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International Admission Process

If you need an F-1 visa to study in the United States or are currently living in the U.S. on any type of visa, you are considered an international applicant. Review the steps below to complete your application for admission.

Deadlines

Admission Deadlines
January 5 Fall semester applications due for international applicants
September 1 Spring semester applications due for international applicants

Certain programs (e.g., nursing, social work, education, etc.) may have earlier admission deadlines. Please check with the appropriate department to learn more about specific deadlines.

International Admission Requirements

Freshman Students

Applicants to UH Mānoa are expected to have completed certain requirements in high school. Please review the requirements below.

High School Courses

Professional and certain other programs may have specific GPA and prerequisite course work requirements. Please check with the appropriate department for more information.

Standardized Test Scores

Students who do not have any university/college coursework, or have less than 24 transferable credits will be required to submit either the SAT or ACT. Refer to the Application Checklist for instructions. If the test is not available to you in your area, the SAT/ACT may be substituted. Please contact the Office of Admission for more information.

TOEFL Minimum Score Required for Admission (ELI Exempt) Minimum Score Required for Admission through English Language Institute (ELI)
Internet Score 100 61
Paper Score 600 500
Note: Certain students may be exempt from taking the TOEFL, see TOEFL Exemptions

All applicants must meet application deadlines set by the University. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Admission requirements are currently under review and are subject to change.

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Transfer Students

Applicants to UH Mānoa are expected to have completed certain requirements at their previous institution. Please review the requirements below.

Transferable Credits
Semester credits 24 or more
Note: If you do not have 24 transferable credits, admission will be based on both your college and high school work. You must meet the admission requirement for both freshman and transfer students. Please refer to the freshman admission process.
GPA (cumulative)
Non-Hawaiʻi resident 2.50
Note: This is the minimum GPA requirement for international applicants transferring from an U.S. institution. Professional and certain other programs may require higher GPAs and additional prerequisite course work. Please check with the appropriate department for more information.
TOEFL (if not exempt) Minimum Score Required
Internet score 61
Paper score 500
Note: Certain students may be exempt from taking the TOEFL, see TOEFL Exemptions

All applicants must meet application deadlines set by the University. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Admission requirements are currently under review and are subject to change.

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Application Checklist

UH Mānoa takes all your application materials into consideration when making an admissions decision. To apply for admission, please submit the following:

  1. University of Hawaiʻi System Admission Application
    You may apply online. Please read the instructions carefully.

  2. Application Fee: $70 U.S.
    The application fee is nonrefundable and nontransferable and valid only for the semester indicated on the application. Please send a money order or check payable to the University of Hawaiʻi or download the credit card authorization form (PDF).

  3. Official Secondary and Post-secondary School Transcripts
    All official transcripts, examination certifications (e.g., General Certificate of Education) and other documents showing all high school and any completed post-secondary work must be submitted to the Office of Admissions. All official transcripts must be mailed directly by the institution or Ministry of Education to the Office of Admissions. Documents mailed or hand carried by you or anyone else will not be accepted as official or used for admission consideration.

    Secondary school transcripts must include a list of courses taken and grades/internal marks received each year, class rank for the last four years of secondary school, and an explanation of the school's grading system. If transcripts with annual internal marks are unavailable directly from the school, you may photocopy your mark sheets or grade reports and have them certified by a school official who verifies that a transcript is otherwise not available.

    Post-secondary school transcripts must include a list of courses taken, grades/marks received, number of hours spent in each class per term, explanation of the school's grading system, and your rank in class. You may also be asked to provide course descriptions and a list of text books used in each course.

    Photocopies of external examination certificates must be certified by a school or Ministry of Education official or issued by the examining board and be sent directly to the Office of Admissions.

    All documents must be in English or accompanied by an English translation that has been certified by a school or Ministry of Education official.

  4. Official Test Scores
    You must take either the SAT, the American College Test (ACT), or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and request that the results be forwarded to UH Mānoa. Our college codes are SAT/GRE 4867 and ACT 0902. Ask your school counselor for more information on testing locations and deadlines or visit the SAT website, ACT website, or GRE website. If the test is not available to you in your area, the SAT/ACT may be substituted. Please contact the Office of Admission for more information.

    Undergraduate applicants who have earned 24 or more transferable semester credits at the time of application are not required to submit test scores. The credits must be from courses comparable to those offered at UH Mānoa (excluding English Language Institute and Second Language Studies courses) and have been taken at a recognized, regionally accredited college/university in the United States or an institution recognized by the Office of Admissions.

    The GRE can be taken when SAT or ACT tests are unavailable.

  5. Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Scores
    All applicants whose native language is not English must submit an official TOEFL score report from a test taken within the last two years. An official TOEFL score report must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to the Office of Admissions & Records. Our college codes are institution 4867, department 00.

    TOEFL Exemptions
    The following types of applicants are exempt from taking the TOEFL:
    • Native speakers of English from Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, or the United States
    • Applicants with a bachelor's or higher degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college/university or from a recognized university in a country listed above
    • Applicants with an associate in arts degree from any of the community colleges in the University of Hawaiʻi System
    • Applicants who have obtained 60 transferable semester credits with a GPA of 2.0 or better at a university whose academic standing is recognized by UH Mānoa and where English is the primary language of instruction
    • Applicants who have completed at least six years of full-time schooling with English as the medium of instruction at a middle school, high school, college, or university in a country listed above (documentation of all six years is required)
    • Applicants with an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 5.0 or better (academic section only)
    • Applicants with SAT verbal scores of 510 or better (if taken prior to January 2005)
    • Applicants with SAT scores of 510 Critical Reading and 510 Writing (if taken after January 2005)
    • Completion of UH Mānoa English 100 equivalent (as determined by the UH Mānoa Office of Admissions).

    Refer to the Educational Testing Service for more information on testing locations and deadlines. Applications may be obtained by writing to Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 899, Princeton, NJ 08541.

  6. English Language Institute Placement Test
    If you are admitted and your native language is not English, you may be required to take the UH Mānoa English Language Institute placement test.

    English Language Institute Placement Test Exemptions
    The following applicants are exempt from taking the ELI placement test:
    • Native speakers of English from Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, or the United States
    • Applicants with a bachelor's or higher degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college/university or a recognized university in a country listed above
    • Applicants with an associate in arts degree from any of the community colleges in the University of Hawaiʻi System
    • Applicants who have obtained 60 transferable semester credits with a GPA of 2.0 or better at a university whose academic standing is recognized by UH Mānoa and where English is the primary language of instruction
    • Applicants who have completed the last six years of full-time schooling with English as the medium of instruction at a middle school, high school, college, or university in a country listed above (documentation of all six years is required)
    • Applicants with a GRE verbal score of 460
    • Applicants with TOEFL scores of 250/100/600 (computer/Internet/paper)

  7. Supplementary Information Form for Foreign Applicants
    Please use the instructions below to complete the Supplementary Information Form for International Applicants. Applications will be processed after all documents have been received by the deadline.

    Sections A & B: Educational Information
    International applicants, including U.S. citizens and permanent residents whose native language is not English, who were born outside the United States, or who graduated from a foreign high school must complete page 3.

    Section C: Confidential Financial Information
    All nonimmigrant students who are to be issued an I-20 or DS-2019 for their nonimmigrant visa (F and J) must complete this form and document that sufficient funds in U.S. dollars will be available for the duration of studies. Certification of Support and accompanying bank statements must be signed within the last six months.

  8. Mail application materials to:
    University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
    Office of Admissions
    2600 Campus Road, Room 001
    Honolulu, HI 96822-2385
    USA

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