Bilger Hall, Room 102
2545 McCarthy Mall
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-8866
Dean: William G. Chismar
Associate Dean: Stephanie Vie
Outreach College partners with academic and support units at UH Manoa to provide for the educational needs of the community through flexible scheduling and innovative methods of program/course delivery. Key program and service activities of the college include:
- Academic Advising and Student Support Services
- Community Service/Public Events Programs
- Credit Programs
- International Programs
- Professional Programs
- Summer Sessions
- Open Education Resources (OER)
Outreach College initiates and provides innovative, diverse, and flexible quality educational opportunities for life-long learners, extending the resources of UH Manoa to serve the state, nation, and world.
Utilizing a scope of classroom, arts, cultural, and advanced technological modes of delivering learning experiences, the Outreach College staff is committed to assessing and responding to the educational needs of targeted and under-served learners.
In addition, Outreach College:
- Provides supportive guidance and services to its participants;
- Presents programs and collaborations that reflect/enhance the community’s educational and cultural diversity; and
- Serves as a leader in the UH Manoa development of distance learning.
Through all of its programs, Outreach College inspires and engages learners to recognize education as a valuable lifetime investment.
Outreach College is affiliated with the University Professional and Continuing Education Association, the Association of University Summer Sessions, the North American Association of Summer Sessions, the Western Association of Summer Session Administrators, Western Arts Alliance, and Association for Continuing Higher Education.
Degrees and Certificates
Outreach College is a non-degree granting academic support unit, which delivers, in collaboration with departments and colleges, credit courses applicable towards UH Manoa degrees and certificates. However, these courses are open to UH System students, qualified residents and non-residents, and in the summer to select high school students. Non-credit certificates are offered in various areas of professional development.
Office of Student Services provides support services to non-degree seeking students. Services include advisement on UH Manoa admissions procedures and policies, general UH Manoa policies, degree programs, course selection, and UH System offerings, as well as enrollment and registration for courses delivered by Outreach College.
Continuing and Professional Programs
Outreach College credit courses and programs are offered during the days and evenings throughout the year. Offerings are regularly approved UH Manoa courses as well as any new or experimental courses approved by UH Manoa. Instructors are UH Manoa faculty or lecturers approved by the respective academic departments. In addition, the credit programs unit coordinates distance learning credit activity for the UH Manoa campus, thus extending the resources of the UH Manoa campus to the neighbor islands, Pacific Basin, and beyond.
The majority of UH Manoa distance delivered courses are coordinated by Outreach College. Courses and degree programs are delivered via interactive television, the web, and faculty traveling to off-campus sites. Outreach College is represented on the Distance Learning Advisory Council and the Master Scheduling Group, both UH System committees, and the UH Manoa Distance Learning Committee.
International students studying in the U.S. on the F-1 or J-1 student visa should note that there are credit limits for enrolling in online courses or online programs. For more information, please click on the Distance Education link on the International Student Services website at www.hawaii.edu/issmanoa.
Major Credit Programs
- Baccalaureates and advanced degrees from UH Manoa colleges of Architecture, Education, Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health, Shidler College of Business, and School of Nursing & Dental Hygiene are offered.
- Neighbor Island Outreach. The UH Manoa Outreach on Maui office as well as the University Centers on Kaua‘i, Maui, and in Palama Nui (West Hawai‘i) provide on-site support to neighbor island students enrolled in Manoa Programs.
- Overseas Program. On-site education courses are offered in American Samoa.
- Credit Specials. These courses are tailored to meet the needs of a target group; they may condense academic work into shorter time periods and adapt it to special locations and more convenient times.
- Dual Listed Courses. Unfilled seats in selected day school courses are made available to qualified community members.
The Continuing & Professional Programs Office also establishes and administers noncredit courses to provide individuals and groups with the opportunity to maintain professional skills, advance in or change careers, or pursue personal development and enrichment. Although noncredit courses do not apply toward the requirements for a college degree, many do qualify for professional continuing education units. Students who complete attendance requirements may receive certificates upon completion of their courses of study.
Courses are held on- and off-campus locations, as well as online. They are often relatively short and are presented in a variety of formats, such as workshops, short courses, studios, lectures, and institutes. In general, noncredit courses are open to anyone who is at least 18 years of age or a high school graduate.
Although most courses are offered during three regularly scheduled terms per year, specialized programs for particular groups (e.g., librarians, teachers, engineers, etc.) or contract training for both public and private organizations, can be arranged. Class length, number of meeting times, and locations vary, depending on program objectives and specific needs of students.
UH Manoa Outreach College on Maui
UH Maui College, Laulima 219/220
Tel: (808) 984-3444
The Outreach College on Maui (OC Maui) office provides on-site support services to neighbor island transfer, Ka‘ie‘ie (dual enrollment), and distance education students in UH Manoa programs. Neighbor island students receive academic support and guidance for transfer to the UH Manoa campus or to complete undergraduate or graduate distance UH Manoa programs in Maui County.
OC Maui also supports students to complete a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a major emphasis in “Human Relations in Organizations.” Individualized advising assists Interdisciplinary Studies students in the design of a thematically relevant major equivalent. In addition, a certificate in Peace Studies is available for students who concurrently pursue the Interdisciplinary Studies degree. The certificate exposes students to the fundamentals of peace and conflict resolution while they learn methods to remedy social injustice and manage and resolve conflict.
Come Back to Manoa
Come Back to Manoa (CBM) is a new program designed for undergraduate seniors who, for whatever reasons, voluntarily departed UH Manoa before completing their first bachelor’s degree. CBM provides a variety of support services to help returning students successfully finish and graduate. Students who have stopped out for at least two semesters (excluding summer, approved leaves of absence, and study abroad), have earned 90 or more credits, and have at least a 2.0 GPA are eligible to participate. CBM serves as an advocate for participating students and provides encouragement, guidance, and assistance. Serving as a single point of contact to help students navigate the final hurdles to graduation, CBM actively partners with students to identify a plan for the quickest attainment of their degree and support them in overcoming barriers to completion.
The summer period of the UH Manoa campus offers opportunity for variety and flexibility in instructional programming, while creating a culturally enriching and intellectually stimulating campus environment through special lectures, conferences, and artistic performances that are open to both students as well as the larger public.
Students from almost every state in the nation and more than 50 countries attend classes in the summer, joining resident students to enhance the diversity of the campus. The summer campus also provides a stimulating array of noncredit classes, public programs, and special events.
Summer Sessions has received numerous awards from the Western Association of Summer Session Administrators and the North American Association of Summer Sessions for its exemplary and innovative programs.
Early Start Program
The UH Manoa Early Start Program (ESP) offers newly admitted fall freshmen a smooth transition from high school to college and an early start on their college experience. Students attend classes during the less hectic summer months when there’s easier access to faculty and staff, time to explore the campus, and an array of social and cultural activities.
Summer Scholar Program for High School Students
High school sophomores and juniors with at least a 3.5 GPA may enroll in a 100–200 level course in summer sessions at UH Manoa. Summer scholars are mainstreamed with other summer students. Over 1,500 high school students have successfully participated in this program over the past 21 years. The program enables high school students to earn college credit and learn what college life is like before graduating from high school.
Community Services Programs
The Community Services Division coordinates the arts and culture outreach efforts of UH Manoa. Major projects include the Statewide Cultural Extension Program (SCEP), University of Hawai‘i Presents (UHP) and the Asia Pacific Dance Festival (APDF). Through SCEP, Outreach College presents over 179 performances each year in schools, libraries, nursing homes, prisons, senior centers, and other venues throughout the state. UHP presents 6 to 8 performances of national and international touring companies for the UH Manoa campus and the general public. APDF is the premiere dance festival in the Asia Pacific region and is presented biennially in association with the East-West Center and other university and community organizations. The festival includes courses, forums, outreach, ritual ceremony, video documentation, and performances.
International Programs (non-credit)
Bilger Hall 102
2545 McCarthy Mall
Honolulu, HI 96822
University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Outreach College offers Immersive English Language courses, seminars, and custom designed programs for international groups for students, working professionals and groups throughout the year.
New Intensive Courses in English (NICE)
The NICE Program is a non-credit English language program open to non-native speakers of English interested in improving their English communication and cross-cultural understanding. Study options include English courses for academic, business, and general purposes. Classes are offered to suit the study schedules of a variety of individuals: four 10-week sessions per year (full-time or part-time study), and 3-week sessions in winter and summer. Admission to NICE is open to international students and scholars, and to resident non-native speakers living in Hawai‘i.
Tel: (808) 956-3416
The Custom Programs division provides programs for groups of international students and professionals upon request. Programs may be focused on English language and American culture or on other areas of study and may vary in length from a few hours to several weeks. Each program is uniquely designed to suit the needs, schedules, requirements, and interests of the sponsoring institution.