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How to Apply: Undergraduate Students

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

Nomination & Application Deadlines

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 Visiting Student 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.

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
  • By the time of application, have achieved a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent, as determined by UH Manoa Admissions
  • By the time of application, have completed at least 24 transferable semester credits, as determined by UH Manoa Admissions standards

How to Apply

You must first be nominated by 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. To complete your application, the following will be required:

  1. Completion of the UHM International Application If you are a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident, please complete the UHM Transfer Application instead
  2. Completion of the MIX Online Application (we are now accepting Spring 2022 applications only)
  3. Copy of your university transcript(s) 
  4. Evidence of English proficiency (see guidelines, if applicable)
  5. A copy of your passport’s biographical information page
  6. MIX Financial Certification Form (not required for U.S. citizens)

After you have completed both applications (#1-2), please have your remaining application materials (#3-6) emailed to inbound@hawaii.edu by your home university exchange office. If we require any documents to be sent by mail, we will let you know.

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.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for our Independent visiting student program, you must:

  • Be currently enrolled at an accredited tertiary institution
  • Meet our English language requirements
  • Have achieved a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent
  • By the time of application, have achieved a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent, as determined by UH Manoa Admissions
  • By the time of application, have completed at least 24 transferable semester credits, as determined by UH Manoa Admissions standards

How to Apply

To complete your application, the following is required:

  1. Completion of the UHM International Application If you are a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident, please complete the UHM Transfer Application instead 
  2. Completion of the MIX Online Application (we are now accepting Spring 2022 applications only)
  3. Copy of your university transcript(s) 
  4. Evidence of English proficiency (see guidelines, if applicable)
  5. A copy of your passport’s biographical information page
  6. MIX Financial Certification Form (not required for U.S. citizens)

After you have completed both applications (#1-2), please have your transcript(s) and English proficiency scores (#3-4) sent to us following the appropriate guidelines. Your remaining application materials (#5-6) can 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 Undergraduate Admissions. 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.
  • Independent Visiting Students – Your Certificate of Eligibility (DS-2019 or I-20) will then be mailed to you

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 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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