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    The garden at the East-West Center offers a cool place to relax between classes.
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    Entrance to the UH Mānoa campus near Bachman Hall.
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    Hamilton and Sinclair libraries offer 24-hour study and comprehensive research facilities.
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    Students enjoy time between classes on the UH Mānoaʻs 320 acre campus.
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    Hawaiʻi Hall was built in 1912 and is part of the historic "quad" area of campus.
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    Webster Hall is home to multi-media and high technology classrooms.
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    Outdoor area near Shidler College of Business.

About the Program

The University Preparation (UP) Program is your bridge to success at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UH Mānoa). UP provides maximum support for academic study and English language at the university level; personalized advising toward college admissions; and cultural orientation. There is no better way to prepare for your undergraduate degree!

UP participants are granted conditional admission to UH Mānoa. They take a combination of credit and non-credit courses designed to both enter and succeed in degree-level programs. Upon successful completion of the UP program and meeting all UH Mānoa admissions requirements, participants may fully enter UH Mānoa to continue toward their degree (see structure and content for details).

Who should consider UP?

UP is designed for international students who wish to attain a degree from an American university. The program will help you prepare for:

  • Admissions;
  • Academic skills at the college level;
  • University life and culture;
  • Test taking;
  • English language at the university level.

UP is best suited for students who have a high-intermediate/advanced level of English (see eligibility for more details).


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University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

UH Mānoa is a world-renowned public research university and the flagship campus of the ten-campus University of Hawaiʻi system. Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, it offers bachelor’s degrees in 92 fields, master’s degrees in 84 fields, and doctoral degrees in 51 fields. It consistently ranks in the top 25% of research universities for science, engineering, and international business and communications. Serving over 20,000 students with a student-faculty ratio of 14-1, the university is located in beautiful Mānoa Valley on the island of Oʻahu, just outside downtown Honolulu. Why not study in a place you will love to live?