Study Abroad Center
Study Abroad Center
Director: S. Rai
The Study Abroad Center (SAC) is a unit of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. SAC collaborates with various UH Manoa academic departments to provide opportunities for students to study, and faculty members to teach and conduct research, in another country. SAC develops, implements, and evaluates UH Manoa study abroad programs. In addition, the Center provides informational, advisory, and support services to students and faculty members concerning international educational opportunities.
SAC programs are offered for a summer term, a semester, or an academic year. The essence of SAC programs is to acquire knowledge through academic work and to develop a cross-cultural understanding through cultural immersion. Students earn UH Manoa credits for course work completed abroad. The courses offered in these study abroad programs may be used to fulfill a student’s major, language, core, graduation, or elective course requirements. Any Study Abroad course may be used as the “wild card” option. Students on Study Abroad may use the wild card to satisfy an appropriate 3-credit diversification and/or focus requirement. Courses taken overseas will appear on UH Manoa transcripts as UH Manoa courses.
SAC provides faculty members with opportunities to develop courses and publications based upon research and teaching experiences within the global arena. In addition, faculty members who lead study abroad programs have a wide range of responsibilities in their capacity as “in-country” resident directors.
SAC programs and course offerings may vary each academic term.
Semester and Year Programs
SAC offers semester programs in Australia, Denmark, England, France, Italy, Japan, and Spain. The Year-in-Japan program is offered only for a full academic year. Students enrolled in these programs must register for a minimum of 12 credit hours each term. All programs offer several content courses that are taught in English. Each fall term, the Japan and China Executive MBA Internships are offered under the aegis of the Study Abroad Center.
SAC summer programs require enrollment in a minimum of 6 credit hours. Course offerings include, but are not limited to, archaeology field schools (Rapa Nui), architecture and design social sciences, International Business (Copenhagen), humanities/social sciences (Paris), business economics (various locations in Asia), Environmental science (Tahiti), European art and architecture (various locations in Western and Eastern Europe), French (Annecy and Angers), German and Political Science (Berlin), Italian (Florence), Japanese (Kobe), Mandarin (Hainan), Russian (Vladivostok), social sciences (Summer at Sea in the South Pacific), and Spanish (Mendoza).
Self-Designed Study Abroad Programs
Students can design a study abroad program different from those offered by SAC and receive UH Manoa credits. Such a program may fall under the category of the Self-Designed Study Abroad Program. A Self-Designed Study Abroad Program can be created for countries and/or cities where UH Manoa does not have an existing study abroad program. Students have conducted Self-Designed Study Abroad Programs in Austria, Brazil, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Greece, Ghana, Guadalajara, India, Israel, Nepal, New Zealand, Salamanca, Shanghai, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tokyo, and Vietnam.
Study Abroad Internships
Study Abroad internships are available in Florence, London, and Sydney. Internships are carefully planned and each student is placed in a working environment that has been requested and carefully selected according to specific criteria. Interships are generally unpaid. Internship credits will be based on the field of the internship. Internship credits range from 2, 3, 4, or 6 credits in the areas of Academy of Creative Media, Business, Management and Information Systems, Finance, Marketing, Human Resources, Real Estate, Travel Industry Management, Social Work, and Apparel and Product Design and Merchandising.
SAC programs are designed primarily for undergraduate students who have completed a minimum of 24 credits with a cumulative GPA of 3.0. UH Manoa Financial Aid is applicable and available to eligible students. Admission to intensive language programs require a minimum of one year of language study at the college level. For program brochures, detailed information, and an application, contact the Study Abroad Center or visit the website at www.studyabroad.org.
Please note: This Catalog was prepared to provide information and does not constitute a contract. The University reserves the right to change or delete, supplement or otherwise amend at any time and without prior notice the information, requirements and policies contained in this Catalog.
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