Many international students come to Leeward to begin their studies toward a four-year undergraduate (bachelor’s) degree.
In the United States, the first two years of a bachelor’s degree program, regardless of the major, are usually spent taking general education courses: English composition, history, math, science, and social sciences, for example. Undergraduate students then begin focusing more on courses in their major field of study in their third and fourth years.
It is not necessary to complete a degree at Leeward to be eligible to transfer. However, many universities or programs within a university give admission preference to transfer students who have completed the Associate of Arts (AA) or the Associate of Science (AS) degree.
The Associate of Arts (AA) degree is for students intending to transfer to four-year university programs in most non-scientific fields including business; the Associate of Science (AS) degree is for students planning to transfer to four-year university programs in scientific or technical areas.
Leeward Community College is part of the University of Hawaii (UH) System, which guarantees admission for students transferring within the UH system from a 2 year college to a 4 year university if the student fulfills the minimum credit requirement and maintains a 2.5 GPA. The TOEFL admission requirement and the English Language Proficiency Test at the University are waived for students that complete the AA degree at Leeward before transferring.
Leeward credits are also transferable and accepted at other universities in Hawaii, as well as across the U.S. Students will work closely with the international student advisor to ensure that all possible degree requirements are met prior to transfer which allows the student to complete as many credits as possible at a lower cost tuition rate. Leeward is an affordable choice for high-quality US higher education.