This information is for international exchange students coming to UHM.
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Types of Exchange Students
UHM welcomes inbound exchange students from both partner universities and non-partner universities. All exchange students apply as non-degree-seeking students at UH Mānoa.
1. Regular Exchange Students
Regular 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 Mānoa). 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.
2. Hoakipa Students
Hoakipa Scholarship exchange students come from universities with which UH Mānoa 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 Mānoa 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.
3. Independent Students
Students at universities with which UH Mānoa 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 - Undergraduate applicants' transcripts must show completion of 24 or more credits. English language classes and some vocational/technical classes are excluded, as they are not recognized as UH-transferable. Applicants who have completed fewer than 24 credits must also submit a list of their 'in-progress' courses, if these courses do not appear on the transcript.
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 6.0 is required (6.5+ 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) or IELTS 7.0 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 up to three ELI classes.
When & How to Apply
When to Apply:
Exchanges beginning in Fall (August):
Exchanges beginning in Spring (January):
We strongly encourage you to submit ALL application materials by the Priority Deadline, or as soon as possible thereafter. Applications will NOT be accepted after the application is closed.
How to Apply:
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