UP Graduate Program – Business Track: Structure and Content

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University Preparation Graduate (UPG) students who choose to study on the Business Track must meet all Graduate Admissions requirements for Shidler School of Business in order to be admitted to their chosen program. UPG students who choose the Travel Industry Management (TIM) Track must meet all Graduate Admissions Requirements for the School of Travel Industry Management. Applications will be treated with priority by the Graduate Admissions office. Please note that admissions criteria are not universal in the United States, and that requirements may vary for different universities, as well as for different programs within each university.

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Note: During Summer Sessions (May-August), students have the option to take vacation, catch up, or get ahead by taking additional English or credit courses (if eligible). Additional cost will apply for courses taken in the summer.

arrow First Semester Coursework

In the first semester, UP Graduate Program students will take noncredit courses designed to prepare for university admissions. Each student will also have individual advising and tutoring.

Test Preparation (GMAT and TOEFL): This intensive course will prepare UPG participants for the exams required for university admissions. Students will take these official exams toward the end of the course. Please note that GMAT preparation classes may be limited depending upon UPG enrollment and demand.

English Language Coursework:

  • Intensive English Program (NICE): This academic English course offered through the NICE program helps students to reach the required English proficiency for university admissions and college success. NICE includes classes in English grammar, academic listening, oral production, and integrated skills. UPG students will be studying with other students in the NICE program.

  • English for Academic Purposes: This course will focus on language points needed for success in credit coursework at UH Mānoa. It will allow individualized and small-group attention for UPG participants. Content will vary depending on group and individual needs.

  • Academic Writing: This specialized course for UPG participants will focus on academic writing at the college level.

  • Academic Reading: This specialized course for UPG participants will focus on reading at the college level.

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UPG Business Track

In the second semester, UPG Business Track students will take a combination of English Language and Business classes designed to prepare for success in a graduate degree program. Each student will also have individual advising and tutoring to assist in the transition to content-based classes.

Business Courses: Business Track students will take two classes through the Shidler School of Business at UH Mānoa. Students that have fulfilled all academic pre-requisites for their chosen degree will take non-credit courses such as Principles of Statistics or Principles of Economics taught by Shidler School of Business faculty. Students that still need to fulfill academic pre-requisites may do so during the second semester of UPG.

Noncredit course – College Study Skills: This course will introduce group and cooperative learning strategies needed at the college level; 4-year degree planning; time management for students; and individual learning styles and study tips. These skills will help students to succeed in their UH Mānoa credit courses and beyond.

Noncredit course – Intercultural Communication: This course will provide the opportunity to grow students’ cultural competence and thrive at UH Mānoa. It will introduce intercultural communication styles and strategies for a successful transition to students’ degree programs. It will also introduce student rights and responsibilities at UH Mānoa.

UPG TIM Track

In the second semester, UPG TIM Track students will take a combination of English Language and UH Mānoa classes designed to prepare for success in a graduate degree program. Each student will also have individual advising and tutoring to assist in the transition to content-based classes.

UH Mānoa Courses: TIM Track students will take two courses up to 6 credits. Each student will also have individual advising and tutoring to assist in the transition to content-based classes.

Noncredit course – College Study Skills: This course will introduce group and cooperative learning strategies needed at the college level; 4-year degree planning; time management for students; and individual learning styles and study tips. These skills will help students to succeed in their UH Mānoa credit courses and beyond.

Noncredit course – Intercultural Communication: This course will provide the opportunity to grow students’ cultural competence and thrive at UH Mānoa. It will introduce intercultural communication styles and strategies for a successful transition to students’ degree programs. It will also introduce student rights and responsibilities at UH Mānoa.

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Application and Arrival

Students who submit an application and meet all requirements for UPG as well as Shidler School of Business at UH Mānoa Graduate Admissions (for Business Track students) will receive acceptance to UPG and have their Graduate Program application treated with priority upon completion of UPG. All applicant data will be verified by UP Program Coordinator upon arrival.

Successful Completion of Semester 1

To progress from Semester 1 to Semester 2, students must:

  • Receive scores of 75% or higher in all Semester 1 courses
  • Earn a score of 500 or higher on the institutional TOEFL exam, to be taken during the latter part of the first semester OR have a TOEFL iBT score of 61 or higher OR have an IELTS score of 5.0 or higher.

Students who do not meet the the criteria to progress to Semester 2 have two options:

  1. Repeat Semester 1 courses with the incoming cohort of students. Continue into Semester 2 with the new cohort if criteria are met.
  2. Defer enrollment in Semester 2, temporarily transferring into the intensive English program, until criteria are met for Semester 2.

Successful Completion of Semester 2 – Progression to Graduate Degree program at UH Mānoa.

In Semester 2 of UPG Business Track, students take two UH Mānoa Business courses, plus two noncredit English Language courses.

In Semester 2 of UPG TIM Track, students take two UH Mānoa courses up to 6 credits, plus two noncredit English Language courses.

Students are considered successful in the UPG program once they have passed Semester 2 courses at 75% or higher and have fulfilled university entrance criteria. Detailed requirements will be listed in UH Mānoa conditional acceptance letter.

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