The certificate can be combined with degree programs in the humanities and social sciences or with technical and professional fields in the case of students who wish to locate their work in an expanded framework of cultural and historical knowledge. The certificate is also offered as an independent nine-month course of study.

The program combines course work with independent research drawing upon the resources of both the University and the East-West Center. In addition to its educational goals, the program is an international forum for dialogue on critical issues of culture and identity as they affect local and international relations today.


How to Apply

All students who are applying for or currently enrolled in an M.A., Ph.D., or professional degree program at the University of Hawai‘i – Mānoa are eligible for admission. All applicants must write a personal statement which should be at least 300 words and should tell us, among other things, what you understand by International Cultural Studies and how your goals fit with our graduate certificate program.

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DEADLINES: March 1st for Fall Admission, October 1st for Spring Admission
  1. Apply to International Cultural Studies through the Graduate Division portal
    • There is a $100 application fee
  2. Send Application Form, Personal Statement, and Letter of Reference from one (1) professor to
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