International Admission Requirements

All international applicants, both undergraduate and graduate, are subject to specific Undergraduate Admissions or Graduate Division requirements. The International Student Guide provides a good overview, including links to application requirements such as English proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS), the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), statement of financial standing etc. You will need to submit different application materials to the administrative unit (Undergraduate Admissions or Graduate Division) and the department that offers the academic program.


Visa status considerations: Pay special attention to visa requirements, eligibility for funding and employment. Some degree or certificate programs may be funded by a U.S. entity that does not extend coverage to non-U.S. citizens or non-permanent residents (i.e. unless you are a US citizen or a US greencard holder, you are not eligible for support by the program). So while you may be able to enroll in a program, there are cases when you may not be eligible for certain benefits in the program such as tuition stipends or pay-back schemes via employment (i.e. programs where tuition is waived in exchange for working for the funding institution for a number of years upon graduation).

English language proficiency: Please note that UH Mānoa has one of the lower minimum TOEFL or IELTS scores for general admission among U.S. universities.  While you may have been accepted into your program at COE, you may still need to take additional credit (i.e. fee-incurring) courses in academic English at the English Language Institute (ELI) in the Department of Second Language Studies. ELI provides support with academic English, awareness of academic expectations, strategies for successful study, and help with adjusting to a new academic culture. Admitted students who have scores of 100 on the internet-based TOEFL (600 paper-based) or 7.0 on the IELTS are exempt from the ELI and do not need to take the ELI Placement Test or ELI courses.  In addition to TOEFL and IELTS scores, there are additional ways to exempt out of ELI requirements.