September 16, 2021

About the Program

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A Semester in Hawai’i (ASH) is a program intended to facilitate undergraduate students attending the University of Hawai’i Manoa for a single semester as transfer students. When it comes to navigating the process of enrollment and arrival on the island the ASH staff is here to help, but there are many aspects of the student experience that ASH does not have control over. Questions or concerns regarding the following issues should be directed to the following departments: UH system application (admissions), Registration for courses (registrar), Housing (student housing services), Financial support (financial aid services), and university fees (the cashier’s office). 

The University of Hawai’i at Manoa provides an exciting academic experience and a vast array of courses and offerings. Students may enroll in any available course at UH as long as prerequisites are fulfilled. Most take a few courses unavailable at their home colleges. As transfer students ASH students will be held responsible for all fees associated with attending UH unless specified otherwise in an agreement between UH and the student’s home institution. Tuition, housing, meals, and all other/incidental costs are the responsibility of the student and not the ASH program.

Because of our geographic location and history of immigration from Asia and Pacific Island nations, Hawaiʻi has evolved into a unique multi-cultural community. This internationalism has helped shape the focus and content of the university’s academic programs. We believe that a significant part of a college education is studying other cultures and living and learning with students from different backgrounds. The university offers 2500 courses each semester, 26 foreign languages including 19 different Asian and Pacific languages, and over 500 courses with specific Asian/Pacific focus. UH Mānoa also has the distinction of being a land-, sea-, and space-grant research institution. Former students have enrolled in courses as diverse as Asian economics, Chinese and Japanese literatures, Hawaiian archeology, Indonesian dance, Korean language, marine biology, geology, astronomy, creative media as well as regular arts and science courses.

If you wish to benefit from the richness of other cultures you will find the special courses and activities available at the University of Hawaiʻi a complement to your existing academic studies. For questions visit Frequently Asked Questions or Contact Us if you have a question that is not covered on that page. When you are ready to apply, visit the Apply page!