Beautifully situated, Hawaii Pacific University is a growing university that is recognized as one of the most multicultural universities in the world. After its founding in 1965, it was initially called Hawaii Pacific College.
Due to the international orientation of today’s university, the students primarily learn intellectual commitment and social responsibility in addition to subject-related instruction.
There are a variety of courses in a wide variety of disciplines that are constantly updated and taught at the individual colleges of the HPU. The most popular areas are Business Administration, Nursing and International Relations. Most of the teachers are accredited and internationally highly regarded.
According to AbbreviationFinder, Hawaii Pacific University was named one of Barron’s Best Buys in College Education and is the only Hawaiian university to be included in Great Colleges for the Real World: Get In. Get Out. Get a Job (3rd Edition). The Institute for International Education (IIE) also ranks it among the best universities in the world offering master’s programs in the field of internationality, and it is ranked among the best “Regional Universities in the West” in the US News and World Report of 2013.
- Hawaii Pacific University website
Year of foundation: 1965
University Type: Private University
Number of students: total 5000, international 500
- WSCUC (WASC Senior Association of Schools and Colleges)
The academic year is divided into two semesters. Between the semesters there is a winter session and various optional summer sessions.
- Academic gap year
- postgraduate studies
- semester abroad
- bachelor’s degree
- Master’s degree
The semester program Study Abroad of Hawaii Pacific University allows its participants a free, semester and cross-departmental course selection from all university courses of the bachelor’s and master’s programs offered at Hawaii Pacific University for a period of one or two semesters. The desired courses are already selected during the application and then confirmed by the department. As the final authority, the professors on site decide on admission to the individual courses based on the available places in the courses and the individual previous knowledge of the applicants.
The Visiting Student Program is overseen and administered by the International Center at Hawaii Pacific University, as they have the most experience in mentoring international students.
- Hawaii Pacific University semester program
- Fall semester 2022
Tuition Postgraduate at 9 credits (minimum amount)
Application Fee (Postgraduate)
Application Fee (Undergraduate)
Regular tuition at HPU is US$15,720, however German applicants at undergraduate level receive an automatic stipend of US$9,220. You only pay US$ 6,500 per semester. These fees include taking 12-16 credits.
In the postgraduate area, the fees are calculated according to the number of credits taken. At least 9 credits must be taken.
- Tuition at Hawaii Pacific University
For a semester abroad at the HPU, it is possible to apply for foreign BAföG. If the application is approved, the student in question will receive a subsidy towards tuition fees of up to EUR 4600 for a maximum period of one year. A flat rate will also be paid for travel expenses, living expenses and health insurance.
- Hawaii Pacific University Instagram Takeover Scholarship
Applicants to Hawaii Pacific University’s Study Abroad Program must have a high school diploma and a working knowledge of English. This is usually done through a standardized English test such as the TOEFL or IELTS. However, the language requirements are currently being revised by the HPU, so we would recommend that you contact us before registering for a language test.
The language skills can be proven by one of the following test results or documents:
|DAAD language test||B2 level in all areas||B2 level in all areas|
|TOEFL (internet based)||70||70|
The language certificate cannot be submitted later.
- Hawaii Pacific University Application Requirements
Degrees/Courses in English – Undergraduate
- Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology
- Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies
- Bachelor of Arts in Biology – Human and Health Sciences
- Bachelor of Arts in Cinematic Multimedia Arts
- Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Practices
- Bachelor of Arts in Diplomacy and Military Studies
- Bachelor of Arts in Economics
- Bachelor of Arts in English
- Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science
- Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies
- Bachelor of Arts in History
- Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Development
- Bachelor of Arts in Humanities
- Bachelor of ArtsIntegrated Multimedia
- Bachelor of Arts in International Studies
- Bachelor of Arts in Journalism
- Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
- Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
- Bachelor of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
- Bachelor of Education
- Bachelor of Education in Elementary Education
- Bachelor of Education in Secondary Education
- Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry
- Bachelors of Science in Biology
- Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Accounting
- Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Business Economics
- Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Computer Information Systems
- Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Entrepreneurial Studies
- Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Finance
- Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – General Business
- Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Human Resource Management
- Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – International Business
- Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Management
- Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Marketing
- Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Travel Industry Management
- Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
- Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
- Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science
- Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies
- Bachelor of Science in Health Science
- Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology
- Bachelor of Science in Mathematics – Applied Mathematics
- Bachelor of Science in Mathematics – Engineering
- Bachelor of Science in Mathematics – Mathematics Education
- Bachelor of Science in Mathematics – Pure Mathematics
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing
- Bachelor of Science in Oceanography
- Bachelor of Science in Public Relations
- Bachelor of Science in Strategic Communication
- Bachelor of Social Work
Studies/Courses in English – Postgraduate
- Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
- Master of Arts in Diplomacy and Military Studies
- Master of Arts in Human Resource Management
- Master of Arts in Organizational Change
- Master of Arts in Strategic Communication
- Master of Arts in Sustainability
- Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
- Master of Business Administration
- Masters of Education in Elementary Education
- Masters of Education in Secondary Education
- Master of Science in Business Analytics and Information Security
- Master of Science in Marine Science
- Masters of Science in Nursing
- Masters of Social Work
Centrally located in Honolulu, Hawaii’s cultural and economic hub, Hawaii Pacific University ‘s main campus consists of seven buildings, including the College of Business Administration and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The students here can take in all the impressions that the seemingly exotic city offers them.
In contrast, the Windward Hawai’i Loa campus in Kaneohe, eight miles away, is very natural and quiet – this is where Hawaii shows itself from its most beautiful side at the foothills of the Ko’olau Mountains. Courses are offered at the College of Natural and Computational Sciences and at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences as well as in the field of general education.
Finally, there is a third location, the Oceanic Institute, which primarily conducts research and teaches marine science.
All three locations are connected by the Intercampus Shuttle Service. Buses run the route every 15 minutes, making it quick and easy to get from one campus to another.
- Hawaii Pacific University campus map
Students at Hawaii Pacific University can reside both on and off campus.
The following accommodation options are available:
- student residence
- Private apartments / hotels
The college town of Honolulu
Honolulu is the capital of the Hawaiian archipelago and is located on the south coast of the island of Oahu. Almost 900,000 people from all over the Pacific live in the city and its catchment area, which is why there is no ethnic majority, but a colorful mixture of Western, Polynesian and Asian influences.
Because it’s the only tropical city in the United States, Honolulu offers miles of white sand beaches, palm trees, a mild climate averaging 80 degrees Fahrenheit, exotic fruits, and everything else associated with the tropics. From here you can quickly reach all the islands of Hawaii for a trip into nature.
Honolulu is one of the cleanest cities in the world, but still has all the amenities of a modern city. There is a lively nightlife with bars and discos, but cultural activities are not neglected either: the Contemporary Museum of Arts and the Bishop Museum are definitely worth a visit. Sport is particularly prominent in Hawaii, and important events such as the Ironman Triathlon or the Triple Crown of Surfing take place here.