Office of International Programs

International Students at Leeward

Living and studying in another country is both exciting and challenging!

There is no better place to begin your studies than in the friendly Aloha state of Hawaii at Leeward Community College.

The staff of International Programs is here to help you every step of the way. We will guide you through the admissions process and help you to set your academic and personal goals during your studies.

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Mission Statement

The Office of International Programs seeks to support, promote and advance an international dimension on the Leeward campus to facilitate a greater appreciation of cross-cultural relations and international issues in order to assist the college to meet its mission of fostering students to become responsible global citizens locally, nationally, and internationally.

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Info About Hawaii

View of Waikiki Beach with Diamond Head in the background

Hawaii, the Aloha state, is a string of 8 main islands in the north central Pacific Ocean about 2,100 miles west of San Francisco and approximately 3,850 miles east of Japan. Hawaii is renowned around the world for its stunning natural beauty, mild tropical climate, friendly people, and abundant outdoor recreational opportunities. Honolulu, home of famous Waikiki beach, is routinely ranked as one of the top ten healthiest cities to live in the U.S.

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English Language Institute Mission Statement

The central mission of the English Language Institute at Leeward Community College is to provide high quality English as a second language (ESL) instruction and orientation in U.S. culture to international students, professionals and other non-native speakers by means of an intensive English program.

To achieve this mission, the English Language Institute pursues the following goals:

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International Programs - Credit Transfer

Students who have attended a college or university in the U.S. prior to Leeward may be eligible to transfer some or all of their credits for use towards a Leeward degree. Requests for evaluation of such credits may be made after acceptance and the initial advising appointment.

If you have earned credit from a college or university outside the U.S. some credits may still be transferrable to Leeward. You should request a foreign transcript evaluation. See the International Student Advisor for more information or email

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International Programs - Advising

The International Student Advisor (ISA) at Leeward has expertise specifically to meet international students’ needs and is available to assist students with making academic decisions and educational plans.

The ISA will help you with registration, university transfer, degree and graduation requirements, course selection, major and career planning and Leeward services. Additionally, the ISA can advise you about the range of issues involved with maintaining your F-1 visa.

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