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The culturally diverse students of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa welcome you with ALOHA!

International Students

Looking for an educational experience in the United States? Study on our vibrant campus during the day; participate in diverse cultural activities and explore scenic areas nearby during your free time.

Study in beautiful Hawaiʻi and earn college credits this summer!

Important information for International Students

Application Requirements

New/Transfering Students for Fall 2014

If you have been accepted for admission to UH Mānoa for Fall 2014, you are not a current student for the Summer 2014 term. Therefore, please submit an Outreach College Application Form for Summer 2014 admission.

Visiting International Students

If you would like to attend UH Mānoa during the summer term:

  1. Submit an Application/Residency form by fax or mail.
  2. If your native language is not English, you must submit additional documents to prove English proficiency. See English Language Proficiency below.
  3. If needed, request an I-20 from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Outreach College.
  4. You will receive notification (via email or mail) on the outcome of your application.
  5. Once you have been admitted, register for Summer Sessions courses via the MyUH Portal. (Registration begins in March.)

English Language Proficiency

If English is not your native language and you have never attended a fall or spring term at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency (this applies even if you have already been accepted to UH Mānoa for Fall 2014). Please send documentation for one of the following (see items a-l) with your application form. Note: Admission through Outreach College does not imply a waiver of the TOEFL exam for admission for the regular Fall and Spring semesters.

  1. Minimum composite score of 61 (internet-based), 173 (computer-based) or 500 (paper-based) on the TOEFL
  2. Minimum overall score of 5.0 on the IELTS
  3. Minimum score of 510 on the critical reading AND writing sections of the SAT
  4. Minimum score of 22 on the English AND reading sections of the ACT
  5. Minimum score of 151 on the verbal section of the GRE
  6. An Associate of Arts degree from a community college within the UH System
  7. A bachelor's or master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S. or a recognized university in Australia, Britain, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland or New Zealand
  8. Completed an ENG 100 equivalent course from a regionally accredited U.S. institution with a "D" or higher grade
  9. Completed 60 transferrable credits with a GPA of 2.0 or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or from an institution that is recognized by UH Mānoa where English is the primary language of instruction
  10. Completed six years of continuous school through middle school, high school or college or university in Australia, Britain, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, American Samoa or Guam
  11. Completed at least three years of high school in Hawaiʻi with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 and 460 on the critical reading AND writing sections of the SAT
  12. Test scores for the UH Mānoa English Language Institute (ELI) placement examination indicating that you qualify for enrollment.

Standardized test scores must have been taken within the past two years.

Visa and I-20 Information

Contact the nearest U.S. embassy in your country for visa information. They will advise you of the proper documents needed to travel to Hawaiʻi. Regulations are constantly being changed; the U.S. embassy will have the most current information available.

I-20 Request

Due to efforts to improve homeland security and control immigration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has imposed a policy which requires many, if not all, international students to obtain an F-1 visa to enter the U.S. (You will also be subject to a background check and interview by the U.S. embassy in your country.)

If your U.S. embassy instructs you to get an F-1 visa so you can enter the U.S., one of the requirements for getting an F-1 visa is an I-20 from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Outreach College. (The I-20 is also called the Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status.)

Note: Only full-time students are eligible to receive an I-20. This means you must be registered for a minimum of six credit hours (undergraduate students) or four credit hours (graduate students) for the term(s) for which you are requesting an I-20.

When do I request the I-20 from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Outreach College?
Regulations are unique for each country and different U.S. embassies require different amounts of time to process visa requests. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you contact the nearest U.S. embassy as soon as possible for information about the process of getting the correct documentation in a timely manner. Depending on your home country, you should request an I-20 from UH Mānoa, Outreach College anywhere from six to three months before the start date of your summer course(s).

How do I get the I-20 from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Outreach College?
Provide items 1 through 5 to UH Mānoa, Outreach College in order to receive an I-20. If you have item 6, please submit a copy of this, as well.

  1. An I-20 will only be processed and issued to students who have been accepted for admission to UH Mānoa Summer Sessions. Therefore, you must submit the UH Mānoa, Outreach College Application/Residency form and any documents related to your application.
  2. Submit the Outreach College I-20 Request Form. You can get this form by
    • calling (808) 956-7221
    • emailing ochelp@hawaii.edu
    • writing "Need I-20" on the Outreach College Application/Residency form, under List Visa Type
  3. Submit a copy of your bank statement indicating sufficient funds to study at UH Mānoa. Please have your bank statement translated into English.
    • Your bank statement should show that you have at least the cost of tuition plus $1300/month (U.S. dollars) for living expenses.
    • Your bank statement must be dated within 6 months of the start date of your summer course(s).
  4. Submit a copy of your passport.
  5. Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) Immunization Record – Submit documentation showing you received two doses of live measles vaccine, with at least one of the two being an MMR vaccine. The first dose must have been given after January 1, 1968 and on or after your first birthday. A second dose must have been given at least four weeks after the first dose. MMR immunization may be waived if you were born before 1957 OR you can provide serologic evidence of immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella.
  6. If you already have a valid visa, please provide a copy of this visa.

What if I am a visiting international student already in the U.S. on an F-1 or J-1 visa?
Contact your international student advisor at your U.S. home institution to tell them of your travel plans to UH Mānoa for the summer; your U.S. home institution may be required to endorse your I-20 or DS-2019 if you plan to return to your home country prior to traveling to Hawaiʻi. Please include a copy of your I-20 or DS-2019 along with your UH Mānoa Outreach College Credit Course Application Form. If your I-20 expires prior to the start of UH Mānoa Summer Sessions, you may be required to obtain a new I-20 from UH Mānoa Outreach College for the summer. Please refer to the instructions above to request an I-20 from UH Mānoa Outreach College.

What if I am currently attending a U.S. institution and I am transferring to UH Mānoa for the fall semester? Will I need an I-20 from UH Mānoa Outreach College for the Summer Sessions?
Include a copy of your current I-20 along with your UH Mānoa Outreach College Credit Course Application Form. We will contact you regarding your travel plans to best determine if you require an I-20 from UH Mānoa Outreach College.

We understand that you are being required to provide a great deal of information; therefore we ask you to submit your documentation in a timely manner. We will make every effort to process your I-20 request as soon as possible. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

By phone: (808) 956-7221
By email: ochelp@hawaii.edu
By fax: (808) 956-3752

By US Postal Service Mail:
Outreach College
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
2440 Campus Road, Box 447
Honolulu, HI 96822

By Express Mail (FedEx, UPS, DHL, etc.):
Outreach College
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
2425 Campus Road
Sinclair Library 301
Honolulu, HI 96822

For more information about obtaining an I-20 to attend University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Summer Sessions, contact our visa specialist:

Ms. Lisa Nakandakari
(808) 956-7753
nakandak@hawaii.edu or ochelp@hawaii.edu

Health Insurance

In addition to obtaining an appropriate visa, the University of Hawai‘i requires all non-immigrant students to have comprehensive medical insurance for the duration of their study here. Health care is very expensive in the U.S. and a hospital stay of even a day or two may cost thousands of dollars. If you are interested in purchasing UH-sponsored medical insurance or for more information on UHM's medical insurance requirement, visit the University Health Services web page (www.hawaii.edu/shs/international.html).

Housing

On-campus housing options include dormitories and apartments for students registered for credit or noncredit courses. View the UH Mānoa Housing web page for information about housing, meal plans, and other campus services.

If you choose to live off-campus, visit the off-campus housing referral service for links to rentals, Oʻahu hostels, and other off-campus accommodations.

Other Programs for International Students

UH Mānoa Summer Sessions offers more than 600 credit courses and most visiting international students choose to take one or more of these courses. However, UH Mānoa Summer Sessions also offers noncredit courses, including numerous popular English programs for international students. Click below for more information:

Noncredit English Language Programs


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Term Dates

  • Summer 1
    May 27 – July 3, 2014
  • Summer 2
    July 7 – August 14, 2014
  • Varied Date Courses
    May 27 – August 14, 2014

  • Registration Dates
    UHM Seniors (89+ credits) – March 4
    UHM Continuing –
    March 5
    New or Visiting –
    March 11

Contact Us

UHM Outreach College
Office of Student Services

Sinclair Library 301

2425 Campus Road

Honolulu, HI 96822

Phone: (808) 956-7221

Email: ochelp@hawaii.edu

Web: outreach.hawaii.edu