With its strategic location and multicultural heritage, the University of Hawaiʻi is uniquely international in outlook and committed to enhancing global awareness and intercultural understanding.

Intellectual Pursuit

The School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi’s flagship campus in Mānoa is one of the largest resource facilities for Asian and Pacific studies in the world. Its centers promote interdepartmental cooperation across a broad range of disciplines and create a stimulating environment for faculty and students.

Area Studies Centers

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Additional Programs

The Student Experience

Students gain a deeper understanding of our global society by living and learning abroad.
More than 2,300 students from countries near and far pursue their studies at one of the University of Hawaiʻi’s 10 campuses while study abroad and international exchange programs expand the horizons of U.S. students.

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International Student Admissions

Video: Current students talk about studying at UH

Study Abroad Programs

Video: UH students’ study abroad experience

Academic degrees

An international focus permeates many UH fields of study from agriculture to theatre. Degree programs include the following:


  • Asian Studies—BA and MA, Mānoa
  • Basic Hawaiian Culture—undergradaute certificate, Hilo
  • Chinese Studies—graduate certificate, Mānoa
  • Hawaiian Life Styles—AAS, Hawaiʻi
  • Hawaiian Studies—BA, Hilo; BA, MA Mānoa
  • International Cultural Studies—graduate certificate, Mānoa
  • Japanese Studies—BA, Hilo; graduate certificate, Mānoa
  • Korean Studies—graduate certificate, Mānoa
  • Pacific Islands Studies—BA, MA, graduate certificate, Mānoa; undergraduate certificate, Hilo
  • Philippine Studies—graduate certificate, Mānoa
  • Russian Area Studies—undergraduate certificate, Mānoa
  • South Asian Studies—graduate certificate, Mānoa
  • Southeast Asian Studies—graduate certificate, Mānoa



  • China-U.S. Relations—MA, Hilo
  • Ethnobotany—BS, Mānoa
  • Ethnic Studies, BA, undergraduate certificate, Mānoa
  • Global Environmental Science—BS, Mānoa
  • Global Health and Population Studies—graduate certificate, Mānoa
  • Indigenous Language and Culture Education—MA, Hilo
  • International Business—BBA, Mānoa
  • International Management—PhD, Mānoa
  • International Studies—undergraduate certificate, Hilo
  • Islamic Studies—undergraduate certificate, Mānoa
  • Kahuawaiola Indigenous Teacher Education—graduate certificate, Hilo
  • Peace Studies—undergraduate certificate, Mānoa

Scholarly Publishing

University of Hawaiʻi Press

The University of Hawaiʻi Press is one of the most respected publishers of Asian and Pacific studies titles in the world. Its East-West Export Books sells books throughout Asia and the Pacific for UH Press and 55 North American university presses and scholarly publishers.

In addition, UH faculty publish extensively on a wide range of international-related topics.

Journals Published by UH Press

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Recently Published by UH Authors


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Drinking Water Treatment: Focusing on Appropriate Technology and Sustainability (Springer) co-edited by Chittaranjan Ray, professor of civil and environmental engineering and interim director of the UH Water Resources Research Center provides a comparative analysis of solar pasteurization, solar distillation and natural riverbank filtration and examines the potential of membrane desalination—technologies that might be app;ropriate for treating drinking water in developing regions of the world. Read more in Mālamalama.

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Airborne Dreams: “Nisei” Stewardesses and Pan American World Airlines (Duke University Press 2011) by Christine Yano, UH Mānoa professor of anthropology, is the story of an unusual personnel program implemented by an American corporation intent on expanding and dominating the nascent market for international air travel. The program reflected the Jet Age dreams of global mobility that excited postwar Americans, as well as the inequalities of gender, class, race and ethnicity that constrained many of them.


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The Day the Dancers Stayed: Performing in the Filipino/American Diaspora (Temple University Press) by Theodore Gonzalves, UH Mānoa associate professor of American studies, traces a genealogy of performance repertoire for Pilipino Cultural Nights from the 1930s to the present. These campus events celebrating national identity through music, dance and theatrical narratives reemphasize what it means to be Filipino American. Gonzalves discusses how the rebellious spirit that enlivened the original seditious performances has been stifled.

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Globalization and Islamism: Beyond Fundamentalism (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2010), by Nevzat Soguk, UH Mānoa professor of political science, highlights the often-overlooked non-Arab forms of Islam in Turkey and in Indonesia, which hold the world’s largest population of Muslims. He examines the multiple historical political and religious legacies in Turkey and Indonesia in light of the rapid globalization they are experiencing.