University of Hawaii at Hilo

Area of Study Arts and Humanities, Biology, Business, Creative Arts, Education, Environmental Practice, Environment and Geoscience, Indigenous Studies, Information Technology, Languages, Marine Science, Politics, Psychology, Science, Sports and Exercise Science, Zoology
Course Language(s) English
Average Credit Load 12-18 Credits
Semester dates Fall August - December
Winter January - May

About the University

The University of Hawai'i at Hilo is a state university with a private college atmosphere. They offer small class sizes, a low faculty-to-student ratio and opportunities for research and hands-on learning. UH Hilo is a public liberal arts and science university with just under 4,000 students and an average class size of 20. On Hawai‘i Island, inspiration is everywhere; it’s in the land, sky and sea, in the people you meet on forest trails, local markets, and in the classrooms. Built on the coastal slopes of the world’s largest mountain and centred in the Pacific Ocean, the University of Hawai‘i Hilo challenges, empowers and inspires our students. As a university community, they draw our inspiration from the people they call ‘ohana, and the island they call home.


Hilo, Hawaii, United States of America

Hilo is a town on Hawaii, commonly called the Big Island, in the state of Hawai'i. It’s known for Wailuku River State Park, featuring Waianuenue, or Rainbow Falls, with its colourful mist effects. The bubbling basalt-lava rock pools known as the Boiling Pots are nearby. To the south is Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, home to rainforests and the active Kilauea and Mauna Loa volcanoes.

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Courses available

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


Students can choose off-campus housing or the residence halls for students attending the University of Hawaii at Hilo that are a special part of the University community. Residence halls house students from all the islands of Hawaii along with students from the mainland and foreign countries. The UH Hilo University Housing Program is dedicated to providing you with an atmosphere that will give you a sense of belonging to the campus and help you quickly become a part of campus life.

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 9,000.

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Visa requirements

F1 student visas are required.

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