out more about the IPSO office by meeting our staff.
Services for International Students
Fresno Pacific University offers four study options for international students:
- Intensive English Language Program
- Bachelor's degrees
- Master of Arts degrees, graduate certificates and credentials
All inquiries from international students are processed by IPSO. Students will be referred to the appropriate office for applications and admission.
Adjusting to a Different Culture
The staff at IPSO understand what it is like to live and adjust to a new culture. Our main purpose is to make the transition to American culture easier for international students. We provide seminars and confidential counseling for culture shock, homesickness, language difficulty and a variety of other concerns. We also provide opportunities for international students to introduce their country and culture to the community through coffee hours (Culture Cafó) and other events (International Food Fair, Parade of Nations, Light Up the World).
F-1 Status Advising/Counseling
The rules and regulations enforced by the Department of Homeland Security (formerly the INS) can be very confusing. We do not expect international students to know all the laws, but we do make every effort to educate our students in order for them to stay in lawful status. IPSO provides seminars and personal counseling regarding the laws and encourages students to take advantage of the F-1 status benefits.
All international students working or receiving U.S. sourced income are obliged to file a U.S. tax return. This can be a difficult and time-consuming task. To solve the problem, we recommend a tailor-made tax preparation software tool called Sprintax. Sprintax provides a user-friendly, step-by-step way to make tax preparation for international students and scholars quick and easy.
Other services include:
- New student orientation
- Monthly social activities and excursions (International Club)
- Assistance with financial aid/fundraising
- Assistance with on and off campus housing
- Cross-cultural mediation
Services for all FPU students
Tutoring and Other Academic Services
The Academic Support Center provides individual and small group tutoring to any student who needs and wants to improve academic performance. Tutoring is free to all students.
International students are only eligible to work for Fresno Pacific University, but employment is not guaranteed.
Paid internships and practical training off-campus are available to students who qualify. International students must obtain permission from IPSO before engaging in off-campus employment.
Psychological counseling services are available free of charge to all students enrolled at FPU. Possible reasons to seek counseling may include:
- Abuse and trauma
- Cross-cultural issues
- Conflict resolution
- Relationship issues
Fresno Pacific University provides a Health Center for illness and injury evaluation, screening of medical concerns, health and wellness information, community referrals and insurance information.
All enrolled students must be covered by some form of health insurance. Students may utilize insurance from home, the Internet or purchase insurance through the university.
In order to register, all students are required to provide a record of immunization against measles, mumps, rubella and a negative tuberculosis skin test. These immunizations are available from the campus nurse for a fee.
The university believes that residence halls provide an educational benefit to students. The experience of living and participating in a residence hall enriches the spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical life. It is by nature experiential. One is challenged to learn and live with others who are different from themselves. It is an opportunity to translate faith into learning and living.
Therefore, all students are required to live in campus housing unless they are:
- living at home with their parents or legal guardian;
- 21 years of age or older;
- married; or
- are carrying fewer than 9 units.
The international office is prepared to make housing arrangements for you. We will also assist you in finding necessary household items.
For more information about living on or off campus, visit the IPSO Housing page.