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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, as well as social science and humanities courses reflecting these cultures, are unmatched, as are those in the sciences.  But because Hawaii attracts so many exchange students, there are some realities that should be considered before choosing UHM for exchange:


1. 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.


2. Cost of Tuition:

UHMís tuition for 2014-2015 will be $5,311 per semester, including campus fees. (Subject to possible increase in fees.)


3. Plan A and Financial Aid from UHM:

Most students accepted for exchange must process financial aid (all FAFSA) through UHM. The UHM FAFSA code 001610 must be listed on the FAFSA or renewal FAFSA as soon as possible. Students should also respond promptly to all communications from the UHM financial aid office (at least two months are required to process aid applications after the student's file is complete, including verification process, etc.)  If you have not been awarded, accepted and processed all financial aid by late July you should not come on exchange.  Do not assume that you can work while going to school full time to support your exchange expenses.


4. Limited Campus and Off-Campus Housing:

There are not sufficient campus housing spaces available for all NSE students who want to exchange to UHM. Students who wish to live on campus should apply promptly following instructions from the NSE coordinator. The range of costs is approximately $2,500 to $3,000 per semester (depending on hall, for a double room; this does not include meal plan purchase, which is required for the residence halls, not for campus apartments).  A deposit is due upon receipt of the contract (usually mid-summer). Visit www.housing.hawaii.edu for the latest information.


Some students prefer to live off-campus will be accepted. However, off-campus rentals are scarce and expensive, should be chosen from the off-campus housing website at www.housing.hawaii.edu/och, and should be confirmed before arrival. 


5. 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.


6. Course Catalog and Fall Schedule of Courses:

For advising purposes, the UHM course catalog is available at the UHM website,  www.catalog.hawaii.edu.  The fall schedule of courses is available April at www.hawaii.edu/myuh/manoaFor many courses, exchange students must provide the department with evidence of prerequisites at their home school equivalent to the UHM prerequisites for the course.  Further detail on registration and course overrides will be sent in July.


7. 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 in early August (with transfers).


8. Limited Course Availability:

As at all NSE schools, but even more so at UHM due to the large number of incoming students, there is no guarantee of getting specific courses, and students need flexibility as some courses will be closed by the time they register. 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/exchange/cmajors.asp, it is not available to exchange students. UPPER DIVISION BUSINESS COURSES (Including Finance, Marketing, Accounting, and Management) ARE CLOSED TO EXCHANGE STUDENTS.



If you have questions, you can email the coordinator at sandyd@hawaii.edu.




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       Last Updated: 2013 November 21