UP Program Eligibility


UP welcomes applicants from all countries.

Applicants must be 18 years or older and high school graduates by the beginning of the study term.

High school GPA must be a U.S. equivalent of 2.8 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

UP accepts students with a high-intermediate/advanced English level. Students should have a minimum TOEFL iBT score of 53 or IELTS score of 4.5. Students without TOEFL or IELTS scores will be asked to complete an alternative program assessment.

To study in the UP program, most international students must enter the U.S. on an F-1 student visa. The University of Hawaiʻi Outreach College is authorized under Federal Law to enroll non-immigrant alien students. Applicants must demonstrate financial support required to obtain an F-1 student visa (see application procedure for details).