International Students

We are pleased that you have selected Honolulu Community College to pursue your academic and career goals. You’ll find our diverse community, caring faculty and outstanding courses just some of the reasons why Honolulu CC is a great choice! Follow the simple steps below to get started today!

Step 1. Submit System Application Form

  • Online Application
  • There is a non-transferable, non-refundable $25 application fee
  • Application Deadlines:
    Fall Semester : June 15
    Spring Semester: November 1

Step 2. Submit Supplemental Information Form

Step 3. Obtain evidence of Financial Support

Obtain a letter from your bank or your sponsor’s bank (on bank stationary) verifying savings of at least $23,034.00 US for each year of study.

The letter should be dated no earlier than six months before date of enrollment.

Your financial sponsor should also fill out section C2 on the Supplemental Application form.

Step 4. Submit Health Clearance Forms

Step 5. Submit a copy of your High School Transcripts or Diploma

Students are responsible to obtain official translation if documents received are not in English.

Step 6. Demonstrate English Proficiency

Submit official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores. Scores must be from a test no earlier than two years prior to the date of enrollment.

Minimum score for admission is 500 (by paper), 173 (computer) or 61 (iBT).

You do NOT need the TOEFL if one of the following applies to you:

  • Your native Language is English.
  • You have completed 30 transfer level, semester credits OR ENG 100 (or equivalent) with a "C" or higher from a regionally accredited college or university in the US, Australia, Great Britain, Canada or New Zealand.
  • You have completed 3 years of high school education in the United States, Britain or Canada.
  • Please note, Honolulu CC has a new placement policy which may impact your education.

Step 7. For Transfer Students Only

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 Honolulu Community College.

If you would like to initiate an evaluation of the credits you previously earned to see if they are transferable to Honolulu CC, please request for an official copy of your transcript and course descriptions to be mailed directly to our Records Office at 874 Dillingham Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96817.

To be considered official, the transcript has to be sent directly to Honolulu 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:

Step 8. Apply for your student VISA

Once accepted, Honolulu 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 9. Pay the I-901 SEVIS fee

Step 10. Get a UH Username

Detailed directions will be sent to you in your acceptance letter. This account allows you to register for classes online, check grades, pay online, and much more!

Step 11. Take a local Tuberculosis Test (TB)

Hawaiʻi State Board of Health requires all international students to take a TB test here on the island shortly after arrival. Students should plan to arrive in Hawaiʻi in enough time to take the test and receive results prior to the start of the semester.

Step 12. Placement Testing

Once you have been accepted to the college, we will send you information on when and where to take your placement test. All new students need to take the COMPASS Placement Test to determine current levels of English and Math skills. The test should be taken before registering for courses.

Step 13. Meet with the International Student Counselor

Once the placement test is complete and the TB has been cleared locally, students should meet with the International Student Counselor for course registration.

Step 14. Pay your tuition and fees by the posted deadline

After you have registered for classes, tuition can be paid online through the MyUH Portal
using a credit card or in person at the Business Office (Building 6) using cash or check.

And finally, go to class!!!