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Summer, Fall, & Academic Year Exchanges:
  • Application Opens: August 1st
  • Application Deadline: December 1st*

*Note: In previous application cycles, the deadline was February 1. The deadline has changed and is now December 1. Applications submitted after December 1 will not be accepted! 

Spring Exchanges:
  • Application Opens: January 1st
  • Application Deadline: May 1st

Please apply by the published application deadline (or before!) in order to give yourself the best opportunity to be nominated for one of your selected programs. If you do not apply by the deadline, your application will be considered late. Late applications will be considered only on a case-by-case basis.

Some universities have secondary application deadlines either before or shortly after our initial application deadline passes. If you are applying for one of these universities (listed below) for a program beginning in FALL, please aim to submit your application no later than JANUARY 1:

JAPAN – University of the Ryukyus

Similarly, if you are applying for one of these universities (listed below) for a program beginning in FALL, please aim to submit your application no later than JANUARY 15:

AUSTRALIA – Monash University
JAPAN – Hiroshima City University
JAPAN – Hokkaido University
JAPAN – Kyoto University
JAPAN – Tohoku University
JAPAN – Waseda University
THAILAND – Chulalongkorn University

Please note that Fall Semester at of some of our partner universities overlaps with Spring Semester at UH Manoa. If you plan to participate in Fall Semester ONLY at one of these partner universities and it causes you to miss the beginning of Spring Semester at UH Manoa, it is unlikely you will be allowed to return to UH Manoa for Spring Semester, unless you are able to arrange with your professors abroad to take your final exams early. Even if you are able to do this, if you receive financial aid, studying at a partner university with overlapping dates will render you ineligible for financial aid for the following Spring Semester. You will also need to request a leave of absence for Spring ( Thus, Students interested in studying at one of these partner universities are recommended to study there for either the full academic year or for Spring Semester only.

The list of schools which may have a Fall Semester that overlaps with UHM’s Spring Semester are:

BELGIUM – ISTI Haute Ecole de Bruxelles
CHINA – Fudan University
FRENCH POLYNESIA – University of French Polynesia
GERMANY – University of Tübingen
INDONESIA – Universitas Gadjah Mada
INDONESIA – Universitas Islam Indonesia
JAPAN – ALL UNIVERSITIES EXCEPT: Akita International University, Keio University School of Business Administration (MBA only), Nanzan University, Nihon University (JLSP only)
NETHERLANDS – Leiden University
SWEDEN – Lund University
SWITZERLAND – University of Teacher Education Thurgau
TAIWAN – National Sun Yat-Sen University
TAIWAN – National Taiwan University

Application Links

Apply for a Summer 2019 Program

Apply for a Fall 2019 or AY 2019-20 Program

Apply for a Spring 2019 Program

Before applying, please check here to see which programs still have spaces available: Link to MIX Program Availability Spreadsheet

You must be logged in to your UH Gmail Account in the same browser in order to access this online application.

Plan Ahead

In your online MIX application, you will be asked to indicate the top five partner universities where you would like to be nominated as an exchange student. Explore your options!


All MIX programs require that students have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. For undergraduates, it is also mandatory for students to have completed two semesters at UH Manoa or be in the process of completing their second semester at time of application. Certain programs have additional eligibility requirements, so it is important to refer to each Partner University page for more details before applying. If you have questions about your eligibility for MIX, please email

If you are a transfer student, please note that we cannot count semesters completed outside of UH Manoa towards the eligibility requirement. It is mandatory to have completed or be in the process of completing two semesters at UH Manoa in order to be eligible for a MIX exchange program. Exceptions may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Graduate students should aim to have a 3.0

Important Dates and Deadlines

Additional Requirements

One Letter of Recommendation

Applicants are required to obtain one academic recommendation as part of the MIX application process. This recommendation should come from someone whose class you have taken at UH Mānoa, such as a professor, lecturer, graduate assistant, etc. In other words, someone who can speak to your academic abilities. Professional and familial recommendations are not accepted.

The MIX Letter of Recommendation Form and instructions can be downloaded from our Forms page.

If you are a transfer student or have yet to take a course at UHM, you may ask a non-UHM professor, lecturer, or graduate assistant to submit a formal letter of recommendation on your behalf. This letter should be typed on official letterhead, signed, and mailed directly to Manoa International Exchange at the following address:

Mānoa International Exchange
University of Hawaii at Mānoa
2600 Campus Road, QLC 206
Honolulu, HI 96822

MIX applications will not be fully reviewed until your academic recommendation has been submitted, so please try your best to request your letter well before the application deadline.

Application & Administration Fees

Beginning in Fall, MIX will introduce two non-refundable program fees: a $30 application fee and a $50 administration fee. These fees will be in addition to program tuition and be used to cover services related to the administration of student exchange programs at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa

The application fee will billed to an applicant’s student account upon initiation of a new MIX application; applications will not be processed until the fee has been paid.

The administration fee will be billed to an applicant’s student account once they have accepted their nomination to a MIX program, generally at the halfway point in the application process; this fee will hold a students place in their designated program and will only be charged to students who are ready to commit to the MIX program they have been nominated for.

Students will be given a deadline to pay these fees by. Failure to pay these fees in time may result in your application being withdrawn or your nomination being rescinded. If you have any questions, please contact

After you Apply: Nomination

MIX will endeavor to notify students with a Nomination & Next Steps email within one to two months after the Application Deadline.

To be considered for nomination students must meet the eligibility requirements for their chosen program. Program participants must also demonstrate the ability to be successful overseas through evidence of maturity, motivation, flexibility, and other such characteristics as MIX may deem relevant or appropriate. Participation in any program is subject to approval by MIX and its partner institutions, which may grant or withhold such approval at their sole discretion.

Being nominated to a MIX Partner University means that you have been deemed qualified for one of the available exchange spaces at that university. After you accept your nomination and pay your MIX administration fee, MIX will officially nominate you to the Partner University.

Factors considered for MIX Nomination: GPA, short essay question responses, letter of recommendation, academic area, class level, space available, and the balance between inbound and outbound exchange students at each partner university.

Please keep an open mind about your nomination. All MIX Partner Universities are excellent, so you will be in good hands no matter where you go.

MIX Summer Programs: Students planning to attend a summer program and pay Partner Tuition directly to the Partner University must wait to be “Selected” by the MIX Office before going on to Next Steps.

After Nomination: Next Steps & Secondary Application

Once you have been nominated to a MIX Partner University, you must complete that university’s application process for exchange students, referred to as the “Secondary Application”

Important: Your ‘Nomination & Next Steps’ email will contain detailed instructions on how and when to complete the secondary application process for your partner university. Please follow instructions carefully, and submit your application materials to either MIX or the partner university on time. Information about who to submit your application to will be provided in your Nomination & Next Steps email. Let the MIX staff know if you need help with your application.

Each university has a different application process – some have online applications, while others require you to send forms and documents in the mail. Some universities require letters of recommendation, while others do not. Many universities require official transcripts, ID photographs, health forms, etc.

A nomination is not a guarantee of acceptance into the partner university program. While it is generally not likely that you will be rejected by a partner university after nomination, please do NOT purchase airfare or make any non-refundable program-related expenditures until you have received your official acceptance notification from the partner university, which will either be in the form of an email to you/MIX or an official letter sent to the MIX Office. MIX will not be held responsible for any financial losses in the case that you are not accepted into the program applied for.

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