Hawaii Pacific University

Area of Study Arts and Humanities, Biomedicine, Biology, Business, Creative Arts, Education, Engineering, Environmental Practice, Environment and Geoscience, Indigenous Studies, Information Technology, Languages, Marine Science, Politics, Psychology, Science, Social Work, Zoology
Course Language(s) English
Average Credit Load 12-15 Credits
Semester dates Fall August - December
Spring January - May

About the University

Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) combines the excitement of an urban downtown campus with the serenity of a campus set in the green foothills of Oahu's Ko’olau mountains, and its aquaculture research facility, Oceanic Institute, borders the ocean.

The main campus is located in downtown Honolulu, the business and financial centre of the Pacific, and is home to the College of Business and College of Liberal Arts.

HPU believes it is their responsibility to give back to the community and respect the land they live in. Students, faculty, staff, and the broader university community are encouraged to find experiential learning opportunities with community impact that perpetuates our Hawaiian values of pono, kuleana, and aloha.


Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America

Hawaii, a US State, is an isolated volcanic archipelago in the Central Pacific. Its islands are renowned for their rugged landscapes of cliffs, waterfalls, tropical foliage and beaches with gold, red, black and even green sands. Of the 6 main islands, Oahu has Hawaii’s biggest city and capital, Honolulu, home to crescent Waikiki Beach and Pearl Harbor's World War II memorials.

Exchange information

Courses available

For more information on courses available, visit the HPU website.


Downtown is the main campus with most offices and classes, and some housing. The Hawaii Loa campus also offers housing, and most of the science classes are on this campus. More information on accommodation.

Cost of living

Cost of living varies depending on personal needs, the estimated cost of living for one semester including on-campus accommodation, food, health insurance, transport, textbooks and supplies and spending is estimated at USD 11,000.

See current exchange rates.

Visa requirements

Exchange Students will enter the United States on a J-1 visa status. To obtain their J-1 visa, they will be issued an acceptance letter and a DS20-19 Certificate of Eligibility once they have successfully applied and been accepted to the Exchange Program.

United States visa requirements vary depending upon the country of origin. Consult with your local US Embassy or Consulate.

Refer the US Department of State Information on J-1 visas for more detailed information.

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