Hawaii Pacific University

  • Honolulu, Hawaii.

    Honolulu, Hawaii.


Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) is located in Hawaii’s capital, Honolulu.  The city lies at the southeastern coast of the island of Oahu, and has a population of about 380.000. The University was founded in 1965 and the main campus is located in the city centre. HPU is known for its international student environment. Of its 8300 students approximately 2700 of them are international, from more than 100 countries. HPU is also known for its wide ranged educational programs. 

Hawaii Pacific

Number of study places 
Maximum 10 per academic year

Entry requirements 
HPU demands that applicants have achieved a minimum average grade of C upon sending their applications.

Study level
Bachelor and Master.

Language requirements (English)

One of the following requirements:
Upper Secondary school (‘videregående’ in Norwegian): Average minimum score of 4, or
TOEFL: Minimum score 80 (including at least 25 on the writing part).

Semester timing
Autumn semester: September – December.
Spring semester: January - May.

Recognition of study credits
15 credits of courses at the bachelor’s level, or 12 credits of courses at the master’s level correspond to 30 ECTS credits at NMBU.

Courses taken previously by NMBU students

BIOL2030 Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL2031 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
BIOL2040 Microbes and Human Health
BIOL2170 Ethnobotany: People and Plants
BIOL3170 Cell and Molecular Biology
ANTH3400 Anthropology of Food
HIST3650 History of Oil in the Modern World

ECON3010 Intermediate Microeconomics
ECON3020 Managerial Economics
ECON3400 International Trade and Finance
MGMT2000 Principles of Management

BIOL2030 Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL2031 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
BIOL2040 Microbes and Human Health
PH2020 Human Disease
PH3030 Health Promotion & Wellness Mgt

COM3340 Nonverbal Communication
ECON3400 International Trade and Finance
MGMT2000 Principles of Management 
MKTG3000 Principles of Marketing
PSY3121 Applications of Psychology to Mgmt

ACCT2000 Principles of Accounting
CHEM1020 Intro to Chemistry and the Environment
CHEM1021 Intro to Chemistry and the Environment Lab
ECON2010 Principles of Microeconomics
MATH1123 Statistics
MKTG3000 Principles of Marketing


ENVS 3030 Earth Systems and Global Change
CHEM 3040 Quantitative Analysis
ENVS 3010 Environmental Impact Analysis
INTR 3000 International Relations

ACCT2000 Principles of Accounting I
COM3300 Intercultural Communication
ECON2010 Principles of Microeconomics
ECON2015 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON3020 Managerial Economics
ECON3100 Introduction to Econometrics
ECON3400 International Trade and Finance
FIN3000 Business Finance
MATH3470 Engineering Statistics
MGMT2000 Principles of Management
MGMT3300 International Business Management
MIS2000 Information Tools for Business
MULT2460 Graphic Design Studio

ECON2015 Principles of Macroeconomics
ENVS2000 Principles of Environmental Science
MATH2326 Mathematics for Decision-Making
MATH3470 Engineering Statistics
MATH3500 Numerical Methods

ECON6000 Economics for Business
FIN6100 International Finance
HR6320 Global Human Resource Mgmt
IS6005 Information System Management
IS6020 Modern Methods in Project Mgmt
IS6040 Business Analytics
MGMT6000 Foundations of Teamwork and Leadership
MGMT6020 The Regulatory and Ethical Environment of Business
MGMT6300 International Business Mgmt

Tuition fees
Ca. 9250 USD per semester at bachelor’s level, and somewhat higher fees at master’s level.
 -If one chooses a mix of bachelor’s- and master’s level courses, the level of fees is determined by which level the majority of the courses have been taken at.
 -Courses, but not the study level, can be changed after arrival.

Visa / Residence permit
Visa: It is the student’s own responsibility to apply for a visa. A first step would therefore be to acquire information from the relevant country’s embassy.

Study visa: A student visa is necessary in order to study in the USA. You have to first receive a letter of acceptance from the host university (here:  HPU) before you can apply. The visum processing fee is currently USD $160, and the SEVIS registration fee is USD $180 - $200. The universities in the USA will issue a document for students to obtain either the F1 or the J1 visa. 
NOTE J1 visa: Be aware that this carries a clause whereby the applicant faces a two-year ‘quarantine’ period after the initial residence period, in which the applicant cannot apply for a permanent work or residence permit in the USA. However, this does only apply if the student received public funding, such as from Lånekassen.

More information: The US Embassy’s website

Further note: The US universities with which NMBU has agreements with, require evidence which shows that you can finance your studies there. If you use Lånekassen, then they can issue a guarantee for you. Information about what you probably can get in support can be found here (in Norwegian).

Honolulu.  Photo: Anders Hilsen

Published 25. November 2014 - 13:30 - Updated 28. October 2019 - 15:22