Visa requirements and student resources for English language programs

10-week NICE
Program Visa requirements

Full-time international students must enter the United States (U.S.) on an F-1 student visa. (Full-time study at NICE = 20 hours or more per week). The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa is authorized under U.S. Federal Law to enroll non-immigrant alien students. Persons in the U.S. on a tourist visa (B-2) or the visa waiver Wavier/Tourist (W.T.) ESTA Program participants are not permitted to study in a 10-week session on a full-time basis.

3-week NICE
Program Visa requirements

A student visa is not required. Participants may enter the U.S. on a tourist visa or visa waiver.

Applying to the NICE Program

Applying to the 3-week NICE program
Individual students may apply and pay with a credit card online or fill out a paper application and send it by email, fax, or mail.

Group Sponsors, please contact the NICE office for information regarding your group’s application and payment process.

Mail 3-week NICE application items to:
NICE Registrar
University of Hawai’i at Mānoa
2545 McCarthy Hall, Bilger Hall 102
Honolulu, Hawai’i 96822 USA

Applying to the 10-week NICE program
Individual students may apply and pay with a credit card online or fill out a paper application and send it by email, fax, or mail.

Group Sponsors, please contact the NICE office for information regarding your group’s application and payment process.

When to apply to the 3 and 10 week NICE programs
Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full. For students requiring an I-20 Form and F-1 student visa, we recommend applying at least ten (10) weeks before the beginning of the study term.

For 10-week students not requiring student visas, we recommend applying at least six weeks before the beginning of the study term.

ALL APPLICANTS to the 10-week program must complete the following Items:

  1. Non-refundable Application Fee and Full Course Fee for one session (check or money order payable to “University of Hawai‘i”)
  2. NICE Program Application Form 
  3. Health Certification Form filled out and signed by a licensed physician.

Applicants who need a Student (F-1) Visa must also submit Item #5 & #6: (The Health Certification Form, may be submitted via email to ipinfo@hawaii.edu or may be faxed to (808) 956-3421; also please mail originals. If you are bringing a dependent with you, please email us at ipinfo@hawaii.edu for more information.)

  1. Official financial statement on bank letterhead with the name of the student, student’s immediate family member (parent, spouse, brother, sister), or sponsor*; name and address of bank; account number; account balance (minimum USD 7,925 for each 10-week session); signature of bank official; date of a bank statement. Bank statements must be dated within six months before the beginning of the study term. Sponsors must also submit an Affidavit of Support form.
  2. Copy of current Passport. For Transfer Students only, please also submit Item #7 & #8:
  3. Transfer Verification Form, signed by designated school officials from the previous school. Please download and print the form or request a copy of this form from the NICE office.
  4. Copy of current I-20 from your current or last school attended.

Mail 10-week NICE application items to:
NICE Registrar
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
2545 McCarthy Hall, Bilger Hall 102
Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96822 USA

SEVIS Payment
After receiving the Form I-20 from NICE and being issued a student visa, new students must pay a SEVIS processing fee of USD 350. The payment must be made online with a credit card.

Personal Interview
After receiving the I-20 and making the SEVIS payment, each student must make an appointment for a personal interview at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Students should be prepared to explain their study plans and show evidence of the intention to return home upon completing the program. If approved, the F-1 visa is issued.

For more information on visa issuance, please consult the USCIS website.

Additional requirements upon arrival
All new students must come to the NICE office before beginning the study term to complete the final registration. Students will need to bring the following:

  • Passport & I-20
    The NICE office will make a photo-copy of your passport and visa, I-94 card (in your passport), and I-20 Certificate of Eligibility form.
  • Proof of Medical Insurance
    Students without medical insurance will not be allowed to attend classes.

    Medical insurance should be purchased in the student’s native country, if possible. 

Students who do not purchase medical insurance in their home countries may also buy medical insurance online with the following private providers:

Visa Requirements for Custom Programs

Because Custom Programs are typically only a few hours in length, they are considered “incidental” to the participants’ visit. Participants may enter the country on a tourist (B-2) visa or the W.T. visa waiver program. 

Lengthy seminar programs may require student (F-1) visas. Our International Programs office can issue the Form I-20 needed to obtain the visa. Note that additional fees and earlier deadlines apply. Please email us for more information. 

Custom Programs policies

Late fee:
If the deadlines do not receive the required documents and fees, we may cancel the program or assess a Late fee, typically 10% of the program fee. Programs requests received within six months before the program starts may be accessed a late fee.

Change fee:
After the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) is signed for change requests, there will be a $10 per student change fee plus any university costs due to the change. This fee may be waived under certain circumstances.

Cancellations and Refunds:
Notification of cancellations must be received in writing by the International Programs office no later than 30 calendar days before the program’s first day. 

Housing

Students who are registered for at least one credit course may apply for on-campus housing. Availability may vary depending on the term period. You can find information about Campus Housing here

Questions

Please email us at ipinfo@hawaii.edu or phone us at (808) 956-7753.