Admissions for International Students
How to Apply for International Students
Admission to the University of Hawai‘i Hilo is based on a review of your secondary school record. We will review your class selection, trend of your academic history, and standardized test scores that you provide.
Grade Requirements: 3.0 academic grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale. This is the equivalent of a B or higher. If you have questions about how to interpret the grading system in your country, please contact the Admissions Office. Secondary school transcripts should be sent directly from the schools to the University of Hawai‘i Hilo Admissions Office.
High School Course Requirements
- Three classes of Math (including Algebra, Geometry and Algebra II)
- Three classes of Natural Science (including Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics or other)
- Seven classes of college preparatory classes such as social sciences, foreign languages, mathematics and science
Standardized Test Requirement: The submission of a standardized test is not required for admission. However, by submitting the results of the SAT, ACT, IB Baccalaureate Diploma, or General Certificate of Education A levels, students can possibly receive college credit or be exempted from English language requirements.
Students transferring from community colleges, colleges, or universities in the U.S. must meet the transfer requirements required for all transfer students.
Students transferring from colleges or universities outside of the U.S. should have completed 24 college-level semester credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.0 to be eligible for admission. Transcripts from all post-secondary educational institutions attended must be submitted before an admissions decision will be made. If coursework is in progress, a final transcript must be sent as soon as it becomes available after the term is completed.
Students who have less than 24 semester credit hours will be considered for admission using the requirements as stated for high school seniors. High school transcripts should be sent directly from each institution to our office.
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. For a complete list of required and supplemental documents, please review the UH Hilo International Application Checklist.
Please contact the International Admissions Officer for assistance with the application process.
Application Fee & Transcripts
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, or fax.
Transcripts from all previous schools and colleges are required. Official transcripts must be sent directly from each school to the Admissions Office. Money orders, checks, transcripts, as well as other required documents should be mailed to:> University of Hawaiʻi Hilo
200 W. Kāwili St.
Hilo, HI 96720-4091 USA
Attn: Admissions Office*
- 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 orientation. 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 (pdf). In Section C, the financial support requirement is $36,800 US. The completed form may be first faxed to the Admissions Office before mailing the original.
Tuition & Expenses
See the estimated costs for international students in 2019-20.
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.
Applicants who are non-native speakers of English may submit an official copy of their TOEFL, IELTS, Eiken, SAT, or ACT or an equivalent national exam, such as the international baccalaureate or A level exams, to the Admissions Office. Students with a test score of TOEFL iBT 61, TOEFL Paper-delivered 46 (total score), IELTS 5.5 or Eiken 2A may be admitted directly into a degree program at UH Hilo providing the academic requirements have been met. Students submitting an SAT EBRW of 525 or higher, or a combined ACT English and Reading score of 40 with neither section being below 18, may be directly admitted into a degree program.
Students who, at the time of enrollment, will have completed three years of full-time schooling with English as a medium of instruction at a middle school, high school, college, or university in Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, or the United States, are not required to provide an English test score to be directly admitted into a degree program. Documentation of all three years is required.
Applicants who meet the academic requirements but have no test results, or test results below the scores listed above, may be admitted first into the English Language Institute (ELI) to prepare for study in a degree program at the University.
Once students arrive at UH Hilo, unless exempted based on test scores or transfer credit, non-native speakers of English must take the English Language Placement Assessment and the Writing Placement Assessment. Student performance in these tests will determine course placement.
English Language Institute
Students who meet the University's academic admission requirements and but require additional English language instruction (see English proficiency), 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.
International Student Resources
EducationUSA is a global network of more than 450 advising centers supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. EducationUSA centers actively promote United States higher education around the world by offering accurate, unbiased, comprehensive, objective and timely information about education institutions in the United States and guidance to qualified individuals on how best to access those opportunities. For more information about this organization please visit educationusa.state.gov.