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Application Requirements
Ecclesiastical Endorsement
Secondary Education Transcripts
English Proficiency Exam
Financial Documents
Seminary Attendence

All students applying to Brigham Young University–Hawaii are required to have an Ecclesiastical Endorsement. You are responsible to schedule appointments with appropriate Church leaders and ensure the endorsements are complete by the application deadline. All students are expected to abide by the Honor Code, which includes (1) the Academic Honesty Policy, (2) the Dress and Grooming Standards, and (3) the applicable Residential Living Standards.

Education systems throughout the world differ from the U.S. education system. Applicants should send cited transcripts along with that institution's grading scale so that the admissions international transcript evaluators can process your transcripts accordingly.

Search for your country in the country criteria to find specific instructions on what is required. Be sure to follow the instructions below when sending documents to Admissions.

International (Non-U.S.) students whose first language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the use of English by taking one of the approved English proficiency tests listed below. All English proficiency test scores are valid for two years after the date the test was taken.

Before registering for classes, most international students will be required to take an additional language proficiency test on campus. International students may be required to complete BYU–Hawaii's EIL program (which will take 4-12 months).

If you are currently serving a mission, please receive permission from your mission president before taking the English proficiency test.

Acceptable Exams

  • BYU–Hawaii requires a minimum score of 61 on the Internet-based Test (IBT) or 500 on the Paper-based Test (PBT). A minimum score of 17 on both speaking and writing on the IBT is required.

    BYU–Hawaii does NOT accept TOEFL ITP (Institutional TOEFL). This is only for the institution offering the test and not for any other school.

    To find out dates, locations, and cost of TOEFL tests, contact TOEFL. https://www.toeflgoanywhere.org/

  • BYU–Hawaii requires a minimum score of 5.5 with a minimum score of 5.0 for each sub-score (BAND).

    To find out dates, locations, and cost of IELTS tests, contact IELTS at ielts.org/.

  • BYU–Hawaii requires a total score of 2150 and no subscore lower than 520.

    The EIKEN Test in Practical English Proficiency, often called STEP EIKEN or the STEP Test, is an English language test conducted by a Japanese public-interest incorporated foundation. To find out dates, locations, and cost of EIKEN tests, contact EIKEN.

    EIKEN (Taken BEFORE February 2016) 2A with a 63+ on Stage 1 and 27+ on Stage 2.

    Or

    EIKEN 2A with BYUH Online EIL 222 and 226 with the grade of B or better in each class (effective summer 2014).

  • BYU–Hawaii requires a minimum score of 44.

    To find out dates, locations and cost of PTE tests, contact PTE at pearsonpte.com.

  • BYU–Hawaii requires a minimum average score of 75 for tests taken within a year.

    In selected countries, a BYU–Hawaii facilitator has been designated as an official Michigan Test administrator. Admissions accepts Michigan tests as a valid means to satisfy the English Proficiency requirement.

    Students may take the test three times within a natural year, i.e., a year from the day they take the first test. Each test must be a month apart from each other.

  • BYU–Hawaii requires a minimum total scaled score of 53 with a minimum listening scaled score of 25 and a minimum reading scaled score of 27.

    BYU–Hawaii accepts SLEP tests from selected countries in the Pacific Islands.

    BYUH Online EIL Classes Requirements

    In order to waive the English Proficiency requirement, BYUH requires online EIL 222, 226, and 228 with the minimum grade of B in each class.

To attend BYU–Hawaii, you must be able to show us that you can afford the cost of attendance. International students can apply for financial aid through BYU–Hawaii's IWORK program.

Types of financial documents you should consider to gather are:

  • Bank statements.
  • Pay slips (three most recent).
  • Sponsor's letter for each sponsor.

Those who need to fill out a bishop's letter can do so online.

Financial documents do not need to be cited. Please send them to iwork@byuh.edu.

Seminary or Missionary Service


In accordance with BYU–Hawaii's mission "to integrate both spiritual and secular learning", applicants that finished four years of seminary or institute and/or served a full-time mission will be given priority.

Leadership responsibilities and extracurricular activities may also be used as determining factors in admission decisions.

Sending Documents to Admissions


International (Non-U.S.) applicants may send an official copy of their transcripts via email. Be sure to complete the following items before emailing it to Admissions.
  • To cite a transcript please do the following

    1. Official transcripts need to be taken to the appropriate leader. The leader needs to include the following:
      1. Leader's printed name, title (branch president, bishop, etc.) and the date.
      2. The following words: "Official transcript has been cited."
    2. The leader then signs the transcript underneath the above information.
    3. The student can then email a PDF version of the transcript to our office at admissions@byuh.edu.
  • All documents must be received two weeks before the application deadline for the semester you are applying.

    All documents received within the two weeks before the deadline will be considered late and may not be processed before the deadline, resulting in an incomplete application.

    If you are sending your transcripts through the mail, please send them to the admissions office far enough in advance to arrive two weeks before the deadline.

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Ecclesiastical Endorsement

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English Test Requirements

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