Program Requirements

All BYU-Hawaii Distant students must be willing to do the following:

BYU-Hawaii Honor Code

All BYU-Hawaii students are expected to abide by the University Honor Code. Any students who do not abide by the BYU-Hawaii Honor Code are subject to disciplinary actions. For more information regarding the Honor Code please visit the Honor Code Website.

Authorized State for U.S. Students

Students within the United States can participate in our Distance Learning program if they reside in one of the following states or territories: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, North Marinara Islands, Palau, Virgin Islands 

Ecclesiastical Endorsement

The BYU-Hawaii Distance Learning program requires all students receive an ecclesiastical endorsement before the completion of an online degree and/or certificate. BYU-Hawaii will not reward or issue the degree or certificate until the endorsement is obtained. This endorsement may be obtained anytime before degree/certificate completion. For specific direction about how to obtain an ecclesiastical endorsement, please contact

Financial Requirements

Currently, the BYU-Hawaii Distance Learning program does not offer U.S. financial aid. Students within the United States pay the standard distance learning tuition rate. Students outside the United States pay a subsidized tuition rate determined by the country in which they reside. For more information about tuition rates, visit our Cost & How to Pay page.

Time Requirements

Students who enroll in online courses will need to plan on spending three to four hours of work per week for every credit they enroll in. Thus, a student who enrolls in seven credits will need to set aside 21 to 28 hours per week to do their coursework. Students who speak English as a second language will likely need to set aside more time for their courses.

Technology Requirements

As part of BYU-Hawaii online students will be expected to interact through video. This includes watching videos from teachers and other students and submitting videos of their own.

In order to participate in online classes you will need the following:

  • A computer with a 2.0 GHZ processor
  • Screen resolution of 800x600 or higher
  • 160GB Hard Drive
  • 1GB of memory
  • WebCam
  • Microphone
  • Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome
  • Adobe Flash Player
  • High Speed Internet

Complete Student Development 100

New Distant Learning Students are required to take Student Development 100 during their first online semester. This course will help students learn the honor code and academic standards of BYU-Hawaii, prepare international students to deal with culture shock issues, and help students develop good online learning strategies.

English Language Requirements

All BYU-Hawaii online courses are in English and all students must be proficient in English to be successful. To help students who are not proficient in English, BYU-Hawaii has a large English as an International Language (EIL) program. This program accepts students at varying English levels and gives them the language skills they need to excel in university courses.

Online English Evaluation

If English is not your first language you are required to complete a short English evaluation at the time of application. Those who score below a 50 on this evaluation are required to take EIL courses. Once you complete an EIL level you will advance onto the next EIL level. Below is a list of the EIL courses within each level and what other courses are available at each level.

English Score

Available EIL Course


Foundations EIL

113 & 117 & STDV 100


Intermediate I EIL

212 & 216 & 218


Intermediate II EIL

222 & 226 & 228



All university-level online courses

Advancing EIL Levels

In order to advance from one EIL level to the next, you must receive a "B" or higher in each course in that level. For example, if your are currently in Intermediate Level I and wish to advance on to Intermediate Level II, you will need to receive a "B" grade or higher in EIL 212, 216, and 218.

EIL description