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UHM is pleased to offer the Hoakipa Scholars Program to international universities that wish to send non-degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students to UHM for one or two semesters of study.

“Hoakipa” is a Hawaiian word for “visitor” (“Hoa” is “friend” and “kipa” is “to visit”).

The program is administered by Mānoa International Exchange (MIX) and enables UHM to accept a larger number of non-degree-seeking international students than we are currently able to accept through our traditional reciprocal student exchanges.

  • Hoakipa Visiting Students will have all of the rights and privileges afforded to reciprocal exchange students.
  • Hoakipa Visiting Students will pay a tuition rate equivalent to 150% of resident tuition.

Hoakipa Visiting Students will be responsible for covering their own international travel, housing, meals, books & supplies, and personal and study-related expenses for the duration of their stay at UHM. View costs of attendance estimates here.

Much like exchange students, Hoakipa Visiting Students should apply to Mānoa International Exchange by the published application deadline. Undergraduate applications will be processed by the Office of Admissions; graduate applications will be processed by Graduate Admissions.

On-campus housing for non-degree-seeking international students is limited during the fall semester but widely available during the spring semester; off-campus housing options are plentiful year-round. For more information on housing options, please navigate to the Housing section of the MIX website.


Students from all UH Mānoa partner universities who are not already applying as Reciprocal Exchange students are eligible for the Hoakipa Scholarship. Students receiving full external scholarship support, however, may not be eligible.

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To prevent the spread of COVID-19 at UH Mānoa, all MIX Office staff are working remotely. You may continue to book appointments with MIX staff, however, all appointments will be conducted via Zoom until further notice. If you have questions that do not require an appointment, please contact us via email. As of July, all Fall 2020 exchange programs have been cancelled. A decision on Spring 2021 exchange programs will be reached by October 15, 2020.