Windward Community College (WCC) is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant students in approved SEVIS programs via student visa status (F1 or M1). International students must comply with all regulations of U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the University of Hawai‘i policies and procedures. The application process should start as early as possible to successfully complete the application by the deadline.
STEP 1. FULFILL ENGLISH PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENT
- Submit OFFICIAL Test scores for TOEFL, IELTS, or EIKEN scores directly to Windward Community College Admissions & Records Office at 45-720 Kea’ahala Rd Kāne‘ohe, HI 96744
- Score must be within 2 years prior to the start of the semester
- Minimum score for admission are: TOEFL (internet base) = 61, TOEFL (paper base) = 500, IELTS (academic section) = 5.5, EIKEN = Step 2A
- Exempt if your native Language is English (Australia, Canada except Quebec, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom)
STEP 2. SUBMIT ONLINE SYSTEM APPLICATION
- Complete the Online Application
- There is a non-refundable $25 application fee for non-Hawaiʻi residents
- Apply on time!
- Fall Semester (starts in August) deadline is June 1
- Spring Semester (starts in January) deadline is November 1
- Summer not accepting application
STEP 3. SUBMIT SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION FORM
- Download Supplemental Information Form at http://hawaii.edu/admissions/
- Obtain evidence of financial support
- Obtain a letter from your bank or your sponsor’s bank (on bank stationary) verifying savings for the first year of study. The letter should be dated no earlier than six months before the date of enrollment.
- Your financial sponsor should also fill out section C2 on the Supplemental Information Form. Associate degree programs typically take two years to complete and as an international student you will be required to maintain full-time status by enrolling in 12 credits or more each semester. View Tuition and Fees
STEP 4. SUBMIT A COPY OF YOUR HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPTS OR DIPLOMA
- Official high school (secondary) transcripts showing evidence of successful completion of schooling equivalent to 12 years of U.S. education sent directly by the high school to Windward Community College Admissions and Records Office (must include graduation date)
- Official college (post-secondary) transcripts sent directly by college to Windward Community College 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. SUBMIT PROOF OF HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE
To protect international student against the high cost of unanticipated health care expenses resulting from accidents or illness, proof of health insurance coverage is required to be able to attend classes.
COVID-19 Update: Health clearances are waived for Summer 2020. For Fall 2020, the deadline to submit health clearances is extended to August 1, 2020.
- Complete and submit the International Student Health Insurance Acknowledgement Form [pdf] to the Admissions & Records Office
- International students will be required to provide proof of valid up-to-date medical health insurance during the first week of the semester
STEP 6. FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS ONLY
If you are currently attending another college in the United States, submit the Transfer F1 International Student form [pdf] to the International Student Adviser at your school. Once the form is complete, please have the college send the form directly to Windward Community College.
STEP 7. ONCE YOU HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED…
- Apply for your student VISA
- Once accepted, Windward Community College will mail your form I-20 which is the document you will need to apply for your student visa. Check with your local Embassy or Consulate for more information
- Pay the I-901 SEVIS fee via http://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901
- The SEVIS fee is required before the VISA interview
STEP 8. SUBMIT HEALTH CLEARANCE FORMS
Submit your Certificate of Tuberculosis (TB) Examination and record of immunization to the Admissions & Records Office (Hale Alaka‘i 112 or call at 808-235-7432). This is REQUIRED before you can register for courses!!
- Documents for MMR immunizations must be in English or easily read. TB Clearance needs to be from a M.D. in the U.S. or Hawaiʻi BEFORE you can register for classes
- 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
- Where Can I Get a TB Test?
- TB skin tests are provided free of charge at the Windward Health Center down the hill from Windward Community College from 1:30pm to 3:30pm every Tuesday. For more information, call 808-233-5450. See the center in Google Maps
- Where Can I Get a TB Test?
- Health Clearance Information
- Students must have documented proof of health insurance coverage
STEP 9. GET A UH USERNAME
Detailed directions will be sent to you in your acceptance letter.
- Set up your MyUH account at https://hawaii.edu/username/
- MyUH Services allows you to register for classes, check your financial aid status, check grades, make online payments, sign-up for payment plans, and much more
STEP 10. MEET WITH AN ACADEMIC COUNSELOR AND REGISTER FOR COURSES
Once the TB has been cleared, students should meet with an Academic Counselor for course registration. The Academic Counselor can assist you by reviewing previous courses taken (if applicable) and determining which courses are needed to complete your program requirements. All first-time college students who never attended an institution in the U.S. are required to complete New Student Orientation (see acceptance email).
STEP 11. PAY YOUR TUITION AND FEES BY THE POSTED DEADLINE
After you have registered for classes, tuition/fees can be paid online through MyUH Services using a credit/debit card or in person at the Business Office (Hale Alaka‘i 114) using cash, check, or debit card.
- View Windward Calendar for tuition/fees deadlines
STEP 12. PURCHASE YOUR BOOKS AND SUPPLIES
Take a copy of your class schedule to the Windward Community College Bookstore (located in Hale ‘Ākoakoa 160) to purchase your textbooks. For bookstore hours, call 808-845-9105.
STEP 13. FIRST WEEK OF CLASSES
During the first week of the semester, you will need to provide the following information:
- Proof of valid up-to-date medical health insurance
- A copy of your current passport
- A local mailing address