More than 8,000 students from all 50 U.S. states and more than 100 countries
With one of the largest populations of international students at any American university, Hawai'i Pacific University (HPU) places an emphasis on providing excellent service to prospective and enrolled foreign students. Currently more than 1,600 international students from more than 100 countries attend HPU with many new countries being added to the list each semester. In a study by the Christian Science Monitor, HPU was ranked as the number one school in the U.S.A. in terms of percentage of international students.
As one of the most culturally diverse universities in the world, HPU offers a variety of academic choices to meet your needs!
The English Foundations Program (EFP) offers English courses at all levels, from beginning to advanced. EFP courses prepare students for university study. Students who successfully complete the EFP receive automatic entrance into a degree program at HPU. Exchange students may enroll in EFP for an enriching experience while studying abroad. Professionals take EFP courses to advance their career positions. Students choose from a variety of courses in speaking, writing, reading, listening comprehension, and grammar. Special interest courses in pronunciation, business English, vocabulary development and many others are available each term. The EFP runs on the same schedule as the HPU terms, with convenient start times in January, March, May, June, July, September, October and December.
The Proficiency in English Program (PEP) offers intensive short-term English study opportunities for people with limited travel schedules. PEP terms are one-month terms, offered throughout the year. International students who want to study in the U.S. for one or two months during their university vacation periods enjoy the PEP study-abroad experience. International professionals also appreciate the short-term opportunity to take a PEP course during a one or two month visit to Hawai'i. PEP courses help students improve their communications skills. During the 20 class hours each week, students gain fluency and confidence speaking about a variety of topics. Through planned activities, students also experience and learn about the culture and beauty of Hawai'i. PEP terms start nearly every month.
Group English Program (GEP) offers customized short-term programs (1 to 4 weeks) for groups of 20 or more students. Schools, travel agencies, and other institutions are invited to organize a group for this special study opportunity.
Hawai'i Pacific University offers more than 50 programs at the bachelor's (undergraduate) degree level (the first American university degree) in the areas of business, computer information systems, liberal arts, and other sciences.
All of HPU's bachelor's degrees can be completed in four years or less, depending upon the initiative of the student. If you are currently attending a post-secondary school (college, university, technical institute, etc.) you may be eligible for exemption from some HPU course work and may be able to complete your degree in less time.
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Hawai'i Pacific University offers eleven master's (graduate) degrees and eleven joint master's degree programs which can be easily completed in two years, with most being able to be finished in sixteen months.
Admission to the MBA at Hawai'i Pacific University is based on academic ability and potential for success at the graduate level. Academic ability is evaluated by the applicant's past academic performance, recommendations, and performance on the GMAT (MBA only).
Although not required for admission, professional work experience as well as involvement in organizational or community activities may be used in the evaluation. A holistic approach is used, and no one factor will exclude an applicant from consideration. The University is seeking students who have demonstrated the ability and motivation to do graduate level work.
Applicants who have not satisfied prerequisite requirements may still apply to the graduate program. However, prior to beginning certain graduate-level courses, students may be required to complete the required prerequisite courses. The University has a rolling admission process and reviews applications throughout the year. In order to ensure adequate time for evaluation and correspondence, it is strongly recommended that applications be submitted early.
Many executives in today's rapidly changing global business environment need to update their skills but do not have the time to return to a full-time university program. The PCP allows the time-conscious professional to learn new skills or update his or her knowledge in a short period of time.
Length of Program: The length of program depends on the certificate and the applicant's background. While business certificates may be earned in one semester (15 weeks), certificates in TESL, Information Systems, and E-Commerce may take from two semesters to one year.
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Accreditation: Hawai'i Pacific University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), Inc. The Bachelor of Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The University is a member of the International Association for Management Education (AACSB), recognized by the Hawai'i Commission of Postsecondary Education, and approved by the Hawai'i Board of Nursing.
Location: With three campuses linked by shuttle, Hawai'i Pacific combines the excitement of an urban, downtown campus with the serenity of the windward side of the island. The main campus is located in downtown Honolulu, the financial center of the Pacific, and is home to the business, communication, international studies, professional studies and liberal arts programs. The Hawai'i Loa campus is eight miles away, situated in Kane'ohe at the base of the Ko'olau Mountains; it is the site of the School of Nursing, the marine science program, and a variety of other course offerings. The third campus, Oceanic Institute, is an applied aquaculture research facility located on a 56-acre site providing a global center for research and education in marine environmental and life sciences. The University also offers classes at six military locations on Oahu.
Faculty: More than 445 full- and part-time faculty with outstanding academic and business credentials enliven the classroom experience. The student / faculty ratio is 18:1, and average class size is under 25. Eighty percent of the faculty hold the doctoral degree or its equivalent.
Facilities: Multimedia classrooms throughout HPU's two campuses, modern science and communication labs, University Computer Center, the Learning Assistance Center, and the Media and Technology Center are provided to keep HPU students on the cutting edge of today's technology.
Value: With tuition cost almost half the U.S. average, HPU is an affordable option. In fact, Barron's business magazine lists HPU as one of its Best Buys in higher education. Also, HPU is consistently listed in the U.S. News and World Report America's Best Colleges guide.
Health and Safety: It is natural to worry about your health and safety while studying abroad, but Hawai'i is a special place. Hawai'i is famous for its clean air and water. Among the 50 United States, Hawai'i's people have the longest average life expectancy. Honolulu is ranked one of the safest and cleanest large cities nationally in a recent study of cities in the United States. Furthermore, at HPU we take special care in assuring that our buildings and campuses are safe and comfortable for your successful education.
We look forward to welcoming you to Hawai'i Pacific University! Please review all of our academic programs, and select the ones that interest you. Then complete the inquiry form, and we'll respond to you directly. You may also visit our website directly to learn more.