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How to Apply: Postgraduate Students

Find out how to apply to the Exchange, Hoakipa, and Independent visiting student programs at the University of Hawaii at Manoa as a postgraduate student, and the deadlines for submitting your application.

Nomination & Application Deadlines

The postgraduate application process can be quite time-intensive, as it requires a number of official documents to be obtained and then mailed to our office, so it is strongly recommended that you start putting together your application as soon as possible.

Fall Semester (August – December)

  • Application Opens: December 1
  • Nomination Deadline: February 1
  • Application Deadline: March 1

Spring Semester (January – May)

  • Applications Opens: July 1
  • Nomination Deadline: September 1
  • Application Deadline: October 1

Applying as an Exchange or Hoakipa Visiting Student

Our Exchange program and Hoakipa program are open to students who are currently enrolled at one of our 90+ partner universities around the world. If your home university does not have a formal Exchange or Hoakipa agreement with the University of Hawaii at Manoa, please scroll down to learn about applying as an Independent visiting student. If you are in a combined BA/MA or integrated undergraduate/graduate degree program, and have not yet earned your bachelor’s degree (or equivalent), please follow the application instructions for Undergraduate Students instead.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for our Exchange or Hoakipa program, you must:

  • Be currently enrolled at one of our partner universities
  • Be nominated as an Exchange or Hoakipa visiting student by your home university exchange office
  • Meet our English language requirements
  • Possess an undergraduate degree or expect to be awarded an undergraduate degree prior to beginning your program.
  • Be currently enrolled in a graduate degree program at an accredited institution

If you are planning to take graduate-level courses from the Shidler College of Business, you must also meet the requirements listed here. Please note that graduate-level Business (BUS) courses are not open to Exchange/Visiting students. More details on course restrictions can be found on our Academics page.

How to Apply

You must first apply with your home university. Once we receive your nomination, we will send your home university exchange office the application guidelines for applying to the University of Hawaii at Manoa as an Exchange or Hoakipa visiting student. A complete application consists of:

  1. Completion of the MIX Online Application (we are now accepting Spring 2022 applications only)
  2. University Transcript(s) and Degree Certificates from all universities you have attended
  3. Evidence of English proficiency (if applicable, see guidelines)
  4. University of Hawai’i at Manoa Graduate Admissions Application Form (PDF) *Please note that UHM’s Graduate Division is in the process of moving to an online application form. If you are an Exchange Student, you can fill out this PDF application form. However, if you are a Hoakipa Visiting Student, please do not fill out this PDF application form as it will not be accepted. The link to the online form will be sent to you at a later date, as soon as the online form is ready.* 
  5. Confidential Financial Statement Form for International Applicants (not required for U.S. citizens)
  6. A copy of your passport’s biographical information page
  7. Resume (MBA/Business students only)

After you have completed the MIX Online Application (#1), please have your transcript(s), degree certificate(s) and English proficiency score (#2-3) sent to us following the appropriate guidelines. Your remaining application materials (#4-7) should be emailed to inbound@hawaii.edu by your home university exchange office.

Applying as an Independent Visiting Student

If your home university does not have a formal Exchange or Hoakipa agreement with the University of Hawaii at Manoa, you can apply for our Independent visiting student program. Students can apply for this program independently or with the assistance of their home university. If you are in a combined BA/MA or integrated undergraduate/graduate degree program, and have not yet earned your bachelor’s degree (or equivalent), please follow the application instructions for Undergraduate Students instead.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for our Independent Visiting Student program, you must:

  • Meet our English language requirements
  • Possess an undergraduate degree or expect to be awarded an undergraduate degree prior to beginning your program. 
  • Be currently enrolled in a graduate degree program at an accredited institution

If you are planning to take graduate-level courses from the Shidler College of Business, you must also meet the requirements listed here. Please note that graduate-level Business (BUS) courses are not open to Exchange/Visiting students. More details on course restrictions can be found on our Academics page.

How to Apply

A complete Independent Visiting Student application consists of:

  1. Completion of the MIX Online Application (we are now accepting Spring 2022 applications only)
  2. University Transcript(s) and Degree Certificates from all universities you have attended
  3. Evidence of English proficiency (if applicable, see guidelines)
  4. University of Hawai’i at Manoa Graduate Admissions Application Form *Please note that UHM’s Graduate Division is in the process of moving to an online application form. The link to the online form will be sent to you at a later date, as soon as the online form is ready.* 
  5. Confidential Financial Statement Form for International Applicants (not required for U.S. citizens)
  6. A copy of your passport’s biographical information page
  7. Resume (MBA/Business students only)

After you have completed the MIX Online Application (#1), please have your transcript(s), degree certificate(s) and English proficiency score (#2-3) sent to us following the appropriate guidelines. Your remaining application materials (#4-7) should be emailed to inbound@hawaii.edu.

What Happens Next?

Once all of your application materials have been successfully received, your application will be reviewed by MIX and the Graduate Division. An admission letter will be emailed to you shortly thereafter as long as there are no issues with your application that need to be addressed.

  • Exchange & Hoakipa Visiting Students – Your Certificate of Eligibility (DS-2019 or I-20) will then be mailed to your home university exchange office for you to pick up, if needed.
  • Independent Visiting Students – Certificate of Eligibility (DS-2019 or I-20) will then be mailed to you, if needed.

Once you have received your Certificate of Eligibility, please begin your visa application process as soon as possible. You will also be issued a Welcome Guide from our office that will guide you introduce you to the visa application process and the next steps. For more detailed information on the visa application process, please see the Visas page on the ISS website.

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