University of Hawaii at Hilo Catalog 2013–2014

Admission of International Students

Home » Undergraduate Education » Admissions » Admission of International Students

International students may apply to the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo either as a graduate from high school or as a transfer student from another college or university. International applicants must fulfill all requirements for admission as well as comply with the regulations of the State Department and United States Immigration Customs and Enforcement.

All documents and test score results, if applicable, should be received by June 1 for the Fall semester and November 1 for the Spring semester. Applicants requiring an F-1 or J-1 student visa are encouraged to submit completed applications by May 1 for Fall and October 1 for Spring.

In addition to the online or University of Hawaiʻi System Application Form, international applicants requiring an F-1 or J-1 student visa must submit the Supplemental Information Form for International Applicants. The financial support requirement is $37,133.00 US.

Applicants must present evidence of having completed secondary school. Such evidence may include an official copy of secondary school academic records, and/or certificates of the results of qualifying examinations and certified true copies of mark sheets. All documents must be in English. For applicants applying from international high schools, admission is based on above average performance (75%) in high school and/or qualifying examinations. For applicants applying from international colleges or universities, admission is based on a 70% average. Students who have attended college less than one year should also submit their secondary school academic records. Course descriptions in English are required to complete the transfer credit evaluation.

Applicants whose native language is not English may choose to submit the results of the TOEFL, Cambridge IELTS, SAT, ACT, or equivalent national examination taken in their home country. Information about the TOEFL may be obtained at, from the local United States embassy or consulate office, or by writing directly to Test of English as a Foreign Language, Box 899, Princeton, New Jersey 08540, USA.

Applicants who meet the academic admission requirements and submit a TOEFL score of 500 (61 internet-based score) may be admitted directly into a degree program at the University. Applicants who meet the academic requirements and have a TOEFL score below 500, or those who choose not to submit the TOEFL or equivalent test results, may be admitted first to the UH Hilo English Language Institute (ELI).

During orientation at UH Hilo non-native speakers of English must take the English Proficiency Test and the Writing Placement Examination prior to registration. For English Language Institute (ELI) students, performance on these tests determines placement into English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. ELI students must complete the ESL courses prescribed for them, and they may enroll in up to two regular University courses with the consent of both the ELI Director and the course instructor.

The United States government and the State of Hawaiʻi do not make financial aid available to F-1 or J-1 international students. There are limited UH Hilo institutional scholarships available to international students who meet academic eligibility requirements once they have established a record of academic excellence at UH Hilo. Students from the U.S.-affiliated Pacific Island nations are eligible for U.S. federal financial aid.

Health insurance is required of all international students enrolled at the University.

Rev. 3/18/13