A Semester in Hawai’i (ASH)

  • Location: Honolulu, Hawai'i, United States
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Class Eligibility: Sophomores, juniors, and seniors.


The 320-acre main University of Hawaii campus is situated in lush Manoa Valley, a quiet, residential neighborhood, only minutes away from Waikiki and downtown Honolulu. Within a short walking distance, you’ll find supermarkets, coffee shops, copy centers, lei and flower shops, bookstores, drug stores, small boutiques, and a variety of restaurants from routine fast-food to those featuring ethnic menus. This campus is a short drive to the Honolulu International Airport. Honolulu is on the island of Oahu, one of the five major islands in the Hawaiian archipelago.

  • Visa:

    Not required.

  • Fees: Students pay Haverford tuition to Haverford College (effective Spring 2009). Haverford will then be responsible for submitting tuition payments to the program. Housing bills will be sent from the program directly to the student. Meal plans vary depending on your living situation. Students are required to pay the $250 housing deposit by the UH deadline in order to reserve their room.

  • Requirements

    None, other than minimum GPA.  Please note that this program is only offered through direct-exchange.

    Direct Enrollment

    Students work with university personnel at the ASH Office.

    Exchange Details

    See http://www.haverford.edu/exchangestudents

    Academic Credit

    Students register for 15 credit hours per semester, equivalent to four Haverford credits. Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above.


    Opportunity to study Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific area studies courses.

    Course Highlights

    American Studies, Anthropology, Architecture, Art, Asian Studies, Biology, Botany, Business, Classics, Communications, Computer Science, East Asian Languages and Literature, Economics, Education, Engineering, English, Ethnic Studies, Fine Arts, Geography, Hawaiian Studies, Health Studies, Industrial Relations, Linguistics, Management, Music, Pacific Islands Study, Philosophy, Public Health, Religion, Textiles and Clothing, Theater, Women’s Studies, Zoology.

    Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.

    Review the Full Academic Requirements for Studying Abroad

  • Non-Academic Overview

    Orientation: A day-long orientation session is held for students.

    Number of Students: Approximately 17,000 students of whom 2,000 are international students coming from 80 countries. ASH accepts only 20 students from Mainland US schools and doesn’t have a waiting list, so you should apply only if you are 100% committed to going. It may be costly if you apply and then decide not to attend: you will be held accountable for room fees and other unrecoverable expenses.

    Housing/Meal Plans

    Residence hall or apartment; both with double rooms; kitchen facilities available in apartments.

    Haverford students may not opt for housing not arranged by the program. 

    Opportunities / Cultural Events

    Students can join one of UH Manoa’s 100 sports teams and social groups.

    Sports: Men’s baseball, basketball, cheerleading, football, golf, sailing, surfing, swimming, tennis, volleyball; Women’s basketball, cheerleading, cross country, golf, sailing, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track & field, volleyball, water polo.


Limited financial aid is available. See Dean Mancini.

Apply to Study Abroad!

  • Semester I: Mid-August to mid-December
  • Semester II: Mid-January to mid-May
  • Year: Mid-August to mid-May
Application Deadlines
  • Semester I: February 10
  • Semester II: September 1
  • Year: February 10
Faculty Contact

Judy Owen

Theresa Tensuan

  • Associate Dean of the College and Director of Multicultural Affairs
  • Stokes 111
  • ttensuan@haverford.edu
  • (610) 896-1268