Visiting Students

Hawai'i Pacific University is the state’s largest private, non-profit university with a student population from all 50 states and over 70 countries from around the world. HPU prides itself on small class sizes, personalized attention for students, and a diverse faculty and student population. 

The Visiting Student Program is created for students who want to spend one or two semesters at HPU. Visiting students will be able to enroll in a combination of classes from courses taught in either our undergraduate or graduate level programs. Undergraduate (Bachelor's level) visiting students typically take 12 – 17 credits per semester, and graduate (Master's level) visiting students typically take 9 – 12 credits per semester.

HPU admits students on a rolling admissions basis. There are no set deadlines. The recommended deadline for the fall or summer entry terms is June 15th. For spring entry term, the recommended deadline is November 15th. Study abroad in one of the most diverse private institutions of higher education in the United States - where warm beaches and relaxing waters anxiously await!

Application Steps

1. ONLINE VISITING APPLICATION

Undergraduates: Includes payment of $45 Application fee and $200 Registration Deposit (Non-Refundable). 

Graduates: Includes payment of $55 Application fee and $200 Registration Deposit (Non-Refundable). 

Click here for instructions on how to fill out the online visiting application. 

2. Send supporting documents to visiting@hpu.edu. For a list of supporting documents, click here.

Registration

Visiting students do not register for classes themselves on MyHPU. Visiting students are block-registered meaning the Academic Advising Office will register visiting students for the courses manually, once the Course Request Form has been submitted.

 

UNDERGRADUATES

FILL OUT AND SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING COURSE REQUEST FORM

  • To see which courses have been pre-approved for Fall 2020 visiting students, please click here.
  • To see which courses are offered for the Fall 2020 semester, please click here.
  • To see a list of course descriptions for these pre-approved courses, please click here.

  • To see the Online Course Search, please click here.
  • To see Course Syllabi, click here.

 

GRADUATES

FILL OUT AND SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING COURSE REQUEST FORM

  • To see which courses are available for the Fall 2020 semester, please click here.
  • To see the Online Course Search, please click here
  • To see Course Syllabi, click here

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Can visiting students work on campus? Is volunteering permitted on a visiting (F-1) student visa?

Visiting students can work on-campus on a part-time basis, but it is recommended to reach out to the Office of International Students & Scholars for more information on the regulations involved. Volunteering is permitted, as long as it is unpaid, without monetary compensation.

 

  • Can international students open a bank account in the U.S.?

International students are able to open bank accounts in the U.S. Please be sure to check with the bank in regards to the required documents prior to initiating the application process. Services provided by U.S. banks are similar to those in other countries, but the terms used may differ from international banking institutions in your home country. One of the most common confusions are the difference between a savings and a checking account. Bank services and costs vary considerably.

 

Click here to read more Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Our Team

Kevin Tangonan Mihaela Panayotova

KEVIN TANGONAN

Visiting & International Student Specialist

Kevin oversees the Visiting Student application process which includes admissions and course registrations.

Questions about our Visiting Student Program can be directed to Kevin at visiting@hpu.edu.

 MIHAELA PANAYOTOVA

European Regional Representative.

For questions about events, agreements and HPU's degree programs, please contact Mihaela at europe@hpu.edu. 

Uncertain about your query? Feel free to contact Mihaela and she will notify the appropriate person. 

Upcoming Webinars!

 

VISITING STUDENT WEBINAR - HOW TO APPLY, REGISTER, AND NAVIGATE THE I-20 PROCESS -

NOV 2, 2020 - 8:00AM HST

This webinar is geared towards potential short-term visiting/study abroad students interested in applying to HPU. We will go over how to apply, admissions requirements, course registration, and the I-20 process. We will have a representative of the Office of International Students and Scholars present to answer immigration-related questions.

RSVP

 

HOW TO APPLY - INTERNATIONAL DEGREE SEEKING STUDENTS -

NOV 4, 2020 - 8:30AM & 3:00PM HST

Members of HPU's International Admissions team will go over international-specific processes and deadlines for Spring and Fall term. We will also discuss what Admissions will be looking for in your application and tips on how to make your application stand out!

RSVP

Contact Us!

INTERNATIONAL ADMISSIONS

VISITING STUDENT PROGRAM

1 Aloha Tower Drive
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 543-8078
Email: visiting@hpu.edu 
Office Hours: M-F 8am-5pm HST