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International Students


Windward Community College is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant students.  International students must comply with all regulations of U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the University of Hawaii policies and procedures.

The application process should start at least five months prior to the deadline in order to successfully complete the application on time.  Once all documents are received and if accepted, a letter of acceptance and an I-20 form will be sent to the international student.  The student will need to use the I-20 form to apply for a student visa through the U.S. Embassy or Consulate of the country.  Also, there is a Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fee payable to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Click here for information for Japanese Students (PDF)

Step 1 - Take the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL website

  • Score must be within 2 years prior to the start of the semester
  • Minimum score must be 500 (paper-base), 173 (computer-base), or 61 (internet-base)
  • Score must be sent directly by Educational Testing Services to Windward CC Admissions and Records Office (#4976)

Step 2 - Submit University of Hawaii System Application Form

  • Download the UH System Application Form
  • Include non-refundable payment of non-resident application fee of $25.00 US dollar (do not send cash)
  • Must be accepted in an approved classified degree program at WinCC

Step 3 - Submit University of Hawaii Supplementary Information Form for Undergraduate International Applicants

  • Download the UH Supplementary Form for international students
  • The form includes an affidavit of financial support that shows sponsorship and/or financial support in US dollars for tuition, books/supplies, and living costs for the duration of study (refer to supplementary application for estimated cost of attendance)
  • Include Sponsor’s bank statement, must be within the last 6 months

Step 4 - Submit Transcripts

  • Official high school (secondary) transcripts showing evidence of successful completion of schooling equivalent to 12 years of US education sent directly by the high school to WinCC Admissions and Records Office (must include graduation date)
  • Official college (post secondary) transcripts must be sent directly by college to WinCC Admissions and Records Office
  • All transcripts must be in English or accompanied by an English translation that has been certified by either a school official or a U.S. consular official

Step 5 - Meet the Deadline

  • All documents stated above must be submitted to WinCC Admissions and Records Office by the deadline
    • Fall Semester is June 1
    • Spring Semester is November 1 
    • Summer Semester not accepting application

Step 6 - Submit Health Examination and Immunization prior to registration

  • Must provide a certificate of tuberculosis examination dated within 12 months prior to the start of the semester with date administration and reading of Mantoux skin test (PPD) and measurement in millimeters of indurations
  • Must provide record of immunization containing two doses of measles with at least one of the two being Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine OR a blood test showing laboratory evidence of immunity to MMR (student born before 1957 is exempt from MMR requirement)
  • TB/MMR records must be signed or stamped by U.S. licensed provider

Step 7 - Obtain Health Insurance/Medical Health Insurance prior to registration

  • Provide proof of having purchased a valid, up-to-date medical health insurance
  • To protect international students against the high cost of unanticipated health care expenses resulting from accidents or illness

Step 8 - Once accepted, register at least full-time status (12 credits) at WinCC



page last updated: April 28, 2014

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