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All placements for exchange through the National Student Exchange are administered by the NSE coordinator at the student's home school. If you are not sure who that is or where the NSE office is on your campus, please visit www.nse.org/exchange/offices.asp for more information. All NSE campuses are listed, with the location of the NSE office on that campus.






Introduction: Many students are attracted to the dream of studying on exchange at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa (UHM). Visions of sandy beaches, palm trees, sparkling blue water, and endless days of sun fill their fantasies.  Others are attracted to the idea of living in such a diverse environment, learning more about the peoples of Hawai`i, Asia, and the Pacific.  Indeed, the opportunities for study in Asian and Pacific languages and cultures; their related social science and humanities courses; and the world-renowned earth, ocean, planetary, environmental/climate, and biological science areas are unmatched.  But because Hawaii attracts so many exchange students (and because it is so far away for most), there are some realities that should be considered before choosing UHM for exchange:


1.  No Spring-only Exchanges Available:

Students can exchange to UHM for fall semester (FS) or the academic year (AY) only.


2. Limited Plan B Spaces:  

A very limited number of students can be accepted on Plan B.  Students from schools offering Plan A cannot be accepted on Plan B, unless UHM is sending a Plan B student to that school. The coordinator will be informed of any Plan B opportunities.


3. Plan A 2016-2017 Tuition and Financial Aid from UHM:

UHM resident tuition will be approximately $5,846 per semester, including campus fees.   Students receiving financial aid from UHM (most on Plan A) should list the UHM FAFSA code (001610) on the FAFSA or renewal FAFSA by mid-February if possible. Students should also respond promptly to all communications from the UHM financial aid office. Award offers for most NSE students, unless they are eligible for the Pell Grant, are primarily loans, including PLUS (parent) loans.  No scholarships are available for out-of-state students.


4. Health Issues:

An Immunization Record form was attached to your first email. You should obtain documentation of all parts required, either from your current school's records OR having a healthcare provider administer the inoculations and TB test, as soon as possible, and send the signed form as a scanned email attachment to sandyd@hawaii.edu.  It is highly recommended that students access the more complete health information form at:  www.hawaii.edu/myuh/healthform  This will help determine whether current health insurance can be utilized at our University Health Services, and to find information on the ongoing physical/psychological treatments available on our campus.  It is very important that documentation be sent to the UHM disability support office at kokua@hawaii.edu if students have previously received such services in compensation for any physical, psychological, or learning-related challenges.



5. Limited Campus and Off-Campus Housing:

Most NSE students who wish to live on campus can, but must follow up promptly, as obtaining assignments is competitive. The range of costs is approximately $2,700 to $3,000 per semester (depending on hall, for a double room; this does not include meal plan purchase, required for the residence halls, not for campus apartments). Although every student must sign a full-year contract, those planning to return to their home schools in spring semester will be issued a semester-only contract by mid-November. Visit http://www.housing.hawaii.edu for the latest information on campus housing. 


6. Parking:

There is NO CAMPUS PARKING for NSE students.  However, there is an excellent city bus system, and a free bus pass is provided as part of student fees.


7. Course Catalog:

For advising purposes, the UHM course catalog is available at our website,  www.catalog.hawaii.edu.  The fall schedule of courses will be available online in early April at www.hawaii.edu/myuh/manoa (Choose 'Check Class Availability'). Remember that all course transfer advising must be done with the home school academic advisor - no one at UHM knows which UHM courses can be transferred to your home school.  Exchange students must often provide UHM departments with evidence of prerequisites at their home school equivalent to the UHM prerequisites for the course (to be found in the online catalog).


8. Registration Priority:

Because of the large number of exchange students attending UHM, there is no early registration and it is therefore not a good school for juniors and seniors with specific course needs. Registration for exchange students is usually in early or mid-August with transfers - our continuing students will have registered in April.


9. Limited Course Availability:

There is no guarantee of getting specific courses, and students need much flexibility in courses they plan to take as some will be closed by the time they register. Again, in general, we are not a good exchange campus for juniors and seniors with specific course needs. If a major is not listed on the searchable majors list on www.nse.org, it is not available to exchange students. UPPER DIVISION BUSINESS COURSES ARE CLOSED TO EXCHANGE STUDENTS.


10.  Adequate Preparation for Exchange:

Incoming students will be required to submit an agreement form to the UHM NSE coordinator by June 30, indicating that they understand and have carried out necessary preparations for getting Honolulu housing, health clearance, and financing their exchange in order to be cleared for registration.


Further questions can be addressed to sandyd@hawaii.edu




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       Last Updated: 2016 February 22