The EducationUSA Academy at the University of Hawaiʻi welcomes applicants from all countries.
- Applicants must be non-native English speakers;
- Applicants must be 15-17 years of age at the beginning of the study term;
- Applicants must be current (or recently graduated) high school students;
- Applicants must be mature, self-disciplined, and committed to active participation in all aspects of the Academy;
- Applicants must be at an intermediate-advanced English level (see below);
- Applicants must have sufficient personal funds to cover program fees and international airfare (see below).
When to Apply
The deadline to apply is May 22, 2017. However, students should apply as early as possible as space is limited. Applications are accepted on a first-come-first-served basis until the program is full. Contact us for the possibility of late application.
To study in the Academy, most international students must enter the U.S. on an F1 student visa. The University of Hawaiʻi Outreach College is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.
How to Apply
Applicants must submit:
- EducationUSA Academy Program Application Form
- Recommendation Letter from a high school English teacher. It should address the student’s maturity level, self-discipline, and potential for success in the EducationUSA Academy AND should indicate the applicant’s current English proficiency according to the Common European Framework Common Reference Levels Global Scale. Click here to complete online.
- English Level Assessment: If English level assessment is not included in the teacherÊ»s recommendation letter, please submit one or more of the following indicators of English level:
- Official TOEFL score (minimum 40 IBT)
- Official TOEIC score (minimum .400)
- Official IELTS score (minimum 4.0)
- Official financial statement on bank letterhead with name of student, student’s immediate family member (parent, spouse, brother, sister) or sponsor (sponsor must also submit an Affidavit of Support form); name and address of bank; account number; account balance (minimum US $6,000 for the 3-week program); signature of bank official; date of statement. Document must be dated within six months before the beginning of the study term.
- Photocopy of the identification page of applicant’s passport
- Application fee ($100). Contact us for information.
EMAIL application materials to firstname.lastname@example.org OR FAX to 808-956-3421
Note: Scanned copies of above documents are acceptable upon application. Official documents must be received by mail before the start of the program.
Mail original documents to:
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
2545 McCarthy Mall, Bilger 102
Honolulu, HI USA 96822
- Letter of Acceptance: Upon receipt of complete application and acceptance into the program, our office will mail an official Letter of Acceptance, along with the Form I-20 and instructions for obtaining an F1 student visa.
- SEVIS payment: After receiving the Form I-20, the student must pay an online SEVIS processing fee of US $200.
- Personal Interview: After receiving the I-20 and making the SEVIS payment, the student must make an appointment for a personal interview at the nearest US Embassy or Consulate. Students should be prepared to explain their study plans and show evidence of intention to return home upon completion of the program. If approved, the F1 visa is issued. For more information on visa issuance, please consult the USCIS website (http://www.uscis.gov).
- Parental Permission Forms: With the letter of acceptance, our office will also mail several forms that will need the signature of the student and a parent or guardian. Forms include Risk and Release, Medical Treatment Consent, Photo Release, etc. Our office must receive these signed forms before the start of the program. Students without the signed forms will not be permitted to participate in the program.
- Medical Insurance: All students will be registered for medical insurance to cover their stay. The cost is included in the program fee. More information about the coverage and how to register will be provided upon acceptance into the program.