Visiting Student Program
The Visiting Students at Hawai'i Pacific University Program was created for students who want to spend one or two semesters in an inviting, international environment. Hawai'i Pacific University (HPU) allows you to select courses that will both interest and challenge you and, more importantly, that will help you meet your educational requirements at your home university. Join more than 8,000 students from over 100 countries and 50 U.S. states at one of the most exciting universities in America for a unique global experience.
As a visiting student you are able to enroll in any combination of classes (depending on your academic level) from academic courses taught in HPU's undergraduate or graduate programs.
Selection of classes should be made only from current class-offering lists which are posted for each academic term at least three months prior to its start.
The level of courses you can take at HPU depends on your educational background and your English proficiency. Courses for upcoming semesters are posted at least three months in advance of the beginning of each term. Typically, courses numbered 1000-2900 are open to high school graduates or first year college students. Courses numbered 3000-4990 are reserved for students who have completed at least their second year of college. Graduate courses (numbered 6000 and above) are open only to students who have completed a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.
Visiting Student Admission Requirements
Visiting students are those who want to spend one or two semesters in an international environment. Visiting student applicants must have at least a high school diploma or its equivalent or have started a college degree with an accepted grade point average (GPA).
Accepted Grade Point Average (GPA)
International applicants are expected to have the American equivalent of a 2.8 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale (approximately 70%) or above in their secondary (senior or high school) education.
Proof of English Proficiency
TOEFL or equivalent test is required for this program! Please click on the link to find out what English Proficiency Tests are recognized by HPU.
Note: If the applicant has not met the minimum language requirements for admissions, they will need to enroll in the ELS program. Once a student reaches level 110 and above, they may begin taking HPU courses concurrently. Completion of level 112 will be necessary for full enrollment at HPU.
Attention Students with Government Funding
If you receive government funding, and/or want to transfer HPU courses back to your home university, you should take an English proficiency test in your country and submit the results (original or certified) along with your Visiting Student application. Submission of acceptable test results exempts you from taking ELS courses and ensures that you will be able to pre-register and enroll in academic courses.
You must complete a Visiting Student Application Form.
You must pay a $50.00 non-refundable application fee. For a complete list of accepted payment options please click here.Visiting Student Pre-registration Deposit
A $200.00 non-refundable Visiting Student pre-registration deposit is required for visiting student applicants. Please follow payment instructions on the Visiting Student Application form.
Please mail an original or certified copy of a bank statement showing that you (or your sponsor) have an account which holds sufficient funds to cover the total estimated costs. Please see our Statement of Financial Sponsorship Form for the total estimated costs.
Please mail official original transcripts from your highschool or international equivalent (such as HKCEE, SPM, SMA, Abitur, Matura, "O" and "A" level results, etc).Application Checklist
Please Mail these documents to:Hawai'i Pacific University
1164 Bishop Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
International students are required by U.S. immigration regulations to be registered full-time during the regular fall and spring semesters.
Undergraduate: For fall or spring semesters, undergraduate students typically enroll in four to five courses.
Important! Due to visa regulations, undergraduates MUST be registered for a minimum of twelve (12) credits (4 courses), of which ONLY one course (3 credits) can be online.
Graduate: Graduate students typically enroll in three to four courses.
Important! Due to visa regulations, graduate students MUST be registered for nine (9) credits, of which ONLY one course (3 credits) can be online.
To register for less-than full-time, you MUST meet with an International Student Advisor (ISA).
Knowing your responsibilities as an F-1 student is important.