Hawaiʻi Community College offers two entry points for international students:
- The Intensive English Program (IEP)
The IEP is for students at beginning to intermediate level or for students with no TOEFL score. It offers 20 hours a week of academic English instruction in reading, writing, listening, speaking and grammar skills. Students are prepared with the skills that they need to study in an American university.
A student who passes the IEP Level 4 or achieves the minimum TOEFL score of 61 iBT (500 paper-based, 173 computer-based) is eligible for admittance to the credit programs.
- Hawaiʻi Community College’s Credit Programs
A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 61 iBT (500 paper-based, 173 computer-based) is required for admission.
Through the credit programs, F1 international students may pursue an Associate in Science (A.S.) or Associate in Applied Sciences (A.A.S.) degree(s) in over twenty vocational-technical majors or an Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree.
For the Intensive English Program (IEP)
Please go to: http://iephawaii.com/how-to-apply.asp
For Credit Programs
GETTING A VISA
Once you have submitted the above documents and have been accepted to Hawai'i Community College, you will receive your acceptance packet and I-20 in the mail. Contact the US Embassy/Consulate nearest you in your home country to make an appointment for your visa interview.
For more information about the visa application process visit:
For an estimate of the time it takes to get a visa visit:
ARRIVING IN HILO
Once you have obtained your F1 visa, you should make plans to arrive in Hilo, HI at least two weeks and no more than 30 days before the start of school. You will need at least two weeks to complete the following steps:
|Non-F1 applicants - General, Early Admit, Running Start, Institutional Exempt, other visa||August 1||December 1||3 working days prior to start of class|
|F1 applicants - does not have F1 visa||April 15||August 15||February 15|
|F1 applicants - has valid F1 visa||May 31||October 31||February 15|
|F1 applicants - IEP or UHH system transfer||August 1||December 1||May 1|
|Intensive English Program Application deadlines can be found at www.iephawaii.com|
TUITION AND FEES: Fall 2013 - Summer 2014
You are required to have health insurance. You can bring proof of your own health insurance from your home country or buy a policy here.