6: Visas and Immigration

The 3 E’s

While you are a student at UH Hilo, there are some important regulations you need to follow.  The most important are ‘the 3 E’s’:  Enrollment, Employment and End Date.

Enrollment

You must be a full-time student.  For undergraduate students, “full-time” at UH Hilo means that you are enrolled for 12 or more credits.  “Full-time” for graduate students is 6 or more credits.  Most classes at UH Hilo are worth 3 credits, so a student typically needs to take 4 classes to be considered full-time (3 credits X 4 classes = 12 credits).  If you take English as a Second Language classes, those credits will count toward the 12 credits. Students on visas are allowed to take an online class, but only one online class per semester.  Important:  If you ever need to drop below 12 credits, you must get permission from the Director of International Student Services first.

UH Hilo follows a semester system, which means that we have a “fall” semester from August to December, and a “spring” semester from January to May.  UH Hilo offers classes during the summer (from May to August), but you are not required to take any classes during the summer.

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