Study Leave Program – Republic of Iraq

Application Instruction for Participants

 The University of Hawai’i at Mānoa (UHM) welcomes students from various institutions (e.g., Universities, Ministries, other governmental agencies) in the Republic of Iraq to pursue graduate degrees through Study Leave Program. UHM understands that the Study Leave Program will provide full tuition fellowships to Study Leave Program participants for graduate study outside of Iraq.  The fellowship will include full tuition and fees, health insurance that is required for J1 visa holders, and travel expenses for qualified admitted students. Participants will also continue to receive their salary while studying abroad. UHM is also aware that the fellowship will cover the cost of up to one full year of academic English language training for admissible students who do not meet the English proficiency requirement of the graduate program of interest.  This will be followed by a full 2 years of funding for those admitted to a master’s degree program, or 5 years of funding for those admitted to a doctoral degree program.

Based on the foregoing understanding, the Graduate Division of UHM provides the following instructions for applicants who apply to graduate study at UHM through the Study Leave Program.

The UHM graduate programs available for the Study Leave Program applicants for academic year 2020-2021 are:

  • Master of Arts in Economics
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Economics
  • Master of Arts in Public Administration
  • Master of Urban and Regional Planning

The UHM point of contact for the Study Leave Program is Ms. Ivy Mu (xiaoxin@hawaii.edu). If applicants are interested in graduate programs other than the ones listed above, please contact Xiaoxin Ivy Mu for further information. The list of the UHM Graduate Programs can be found here: http://www.manoa.hawaii.edu/graduate/content/graduate-programs.

STEP ONE:

Submit a Letter of Intent to the UHM Graduate Division by emailing xiaoxin@hawaii.edu no later than December 31. The letter shall include the following information:

  • Last Name/First Name
  • Passport Number
  • Intended Graduate Program
  • The most current English proficiency score for TOEFL-iBT or IELTS.

This letter is for Graduate Division to identify the Study Leave Program applicants.

 STEP TWO:

  • Circumstance I: Applicants who meet the English proficiency requirement (minimum TOEFL 80 or IELTS 6.5) and all other application requirements for the intended graduate program can submit an application for the graduate program online. The application deadline is February 1. The link to the online application is:

http://www.manoa.hawaii.edu/graduate/content/submitting-your-application

  • Circumstance II: Applicants who meet a lower English proficiency requirement (minimum TOEFL 69 or IELTS 6.0) will be required to do one extra year of English training before they begin their graduate studies at UHM. The English training will be taken at the Hawaii English Language Program (HELP). In this circumstance, applicants will submit their applications for the graduate program of interest online. However, the students will get a provisional admission letter from the UHM Graduate Division with the condition of successfully meeting all the admission requirements for the intended graduate program before the Fall semester of the following academic year. The application deadline is February 1.
  • Circumstance III: Students whose English proficiency score is below TOEFL 69 or IELTS 6.0 will not be eligible to submit an application for the graduate program of interest online. However, applicants may still apply to the HELP Program for English training. The application information is available on the HELP website: https://manoa.hawaii.edu/eslhelp. During the English training period at HELP, if students can meet the English proficiency requirement (minimum TOEFL 80 or IELTS 6.5) and all other application requirements for the graduate program of interest, they will be eligible to apply to the intended graduate program through the online application (same link as in Circumstance I & II).

STEP THREE

In Circumstance I & II, once an application is received, the UHM Graduate Division and the intended graduate program will review the application documents. If the application and required materials are submitted by the February 1 deadline, the admission decision will be sent to the applicants no later than April 30.

In Circumstance III, the application will be processed by the HELP program. An admission decision to the HELP Program will be sent to the applicants within 15 days of receipt of the application materials.

Attachment 1: Full List of Required Application Materials to the Graduate Program of Interest

Attachment 2: Procedures for applying to the HELP program