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GPA is an acronym for Grade Point Average. In the U.S., the highest grade you can receive is an A, which is worth 4 points; a B is worth 3 points; a C is 2 points and so forth. For example, in order to graduate with honors or with distincstion you will need a total GPA of 3.4 for the undergraduate programs, and a 3.7 for the graduate programs.

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Yasemin Karabudak

BA International Relations


Aloha! I am Yasemin Karabudak, an international student from Germany. Trusting my heart in decision making delighted my life with great experiences. Based on my experiences in the United States as an exchange student in 2006/07 I decided to study International Relations at Hawai’i Pacific University.


Admission Requirements and the Application Process

HPU has a rolling admission process which means there are no set deadlines, and reviews applications throughout the year. In order to ensure adequate time for evaluation and correspondence, it is strongly recommended that applications be submitted early.

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Click to find information about International Admission Requirements for:
Undergraduate Student | Transfer StudentVisiting (Study Abroad) Student
Returning Student | Exchange Student | Graduate Student

Below you will find detailed admission requirements for first-time freshmen, students who just finished high school.

Accepted Grade Point Average (GPA)
First-time freshmen are expected to have the American equivalent of 2.5 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale (approximately 65%) or above in their secondary (senior or high school) education.

Proof of English Proficiency
International students that meet the academic requirements of the University must prove their English proficiency before beginning an academic degree program. For a list if recognized English proficiency tests, please click here.
Important! If the applicant has not met the minimum language requirements for admissions, they will need to enroll in the
ELS Language Center program. Completion of level 112 will be necessary for full enrollment at Hawaii Pacific University.

Attention AP and IB Students!
Students who have taken Advanced Placement Examinations (AP) of the College Board or the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program will be accepted with above average scores (AP grades higher than 3 and IB scores higher than 4) and should have the results forwarded to the Office of International Admissions. These results will be evaluated not only for admission, but also for proper advanced standing and/or credit from HPU.

Academic Transcripts
Official transcripts or international equivalent records (such as HKCEE, SPM, SMA, Abitur, "O" and "A" levels, etc.) may be submitted electronically or by mail.

You can apply online by filling out our Online Undergraduate Application.

Application Fee
Please submit a $50.00 non-refundable application fee. For a complete list of accepted payment options, please click here.

Financial Proof
An official copy of a bank statement showing that you (or your sponsor) have an account which holds sufficient funds to cover the total estimated costs may be submitted electronically or by mail.
You must also submit the Statement of Financial Sponsorship, which is part of the undergraduate application form.
If you apply online, please fill out the Statement of Financial Sponsorship (Degree Seeking) form separately.

Additional Documents
International students who want to study in the USA are required to have health insurance coverage. Although not required for your admission, health insurance is mandatory and is required for all regular (Fall and Spring) semesters of your studies in the United States. Click on the link to find out more about the health insurance and immunization requirements.

Undergraduate Scholarship Opportunity
Full-time degree-seeking and transfer are automatically evaluated for HPU's merit based scholarships.

Application Checklist
Please submit electronically to:

Or by mail to:
Hawai'i Pacific University
Admission Office
1164 Bishop Street, Suite 1100
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 - U.S.A.

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International transfer students are those who come to HPU from other regionally accredited colleges or universities. To be considered for admission to HPU, transfer students need to have at least 24 credits/semester hours of college level, academic coursework from an accredited institution.

Applicants who have attended any post-secondary institution (college, university, technical institute, etc.) will be evaluated based upon this work in combination with their performance in secondary school. Transfer students should submit their transcripts along with the application for admission. Based upon these transcripts, a decision will be made about acceptance and also about exemption from course work at HPU. Transfer students should also check with the institution they are attending or have attended to see if there is already an articulation agreement with HPU (formal transfer agreement) in place.

Academic Transcripts
To be able to evaluate your coursework or degree from your country, please submit your complete application which includes an official transcripts in your native language as well as an official translated English version. You may submit these documents electronically or by mail.

Course Descriptions
If you are transferring from a non-U.S. university or college, it is required that you provide an official description of each course in English. Credits will be awarded based on a formal evaluation.

Have Questions?
If you have any questions about your credit evaluation, please contact our international undergraduate evaluator Jeffrey Ho at The evaluator will need to see a copy of your transcripts and course descriptions in English.

Application Checklist
Please see Undergraduate Application Checklist.
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Students who have been enrolled at HPU, but have left the United States for 5 months or longer, must request a new I-20 before returning to school.

Applying for a new I-20
In order to receive a new I-20, you will need to resubmit a new Statement of Financial Support Form (Degree Seeking or Visiting) and original financial/bank document, which verifies proof of financial support from you or your sponsor. Please refer to the following link for the latest tuition and I-20 total for the academic year: Please also note that the original bank document(s) should be no more than six months old.

Be sure to indicate your full legal name as shown on your passport, and include your permanent address in your country, a valid phone number where we can reach you and a note about your intended return date and semester. If you have any updated or new transcripts you may include them as well. Include a copy of your passport.

Please submit documents electronically to:

Or by mail to:
Hawai'i Pacific University
International Admissions
1164 Bishop Street, Suite 1100
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 - U.S.A.
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Hawaii Pacific University
International Admission
1164 Bishop Street, Suite #1100
Honolulu, HI 96813 USA

Tel: +1 (808) 544-0238
Fax: +1 (808) 543-8065