UH Maui College


UH Maui College’s Office of International and Regional Partnerships is continuously developing bridges, in partnership with the Maui County Sister City Foundation, that will connect students from Maui and abroad to develop meaningful relationships to help them in their careers in this global community.

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In Hawaiian mythology, Māui is a culture hero and ancient chief. This picture depicts one of his feats capturing the sun and ordering the sun to travel across the sky at a slower pace so that his mother’s kapa (bark cloth) could dry. This feat takes place on the island of Maui at Haleakalā (house of the sun).



The island of Maui in Hawai‘i embraces the Hawaiian saying “Maui nō ka ‘oi” which translates to “Maui is the best,” and once you visit Maui for the first time, you will quickly see why. Pristine beaches and majestic mountains offer an inspirational backdrop that promotes higher education with new perspectives. Situated in the valley between the West Maui Mountains and Haleakalā, “House of the Sun,” the University of Hawai‘i Maui College (UHMC) offers world-class education and is less than a 10-hour flight from many major Asian cities. UHMC is the perfect choice for studying abroad with 23 areas of study and 4 Bachelor of Science degrees. On campus, you will find a strong student support staff and its own language institute to ensure language is not a barrier when learning in an English speaking setting. With rich Hawaiian culture at the forefront of UHMC’s educational values, our island’s diversity adds a new and rewarding mindset both in and out of the classroom. Centrally located shopping and homestay accommodations further add to the convenience of studying at the University of Hawai‘i Maui College.


We in Hawai‘i share the gift of living in the home of our host culture—Hawaiian. Everything we do is, or should be, imbued with Hawaiian values and respectful of the traditions practiced here for centuries, long before the ancestors of other ethnicities landed on our shores. It is incumbent on Hawai‘i’s only public institutions of higher education to both educate Hawaiian youth of our islands to prepare them for productive lives, and continue to play a key role in preserving and perpetuating the culture that exists nowhere else on earth. It is a gift and an obligation of which we are keenly aware. If not the University of Hawai‘i, then who? The University of Hawai‘i Maui College through the Hawai‘i Papao O Ke Ao perspective led by Chancellor Dr. Lui Hokoana offers a distinctively rich diverse perspective on international exchange and education.


Karen Suzuki – Kishiwada, Japan

“I moved from Japan to Maui to attend the University of Hawai‘i Maui College. I had a wonderful host family on Maui. There was my host father Kealii, my host mother Sienna and one host brother Buster, plus a dog “Peanut” at the home. When I first arrived on Maui, I had a hard time communicating with people in English even though I had studied so much in Japan. Most people didn’t understand my English, which caused me to lose confidence. Fortunately, I had a host family and friends that encouraged me and to practice English. I got back my confidence. During that time, I volunteered to help out at the Library and UH Maui, which also helped me improve my English. My plans were to study and graduate with only an Associate of Arts Degree (AA) in Liberal Arts from UHMC. I was interested in Tourism, so I changed my plans and transferred to UH Manoa and graduated from the Travel Industry Management School at UH Manoa. My experience in Hawai‘i has given me the tools, confidence and to have a successful life. Mahalo to the University of Hawai‘i.”

University of Hawai‘i Maui College (UHMC) is an accredited, government-approved degree-granting college that enrolls approximately 3800 students per semester.

Located on one of the world’s most beautiful islands, UHMC boasts numerous award-winning programs including culinary arts, hospitality and tourism, electronics and computer engineering, nursing, and more.

As reflected by a MetLife Foundation Best Practices Award, both the faculty and student support services staff are committed to helping students achieve their academic goals and career success.

UHMC is a beautiful and safe campus located in Kahului, Maui, approximately two miles from the main airport.

Maui is the second largest of the Hawaiian Islands, with land area of 729 square miles.

The island’s population of 160,202 is diverse, with an ethnic mix of 36% Caucasian and 23% Japanese, followed by Hawaiian,
Chinese, and Filipino.

Maui has 81 accessible beaches for educational and recreational activities.


Wherever you are on your academic journey, we have the innovative programs and supportive student services to help you succeed in college, and beyond. Pursue a bachelor of applied science degree in emerging industries like Sustainable Science Management, Engineering Technology, and Applied Business and Information Technology, or an associate’s degree or certificate from over 20 programs including Hospitality & Tourism and Culinary Arts.


Chiaki Chami Ami Chibana – Okinawa, Japan

“With a desire to study abroad, I selected Maui as my first step in obtaining my educational goals. My father encouraged me and brought me to Maui and felt happy to know that a community of families, instructors and counselors would be there for me. Studying on Maui and Oahu helped me understand Hawai’i from different perspectives. The diversity gave me a heightened awareness and deep appreciation of the island’s multi-cultural population and learned that mutual respect is a key factor in fostering cooperative relationships. I personally enjoyed my education and all the support I received and now wish to contribute my time and energy to creating a stronger bond between Hawai’i, Okinawa, and Japan.”



The BAS in Applied Business and Information Technology (#ABIT) program offers a unique hybrid degree that emphasizes business, entrepreneurship and technology skills.

Upon completion of the #ABIT program, many students apply for graduate programs, launch an entrepreneurial start-up, or accept employment in a small to large-sized company. It can be completed in 4 years* (8 full-time semesters).

For more information contact:
Dr. Debasis Bhattacharya (Program Coordinator)
phone: +1 (808) 984-3619
email: debasisb@hawaii.edu
website: maui.hawaii.edu/abit/



Get hands-on with high tech. University of Hawaii Maui College’s Engineering Technology program prepares students to work as engineering technologists in industries like telescope operations, high-performance computing centers for scientific and engineering applications, energy production and distribution including photovoltaic and wind turbines, and system administration in a variety of sectors.

A BAS degree in ENGT can be completed in 4 years* (8 full-time semesters).

For more information contact:
Dr. Jung Park (Program Coordinator)
phone: +1 (808) 984-3432
email: jungpark@hawaii.edu
website: maui.hawaii.edu/engt/



Sustainability science does not stop with three or four bottom lines–it drives us to be holistic and adaptive.

Maui’s beautiful ocean boundaries frame and provoke our adaptability to community issues and global challenges in a unique island setting. In the Sustainable Science Management (SSM) program, we study advanced practices such as systems approaches and offer applied experience to equip our students with knowledge, skills, and leadership for the future.

The Bachelor of Applied Science in Sustainable Science Management degree (120 credits) may be completed in 4 years.

For more information contact:
Tim Botkin (Program Coordinator)
phone: +1 (808) 984-3322
email: botkin@hawaii.edu
website: maui.hawaii.edu/ssm/



Looking for an exciting career in one of Hawaiʻi’s largest industries? The Hospitality & Tourism Program at UH Maui College prepares students for leadership positions in the hospitality industry.

The program is organized around core courses focusing on various aspects of the hospitality industry while incorporating business and general education courses to broaden students’ backgrounds. Graduates are successfully employed in resorts and hotels all over the world.

For more information contact:
Lorelle Peros (Program Coordinator)
phone: +1 (808) 984-3343
email: lorelle@hawaii.edu
website: maui.hawaii.edu/host/



Love the excitement of cooking, entertaining and serving great food? The growing culinary, baking and hospitality industries need a dedicated and skilled workforce. From fine dining to catered events and even the growing popularity of mobile food trucks, UH

Maui College’s Culinary Arts Program prepares students for the stimulating culinary field. Our graduates have attained positions at 5-star resorts and restaurants, opened independent businesses, and starred in top cooking shows.

For more information contact:
Teresa Shruilla (Program Coordinator)
phone: +1 (808) 984-3683
email: shurilla@hawaii.edu
website: maui.hawaii.edu/culn/



Maui Language Institute (MLI) is an English Language Learner (ELL) program located on the beautiful tropical island of Maui at the University of Hawai‘i Maui College campus.

International students of all backgrounds are provided English language instruction of the highest quality from trained and experienced ELL professionals. MLI offers an array of unique English learning opportunities: Customized training for groups, intensive 8+ week courses for individuals, and private instruction.

For more information contact:
phone: +1 (808) 984-3499
email: mauilang@hawaii.edu
website: maui.hawaii.edu/mli



Download the application packet:
Application Deadline: Fall (July 1); Spring (November 1)

Non-Resident Tuition and Fees
(International students must maintain min. 12 credit full-time status per semester while on a student visa).

Lower Division Tuition: $340/per credit
Upper Division Tuition: $840/per credit
Fees: $63

UH Maui College Merit Scholarship
Applications for Non-US Citizens are available at:

For more information contact:
Dr. Debra Nakama
Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs
phone: +1 (808) 984-3515
email: debran@hawaii.edu