International Student Guide
2019 - 2020
TOP 1.7% UH MÄ noa is consistently ranked among the top 1.7% of nearly 18,000 universities in the world!
It all starts
The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa is the perfect setting for you to grow academically and professionally, where learning extends beyond the classroom. We invite you to expand your horizons at our world-class institution - right here in Honolulu, Hawai‘i.
WELINA MA NOA, WELCOME!
PHOTO CREDIT: CAMERON BROOKS
Uniquely Mānoa 65.7° Average annual precipitation
3 MILES From Mānoa to downtown Honolulu and less than a mile from Waikīkī.
200 FT. Vertical drop at Mānoa Falls. A well known and popular hiking trail and waterfall in Mānoa!
LYON ARBORETUM A 194-acre botanical garden located in upper Mānoa Valley, Lyon Arboretum is home to over 5,000 species of tropical plants and ranked in the top ten list of 50 best university gardens in the United States. A resource for both the University and our community.
Maluna a'e o nā lāhui a pau ke ola o ke kanaka. "Above all nations is humanity."
Honolulu, Oʻahu, HI
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
TOP 5 MAJORS FOR INTERNATIONAL UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS:
STUDENT TO FACULTY RATIO: 13:1
AVG. CLASS SIZE
33 Lower Division 20 Upper Division
% OF FACULTY WITH PHD: 85%
TOP 5 MAJORS FOR INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE STUDENTS: 1. Second Language Studies
DID YOU KNOW?
Travel Industry Management
UH Mānoa offers instruction in over 25 languages, the most in any institution in the United States
Biology 2. Economics
3. Political Science Accounting
4. Civil Engineering
Second Language Studies
5. Business Administration
Student Characteristics STUDENT DIVERSITY • 41% *Asian
• 23.5% Caucasian
Countries and Regions Represented
Total Fall 2017 Enrollment
(12,798 Undergraduate 4,731 Graduate)
• 16% *Native Hawaiian • 15.1% Multiracial
*Asian • 9.5% Filipino • 9% Japanese • 8.8% Mixed Asian • 7% Chinese • 3.3% Korean • 0.8% Other Asian
• 1.9% Hispanic
*Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander • 1.7% African American • 14% Native • 0.4% Unknown Hawaiian or Part Hawaiian • 0.3% American Indian • 2% Pacific or Alaskan Native Islander
DID YOU KNOW?
UH Mānoa is the 6th most ethnically diverse university in the United States (2018, US News and World Report)
Based on Fall 2017 facts and statistics provided by UH Mānoa Institutional Research & Analysis Office. For more information, visit www.hawaii.edu/irao
SAFE AND SECURE CAMPUS
UH Mānoa is ranked 306 out of 18,000 universities worldwide (Center for World University Rankings, 2018). On a national level, UH Mānoa is ranked 159 of all the universities in the U.S. (US News & World Report, 2018). Many of our individual programs have high rankings as well. These rankings are due to the quality of education, the quality of our faculty, quality of our publications, number of research output, and employment of graduates.
UH Mānoa’s student body is a reflection of Hawaii’s reputation of being one of the most diverse places in the U.S. Over 140 countries and regions make up the UH Mānoa student population. As a result, UH Mānoa is ranked sixth of U.S. national universities in ethnic diversity (US News and World Report, 2018). In addition to a great academic experience, you will develop cross cultural communication and gain multicultural experiences that will be invaluable.
UH Mānoa is one of the safest and most secure campuses in the U.S. Among the most attended universities in the U.S., UH Mānoa is ranked seventh in safety resources (College Stats, 2017). UH Mānoa is also ranked 74 in safety out of 2,167 four year colleges and universities (Alarms.org, 2017). This is due to 24-hour security officers on duty, emergency call boxes throughout the campus, safety escort services, a safety and emergency mobile application, and a comprehensive public safety website. It is always good to be aware of your surroundings, but it is reassuring to know that you are in a safe environment.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS A healthy mind and body is key to academic success. At UH Mānoa, we provide that balance with the Warrior Rec Center (pictured), one of the best recreational facilities in Hawai‘i. Through our intramural sports program, complete against other students in sports such as basketball, soccer, volleyball, softball, or table tennis. Student Recreational Services offers hiking excursions, surf lessons, sailing lessons, stand up paddle (SUP), or kayaking. If you would like to do activities on your own, equipment rental is available.
SUPPORT FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS The Office of International Student Services is the #1 resource for international students at UH Mānoa. They prepare you before your arrival to Hawai‘i, assist you with student visa clearance, introduce you to the campus through an orientation event and week of activities, provide programs that help promote crosscultural adjustment, and provide continued support throughout your academic career.
SCHOLARSHIPS Cost can be a big factor in attending a university in the U.S. UH Mānoa has a number of scholarships just for international students that can greatly reduce your tuition cost. See page 14 for more information.
Academic Programs Undergraduate | Masters | Doctorate
• • • American Studies • •
• • • Anthropology • Architecture • •
• • • Astronomy •
• • • Engineering, Electrical • • • Engineering, Mechanical • • • English •
Environmental Design (Architecture)
Philippine Language & Literature
• • • Philosophy
Food Science & Human Nutrition
Business, Human Resource Management
Business, Management Information Systems
• • Cell & Molecular Biology • • • Chemistry • • • Chinese •
Clinical & Translational Research Communication • Communication & Information Sciences • Communication Sciences & Disorders
Communicology (Speech) Creative Media • Curriculum & Instruction
• • •
• • •
• • • History •
Human Development & Family Studies
Information & Computer Sciences
• • • Japanese •
Education, Secondary •
• • Educational Administration • • Educational Foundations • Educational Policy Studies • • Educational Psychology
Library & Information Science
• • • Marine Biology
• • • Second Language Studies • Social Welfare • •
• • • Sociology • •
• • • Theatre • •
Travel Industry Management
Tropical Agriculture & the Environment • • Tropical Medicine • • Tropical Plant Pathology • • Tropical Plant & Soil Science
• • Urban & Regional Planning
• • • Linguistics*
• Law •
• • • Korean
• Education, Exceptionalities • • Education, Learning Design & Technology
Rehabilitation Counseling Religion
• • • Kinesiology & Rehabilitation Science
• Juridical Science
• Education Education, Elementary
Hawaiian Hawaiian Studies
• • • Economics
• • East Asian Languages & Literatures
Education, Early Childhood
Geoscience for Professionals Global Environmental Science
• • • Public Health
Dance Dental Hygiene
• Professional Educational Practice
• • Developmental & Reproductive Biology
• • • Political Science • • • Psychology
• • • Computer Science •
• • • Physics
• • • Geology & Geophysics •
Pacific Islands Studies
• • • Geography
• • • Botany
Fashion Design & Merchandising
• • Oceanography
• • Ocean & Resources Engineering
• Biomedical Sciences
Nutritional Sciences • Nutrition
• • Business Administration
• Epidemiology •
Management • • • Nursing
• • Entomology •
• • • Natural Resources & Environmental
English as a Second Language*
• • • Atmospheric Science
• • • Engineering, Civil
Adapted Physical Activity
W Women’s Studies
• • Zoology
• • • Mathematics •
Medical Technology • Medicine
• • • Microbiology • • Molecular Biosciences & Bioengineering •
Molecular Biosciences & Biotechnology
Molecular Cell Biology
• • • Music
* Interdisciplinary Studies
Academic programs are subject to change. See catalog for most current program information. Visit www.catalog.hawaii.edu
Pre-Professional Preparation for Advanced Study Audiology Clinical Psychology Dentistry Dietetics *Interdisciplinary Studies Law Medicine Occupational Therapy Optometry Pharmacy Physical Therapy Physician Assistant Podiatry Public Health Veterinary Science
Unsure about your major? Our Exploratory Programs assist students in selecting a major that aligns their interests, abilities, and goals.
TO LEARN MORE, VISIT manoa.hawaii.edu/undergrad/exploratory
At the University of Hawaiâ€˜i at MÄ noa, we give you the tools to follow your dreams with a choice of 100 different majors, 87 graduate majors, 54 doctoral degrees, and 5 first professional degrees.
WHEREVER YOU WANT TO GO, WE CAN HELP YOU GET THERE.
Research Tier I University One of only 115 universities in the United States with this distinction
Ranked in the top 16 International Business undergraduate programs (2017, US News and World Report)
Ranked in the top 30 public universities for federal research funding in engineering and science (National Science Foundation)
Among the top 12 departments in the United States for Physics and Astronomy (National Research Council)
Ranked 76th in International Collaboration in the world (2018, US News the Best Global Universities Rankings)
For the last three years, the John A. Burns School of Medicine has ranked #1 in the National Institutes of Health among community based public medical schools.
The UH Translational Health Science Simulation Center is regarded as one of the most advanced simulation centers in the nation and gives students a chance to experience real life-scenarios using high-tech simulation technology.
UH Mānoa's Music Department is known globally for having the nation’s largest ethnomusicology program consisting of nine ethnic performing ensembles and over 5,000 ethnic instruments in its collection.
A $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation has enabled UH Mānoa to build the Cyber-Enabled Collaboration Analysis Navigation and Observation Environment or CyberCANOE; a data visualization system said to be the best in the country.
The Hawai‘i Space Flight Laboratory gives UH Mānoa the distinction of being the only university in the world to have both satellite fabrication capabilities with unique, direct access to orbital space.
Lyon Arboretum is the only research facility in the U.S. located in a tropical rainforest and is home to over 5,000 species of tropical and subtropical plants.
The Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge is the only indigenous college in a Research I ranked institution. Students have an opportunity to pursue, perpetuate, research, and revitalize all areas and forms of Hawaiian knowledge.
PICTURED: THE HAWAI'I INSTITUTE OF MARINE BIOLOGY (HIMB) LOCATED ON COCONUT ISLAND (MOKU O LO'E) IN KANE'OHE BAY OFF THE ISLAND OF O'AHU, CONDUCTS MULTI-DISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AND EDUCATION IN ALL ASPECTS OF TROPICAL MARINE BIOLOGY. HIMB CONTINUES TO BE A WORLD LEADER IN RESEARCH TO UNDERSTAND AND CONSERVE TROPICAL MARINE ECOSYSTEMS, DEVELOPING AND IMPLEMENTING NEW TECHNOLOGIES THAT ADVANCE THE INFORMED STEWARDSHIP OF HAWAI'I'S MARINE AND COASTAL BIODIVERSITY. HIMB IS AN INDEPENDENT RESEARCH UNIT WITHIN THE SCHOOL OF OCEAN AND EARTH SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (SOEST) AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI'I AT MANOA .
The University of Hawaiâ€˜i at MÄ noa is globally recognized for pioneering research in a number of fields and disciplines. We have the distinction of being the most ethnically diverse institutions of higher education in the country and regarded as being one of only a handful of colleges to have a land, sea, and space grant designation.
AT MA NOA, WE DON'T JUST EDUCATE - WE HELP YOU MAKE HISTORY!
RAINBOW WARRIORS The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa athletic teams (Rainbow Warrior Mens and Rainbow Wahine Womens) are named for the rainbows, which are commonly seen in Mānoa Valley. The logo pictured is the original logo for the University of Hawaiʻi Athletics Department from 1982-2000.
NCAA DIVISION I Cheer on our nationally ranked NCAA Division I athletic programs that include 12 Women's sports, 7 Men's sports, and 2 coed sports.
RAINBOW INVITATIONAL Since 1979, the Rainbow Invitational is an annual event where local high school band students are invited to participate in a showcase at Aloha Stadium. PICTURED: STAN SHERIFF CENTER
Athletics and the UH Band programs are huge traditions at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Approximately 450 student athletes compete on 21 NCAA Division I teams with an additional 300 students performing in marching and concert bands. With your valid student ID, gain free access to UH athletic games on campus as well as admission to Aloha Stadium for Warrior Football.
ATHLETICS (NCAA DIVISION I) hawaiiathletics.com MEN’S SPORTS Baseball Basketball Football Golf Swimming & Diving Tennis Volleyball WOMEN’S SPORTS Basketball Beach Volleyball Cross Country Golf Sailing Soccer Softball Swimming & Diving Tennis Track & Field Volleyball Water Polo
BAND uhbands.org CONCERT BANDS Wind Ensemble Symphonic Band Concert Band Fall Band Summer Band Chamber Groups Jazz Ensemble MARCHING BAND Pep Bands UH Drumline UH Color Guard Rainbow Dancers
COED SPORTS Cheerleading Sailing
Admissions UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS FRESHMAN ACADEMIC REQUIREMENT: GPA/marks equivalent to B* = Exceptional grade/marks* Math Science
TRANSFER ACADEMIC REQUIREMENT:
Minimum transferable semester credits
GRADUATE STUDENTS ACADEMIC REQUIREMENT: Received or expect to receive an equivalent degree from a recognized non-U.S. institution of higher learning or a bachelorâ€™s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university. Overall above average academic performance for undergraduate, postbaccalaureate, or graduate course work that is equivalent to B grade (3.00 on 4.00 scale) in U.S. post-secondary schools.
APPLICATION FEE: http://apply.hawaii.edu
ENGLISH PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENT:
APPLICATION FEE: http://apply.hawaii.edu Many academic departments have additional requirements, including the GRE, TOEFL score minimums, GPA minimums, GMAT and other documentation specific to the graduate field of study. Please contact the individual graduate program to inquire about additional requirements.
TOEFL (Internet) = 61 TOEFL (Paper) = 500 IELTS (Academic Section) = 5.0 EIKEN = Grade 2A
For a complete description of the admissions requirements, go to:
STANDARDIZED TEST REQUIREMENT:
ENGLISH PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENT:
The SAT or ACT is required for admissions, however, substitutions are accepted. To see the substitutions, go to the international admissions requirements page listed below.
TOEFL and IELTS minimum scores vary by field of study. Contact the individual graduate program to inquire about minimum score requirements.
*All GPA/marks are based on a U.S. secondary school and a 4.00 grading scale. For a complete description of the admissions requirements, go to:
PHOTO CREDIT: JEFF KUWABARA
STANDARDIZED TEST REQUIREMENT: Contact the individual graduate program to inquire about what exams are required and the minimum score to obtain. Visit:
Studying Marine Biology at the University of Hawai'i at MÄ noa has allowed me to get hands on experience in underwater data collection and has given me the opportunity to get out of the classroom and actually do science - not just talk about it." JAKE REICHARD
Snohomish, Washington Marine Biology Major â€™20
Investing in your UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT TUITION:
ROOM & BOARD:
Future GRADUATE STUDENT TUITION:
ROOM & BOARD:
INTERNATIONAL UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES** SCHOLARSHIP
Mānoa International Excellence Scholarship
(valued at ~$22,032 USD per year for 4 years)
International Merit Award Scholarship*** International Undergraduate Student Scholarship Mānoa Academic Merit Scholarship***
GRADE POINT AVERAGE****
SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINE
150% of In-State tuition
(valued at ~$16,380 USD per year for each year of attendance)
$10,000 USD per year $2,000 USD per year (for 4 years)
"High" SAT "High" ACT
Apply for Admission by March 1
SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION: Office of Admissions Scholarships
International Student Services Scholarships
www.hawaii.edu/issmanoa/?page_id=2533 STAR Database
*The 2019 - 2020 estimated tuition and room and board costs are projected costs to attend for an academic year. The totals listed are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Regents. Cost total does not include student fees, books, supplies, and daily expenses. **Scholarship opportunities and award amounts are subject to change. Some scholarships cannot be combined. ***No separate scholarship application is required. Scholarship eligibility is determined when an Admissions Application is submitted. ****Grade Point Average is based on the US 4.0 scale. Grades/marks outside of the US will be converted to the US 4.0 scale to determine scholarship eligibility.
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Visit us! Experience a campus tour by calling +18089567137 or manoa.hawaii.edu/admissions/visit The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. A special mahalo to UH Athletics, Chancellor's Office, Ka Leo O Hawai‘i, Jose Magno, Cameron Brooks, Jeff Kuwabara and our UH Rainbow Warrior students for their image contributions.