- 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)
- 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)
Undergraduate Admissions Office
Tel: (808) 956-8975 | Fax: (808) 956-4148
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 ProgramsStudents 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.
Flight to Honolulu, HawaiʻiIf 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.
Ground Transport from AirportPre-arranged airport pick-up services usually cost less than if you get a taxi once onsite. Some examples of reservation-based Airport pick-up services are:
Free ServiceIf you would like to arrange for ground transport in advance, the International Ministries, located next to the UHM campus, handles airport pick-up for any international student who requests it. To request pick-up:
- Email email@example.com at least one week before arrival
- In the email, given your full name, gender, arrival information (flight number and carrier, date and time of arrival) and address where you wish to be taken in Honolulu.
- You will receive a response with instructions for meeting the volunteer at the airport arrival area.
You must complete the university's Health Clearance Form, showing proof of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination, and clear a tuberculosis (TB) test. The Health Clearance Form can be sent ahead of your arrival to University Health Services.
Some students may have the MMR vaccination, but must still take a TB test with a U.S. licensed physician. Because such physicians may not be available in your home country, you must to take the TB test once you arrive in the U.S. Such tests can be taken at the University Health Services clinic.
If you do not have the MMR vaccination, please know a TB test must be taken at least 4 weeks apart from the MMR vaccination.
Failure to complete the Health Clearance will prevent you from moving into student housing and attending classes, and you will have all of your registered classes dropped.
International students on F-1 and J-1 visas must prove that they have a minimum amount of insurance to cover the length of their program. The university sponsors its own Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), but students may purchase other options, as long as they meet minimum requirements set by the university. Health insurance may be purchased before you arrive in the U.S. Go to the ISS Health Insurance page to read about insurance minimums and proof requirements.
If you do not prove that you have adequate health insurance by the start of the semester, a hold will be placed on your registration and block you from adding or dropping courses.
On your UHM admission letter, it may show that you are required to take an English Language Placement Test through the English Language Institute (ELI).
The ELI Placement Test is given to new international students whose prior coursework and test scores indicate a possible need for additional English language instruction to succeed in a U.S. university. Based on your ELI placement test results, you may be exempted from ELI, or placed into a series of required ELI courses.
Students who are required to take the ELI test will have the “ELI hold” placed on their student record at the time of admission and will not be able to register for courses until the hold is removed. The ELI hold is removed when you register for any ELI Placement date, but will be reset if you fail to appear for the test.
By signing up early for an ELI Placement Test, you can avoid having the ELI hold stop your registration for courses.
Welina Manoa is the welcome initiative for undergraduate students and consists of orientation called Making Manoa Yours and a first day of school kick off event called And the Adventure Begins. For more information about the event, please visit The Welina Manoa Website. Orientation registration will be available at the end of May.
New Graduate Student Orientation 2019, organized by the Graduate Division, is free and designed to complement orientations offered by individual graduate programs. Each graduate department or school may also hold their own orientations. If you have not received such information, check with your major department.
For a list of other orientations happening on campus, check the Week of Welcome website.