Required Action Checklist

1. Have the proper documents for U.S. entry

Check that you have the following documents needed upon arrival at a U.S. port-of-entry.

  • Certificate of Eligibility (COE) issued by the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM) -  Form I-20 (for F-1 students) or Form DS-2019 (for J-1 students)
  • Passport
  • Visa for F-1 or J-1 (Canadian citizens do not need a visa for entry.)
  • SEVIS Fee receipt (payment to U. S. Department of Homeland Security for your F-1 or J-1 record). Transfer students normally are not asked for a SEVIS fee receipt because it is not their first entry on the F-1 record.
  • You should also carry a copy of your admission letter and documents that show proof of funding for your program, such as scholarship or graduate assistantship letters, bank statements, etc. These may or may not be requested or inspected.

REMINDER FOR CANADIAN STUDENTS: Since Canadian student are not required to have a Visa for their F-1/J-1 program, it is IMPORTANT that you show your I-20/DS-2019 on entry to the U.S. This will make sure that you are entering on your F-1/J-1 program and not accidentally entering as a tourist.

REMINDER FOR ALL STUDENTS: If this is your first entry for a new program, the earliest that you may enter the U.S. is 30 days before the start date of your program, as shown on the COE. If you have not received a COE from UHM, please contact the Admissions Office related to your program:

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate Admissions Office
Tel: (808) 956-8975 | Fax: (808) 956-4148

Graduate Students

Graduate Admissions Office, Graduate Division
Tel: (808) 956-8544 | Fax: (808) 956-4261

Visiting and Exchange Students

Mānoa International Exchange (MIX) Program
Tel: (808) 956-4728 | Fax: (808) 956-5076

Professional Schools and Special Programs

Students admitted into programs at the William S. Richardson School of Law, John A. Burns School of Medicine, or graduate programs in the Shidler College of Business, or special programs handled by specific departments, should contact the admissions offices or programs directly.

Important Dates for Fall 2023

  • Earliest Date you can enter the U.S.: 30 Days before your Program Start Date (see your I-20 or DS-2019)
  • Payment Receipt Deadline: August 17, 2023
  • Health Clearance Deadline: August 17, 2023 (For International Students Only)
  • New Student Health Insurance Reporting Deadline: August 21, 2023
  • Visa Clearance Deadline: August 25, 2023
  • Last day to Add/Drop Class Normally: August 29, 2023