International Student Programs & Services at High Point University is here to serve the unique needs of our growing international student population.  As part of the Office of Global Education, we work with the Office of Admissions, Academic Services (including Academic Advising), Student Life, Counseling, and others across campus while providing services including supplemental academic advising; F-1 Visa, I-20, and OPT assistance; and cultural engagement opportunities.

HPU and International Student Affairs strive to provide international students with a “home away from home,” with personnel dedicated to the goal of making their academic experience extraordinary, all within the unique environment of HPU, where students live and learn in inspiring surroundings with caring professors and staff.

For more information, please contact Dr. Jeff Palis, Director of Global Education.

 

Incoming International Student Staff

JefferyPalis Dr. Jeff Palis, Assistant Vice President of Global Education, Principal Designated School Official

Jeff is the main point of contact for partnering institutions and inbound exchange students. He is the main point of contact for nominations and interested students.

jpalis@highpoint.edu | +1 (336) 841-9636

KristenBunner Kristen Cruz, Senior Coordinator for International Programs and Services, Designated School Official

Kristen is the first point of contact for international students at High Point University. She advises international students, provides services to help students acclimate to life in the US and at HPU, and serves as the advisor to the Global Student Association.

kcruz@highpoint.edu | +1 (336) 841-4692

ChrisFerguson Chris Ferguson, Senior Advisor for Study Abroad Programs, Designated School Official

Chris serves as a designated school official and assists in creating and maintaining HPU and SEVIS student records. He is the main point of contact for transcript-related questions.

cferguso@highpoint.edu | +1 (336) 841-9051

 

Global Education Student Employees

In addition to the professional staff listed above, a team of Global Education student employees is available for general questions, assistance with scheduling advising appointments and administrative tasks, and advice about HPU and US culture. Our student employees are the front line of the Office of Global Education and provide a welcoming place for students and guests.

global@highpoint.edu | +1 (336) 841-9280

Acceptance & Orientation

When will I receive my acceptance letter?

For fall applicants, you’ll hear by June 1. For spring applicants, you’ll hear by December 1.

When do I need to pay my bill and what methods of payment are accepted?

Billing statements will be sent via email once accommodations are assigned—by August for fall term and year-long programs and December for spring terms. All balances must be paid within 10 business days of receiving billing statement. Payment can be directly wired to High Point University; may be made in person by cash, personal or certified check, money order, or credit card; or may be made online to the Student Account Center. Refer to your Payment Options memo in your Pre-Arrival Checklist for more information.

How will I get to the HPU campus when I arrive in the United States?

Your acceptance letter will give you the dates of arrival as well as the dates of orientation. We recommend that you arrive the day before orientation begins and stay in a local hotel (the recommended hotel will be in your pre-arrival materials), as orientation will begin early the next morning. An Office of Study Abroad member will greet you at the Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO) upon your arrival the day before orientation, and will help you secure an airport shuttle to a nearby hotel.

The morning of orientation, HPU will provide a shuttle service from the recommended hotel to the HPU campus.

If you choose to arrive on another date or to another airport (e.g., the Charlotte-Douglass International Airport (CLT) or the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU)), you’ll need to plan for transportation to either the recommended hotel or to campus the morning of orientation.

You will be asked to provide your travel itinerary information and request shuttles in your pre-arrival materials sent to you via email after you’ve been accepted to study at HPU.

On official University holidays, HPU provides complimentary airport shuttles to and from the Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO), the Charlotte-Douglass International Airport (CLT), or the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), the High Point Amtrak Station, and the High Point Greyhound Station.

What will happen during orientation?

Orientation begins early on day one with checking in to your residence hall and picking up important documents, such as your HPU student ID card. You will want to plan to arrive to Greensboro the night prior to orientation so that you can attend all parts of orientation. Students staying in the recommended hotel will be provided a shuttle to campus for orientation.

During the first day of orientation, the Office of Study Abroad will provide transportation to Wal-Mart, a large discount department store where you will find everything that you need to make yourself at home in your dorm room.

During the next couple days, you will receive an orientation to the HPU campus and will be introduced to the campus facilities, staff, and student activities. You’ll meet with academic services to discuss the U.S. classroom culture, policies, and procedures, and will meet with other students to learn more about being a successful college student at High Point University.

Is High Point University’s health insurance mandatory?

In short, Yes. Per North Carolina law, all students must be enrolled in a comprehensive insurance plan in order to be enrolled in classes at HPU. As such, all students will be enrolled automatically in the HPU health insurance policy. Once enrolled, the policy premiums will be billed to your student account.

Students who have secured their own insurance can request a waiver from the HPU plan. Download the International Student Insurance Waiver, complete the requested information, and submit to the Office of Student Accounts using the instructions on the form.

Is High Point University’s tuition insurance mandatory?

Because a college education represents a substantial investment of both time and money, HPU offers a Tuition Protection Plan which provides coverage for tuition, fees, room, and board paid to HPU by a student who suffers a serious illness or accident and has to leave the university before the semester is complete. This plan provides coverage of up to 75% of the fees paid to HPU, depending on when the withdrawal occurs. The cost of the plan for the 2020-2021 academic year will be $174 per semester or $348 per year.

All undergraduate students, including study abroad students, are automatically enrolled in this tuition insurance program unless they complete the waiver to opt out online.

Note: Exchange students are not enrolled in this tuition protection plan. 

Do I need to have a health physical or submit any documents before arrival?

You will be required to submit a Health Form, but are not required to have a physical, as only the immunization records need to be filled out by your physician. You must, however, have a TB test (Tuberculosis) that has been administered and read within the past 12 months before coming to High Point University. If you are unable to have the test in your home country, please let us know and we will work with the Student Health Center to arrange for you to have it completed during the first week of classes.

Academics

What is the language of instruction?

Language courses are taught in the respective languages; all other courses are taught in English.

What is the minimum language proficiency?

QualificationMinimum Proficiency Level
TOEFL79 (iBT), 55 (PBT), 213 (CBT)
IELTS6
TOEIC700
CambridgeCAE
OtherCompletion of an Intensive Language Program, or successful completion of one semester of college study in an English-speaking country.

Are there restrictions in course selection?

HPU offers undergraduate courses through the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Art & Design, the Earl N. Phillips School of Business, the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication, the School of Education, and the School of Health Sciences. Our largest majors and niche programs include Biology, Business, Communication, Education, Exercise Science, Human Relations, Interior Design, Music, and Physics. A complete listing of course offerings is available in the online course catalog.

Exchange and study abroad students are not restricted in undergraduate course selection; however, some courses have prerequisites and Music, Theatre, and Art & Design courses often require auditions or portfolios. Currently, High Point University is not able to accept exchange students into graduate-level courses.

Unless otherwise stated, courses are worth 4 credits and include a minimum of 50 instructional hours, some of which may include experiential components such as lab work, field work, studio, or service leaning projects. High Point University requires international students to enroll in a minimum of 12, maximum of 18, credits per term. The standard credit value at HPU is 4 credits per class with activity and some special-topics classes carrying 1-2 credits. The recommended number of credits for international students is 16 credits per term.

How do I search for classes?

HPU’s course catalog is open to all users online through a portal called MyStuff. Go to MyStuff and click on the orange Search for Classes button and then the blue Search for Classes link. This will open the Search for Sections page where you can search by term, dates, subject, course levels, days of the week offered, course titles, or instructor’s last name.

When do I register for classes?

After your acceptance, you’ll be sent pre-arrival materials which will outline how to register for courses. The Office of Study Abroad will work with Academic Services to pre-register you for courses and will then notify you of your enrollment. This may take up to three weeks, and that if you are not satisfied with the courses you receive, you may make changes to your schedule during orientation week.

As an international student, do I still need to take a global studies class?

The undergraduate bulletin states that students may apply to the chair of the Global Studies Committee to have their Core global studies requirement waived if they are an international student enrolled at High Point University for at least one semester. You can begin this process by emailing the chair of the Global Studies Committee explaining your international student status. 

By receiving this waiver, you will not earn academic credits, instead just a waiver of having to complete this degree requirement. You still will need to complete a minimum number of credit hours in order to graduate (128 hours, or 160 hours if earning a dual degree) and may need to make up the hours elsewhere. 

How do I add or drop classes?

During orientation, you will be able to meet with an academic advisor and make changes to your class schedule. You have one week to make changes without penalty.

What if I feel I’m not doing well in my classes?

HPU’s professors will let you know how best to contact them on the first day of class. Additionally, you’ll learn about how to best approach your professors during orientation.

It’s best to be proactive and introduce yourself to your professors on the first day of class, instead of waiting until you need to contact them later in the semester. When you do need to discuss your participation in class, you should plan to meet them during office hours or a schedule meeting time. Additionally, where available, tutoring is available at no additional cost to students.

Are there computer labs on campus?

Many buildings on campus have a computer lab with printers available for students to use throughout the day. Additionally, the Smith Library offers a large lab with scanners and printers that is open 24/7.

What do I need to do to have my transcript sent home?

During orientation, you were asked to complete a form to request your transcript be sent to your home university. Before your transcript can be released, you must make sure there are no holds on your account—for example, make sure there are no outstanding loans from the library or no outstanding payments on your student account.

Residence Life

Where can I learn about dorm and meal plan options?

Information about the HPU dining plans can be found on the University Dining Plans website. Information about the HPU residence halls can be found on the Residence Life website.

HPU housing is available in 5 tiers of accommodations, and costs will vary with options. Tier 1 housing is our standard accommodation and is included with our TFR and TFRB exchange agreements.

Tiers 2 through 5 will each require an additional supplemental fee.

When will I get my housing assignment?

Once you have been accepted to study at High Point University, we will begin the process of requesting on-campus accommodations from the Office of Student Life. More information about the process to apply for housing will be sent in your pre-arrival communications from the Program Coordinator. Housing confirmations are sent via HPU email before arrival to campus in August for fall arrivals and December for spring arrivals.

Do I have to live on campus?

Yes. HPU is a residential campus with over 90% of undergraduate students living on campus. It is HPU policy that incoming exchange and study abroad students are required to live on campus.

Can I move off campus?

No. It is HPU policy that incoming exchange and study abroad students are required to live on campus.

When will I know my postal address at HPU?

Your postal address will be given to you upon arrival. Your mailing address and your room number are not the same.

The High Point University Post Office is located on the 2nd floor of the Slane University Center, next to Starbucks. The post office provides campus mail boxes for faculty, staff, and students on campus and is where you’ll mail and pick up packages*. Aldridge Village 1 and 2, U-Ville, the University Center, Greek Village, Centennial Square, North College Court, North Collage Townhomes, or North College Terrace have mailboxes located at those facilities. Students will receive their mail at their hall.

*The post office service window is open only during regular business hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

All mail should be addressed using this format:

Student Name
Campus Box (#)
One University Parkway
High Point, NC 27268

What is provided in my residence hall?

Dorm rooms are furnished with a bed, mattress, dresser, desk, and chair. Linens and other items are not provided. Additionally, some halls of residence are apartment style and are equipped with a stove, oven, microwave oven, and/or refrigerator, as well as living room and dining furniture.

During the first day of orientation, the Office of Study Abroad will provide transportation to Wal-Mart, a large discount department store where you will find everything that you need to make yourself at home in your dorm room.

Are there internet connections in the dorms?

Yes, there is wireless access in all dorms and throughout campus.

What if I have a housing emergency?

If you are in need of a Resident Director during office hours, 8:30am – 5:00pm, Monday through Friday, contact the Office of Student Life by phone at (336) 841-9231 or visit the office on the third floor of the Slane Center. If you are in need outside of office hours, contact HPU Security at (336) 841-9112.

How do I check out of my dorm?

The Office of Student Life will provide full check out procedures towards the end of the semester. Check out includes a walk through inspection of the residence. You will be required to return your keys before departing campus. Lost keys or damages assessed to your room will be billed to your student account.

 

Student Life

How do I get engaged in the High Point University campus community?

During the first week on campus, you’ll be able to visit the Student Activities Fair where you can sign up for various clubs and activities. You’ll also be provided a student engagement calendar which shows what activities are scheduled for the semester. While some clubs may have dues or activities may have fees, many activities at HPU are included at no additional cost.

You’ll receive an email daily making you aware of upcoming events and the Campus Concierge is available 7 days a week to ask questions and help you register for campus and community events.

Where do I go if I’m sick or injured?

Student Health Services is located on campus in the lower level of Wilson Residence Hall at 805 Panther Drive (Building #21 on the Campus Map) and is staffed by medical professionals including a doctor. Office hours are Monday – Friday from 8:30am – 5:00pm. Students can visit the office during open office hours or schedule an appointment by calling (336) 841-4683.

For after-hours care or emergencies, several offices and a hospital are located close to campus. HPU Residence Life Staff and Security can assist students in an emergency to get the assistance they need.

Is there a counselor I can speak with?

The High Point University Office of Counseling Services strives to provide assistance to students who may experience emotional, behavioral, and/or psychological problems during the transition into, or during, college life. As this is a time for change and growth, we recognize that it brings with it exploration of your ability to manage stress, build relationships, balance work and play and learn more about the person you are becoming.

High Point University students (who are currently enrolled in courses) may receive counseling services and there is no cost.

Counseling Services staff members are located on campus on the 3rd Floor of the Slane Center. Office hours are from 8:30am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday. You can reach them by phone at (336) 888-6352 or by email. Schedule an appointment as early as possible if you have concerns. As the nature of counseling must address emergency/crisis situations first. It’s best to not to wait to call until you feel you are in a crisis. If you are experiencing considerable distress at the time of your call, please make this known to the staff immediately.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are having a mental health emergency, please do not email us or leave a voice mail and wait for a returned call. We prefer that you receive help immediately. There is a counselor on-call for mental health emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency or crisis Monday through Friday between 8:30am and 5:00pm, you may come to the Office of Counseling Services or the Office of Student Life on the 3rd floor of Slane and we will arrange for you to speak with someone as soon as possible.

After hours and on weekends, we encourage you to contact Campus Safety at (336) 841-9111 or call 911 if you are experiencing a mental health emergency. The on-call counselor will be contacted by staff and will reach out to you. If you are concerned that you may be in danger of hurting yourself or another person, you may go directly to the emergency room of UNC Regional Hospital, 600 North Elm Street High Point, NC 27262 or call 911.