International Programs (non-credit)
Krauss Hall 004/101
Tel: (808) 956-7753
The NICE Program is a non-credit English language program open to non-native speakers of English interested in improving their English communication and cross-cultural understanding. Study options include English courses for academic, business, and general purposes. Classes are offered to suit the study schedules of a variety of individuals: four 10-week sessions per year (full-time or part-time study), two 3-week sessions in winter and summer, and evening classes throughout the year. Admission to NICE is open to foreign students and scholars, and to resident non-native speakers living in Hawai‘i.
Tel: (808) 956-3416
SEP provides noncredit English language and American culture programs for groups of students from foreign educational institutions or companies. SEP is uniquely designed to suit the needs, schedules, requirements, and interests of the sponsoring school or organization.
Tel: (808) 956-3416
The International Seminars Program provides groups of foreign students and professionals exposure to current American perspectives and practices in their area of study or profession. Highly qualified professors and community professionals speak on topics requested by the sponsoring organization, with translation or in the participants’ native language.
The Bridge Program has been specifically designed to help students meet formal academic requirements for entry into graduate programs in the U.S. Bridge participants take a combination of credit and non-credit courses, and in some cases English as a Second Language classes, thus simultaneously gaining an orientation to study in the American university system.
Working in partnership with other units of UH Manoa, Bridge assists students in preparation for examinations such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).
The Bridge Program addresses other challenges for international students as well. Students with a three-year bachelor degree (3YB) common in some countries are assisted in meeting four-year requirements that are generally considered standard for admission into U.S. graduate programs.
Enrollment in the Bridge Program prepares students for acceptance into graduate programs, but does not guarantee automatic admission. The graduate admissions requirements are different for each U.S. university. At UH Manoa, the final decision for admission rests with the Dean of the Graduate Division, who takes into full consideration the recommendation of the chair of the selected field of study.
Students who complete attendance and academic requirements receive an International Bridge Program certificate of completion.
The Professional and Special Programs Office establishes and administers non-credit courses to provide individuals and groups with the opportunity to maintain professional skills, advance in or change careers, or pursue personal development and enrichment. Although non-credit courses do not apply toward the requirements for a college degree, many do qualify for professional continuing education units. Students who complete attendance requirements may receive certificates upon completion of their courses of study.
Courses are held on- and off-campus locations, as well as online. They are often relatively short and are presented in a variety of formats, such as workshops, short courses, studios, lectures, and institutes. In general, noncredit courses are open to anyone who is at least 18 years of age or a high school graduate.
Although most courses are offered during three regularly scheduled terms per year, specialized programs for particular groups (e.g., librarians, teachers, engineers, etc.) or contract training for both public and private organizations, can be arranged. Class length, number of meeting times, and locations vary, depending on program objectives and specific needs of students.
The Institute for Business and Professional Development offers continuing education programs for business people, entrepreneurs, professionals, and those seeking to meet professional certification requirements, or to improve career opportunities.
Pacific New Media offers short intensive workshops in film, video, photography and digital media presented by outstanding professionals from Hawai‘i and the continental U.S. Certificates in web design and digital imaging are also offered through the program.
The Community Services Division coordinates the arts and culture outreach efforts of UH Manoa. Major projects include the Statewide Cultural Extension Program (SCEP), University of Hawai‘i Presents and the Sakamaki Lecture Series. Through SCEP, Outreach College presents over 170 performances each year in schools, libraries, nursing homes, prisons, senior centers, and other venues throughout the state. University of Hawai‘i Presents produces 15 performances of national and international touring companies for the UH Manoa campus and the general public.
The Conference Center provides support in meeting planning and management. Serving UH Manoa units, state and federal government agencies, nonprofit and professional organizations within the state of Hawai‘i that sponsor conferences, symposia, institutes, and workshops, the staff offers assistance in program development and budgeting, marketing, pre- and on-site registration, fiscal management, and on-site logistics. Meeting coordination is offered to adult groups at venues determined by the sponsoring organization.
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