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University of Hawaii at Manoa

Honolulu, HI


About This Campus

The University of Hawai`i at Manoa is an internationally-recognized research university located in Honolulu, capital of the island state. Hawaii's ethnic diversity can be seen among the 20,000 students, 68 percent of whom are of Asian or Polynesian ancestry. Local food, customs, arts, and entertainment reflect the rich heritage of the multicultural population. Outdoor activities are encouraged by the beautiful beaches and year-round mild weather. The campus is 20 minutes by bus from Waikiki Beach and from Ala Moana Center, one of the world's largest shopping centers. The location and population of Hawaii provide the University with unique resources. Noted fields of study are oceanography, astronomy, earth sciences, Pacific and Asian area studies and languages, Hawaiian studies, environmental sciences, biosystems engineering, comparative religion, Asian theatre, and ethnomusicolgy. 88 different undergraduate majors are offered.

Helpful Information

For 2017/2018 school year: -Due to registration restrictions (see "limitations" and "Closed" under the PROGRAMS tab below), preference will be given to students with freshman or sophomore class standing (fewer than 45 semester credit hours completed).

Chance of Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)
Most Competitive

Fast Facts

Location | Honolulu
Population | 950,000
Enrollment | 20,000
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Both (A/B)
Term Dates
Fall | 08/21-12/16
Spring | 01/08-05/11

Campus Diversity

White | 22%
Black | 2%
Hispanic/Latino | 2%
Asian | 42%
Native/1st Nation | 1%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 17%
Two or more | 14%
Other | 0%
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-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • After campus students
Closed Programs
Business, communications, education, graphic arts, creative media, digital arts,information technology management, marketing, nursing, and speech pathology.

Architecture and art are open only to declared majors or those with specific prerequisites. UHM does not offer early registration and cannot accept ANY student with specific course needs. ALL students must have extreme course flexibility as no assistance will be provided with course overrides or special registration.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Marine Biology
  • Earth Science
  • Astronomy
  • Asian/Oriental Studies
  • Tourism Management

Unique Academic Programs

  • Environmental Sciences
  • Planetary and Space Sciences
  • Chinese Studies
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Peace Studies

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Agriculture: Agricultural Economics, Animal Sciences, Horticulture, Pest Management, Plant Protection, Soil Science

Anthropology: Anthropology, Ethnic Studies

Architecture: Architecture

Area Studies: American Studies, Asian/Oriental Studies, Chinese Studies, Chinese Studies (minor), East Asian Literature/Studies, Hawaiian Studies, Japanese Studies, Japanse Studies (minor), Korean Studies, Pacific Island Studies, Philippine Studies, Russian Studies

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Art History, Ceramic Art/Ceramics, Glass

Athletics: Athletic Training, Exercise Science

Biological Sciences: Aquatic Biology, Biology/Life Science, Biotechnology, Botany/Plant Sciences, Cell Biology, Entomology, Fish Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Zoology

Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry, Geochemistry

Communications: Journalism

Consumer and Family Studies: Family Economics and Resource Management, Family Studies

Earth Sciences: Astronomy, Astrophysics, Earth Science, Geology, Geosciences, Meteorology, Planetary and Space Sciences

Economics: Economics, Resource Economics

Education: Athletic Training Education, Music, Physical Education, Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)

Engineering: Biological Engineering, Biosystems Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Ocean Engineering

English: Comparative Literature, Creative Writing, English, Film Studies, Linguistics, Literature

Environmental Studies: Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies, Natural Resources, Natural Resources/Science/Management

Fashion: Apparel/Fashion Design, Apparel/Fashion Merchandising

Food Science: Food Science, Nutrition

Foreign Language: Arabic (some courses), Chinese, Classical Languages, English as a Foreign Language, French, German, Greek, Hawaiian, Hindi-Urdu, Indo-Pacific Languages, Interpretation/Translation, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Language and Culture, Languages, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

General Studies: Arts and Science, Classical Studies

Geography and Urban Studies: Geography, Urban Studies

Geology: Geology

Health and Safety Sciences: Dietetics, Exercise Science, Gerontology, Kinesiology, Medical Laboratory Technology, Public Health

History: History

Hospitality and Tourism: Hotel/Restaurant Management, Hotel/Travel Administration, Tourism and Travel, Tourism Management

Information Studies: Computer Science

Marine Sciences: Marine Biology, Marine Sciences, Oceanography

Mathematics: Mathematics

Music: Choral Music

Performing Arts: Acting, Choral Music, Dance, Directing, Ethnomusicology, Modern Dance, Music, Music Education, Music History, Music Performance, Music Theater, Music Theory and Composition, Performance, Theater Arts/Drama

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy, Religion

Physics: Geophysics, Physics

Political Science: Peace Studies, Political Science, Public Administration/Affairs

Psychology: Psychology

Sociology/Social Work: Social Work, Sociology, Womens Studies

Theater: Performance and Directing


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • Transcript required prior to placement if gpa for either of last two terms is less than 2.50. Course prerequisites are strictly enforced.
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 500 paper, 173 computer or 61 Internet
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan A/B

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment (Plan A) Students
  • Figures are current as of 02/14/17.
  • Estimated cost: $5870.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment (Plan A) students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment (Plan A): None.
  • Home Payment (Plan B): None.
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 02/14/17.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Application Fee $70 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
NSE Program Fee $85 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Housing Deposit $400 Year Plan A & B Mandatory

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $900 per semester.

Financial Aid

Host Payment (Plan A)
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 001610

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 02/14/17

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 20% living on campus
  • Double: $6500 (includes meals)
  • Full-year contract required for a full-year exchange
  • On campus living is limited
  • Maximum housing reserved for women: 65
  • Maximum housing reserved for men: 35
Off-Campus Housing
  • Appoximate monthly cost: $1000
  • Proximity to campus: 2-4
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
No assistance will be offered to students who miss housing deadlines or students seeking off-campus housing.

Meal Plans Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $2500 per semester for 14 meals per week.

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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