Study Abroad vs Exchange


The basic idea is the same–studying in another country. View the matrix below for specific differences.

Study Abroad Programs

Exchange Programs

Offered Through UHM Study Abroad Center (UHMSAC) Mānoa International Exchange (MIX)
Who can participate Primarily undergraduate students but graduate students may participate. Open to all majors. Open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Some of the exchange agreements are for students with specific majors.
Course offerings Take one class from the UHM Faculty Resident Director (semester/year programs) and the rest from the overseas university. Study with the main student body of the overseas campus. Take all classes from the overseas university. Study with the main student body of the overseas campus.
Credits earned UHM credits for each course taken overseas, applicable toward UHM degrees. Courses fulfill major, minor, focus, foreign language and graduation requirements, and will appear on UHM transcript.
Grades earned abroad will affect cumulative UHM GPA.
Transfer non-resident credits, which may or may not apply toward a Mānoa degree. Courses will appear on Transfer Report.
Grades earned overseas do not affect cumulative UHM GPA.
Tuition/ Fees No UHM tuition is charged, but a flat study abroad fee is assessed: $3,528 for a full-year (24 UHM credits), $1,764 for a semester (12 UHM credits) or $768 for summer (6 credits).
Negotiated subsidized tuition is paid to the overseas institution.
UHM students are registered as full-time students at Mānoa in a place-holder course and pay UHM tuition based on the student’s residency status (Fall 2017 tuition – resident: $5,877; WUE: $8,595; non-resident: $16,893)Updated November 3, 2017.
No tuition is paid to the overseas institution.
Financial Aid Financial Aid is available for eligible students, for the full cost of the program, which includes tuition, housing, meals, books, airfare, excursions, ground transportation, etc.
The Study Abroad Center will provide UHM Financial Aid Services with a detailed budget.
Financial Aid is available for eligible students.
Students are responsible for submitting a budget to UHM Financial Aid Services.
Payments All payments, such as for overseas tuition housing, meals, excursions, airfare, etc., are handled by the Study Abroad Center on behalf of each student. Students are responsible for paying their own housing, meals, airfare, books, and all costs associated with living and studying abroad to the appropriate persons/institutions.
Costs Cost breakdown shows what students are paying, without any hidden or unforeseen or unplanned costs upon arrival. Except for UHM tuition, students must plan for all expenses to be paid overseas and they may find out that in-country costs are higher than originally budgeted.
Travel and visa arrangements Student visa is facilitated by the Study Abroad Center. Students can take flights arranged by the Study Abroad Center. Students are responsible for all travel and visa arrangements.
Housing arrangements Housing is guaranteed. Students find housing on their own.
Faculty mentoring The Study Abroad Center appoints a designated UHM Faculty Resident Director when appropriate. The Resident Director oversees students’ academic progress, mentors and/or tutors all participants throughout the duration of the program. Students are on their own.