International Programs Steps to Enroll

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Please complete and submit the following documents to the Office of International Programs by the application deadline. If you have any questions, please email

Application Deadlines

Summer 2023 Fall 2023 Spring 2024
1st Day of Instruction May 22, 2023 August 21, 2023 January 8, 2024
Application Deadline January 1, 2023 June 1, 2023 October 1, 2023

Application Documents

Please complete the online application (and pay $25 application fee at the end of the online application)  and submit the following documents to  via UH FileDrop. Please do not send the documents directly via email. 
Please click here for instructions on how to use UH File Drop. 

  • University of Hawaii System Application Form & pay $25 Non-refundable Application Fee (online)
  • University of Hawaii Supplementary Form for Undergraduate International Applicants (by UH File Drop or post)
  • Evidence of Financial Support in English (by UH File Drop or post).
    Please submit one of the following documents issued within the last 6 months showing that there is enough balance to fund your tuition and living expenses.
    • Current bank statement in US currency,
    • Sponsor Letter (i.e. scholarship from your country's government or a U.S. government agency) you can provide a support letter from your sponsor that states the amount of financial support and dates of the award. The financial documents must be in English and clearly state your name and details about the sponsorship. Cost of Attendance
  • Transcript from the last school you attended (directly sent by school)
    • Official transcript from the last school you attended
    • Must be translated into English
    • Transcripts must be mailed directly from the school(s). Transcripts submitted by you will not be accepted
  • Kauai Community College Health Clearance (by UH File Drop or mail) 
    • The following immunizations must be submitted with the University of Hawaii System Supplementary Form.
      • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) (2)
      • Varicella (chickenpox) (2)
      • Tdap (Tetanus-Diphtheria-pertussis) (1) Tdap is required.
    • The Tuberculosis (TB) Clearance must be issued by a US licensed medical practitioner.
    • Students can receive the TB Clearance from Kaua‘i CC Wellness Center after arrival, and the result must be submitted before class registration.
  • English Proficiency Test Score (sent directly from the testing organization)
    • Submit scores of a test taken within the last two years.
    • Scores must be submitted directly from the testing services.
    • Score submitted by you will not be accepted.
      • TOEFL: 450 (PB) / 133 (CB) / 45 (iB)
      • IELTS: 5.0
      • Eiken / STEP: Grade 2
      • GTEC CBT 900/ GTEC 946
    •   EXEMPTION: You are exempt from taking the test if:
      • Your native language is English and you are from Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, or the United States.
      • You have completed three years of high school education or 30-semester credits of college-level work (30 transfer semester credits for the Associate in Arts degree program) from an accredited college or university in the United States, Australia, Britain, Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom or New Zealand. 
      • You are transferring from an accredited college or university in the United States, Australia, Britain, Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom or New Zealand, and you have completed the equivalent of freshmen level English with a grade of “C” or better.
      • You have completed level 5 or qualified for level 6 at Global Village Hawaiʻi
      • You have completed level 4 at Hawai‘i Community College - Intensive English Program

If you have any questions, please email the Office of International Programs at


Term: Fall
Application Deadline: June 1
International Student Orientation: Students will be notified upon acceptance
New Student Orientation: One week before the first day of class
First Day of Class: End of August

Term: Spring
Application Deadline: October 1
International Student Orientation: Students will be notified upon acceptance
New Student Orientation: One week before the first day of class
First Day of Class: Early January

Term: Summer
Application Deadline: TBD
International Student Orientation:TBD
First Day of Class: TBD

For more information please visit: Academic Calendar


Tuition Fall 2023 – Spring 2024 (1 academic year)
Non-resident/International  Total: $8280

International students must take a minimum of 12 credits per semester
$345 / credit x 12 credits*=$4140 (tuition for one academic semester)
$4140 /semester x 2 semesters=$8280 (tuition for one academic year)

Fee $54/semester x 2 semesters=$108
($3 Activity fee, $27 Student Government fee, $24 Bus Pass fee)

For more information go to tuition and fees

Cost of Attendance

International students must provide evidence of financial support showing that there is sufficient balance to fund your tuition and living expenses.

Refer to the non-resident section of cost of attendance.

* Students living with relatives/acquaintances rent-free, must provide a letter from the primary housing member stating no room and boarding fees will be assessed.

  • Apply for F-1 Visa with Form I-20 and Plan Your Travel 
    Once accepted, you will receive an acceptance letter and a Form I-20 by mail. You will need the form I-20 to apply for a student visa (F-1)
    • Get visa photos
    • Complete an online visa application by going to the website of US  Embassy/Consulate in your home country 
    • Set up a visa interview appointment at US Embassy/Consulate nearest you
    • Purchase your air ticket to Kaua'i after you get your visa. We recommend you arrive at least 1 week before the first day of class to attend new student orientation.
    • US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recommends that international students arrive in the US during weekdays in case CBP needs to contact the school to check your eligibility to enter the country.  CBP also recommends that you plan your travel so that you have at least 3 hours between your arrival at the first port of entry in the US (where you will go through customs and immigration) and your connecting flights to your next/final destination.
  • Purchase Health Insurance
    • Purchase comprehensive health insurance that covers the entire period of your enrollment
    • Make sure that your plan fulfills the minimum coverage requirement (International student insurance)
    • Bring proof of insurance coverage to the Admissions and Records when you arrive in Kaua'i
  • Pre-Departure Checklist
    • Set up an appointment to meet with your International Student Advisor (Ms. Shaunte Sadora)  to take the placement test and register for classes.  To make an appointment, visit the following site. Appointment ( call  Counseling and Advising Office: 808.245.8212
    • Schedule your Tuberculosis (TB) test at Kaua‘i CC Wellness Center (808.245.8307 ) or at Kauaʻi  Department of Health ((808) 241-3495).  If you need help making an appointment, contact
    • Log on to MyUH and create a username and password. Your UH number is found on your acceptance letter
    • Apply for Kipaipai program (international students are highly encouraged to apply)
    • Do you have a housing arrangement?
    • Do you have transportation arranged for the day you arrive?


  • Post-Arrival Checklist
    • Visit Admissions and Records to notify your arrival and submit a copy of your insurance policy, passport, and visa
    • Visit Wellness Center for TB Clearance
    • Meet with International Student Advisor Shaunte Sadora
    • Attend New International Student Orientation & New Student Orientation
  • Take Placement Tests
    • Bring your Photo ID, UH ID Number and a jacket (it may be very cold)
  • Register for Courses
    • Consult with International Student Advisor 
    • Make sure you have 12 credits or more for Fall/Spring semesters
    • Only 3 credits or 1 online course is allowed to fulfill the 12 credit requirements at any given semester 
  • Pay for Classes 
    • You have the option to pay online with a credit card, in person at the Business Office, and Flywire by the published Payment Deadlines
    • International Bank Account: International students may originate tuition payments from a bank in their home country.  Payments must be for the exact amount owed, and must be completed and processed by the bank no later than five (5) business days before the payment deadline
      • Students can login to their MyUH account to review their balance, and then click the "Make International Payment Button" to proceed through the payment process.
      • Authorized Payers can go to to create a "New Account" or have their student add them as an Authorized Payer in the Flywire system.


  • Buy Books and Supplies
    • Go to the Kaua`i Community College Bookstore to purchase textbooks for your courses.

Insurance is a requirement

All international students on the nonimmigrant student visas (F-1 or J-1) and their dependents (F-2) are required to have health insurance while enrolled.  You cannot register for classes until you submit proof of your insurance coverage to the Admissions and Records.  

Q. What type of Insurance should I buy?

You can bring proof of your insurance policy purchased in your home country or buy a policy from an international student insurance company.  However, your insurance policy must meet the following University of Hawaii System minimum requirements:

  • Comprehensive Medical Coverage = at least $100,000 US per accident/illness
  • Inpatient/Outpatient medical (including mental health) coverage at no less than 75% usual/customary charge (UCC)
  • Repatriation Coverage= at least $7,500 US
  • Medical evacuation coverage to home country= at least $10,000 US
  • No more than $500 US deductible per accident or illness
  • Waiting period for preexisting conditions no longer than 6 months

It is your responsibility to choose your own health insurance providers and to make sure that the plan meets the minimum coverage requirements above.  For your convenience, we have listed some international student insurance company below.  (Please note that Kaua'i Community College does not endorse any particular plans or companies).

You can also choose to enroll in HMSA Blue Cross/Blue Shield Insurance at the beginning of each Semester. 

Q. Why you need medical insurance?

Medical care in the US is very expensive.  For example, the daily hospital charge for room, board, and doctor’s fee can be $2,500 or more.  This mandatory enrollment in an insurance plan ensures that international students have access to affordable health care in the US in case of illness and injury.

Q. When should your insurance coverage begin and end?

You are required to have health insurance while enrolled in classes. However, we strongly recommend that your health insurance coverage begin the day you arrive in the US and cover the entire duration of your stay in the US, including summer and winter breaks.


  • Do you have international student health insurance that meets all of the UH system requirements? 
  • If you are bringing your family members (dependents on F-2 visa), do you have insurance coverage for them?
  • Did you submit the proof of your insurance coverage to the Admissions and Records?
  • Have you watched the video on the U.S healthcare system?