Admission of International Applicants
Foreign students wishing to apply should request the brochure "Information for Prospective Undergraduate Students from Other Countries," an application, an instruction booklet, and a supplementary information sheet for international and immigrant students.
If admitted, foreign students on non-immigrant visas must show proof of adequate health insurance before completing the registration process. Health insurance is available for purchase at the beginning of each semester. Students should await official notice of acceptance before coming to Hawai'i.
Transcripts. In addition to the application, applicants must present evidence of having completed or received the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma. Official transcripts of all secondary and postsecondary work must be sent directly to the Admissions and Records Office by each institution attended. Certified photocopies of the certificates and results of any qualifying examinations (e.g., General Certificate of Education) must also be submitted. Certified English translations must be attached to documents and transcripts written in a foreign language.
Applicants enrolled in a secondary school or another college or university must have a final transcript submitted to the Admissions and Records Office at the end of the current term. Until this is received, any acceptance is provisional. Failure to submit the transcript or to complete the semester's/year's work satisfactorily will result in denial of admission and/or cancellation of registration.
Examinations. Applicants also must submit official results of the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT-I) or American College Test (ACT) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). These examinations are normally required of all foreign applicants, including students who either have been admitted to or have matriculated at other universities. SAT-I applications may be obtained by writing to the College Entrance Examination Board, c/o Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 592, Princeton, NJ 08540. ACT applications may be obtained by writing to the American College Testing Program, P.O. Box 414, Iowa City, IA 52243. TOEFL applications may be obtained by writing to Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 899, Princeton, NJ 08541. Applicants attending a U.S. high school may submit results of the College Board's English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in lieu of the TOEFL. ELPT applications may be obtained by writing to The College Board, P.O. Box 6200, Princeton, NJ 08541-6200.
ACT or SAT-I Exemptions. Students who have earned at least 24 semester hours of acceptable credits-excluding English Language Institute and/or English as a Second Language courses-are exempt from submitting the ACT or SAT-I results. The credits must have been completed at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university and must be equivalent to University of Hawai'i at Manoa offerings.
TOEFL Requirements and Exemptions. Applicants are required to score a minimum of 173 (computer-based) or 500 (paper-based) on the TOEFL. The following applicants are exempt from the TOEFL examination: (a) those whose native language is English; (b) those who hold a bachelor's or master's degree from a regionally accredited university in the United States or a recognized university in Australia, Britain, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, or New Zealand; (c) those who score 510 or better on the verbal section of the SAT I; or (d) those who have completed six years of continuous schooling through the high school or college level in one of the countries listed above under (b). Admission to summer ELI classes does not imply a waiver of the TOEFL exam for fall or spring semester admission.
English Language Institute. International and immigrant students admitted to the University whose native language is not English are referred to the English Language Institute to determine if they must take the ELI placement tests and the Manoa Writing Placement examination. If a student does not fulfill this obligation, ELI will place a hold on the student's registration. Please contact the Department of Second Language Studies for additional information.
Admission of International Exchange Students
Foreign applicants selected by an external scholarship program (i.e., Fulbright, Rotary International, Mombusho Scholarship) or participating in a Manoa campus exchange program may apply to the University as unclassified international exchange students. International exchange students intend to enroll at the University for a year or less for a specific purpose other than to earn a University of Hawai'i degree.
To apply for admission as an international exchange student, an applicant must (a) submit transcripts verifying the completion of at least a two-year course of study at a recognized tertiary institution with a minimum GPA of 2.5 as evaluated by the Manoa campus' Admissions and Records Office (for undergraduate students) or a baccalaureate at a recognized college or equivalent (for graduate students); (b) receive a minimum score of 173 (computer-based) or 500 (paper-based) on the TOEFL unless exempt (see "Admission of International Applicants" for exemption criteria); and (c) receive endorsement of a University of Hawai'i at Manoa academic department or field. Sponsored students intending to complete a graduate degree at the University may apply as special non-degree students (see the "Graduate Education" section of this Catalog).
For information, write to International Student Services, Student Services Center, 2600 Campus Road, Honolulu, HI 96822.