The office of International Student Services at PUC is here to serve you. We will assist you in every possible way to enroll and to meet your needs while you are a student. You will be kept informed by e-mail of news and issues relating to immigration. To assist you when you enroll at PUC, we offer the following services:
As stated in the college catalog (pg. 19), international students applying to PUC need to demonstrate the ability to pursue studies in the English language. This can be accomplished by submitting any of the following minimum scores: 195 on the computer-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (525 on the paper-based test), 14 on the ACT verbal section, 360 on the SAT verbal section, or an equivalent score on another standardized test such as The Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency or the Cambridge Test.
PUC does not have a full-time ESL program; however, several English language "bridge" courses are provided for students who will benefit from additional language help for one, two, or three quarters before undertaking the College English sequence or some of the other more difficult course work required for graduation. Your academic advisor and/or the English department will help in determining which, if any, of these courses are appropriate to meeting your needs.
International students are not automatically exempt from paying income tax, and there are many misunderstandings about taxes among international students. To help you navigate tax information and requirements, we provide basic information, downloadable tax forms, resources for assistance and answers to frequently asked questions.
The international student advisor is available to provide general information to assist international students with maintaining their legal F-1 status. However, it is the student's responsibility to maintain legal F-1 status. International students in the United States are responsible for being aware of, and abiding by, the laws and regulations pertaining to F-1 visa status as determined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Be sure to read "Instructions to Students" on page 2 of your Form I-20. Failure to abide by the regulations may lead to termination of your studies at Pacific Union College and may result in violation of your F-1 nonimmigrant status. Check the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website at www.uscis.gov for more information. Please note: international student advisors are not immigration experts. International students are responsible for consulting with USCIS or a competent immigration attorney to remedy difficulties.
The Career & Counseling Center offers free counseling to any student on campus. The department willingly lends an ear to the special needs and struggles of international students. Feel free to visit us if you are in a crisis situation or just need some special understanding. We will do our best to help you.
The Career & Counseling Center also offers testing for the SAT, ACT, GRE, TEAS, CSET, LSAT and MCAT, as well as career and personality testing.
An international student who has an F-1 student visa may be employed on campus up to 20 hours per week during the school year and full time during vacations.
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