Hawaii Pacific University

Hawaii Pacific University is consistently ranked one of the top Master’s Universities around the world for international diversity by the Institute for International Education (IIE).

It is recognised by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top universities in the western region with “Most International.

Hawai'i Pacific University (HPU) has grown to become the state's leading private, non-profit university with a student population of nearly 7,000 undergraduate
and graduate students. HPU is one of the most culturally diverse universities in America with students from all 50 U.S. states and nearly 80 countries. HPU prides itself on maintaining strong academic programs, small class sizes,
individual attention to students, and a diverse faculty and student population.

 

 

Campus facilities

HPU combines the excitement of an urban downtown campus with the serenity of a residential campus set in the green foothills of the windward side of the island. With high-tech computer labs and executive classrooms, HPU facilities provide students some of the best and newest technology at their fingertips. You can find more information here:

http://www.hpu.edu/About_HPU/Campuses_and_Facilities.html

EBSL and RBSL students will take courses in the downtown campus - the business and financial center of the Pacific.

Library

HPU has two libraries:

  • Atherton Library, located on the Windward side of O'ahu, serves the Hawai'i Loa campus

  • Meader Library, located in the heart of downtown Honolulu, serves the downtown campus

The Center for Student Life hold regular on-campus activities and events to enhance your college experience at HPU. These activities are great opportunities to take a break and have fun, and we encourage you to get involved in them.

HPU provides the Sea Warrior Center, a comfortable gathering place for students, on the downtown campus.  Along with a lot of study space, you’ll find a pool table, a ping pong table, a foosball table, a big screen television and comfy couches for visiting with friends.The Sea Warrior Center hosts a variety of events

Careers Services Center

The Career Services Center have experience in assisting International Students in finding jobs as well as providing advice on how to find a job (through on-campus jobs and academic training for J-1 students (i.e. students with visas).

Services for International Students

In particular the Designated School Officials (DSO) in the Career Services Center can assist international students with questions and concerns they may have regarding CPT work authorization.  They also process the CPT work authorisations for F-1 students.  

Career Counselors can assist international students with a wide range of career counseling services, including resume writing, interview preparation, job search assistance, registering for an internship and more.   

Academic calendar

Autumn Semester: September – December

Spring Semester: January – May

Early September and consists of 15 weeks of classes, including a week of final examinations.

Mid-January and consists of 15 weeks of classes, including a week of final examinations.

Academic life

At HPU, your classes will be rigorous and academics will need to be your top priority.

  • All courses offered by HPU are open to exchange student enrolment as long as the student meets all course prerequisites, which will be determined by an HPU academic advisor and the appropriate academic department.

  • Please see link below for the list of courses offered at HPU

http://www.hpu.edu/CourseSchedules

  • Please note that all courses listed may not be available at the start of the semester.

  • Pay attention to the location of the class! HPU has several campuses mainly Downtown and Hawaii Loa Campus. There is an HPU shuttle available between Downtown and HLC, however please give yourself at least 30 minutes to commute between the different campuses when selecting classes. You shoould choose coursrs from the downtown capus.

  • All the courses you choose must be in-class courses and not on-line courses

  • Please take time when choosing your courses because once you have been enrolled for a course there is a fee each time you add or drop a class once the semester begins.

  • Please select only undergraduate courses. Do not mix undergraduate and post graduate courses

For RBSL students:

  • The courses you choose must  be approved by your Programme Director, Noemi Sadowska (sadowskan@regents.ac.uk)

  • Ensure that the courses you choose meet your degree pathway requirements

  • If you intend to take any other courses which have not been approved you must email your Programme Director

  • All courses must be taught and examined in English

  • No credit will be given to any courses taken without the approval of your Programme Director

  • All questions regarding your courses should always be directed first to your Programme Director

For EBSL students:

The courses you choose must  be approved by your Programme Director

  • If you intend to take any other courses which have not been approved you must email your Programme Director

  • All courses must be taught and examined in English

  • No credit will be given to any courses taken without the approval of your Programme Director

  • All questions regarding your courses should always be directed first to your Programme Director.

Grading

American universities use the Carnegie Classification definition of a credit hour. A credit hour is defined as at least twelve and a half hours of direct faculty instruction (in class or remote sites) with at least twenty-five hours of student work outside of that direct instruction, usually spread over fifteen weeks, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time.

Typically, courses are 3 credits each, meaning that students meet in class and/or online for 2 ½ hours a week and do academic work outside class at least five hours a week over a fifteen-week semester or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time. Courses that carry 4 or 5 credit hours require approximately one or two more hours of work each week in classes and require at least 1.67 or 3.33 additional hours of academic work outside class each week over a fifteen-week semester or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time.

Grades Calculated in Grade Point Average

A (Excellent)

4.00

A-

3.67

B+

3.33

B (Good)

3.00

B-

2.67

C+

2.33

C (Satisfactory)

2.00

C-

1.67

D (Poor)

1.00

F (Academic Fail)

0.00

FX (Administrative Fail in Course for Grade)

0.00

Academic Fail: Academic fail indicates the student’s continued enrollment in the course and he or she did not satisfy the Instructor’s summative requirements for passing the course.

Administrative Fail: Administrative fail is assigned by the instructor in lieu of a grade of F when a student never attended or ceased attending the class, rendering an assessment of academic performance impossible. Instructors will be asked to provide the last date of attendance.

Class Attendance

Individual instructors may have different attendance requirements; it is the student’s responsibility to check each course syllabus to determine policy and to speak to instructors or the international office at the host institution regarding excused absences.

Workload

You must enrol for 15 US credits (approx. 4 – 5 courses).

Please note the following when selecting your modules:

  • You may not enrol in any course that you have previously taken at Regent's University London

  • Ensure the module you are interested in is running in your SPA semester

  • Courses must be one semester long. Students may not be allowed to take yearlong courses

  • You must submit your Learning Agreement with the courses you have registered for no later than three weeks after your arrival at the host institution

 

 

Passing requirements

In order to pass your SPA you must obtain a pass in a minimum of 12 US credits.

Students who fail to pass all their courses will be required to make up the missing credits. Please contact the Outbound Unit (outbound@regents.ac.uk) for more details.

Disability provisions

HPU have a Coordinator of Academic Advising and Student Support who help students with disabilities with any accommodations they may require. Some of the support available include note-taking, extra time for examinations / assessment. For more information please contact the IPO.

Lifestyle

Living in Hawaii:

According to USA Today, the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index for 2010 revealed that Honolulu ranked No. 3 on the list of top 10 cities in America, where residents feel the happiest and healthiest.  With that in mind, this page is a brief introduction to help you explore Oahu with resources beyond the famous Waikiki beach.  There are tons of great things to do living on Oahu, click on the following link to begin expanding your knowledge of local resources in the flourishing communities of Oahu.

Transport 

When selecting taxi use the registered ones (rates change but expect $2.75 fro the meter to begin and then $ for each additional mile). Mopeds are alternative mode of transport but are only recommended when you have been in Hawai’i long enough to know the roads and the traffic regulations. Bicycles are convenient and inexpensive – all bicycles must be licensed – usually the store where you buy it will arrange for a licence. Car is another way of transportation but the insurance and parking fees are expensive (especially in the Waikiki and downtown areas).

Accommodation

There are different ways in which students can search for off-campus housing: Hawaii Student Housing, HPU Pipeline Electronic Advertisements (eAds) and rental Websites. http://www.hpu.edu/StudentServices/CommuterServices/OffCampusHousing/WaysToSearchForHousing.html

The Off-Campus Student Housing Guide is an excellent resource for students living in off-campus housing. The guide contains important information concerning searching for housing, landlord/tenant regulations and responsibilities and the lease etc.

Hawaii Student Housing: Hawaii Student Housing is the student housing company for students.  They offer students the largest facilities on the island of O'ahu and are committed to a 100% student community. 

HOW MUCH CAN YOU EXPECT TO PAY?
Apartment prices on the island of O‘ahu will vary according to location. The following cost approximations (monthly rental fee) are based on an average sized, furnished apartment in the Honolulu area.

Studio: ..............$700 to $1,000 per month
1 Bedroom: .......$900 to $1,200 per month
2 Bedroom: .......$1,100 to $1,600 per month

They offer students the enriched and educational environment a residence hall provides, with the privacy an apartment. Students have the ability to choose from two unique locations, 5 different styles of bed types AND a variety of terms. Additionally, they offer room mate matching program and HPU Financial Aid Deferment plan upon request and with the completion of required forms.  Numerous amenities include: periodic, partial maid service, cable, internet, air conditioning, student programming and much more! Located in the Waikiki, Honolulu area, locations are approximately 30 minutes from the HPU downtown campus by city bus and only three blocks from the beach.   

Cost of living

The cost of living in Hawaii is expensive as everything is imported. It's the price of living in paradise. For example, a gallon of milk costs $7 and gas has been known to go over $4/gallon for regular gas. Housing costs are also high as there are only a limited number of houses to own/rent.

Estimated costs of living are as follows:

  • $11,000-$12,000 per full academic year (~$1000/month)

  • Other expenses: **~$3000

The above is an estimate and may vary from current HPU estimations. This pricing includes transportation, books, health insurance, technology fee, and Uni-card.

Please follow this link for continuously updated information: Estimated Cost of Living

Tips

Student feedback can be found on Blackboard. Click here to log into Blackboard.

Application

The IPO will conatct you one semster before you are due to go abroad with application procedure details. You will receive the application form electronically which must be then typed in and returned to HPU.

Health Insurance

Health insurance is required of visiting exchange students. Unfortunately, HPU does not provide health insurance plans. The International Student Health Insurance Form will be sent to you with the Course Request Form after you must have submitted your completed application. Please note that the form needs to include a parent or guardian’s signature if you are under 21 years of age at time of completing form. In addition, the form also needs to be accompanied by a copy of the insurance policy you have purchased with the start and end dates of your coverage.

Visa requirements

International students must maintain full-time status in order to meet visa requirements.
United States visa requirements vary depending upon the country of origin. Please consult with your local US Embassy or Consulate.

Visiting students, including exchange students, require a J-1 visa in order to study in the United States.

Please follow this link for more information: US Visa Requirements

United States visa requirements vary depending upon the country of origin. Please consult with your local US Embassy or Consulate. Visiting students, including exchange students, require a J-1 visa in order to study in the United States.

Procedures and requirements for applying for a student visa vary from country to country and can be complex. Your nearest U.S. Embassy can provide information on the visa application procedure. The link below is for the US Embassy in London:

http://london.usembassy.gov/visas.html

For more information, please go to:

http://www.hpu.edu/International_Student/Future_Student/ISS/index.html

Employment:

J-1 visa exchange students may apply for part-time (under 20hrs/week) positions at HPU. Upon arrival, please check with the International Center for details.

Please follow the link below for more information on Employment.

It is your responsibility to obtain the appropriate visa in order to study in the USA.

 

 

Contact

1164 Bishop Street
Suite 200
Honolulu (Hawaii)
96813

Contact: Kristian Howland
Department: International Center, Study Abroad & International Exchange
Phone: 001 808-544-9326
Email: khowland@hpu.edu
http://www.hpu.edu

Please note: The information on this page is accurate at the time of publishing. Some details have been sourced from external websites.

 

 

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Country: USA
Language of tuition: English
Level of study: Undergraduate
Partner type: Bilateral Exchange partner

Applicable Regent's programmes for a study period abroad: