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University of Hawaii at Manoa

Honolulu, HI

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  1. COVID vaccination required for Spring 2022 (exceptions possible)
  2. On-campus housing limited for Sp22; app available Nov. 1; COVID vaccine required
  3. Unique multicultural global experience in a Hawaiian place of learning

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 of 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% universities in the world; Internationally recognized research (land, sea, sun, and space-grant) University; Most diverse University with students (from all 50 states and 115 different countries) and faculty.

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 of enrollment 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 your exchange costs with other means of funding. Placement is guaranteed for HOST payment. A limited number of spots are available for HOME payment.

2022/2023 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Honolulu
Population | 1,400,000
Enrollment | 17,490
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home & Host
Term Dates
Fall | 08/23-12/17
Spring | 01/10-05/13

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 1%
Asian | 36%
Black | 2%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 18%
Hispanic/Latino | 2%
Two or more | 16%
White | 25%
Other | 0%
International | 6%
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  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: After campus students
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Campus instructor or department
Closed Programs
Dental Hygiene and Nursing

300+ Business courses (Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, Management Information Systems, and Marketing) are limited to students with a 3.0 min. GPA, declared Business majors (not minors), and whose whose home campus is 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 & Rehabilitation Science, Psychology, Social Work, and Travel Industry Management. Only limited Education courses are available to NSE students. Please contact a 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.

Special Programs

Honors Access: Yes
RA Exchange: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

  • Accounting
  • Agricultural Business
  • American Studies
  • Animal Sciences
  • Anthropology
  • Apparel/Fashion Design
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Physics
  • Aquatic Biology
  • Archaeology
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Asian American Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Athletic Training
  • Atmospheric Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioethics
  • Biological Engineering
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Botany/Plant Sciences
  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Cell Biology
  • Ceramic Art/Ceramics
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Civil Engineering
  • Classical Studies
  • Communication
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Game Design
  • Computer Network Security
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminology
  • Dance
  • Design
  • Dietetics
  • Digital Arts
  • Drawing
  • Earth Science
  • East Asian Studies
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Entomology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Ethnic Studies
  • European History
  • Exercise Science
  • Family Consumer Science
  • Family Studies
  • Fashion/Retail Merchandising
  • Fiber, Textiles, and Weaving Arts
  • Film
  • Finance/Banking
  • Fine Art
  • Food Science
  • French
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • German
  • Government
  • Graphic Design
  • Greek
  • Hawaiian Studies and Language
  • History
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Development
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Technology
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • Japanese
  • Journalism
  • Junior High/Middle School Education
  • Kinesiology
  • Korean
  • Landscape Architecture/Design
  • Latin American Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marine Sciences
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Meteorology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Music History
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Natural Resources Conservation
  • Nutrition
  • Oceanography
  • Painting
  • Performance and Directing
  • Performing Arts: Voice
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Plant Science
  • Political Science
  • Printmaking
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health
  • Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Religious Studies/Theology
  • Russian
  • Sculpture
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Soil Science
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Speech/Rhetoric/Public Address
  • Studio Art
  • Sustainable Resource Management
  • Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)
  • Theater Arts/Drama/Acting
  • Tourism Management
  • Urban Planning
  • Women and Gender Studies
  • Zoology


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
  • Minimum 2.5 overall GPA required. For 300+ business courses only: students must have a 3.0 min. GPA, be declared as a Business major, and home campus must be AACSB accredited. No guarantee of enrollment 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 Host Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 01/14/22

  • 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 Students
  • 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 students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment 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 students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: 19 ($907 per additional hour)
  • Home Payment: 19 ($907 per additional hour)

Financial Aid - Host Payment
For Host Payment 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 Host Payment applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 001610

Financial Aid - Home Payment
For eligible Home Payment students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

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

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Admission Fee $70 Year Host & Home Mandatory
NSE Program Fee $85 Semester Host & Home Mandatory
Housing Deposit $400 Year Host & Home Mandatory
Parking Fee $184 Semester Host & Home Optional
Housing Application Fee $25 Year Host & Home Mandatory

Important Notes: Non-refundable fees include: UHM general application fee ($70), on-campus housing application fee ($25), & NSE program fee ($85). Students attending UHM on Home payment and not paying UHM fees may opt in for the UPass (for the bus) and the Warrior Recreation Center (campus gym) for a fee. 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.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 01/14/22

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 24% living on campus
  • Double: $3889
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living is limited
Off-Campus Housing
  • 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 and rates vary depending on which option you choose. More information can be found here: https://manoa.hawaii.edu/housing/apply. Popular off-campus housing options include Hawaii Student Suites (http://www.hawaiistudentsuites.com) or Hale Mahana (http://www.halemahana.com).

Meal Plans

Notes About Meal Plans
More information on various meal plan options is available at https://manoa.hawaii.edu/housing/residentialdining.


Figures per Semester are current as of 01/14/22

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Health Insurance $1764 Semester Home & Host Optional

Important Notes about Health Insurance
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 $1,764 per semester.


  • Health records due by: Fall- July 15 & Spr- Nov. 30
  • Home campus copy acceptable
  • Immunization before registering
  • Immunization before residence hall move in
  • Health / accident insurance (encouraged)
  • Immunization: MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
  • Immunization: Tuberculosis
  • Immunization: Covid-19
  • Immunization: TB clearance must be w/i last 12 months in U.S.

Other Health Related Comments
COVID-19 vaccine will be required for students coming to campus. For more info: https://www.hawaii.edu/covid19/vaccinate/requirement-students-faqs/

TB clearance must be within the last 12 months and done within the U.S. to be cleared for registration and to move in to campus housing.

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