Admissions for International Students

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Complete and return the application form or the online application to apply for admission. Incomplete applications will not be considered past the deadline. Complete applications must have transcripts and test scores (please see below for more details). Your application must also include the supplementary information form available on this page.

Application Fee & Mailing

Submit the $50 US application fee by international postal money order, a check drawn on a US bank or complete the Credit Card Payment Form.This fee is non-refundable and should be paid each time you apply. A form to pay the fee by credit card is available for download in the Adobe Acrobat format. Submit the form by mail, fax or e-mail attachment.

Money orders and checks as well as other required documents should be mailed to:

University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
200 W. Kawili St.
Hilo, HI 96720-4091 USA
Attn: Admissions Office


Transcripts from all previous schools and colleges are required. Official transcripts must be sent directly from each school to the Admissions Office.

Application deadlines

  • Fall: June 1st
  • Spring: November 1st
  • Recommended dates for F-1 applicants and International Exchange students:
    • Fall: March 1st
    • Spring: October 1st

Prospective F-1 students are encouraged to apply early to allow time to complete the visa application process. Once a student has been accepted they must apply for an F-1 visa, complete I-901 Form and pay the SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information) fee to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. They then have to schedule an embassy interview, obtain the visa and travel to Hilo in time for registration. More information on the visa application and the SEVIS fee can be accessed online at I-901 SEVIS Fee website.

Supplementary Information form for International Students

Prospective F-1 visa students who apply online must complete and transmit the Supplementary Information Form for International Students. In Section C, the financial support requirement is $38,410 US. The completed Form may be first faxed to the Admissions Office before mailing the original.

Pacific Island Exemption

Citizens of an eligible Pacific Island district, commonwealth, territory, or insular jurisdiction, state, or nation which does not provide public institutions that grant baccalaureate degrees may be allowed to pay 150% of the resident tuition. These currently include the following: American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Futuna, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Republic of Belau, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Soloman Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Wallis.

See the required documentation to qualify for the exemption.

SAT, ACT or National Exam

Students whose native language is English should send official results of the SAT, ACT or an equivalent national exam, such as international baccalaureate, A'Level exams.

English Proficiency

If you are a non-native speaker of English, you may submit an official copy of your TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, ACT or an equivalent national exam to the Admissions Office. Students with a test score equivalent to the TOEFL 500., may be admitted directly into a degree programat UH Hilo providing the academic requirements have been met.

Applicants who meet the academic requirements but have no test results, or test results below 500., may be admitted first as General Studies majors in the English Language Institute (ELI) to prepare for academic study at the University.

Once students arrive at UH Hilo, non-native speakers of English must take the English Proficiency test and the Writing Placement Exam prior to registration. Student performance in these tests will determine course placement.

English Language Institute

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Students who meet the University's academic admission requirements and have not taken a test of English, or who have a score of less than 500, can enter the English Language Institute first as preparation for academic study at the University. The student examinee copy of the test results can be faxed to Admissions. This will speed the processing of your application while we wait for the official copies to arrive.

The English Language Institute has an online brochure available at this link for worldwide students and this link for those in China.

International Student Resources

International Guides to UH Hilo


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