Quick Facts

  • The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Study Abroad Center (UHMSAC) offers summer, semester, and year-long programs in Asia, Australia, Europe, and South America. During the 2019-2020 academic year, a total of 112 students studied abroad.  An additional 172 students were enrolled in our summer programs; however, as a result of the COVID-19 unfolding pandemic in February 2020 and progressing rapidly around the world, summer program enrollment was severely impacted. Cancellations were necessary, as our priority was to safeguard the health and safety of our students and faculty. Students who committed to a Summer 2020 program were transferred to Summer 2021 instead. Nine instructional and research faculty taught and/or conducted research abroad through the UHM Study Abroad Center during Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 terms. The 11 faculty appointed for Summer 2020 have the option of transferring their appointment to Summer 2021.  These faculty members represent the following departments/offices: Architecture, English, History, Language & Literature of Europe and the Americas, Mānoa Advising Center, Political Science, Shidler College of Business, Special Education, Sociology.
  • The Council on Study Abroad is a permanent committee of the Mānoa Faculty Senate. It provides oversight and guidance with regard to key policy, curricula and governance issues.
  • UHMSAC programs are distinguished by its ability to: a) include all interested faculty members from the campus to teach and/or lead study abroad programs, b) provide the opportunity for faculty to continue teaching while overseas without jeopardizing their benefits, tenure, promotion, and retirement schemes, c) enable faculty to teach classes in SAC programs that count as part of their regular teaching responsibilities, and d) provide an environment for research and professional development without burdening faculty with administrative and logistical responsibilities.
  • Each Fall term, returning Study Abroad Faculty Resident Directors present their research and/or scholarly works to the University community. These research projects may not be complete, but their appointment through UHMSAC has facilitated initiation and/or continuation of their research overseas.
  • UHMSAC is distinctive, in that it does not use third-party providers; rather, UHMSAC develops its own programs in partnership with overseas institutions of higher education.
  • UHMSAC students earn UHM resident credits for their coursework completed overseas. There is no break in enrollment at UHM. Students are therefore able to graduate on schedule.
  • Students may fulfill general education, major and elective requirements for graduation on UHMSAC programs. UHMSAC courses may also be used for “focus exemption.”
  • Eligible students may apply their financial aid and scholarship awards towards UHMSAC study abroad programs.
  • In addition to current UHMSAC programs, UHM students may choose to design an independent, self-designed study abroad program almost anywhere in the world.
  • A faculty review panel selects students based on their GPA (3.0), academic reference letters, and program study statement.
  • Both students and faculty receive 12 hours of pre-departure cross-cultural sensitivity and academic training. In addition, the standard of care includes providing training/workshops to program faculty resident directors in risk management areas such as health, safety, risk and liability, crises, and emergency procedures and protocols.
  • UHMSAC develops programs to respond to changing needs and are constantly updating program locations and curriculum based on demand. Past programs include: Buenos Aires, Argentina; Cook Islands; French Polynesia; Indonesia; Kenya; Mongolia; Philippines; Thailand; Tonga; and Vietnam.