International Students

Chaminade University is proud to host students from Hawaiʻi, the Pacific Islands, the U.S. Mainland, and countries from all over the world. You will find a welcoming, safe, and diverse campus with a culture of aloha that includes respect and appreciation for everyone. Academically, you will benefit from classes that allow you to receive individualized attention from distinguished faculty.


International students are non-U.S. citizens or non-U.S. Permanent Residents. You are eligible to apply to Chaminade University as an international student if you have completed the equivalent of a United States secondary (high school) education. You must provide official documents indicating your completion of education before enrolling at Chaminade University.

Minimum Admission Requirements

General Admission

Cumulative High School GPA: 2.50

Test Scores (TOEFL or IELTS are accepted for non-native English speakers):


    • Computer-based: 231

    • Internet-based: 79

    • Paper-based: 550

  • IELTS: Overall band scores of 6.0 with no individual band score below 5.0

When to Apply

For general admission, we offer a rolling admissions schedule, which means you can apply whenever you are ready, although we recommend applying as soon as possible for an early admission decision. Upon completion of your application, our admissions counselors will review your file and notify you of your acceptance status within 48 business hours of receipt. Our recommended application deadlines are May 1st for fall applicants and December 1st for spring applicants.

The School of Nursing application deadline is February 1st. The School of Nursing admits students for fall entry only.

Application Checklist

The following documents are required for general admission:

  • Application

  • Application fee

  • Official school transcript(s)

  • Official test scores: If English is not your first language, TOEFL or IELTS scores are accepted

  • Confidential Financial Statement

  • 2-3 paragraph personal statement

The School of Nursing requires a minimum 250-word essay in lieu of the personal statement and 2 letters of recommendation. Full details, including required essay topics are available on the School of Nursing Application Requirements page.

International transfer students must submit official college transcripts. If you have less than 24 college credits, a high school transcript and test scores are also required.

Translation of School Documents

All academic documents written in a foreign language must be submitted after English translation. Applicants must submit official documents to WES (World Education Services) for evaluation. Your translated documents will be sent directly to the admissions office once the evaluation is complete. Students must submit the WES application and $150 processing fee to WES for the translation services.

To complete the WES translation application, go to:

All documents must be sent to:

World Education Services

Bowling Green Station

P.O. Box 5087

New York, NY 10274-5087

Any questions regarding the evaluation can be addressed to WES at:

Or by calling one of their offices:

San Francisco: (415) 677-9378

New York: (212) 739-6100

Confidential Financial Statement

International students and their families must assume financial responsibility for all student expenses while studying at Chaminade University. In order to complete the student visa, students must supply the university with a completed Confidential Financial Statement form and an official bank statement supporting the student’s ability to fund at least one full year of attendance at Chaminade University. Students should review our estimated cost of attendance before applying to Chaminade.

» Confidential Financial Statement Form

Students must submit full payment for tuition, room and board, and additional fees by the first day of class each semester. Students should verify government and bank regulations regarding sending money to the United States to ensure payments are received by the due date.

Chaminade University offers merit scholarships for qualified international applicants. Federal financial aid is not available for international students.

Student Visa

Once a student is accepted to Chaminade University, we will issue a Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20) to allow the student to obtain a student visa. Students should keep copies of all documents regarding attendance at the university (sent and received) for the student visa process and entry into the United States.

Secure Your Classes

Once you have been notified of your status and received your acceptance packet, you are invited to submit a one-time, non-refundable, $150 tuition deposit to secure your classes. For your convenience, our enrollment specialist will assemble your first semester of courses.

Complete Your Enrollment Forms

Before arriving for orientation, review your acceptance packet and submit all forms required for enrollment. If you intend to live in university housing, a housing application and a $300 non-refundable deposit is required. The fall priority housing deadline is June 15th and room assignments are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.