Admissions for International Students
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 Admissions Office Checklist.
Please e-mail or contact the admissions office for assistance with the application process.
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
- 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.
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 $36,100 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.
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.
If you are a non-native speaker of English, you may submit an official copy of your 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, IELTS 5.5 or Eiken 2A may be admitted directly into a degree program at UH Hilo providing the academic requirements have been met.
If you 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, an English test score is not required. 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, non-native speakers of English must take the English Proficiency Placement Assessment and the Writing Placement Assessment prior to registration. 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.
The English Language Institute has an online brochure available at this link for worldwide students.
International Student Resources
International Guides to UH Hilo
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