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English Language Requirements

If you are an international applicant to the Exchange, Hoakipa, or Independent visiting student program and your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English proficiency. Students who do not meet minimum requirements may be required to enroll in English Language Institute courses alongside regular university courses.

Undergraduate Applicants

Eligible tests Minimum score for admission Minimum score to waive the English Language Placement Test (ELIPT)
TOEFL iBT

MyBest Scores accepted

68 100
TOEFL ITP 520 600
IELTS 6.0 (overall band test results) 7.0 (overall band test results)
CEFR 161 185
Duolingo English Test 95 (overall band test results) 125 (overall band test results)
GEPT Pass for both “Listening & Speaking” and “Speaking & Writing” on either High Intermediate or Advanced test N/A

Exchange & Hoakipa Visiting Students

Tests must have been taken within the last two years to be considered valid. Applicants for the Exchange or Hoakipa visiting student program are allowed to have their home university exchange coordinator email a copy of their English proficiency test score to the MIX Office (inbound@hawaii.edu) instead of sending an official score via mail or the Educational Testing Service (ETS). However, if the test score appears unofficial in any way, MIX may still request for the official test score to be sent via mail or ETS. For scores sent via ETS, test takers should use institutional code ‘4867’, division ‘undergraduate’.

Independent Visiting Students

Applicants may submit unofficial scores while applying for admission. However, admitted students are required to submit official scores in order to enroll at UHM. Official scores should be sent directly to the Undergraduate Admissions Office. The Educational Testing Service (ETS) code for UHM is 4867, division ‘undergraduate’. Test scores cannot be more than two years old.

Exceptions

Native Language/Mother Tongue:

  • Native language/Mother tongue is English

Education:

  • Last 6 years of secondary/post-Secondary education in American Samoa, Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Guam, Ireland, New Zealand, Saipan, Singapore, the United Kingdom, or the United States.
  • Completed 60 transferable semester credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution.
  • Completed all degree coursework at and earned an Associates of Arts degree from a University of Hawaii Community College.
  • Completed all degree coursework at and earned a Bachelor or higher degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a recognized college or university in American Samoa, Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Guam, Ireland, New Zealand, Saipan, Singapore, or the United Kingdom.

Partner University:

  • MIX has agreements in place to waive the admission requirement and/or ELI placement test requirement for students from some partner universities. Please contact your home university exchange office to determine if your university is one of the partner universities that has been granted an exception. Your home university exchange office may also contact us directly at inbound@hawaii.edu if they have any questions.

English Language Institute (ELI) Placement Test & Course Requirement

If your test score is below the minimum required score to waive the ELI Placement Test and you do not meet the listed exemption criteria, then you must take the ELI Placement Test before the start of the semester. There are no exceptions to this requirement. The ELI Placement Test includes two tests of listening, two tests of reading, and one writing test. Based on the scores of your test, you may be placed into 1-3 required intermediate or advanced ELI courses and would be required to take these courses alongside any other courses you choose to enroll in. If you have any questions about this requirement or concerns about the number of ELI courses you may be required to take, please be sure to ask the ELI Office, or Director or Coordinator about this. You can find their contact details on the ELI website.

Postgraduate Applicants

Eligible Tests Minimum score for admission Minimum score to waive the English Language Placement Test (ELIPT)
TOEFL iBT 68 100
IELTS 6.0 (overall band test results) 7.0 (overall band test results)
Duolingo English Test 95 (overall band test results) 125 (overall band test results)

Applicants may submit unofficial scores while applying for admission. However, admitted students are required to submit official scores in order to enroll at UHM. Official scores should be sent directly to Graduate Division Student Services. The Educational Testing Service (ETS) code for UHM is 4867. Test scores cannot be more than two years old.

Exceptions

  • Native speakers of English
  • Received within the last five years a bachelor’s or advanced degree from an accredited/recognized college or university in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, the United Kingdom, or the United States. 

English Language Institute (ELI) Placement Test & Course Requirement

If your test score is below the minimum required score to waive the ELI Placement Test and you do not meet the listed exemption criteria, then you must take the ELI Placement Test before the start of the semester. There are no exceptions to this requirement. The ELI Placement Test includes two tests of listening, two tests of reading, and one writing test. Based on the scores of your test, you may be placed into 1-3 required intermediate or advanced ELI courses and would be required to take these courses alongside any other courses you choose to enroll in. If you have any questions about this requirement or concerns about the number of ELI courses you may be required to take, please be sure to ask the ELI Office, or Director or Coordinator about this. You can find their contact details on the ELI website.

Contact Information & Mailing Address

Mānoa International Exchange (MIX)
University of Hawai’i at Mānoa
2600 Campus Road, QLC 206
Honolulu, HI 96822, USA

Phone: +1-808-956-4728

Email: inbound@hawaii.edu

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