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University of Hawaii at Manoa

Honolulu, HI

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  1. A unique multicultural global experience in a Hawaiian place of learning.
  2. The most diverse university in the nation in terms of students and faculty.
  3. Hawaii is rated the happiest state in the nation.

About This Campus

E komo mai (welcome)! The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa is a world class university providing quality, affordable higher education. A destination by choice, students come from across the nation and world to take advantage of UHM’s unique research opportunities, diverse community, Division I athletics program, and breath-taking landscape. It is consistently ranked a “best value” among U.S. colleges and universities, with tuition more than $4,000 below the national average for a public university. As the leading indigenous serving university in the country, UHM delivers a unique multicultural global experience in a Hawaiian place of learning, truly like nowhere else on earth. Distinctions include: Consistently ranked in the top 1.5% of 24,000 universities in the world; Internationally recognized research (land, sea, and space-grant) University; Most diverse University with students (from all 50 states and 126 different countries) and faculty; 8th most beautiful U.S campus.

Location Information

UHM is located in Honolulu, on the island of Oahu. It is known for its tropical climate, lush green landscape, diverse population, and aloha spirit. Outdoor activities are encouraged by beautiful beaches and year-round mild weather. The campus is 20 minutes by bus from the internationally celebrated Waikiki area. Fast Facts: Most diverse state in the nation; Average year-round temperature is 77.7℉; Surrounded by 130 beaches; Top 2 safest U.S. states; Healthiest U.S. state; Happiest U.S. state.

Helpful Information

Full year or single-term (fall or spring) available. No guarantee to enroll in desired courses. Students must have flexibility in courses. On-campus housing is limited. If receiving financial aid from UHM, it may not cover all costs for exchange. Please be prepared to supplement with other means of funding. Placement is guaranteed for HOST payment. A limited number of spots are available for HOME payment

2020/2021 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Honolulu
Population | 1,400,000
Enrollment | 17,710
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Both (A/B)
Term Dates
Fall | 08/26-12/20
Spring | 01/13-05/15

Campus Diversity

White | 22%
Black | 2%
Hispanic/Latino | 2%
Asian | 36%
Native/1st Nation | 1%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 17%
Two or more | 15%
Other | 5%
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-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • After campus students
Closed Programs
Dental Hygiene and Nursing.

Business (Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, Management Information Systems, and Marketing) courses are limited to 3.0 min. GPA, declared Business majors, and home campus must be AACSB accredited. The following have major restrictions (but overrides MAY be provided by the instructor or department; It is helpful to be granted overrides if students are declared the major at their home campus): Academy for Creative Media, Architecture, Communications, Engineering, Fashion Design & Merchandising, Journalism, Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science, Psychology, Social Work, and Travel Industry Management. Only limited Education courses are available to NSE students. Please contact the UHM NSE Coordinator to determine which ones.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Business - Consistently ranked among the top 25 institutions for international business.
  • Tourism and Travel - The first school to pioneer and integrate all aspects of hospitality, tourism, and transportation management into a single discipline, educating leaders in the industry for over 50 years.
  • Oceanography - A leading department of multidisciplinary research and education on the ocean, earth, and atmosphere
  • Astronomy - Specializing in diverse fields including astrobiology, planetary sciences, solar physics, galactic astronomy and star formation, and extragalactic astronomy and cosmology.
  • Engineering - Inspired by the principles of sustainability and resilience, flavored by the unique island environment.

Unique Academic Programs

  • Hawaiian Studies - Most courses are distinctive and taught nowhere else in the world.
  • Pacific Island Studies - An innovative instructional program that is regional, comparative, and interdisciplinary in nature.
  • Peace Studies - Courses promote cross cultural communication and peacemaking leadership, building on Hawai'i's cultural heritage and island values of aloha, mutual aid and respect, sense of community, and caring for the land.
  • Oceanography - Three areas of specialization include Physical Oceanography, Marine Geology and Geochemistry, and Biological Oceanography.
  • Ethnic Studies - Specializes in race and ethnicity as they intersect with Indigeneity, class, gender, and sexuality in Hawaiʻi, the United States, and Oceania.

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students
Aerospace Sciences: Aerospace Studies

Agriculture: Animal Sciences, Horticulture, Land Resources, Pest Management, Plant and Soil Systems, Plant Protection, Plant Science, Soil Science

Anthropology: Anthropology, Archaeology, Ethnic Studies

Architecture: Architecture, Landscape Architecture/Design

Area Studies: American Studies, Asian American Studies, Asian Studies, Chinese Studies, Chinese Studies (minor), East Asian Literature/Studies, European Studies, Gender, Ethnicity and Multicultural Studies, Hawaiian Studies, Japanese Studies, Japanese Studies (minor), Korean Studies, Latin American Studies, Pacific Island Studies, Philippine Studies, Russian Studies

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Art Education, Art History, Ceramic Art/Ceramics, Design, Digital Arts, Drawing, Fiber-Fabric, Fine Art, Glass, Graphic Design, Media Arts, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Studio Art, Theater Art

Athletics: Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Health and Fitness Teaching, Physical Education

Biological Sciences: Aquatic Biology, Biology/Life Science, Biotechnology, Botany/Plant Sciences, Cell Biology, Entomology, Evolutionary Biology, Fish Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Molecular Biosciences, Neuroscience, Physiology, Zoology

Business: Accounting, Business Law, Entrepreneurship, Finance/Banking, Human Resource Management, Insurance, International Business, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Marketing, Retailing and Merchandising, Public Administration

Chemistry: Biochemical Sciences, Biochemistry, Chemistry

Communications: Broadcasting, Communication, Communication Technology Management, Electronic Media and Culture, Film, Interpersonal and Public Communication, Journalism, Media News, Speech/Rhetoric/Public Address

Computer Science: Computer Game Design, Computer Network Security

Consumer and Family Studies: Consumer Sciences/Services, Family Science/Services, Family Studies

Criminal Justice: Crime and Society, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Juvenile Justice

Earth Sciences: Astronomy, Astrophysics, Atmospheric Sciences, Earth Science, Geology, Geosciences, Meteorology

Economics: Economics, Environmental Economics, International Economics, Resource Economics

Education: Elementary Education, English, French, Junior High/Middle School, Junior High/Middle School Mathematics, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Science, Secondary Education, Social Science Education, Spanish, Special Education

Engineering: Biological Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

English: Business Writing, Classical Studies, Comparative Literature, Creative Writing, English, Literature, Rhetoric

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

Fashion: Apparel/Fashion Design, Apparel/Fashion Merchandising

Food Science: Food Science, Food Science and Technology, Nutrition

General Studies: Arts and Science, Gender Studies, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences

Geography and Urban Studies: Geography, Human Geography, Spatial Geographic Information Science

Geology: Geology

Health and Safety Sciences: Dietetics, Exercise Science, Health Education, Kinesiology, Public Health, Rehabilitation Sciences

History: History

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

Information Studies: Computer Science, Informatics, Information Technology

Languages: Arabic, Chinese, Classical Languages, English as a Foreign Language, French, German, Greek, Hawaiian, Hindi-Urdu, Indo-Pacific Languages, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Marine Sciences: Marine Sciences, Oceanography

Mathematics: Actuarial Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Mathematics

Military Sciences: Air Force ROTC, Army ROTC

Performing Arts: Acting, Dance, Design/Technical, Directing, Ethnomusicology, Modern Dance, Music, Music Education, Music History, Music Performance, Music Theory and Composition, Performance, Theater Production

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Asian Religions and Culture, Philosophy, Religion

Physics: Applied Physics, Astrophysics, Geophysics, Physics

Political Science: American Political Science, Government, Peace Studies, Political Science

Psychology: Behavioral Science, Human Development, Medical Psychology, Psychology

Sociology/Social Work: Community Services, Gender Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Womens Studies

Technology: Information Technology

Theater: Performance and Directing


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
  • Minimum 2.5 overall GPA required. No guarantee to enroll in desired courses. Students must have flexibility in courses. Pre-requisites must be met to enroll in courses. Students must contact individual instructors for overrides (and attach unofficial transcripts to verify pre-requisites). Please note that not all courses in the UHM catalog are offered every semester. For updated information on courses offered for a specific semester, please see the Class Availability at https://www.sis.hawaii.edu/uhdad/avail.classes?i=MAN.
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 500.00 paper, 173.00 computer or 61.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 5.00
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 03/09/20.
  • Estimated cost: $6093.00.
  • 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): 19 ($907 per additional hour)
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 19 ($907 per additional hour)
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 03/09/20.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Application Fee $70 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
NSE Program Fee $85 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
Housing Deposit $400 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Parking Fee $166 Semester Plan A & B Optional
Housing Application Fee $25 Year Plan A & B Mandatory

Important Notes: -Non-refundable fees: Both the UHM general application fee ($70) and the Housing application fee ($25) are non-refundable. -Health Insurance: U.S. citizens are highly encouraged to have health insurance either from their home state or if needed, health insurance may be purchased at UHM (http://www.hawaii.edu/shs/student_insurance/). International students are REQUIRED to have health insurance. Please see https://www.hawaii.edu/issmanoa/?page_id=39 for more information.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $1,400 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
  • 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 03/09/20

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 24% living on campus
  • Double: $6341 (includes meals)
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living is limited
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $1600
  • Proximity to campus: 2-4
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
On-campus housing is limited. Information for on-campus housing is available at https://manoa.hawaii.edu/housing. Popular off-campus housing options include Hawaii Student Suites (http://www.hawaiistudentsuites.com) or Hale Mahana (http://www.halemahana.com).

Meal Plans Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $2847 per semester for 19 meals per week.
  • $2482 per semester for 14 meals per week.
  • $2162.50 per semester for 10 meals per week.
Notes About Meal Plans
More information on various meal plan options is available at https://uhm.sodexomyway.com/index.html.

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