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Natascha Ometto

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One of the best things about HPU is the Career Services Center, which I find is very useful. They assist students with getting internships and finding business contacts. They also set up meetings with well-known companies who need new employees so I could meet with business people face-to-face. I got an internship at Sheraton Waikiki as the Front Office Manager, which was a good experience for me because Hawaii has the best travel industry in the world.


English Requirements for International Students

All undergraduate, degree-seeking international students must satisfy the English proficiency requirement by completing one (1) of the following requirements:
  1. 1.  Complete at least two (2) years of non-ESL coursework at a secondary (high) school in which the primary language of instruction is English;
  2. 2.  Complete at least one (1) year of in-person, non-ESL coursework at an accredited college or university in a program in which the primary language of instruction is English;
  3. 3. Achieve a final grade of "C" or better in an in-person course equivalent to HPU's WRI 1100, at an accredited college or university;
  4. 4. Enroll in an ELS program and complete Level 112;
  5. 5. Earn a minimum score or meet a country-specific requirement as stated in the tables below.*

*Scores may not be more than 2 years old.

Test Scores

Test Score Writing Score
IELTS 6.0 Band
ELS Level 112
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) 58
SAT (Critical Reading + Critical Writing) 800
SAT (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing) 450
ACT 18
AP English 3
IB - HL English (Language A) 5
IB - SL English (Language A) 6


Country Specific Requirements

Country Requirement
Denmark High school transcripts with an average of 7 on 12 grading scale and 9 on 13 grading scale.
Germany DAAD - minimum "B2" average
Norway A grade of 4 or better in English class from high school.

High school transcript with MVG in English A or VG in English B (old grading scale)
or grade B or higher in English 5 or grade C or higher in English 6 (new grading scale)


 Academic Foundation Program

The Academic Foundation Program is designed for students who do not meet HPU's minimum requirements to demonstrate English proficiency, but who have demonstrated a certain level of English competency via test scores or previous instruction. Students enrolling in the program will take intensive English coursework while an HPU student, and can receive general education coursework for some of their studies.

Test Score
TOEFL (IBT) 61-79
ELS Level 109
Eiken Grade 2A

NOTE: All students completing the Academic Foundations Program must take the HPU Writing Placement Test and may be asked to provide additional documentation such as recommendation letters or an interview.

NOTE: Students applying for the Visiting Student Program at HPU are required to submit written proof of their English proficiency. Please check the application requirements of the program you are applying for.

Hawaii Pacific University
International Admission
1164 Bishop Street, Suite #1100
Honolulu, HI 96813 USA

Tel: +1 (808) 544-0238
Fax: +1 (808) 543-8065