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Hawai‘i Community College welcomes students from around the world! International students are very valuable to our community of learners because they bring new perspectives, share cultural practices and enhance our global awareness of issues throughout the world. If you have any questions about starting at Hawai‘i CC or need more information, please contact International Counselor Christine Quintana at cdamate@hawaii.edu

Step 1. Submit Online Application FOR ADMISSION

Complete the Online Application

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F1 applicants - does not have F1 visa

May 31October 31
F1 applicants - has valid F1 visaAugust 1December 1

STEP 2: SUBMIT SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION FORM

Submit this completed form, along with the other requested items below to:

Hawai‘i Community College
Admissions & Records Office
1175 Manono Street
Hilo, HI  96720

STEP 3: SUBMIT EVIDENCE OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Obtain a letter from your bank or your sponsor's bank (on bank stationary) verifying savings of at least $27,660.00 USD for the first year of study. The letter should be dated no earlier than six months before the date of enrollment. Your financial sponsor should also fill out section C2 on the Supplemental Information Form. Please understand that our associate degree programs typically take two years to complete and as an international student you will be required to maintain full-time status by enrolling in 12 credits or more each semester.

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STEP 4: DEMONSTRATE ENGLISH PROFICIENCY

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for international candidates whose native language is not English. A minimum TOEFL score of 61 on the Internet Based Test (iBT), or 500 (paper-based test) is required. Scores must be less than two years old and must be sent directly to Hawai‘i Community College (code #4322) from ETS. For information about TOEFL, visit the website at www.toefl.com

A score of 5.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is also accepted. For information about IELTS, visit the website at www.ielts.org

Scores must be from a test no earlier than two years prior to the date of enrollment.

International students who do not have the TOEFL or IELTS score to enter HawCC’s credit classes can begin their studies at the Intensive English Program (IEP). After successfully completing this program, students may enter HawCC credit classes without a TOEFL or IELTS score.

STEP 5: FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS (FROM ANOTHER US INSTITUTION)

If you are currently attending another college in the United States, submit the Transfer Request Form [PDF] to the International Student Office at your school. Once the form is complete, please have the college send the form directly to Hawaii Community College.

If you would like to initiate an evaluation of the credits you previously earned to see if they are transferable to Hawaii CC, please request for an official copy of your transcript and course descriptions to be mailed directly to:

Hawai‘i Community College
Admissions & Records Office
1175 Manono Street
Hilo, Hawai‘i 96720

To be considered official, the transcript has to be sent directly to Hawaii CC from the institution in which the courses were taken. Hand carried transcripts are not acceptable, even if the envelope has not been opened.

Students who have not demonstrated good academic standing at their previous school will not be accepted.

AFTER YOU HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED (acceptance letter will be mailed):

 

STEP 6:  APPLY FOR YOUR STUDENT VISA

Once accepted, HAWAII CC will mail your Form I-20 which is the document you will need to apply for your F-1 student visa. Check with your local Embassy or Consulate for more information

STEP 7: PAY THE I-901 SEVIS FEE

  • The $200 SEVIS fee is required before the VISA interview
  • SEVIS I-901 Fee Information