This information is for international exchange students coming to study at UHM. Click below to expand.
UHM welcomes inbound exchange students from both partner universities and non-partner universities. All exchange students apply as non-degree-seeking students at UH Manoa.
Exchange Agreement exchange students
Exchange Agreement exchange students come from universities with which UHM has a formal reciprocal student exchange agreement. These students are registered as full-time students at their home university while on exchange, pay their normal tuition to the home university and do not pay tuition or an application fee at the host university (UH Manoa). They are, however, responsible for travel costs, flight arrangements, housing, meals, and all other living expenses while in Hawai‘i. Exchange Agreement students apply for J-1 visas.
Hoakipa Scholarship exchange students
Hoakipa Scholarship exchange students come from universities with which UH Manoa has a Hoakipa Scholarship agreement or formal partnership. These students pay non-resident UHM tuition and an application fee but receive a 15% tuition scholarship. They are responsible for travel costs, flight arrangements, housing, meals, and all other living expenses while in Hawai‘i. See Cost of Attendance for estimates. (Note: Students from all UH Manoa partner universities are eligible for this scholarship. Students receiving full external scholarship support, however, may not be eligible.) Hoakipa Scholars apply for F-1 visas.
Independent exchange students
Students at universities with which UH Manoa has no agreement/formal partnership are also welcome at MIX. These students pay nonresident UHM tuition and an application fee. They are also responsible for travel costs, flight arrangements, housing, meals, and all other living expenses while in Hawai‘i. See Cost of Attendance for estimates. Independent exchange students apply for F-1 visas.
GPA - Applicants must be currently enrolled in a degree program at their home university and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (out of 4.0) or equivalent (graduate students should have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0).
CREDITS - Applicants' transcripts must show completion of 24 or more credits (English language classes are excluded, as they are not recognized as UH-transferable). Or the student must have completed at least 12 credits and have at least 12 credits in progress.
TOEFL - Minimum TOEFL score of 68 (520) is required. Score of 80+ (550+) is recommended. Test results must be valid (taken within the past two years).
- In lieu of TOEFL scores, minimum IELTS score of 5.5 is required (6.0+ recommended).
- See list of TOEFL exemptions
- Note to graduate students: Different departments may have higher minimum TOEFL requirements (for example, SLS requires a minimum TOEFL score of 100). Please check with your department in advance.
Note: Students with TOEFL scores less than 100 (600) must take the English Language Institute (ELI) placement test upon arrival to UHM. Based on the result of the placement test, they may be required to register for one or more ELI classes.
When to Apply:
Application materials should be received at UHM no later than:
- February 1 (for Fall semester exchange beginning in August)
- September 15 (for Spring semester exchange beginning in January)
- Note: Fall HELP students, please apply by Nov 10.
How to Apply:
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