International Student Services

International Student Services

International Education

The University of Hawaiʻi: A Global University

The core mission of International Student Services (ISS) is to facilitate the academic success and personal development, growth, and transformation of international students as they pursue their educational and career goals. ISS provides a holistic approach and array of services designed to assist international students with clarifying and achieving their academic, career, and personal goals while complying with regulations pertaining to their immigration status. ISS serves as an interface between UH Hilo and international students to facilitate communication, understanding and appreciation between international students and the UH Hilo community. ISS also aims to facilitate and assist all students at UH Hilo, regardless of national origin, with developing intercultural awareness, understanding, and competency in our increasingly global community. In addition, ISS advocates for and supports efforts for advancing internationalization on campus.

Information about applying for admission to UH Hilo can be found on the Admissions website.

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Know Before You Go: Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Due to the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, International Student Services recommends that students carefully consider travel plans. If travel is not necessary or urgent, it is best not to travel at this time. Effective January 26, 2021, all travelers arriving in the United States must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test (done no more than 3 days before you travel) to the airline before you board a flight to the U.S. (or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19). For international travelers coming to Hawaiʻi, only tests from Trusted Testing and Travel Partners will be accepted to bypass the State’s 10-day traveler quarantine. Before traveling, consult with the ISS Director and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention's information for travel and Safe Travels Hawaiʻi websites. Another resource to consult is the National Association of Foreign Student Administrators.

New International Students

If you have been accepted to UH Hilo, view a list of important dates and things you need to do. Also check out Study Guide to the States for an online, interactive resource to help international students navigate through the process of studying in the United States. Topics include what to consider if you want to study in the United States, how to apply for a visa to enter the United States, how to maintain your status while in the U.S., guidelines for traveling back home, and working in the U.S.

Connect Virtually

Not on campus and need to connect with International Student Services? Contact the Director at 808-932-7467 or email mellon at hawaii.edu to set up a virtual meeting.

Upcoming Events & Activities

Work in the USA

Working in the U.S. After Graduation

Wednesday, September 15, 2021
4:00-5:00 pm on Zoom

If you are planning on graduating in December (or May), you are invited to come to a workshop to learn about your option to work in the U.S. after graduation. Learn OPT (Optional Practical Training) and H1-B visas ("work visas").

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International Speaker Series

Thursday, September 16, 2021
5:00-6:00 pm on Zoom

Aquaculture and the Blue Economy in the Pacific Islands. Presentation by Maria Haws, Professor of Aquaculture at UH Hilo. Click here to access the event on Zoom (passcode 474747).

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Constitution Day

Friday, September 17, 2021
Virtual event

International students share their perspectives on the US Constitution and constitutions in their home country. Click here to access the event.

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Kuʻu Lei Hilo

Wednesday, October 6, 2021
3:00-5:00 pm at Campus Center Room 301

Learn about Native Hawaiian culture by making a ti leaf lei and learning some basic hula movements. Bento provided. Check your UH email for more information and to sign up. Space is limited.

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Hawaiian Fishpond Community Service Activity

Saturday, October 9, 2021 (tentative date)
Time to be announced

Provide service to the local community by helping to restore a Native Hawaiian fishpond. Have fun while learning about indigenous stewardship of the 'aina. More details will be forthcoming.

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International Speaker Series

Thursday, October 21, 2021
5:00-6:00 pm on Zoom

Agritourism in Hawaiʻi: Opportunities and Challenges, Hawaiʻi Island. Presentation by Angela Faanunu, Assistant Professor at UH Hilo. Contact Rosemarie Muller at rcmuller27@hotmail.com to request the Zoom link.

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United Nations Day

Friday, October 22, 2021 (tentative date) Time and location to be announced.

Celebrate United Nations Day with a special event on campus featuring students from the many nations represented at UH Hilo! More details will be forthcoming.

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Kakou: Let's Work it Out

Friday, October 22, 2021
Time and location to be announced

Free workshop on conflict resolution skills in observance of International Conflict Resolution Day.

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Honokea Loko Community Service Activity

Saturday, October 23, 2021
8:30 am-12:00 pm at Richardson Ocean Park

Spend your morning providing service to the local community while getting an introduction to the historical significance of the Keaukaha area and engage in interactive learning activities. Check your UH email for more details.

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Community Service Activity with the Food Basket

Thursday, November 11, 2021
8:30 am-2:30 pm (lunch provided)

Give back to and serve the local community by doing some volunteer work at the Food Basket! Check your UH email for details, including signing up.

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International Education Week

November 15-19, 2021

Celebrate the amazing diversity at UH Hilo during International Education Week! More details will be forthcoming.

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International Speaker Series

Thursday, November 18, 2021
5:00-6:00 pm on Zoom

Intercultural student teams: Learning to cooperatively define problems and present solutions. Presentation by Kelly Moran, Lecturer at UH Hilo. Contact Rosemarie Muller at rcmuller27@hotmail.com to request the Zoom link.

Queen Liliu'okalani

Hawaiʻi: The Untold Story

Date, Time & Location To Be Announced

Learn about the untold story of the overthrow of the Hawaiian kingdom and American imperialism and colonization in Hawaiʻi.

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International Student Orientation

Thursday, January 6, 2022
Time and location to be announced

Meet new international students at this special orientation session for new international students! Learn about important things you need to know as your begin your journey at UH Hilo.

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International Speaker Series

Thursday, January 20, 2022
5:00-6:00 pm at the Student Services Center Room W-201

Decolonization through Language Revitalization. Presentation by Kotaro Yogi, graduate student in the UH Hilo College of Hawaiian Language.

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Ironman Triathlon World Championship Community Service Activity

Saturday, February 5, 2022
8:00 am-6:00 pm in Kailua-Kona

Provide service to the community by volunteering at the Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Kailua-Kona! Transportation and t-shirt provided. More details will be forthcoming.

Work in the USA

Working in the U.S. After Graduation

Wednesday, February 16, 2022
4:00-5:00 pm, location to be announced

If you are planning on graduating in May, you are invited to come to a workshop to learn about your option to work in the U.S. after graduation. Learn OPT (Optional Practical Training) and H1-B visas ("work visas").

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International Speaker Series

Thursday, February 17, 2022
5:00-6:00 pm at the Student Services Center Room W-201

Pre-Clinical and Clinical Investigations of Anthelmintics for Lungworm Disease. Presentation by John Jacob, PhD Candidate in Pharmaceutical Sciences at UH Hilo.

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International Nights

February 25 & 26, 2022 (tentative dates)
Date, time & location to be announced

More details will be forthcoming. Holding a live show in 2022 is dependent on State, County, and institutional COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions. View more information.

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International Women’s Day

Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Time, and location to be announced

More details will be forthcoming.

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International Speaker Series

Thursday, March 10, 2022
5:00-6:00 pm at the Student Services Center Room W-201

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Waipi'o Valley Trip During Spring Break

Date, Time & Location To Be Announced

More details will be forthcoming.

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Zip Line Adventure Trip

Date & Time To Be Announced

Zip line over waterfalls on the Hamakua Coast! More details will be forthcoming.

International Student Association

International Student Association (ISA)

ISA is a student club for international students and their friends. The club's motto is "Unite, Serve, Educate". The club organizes trips, social events and service opportunities throughout the year, as well as UH Hilo's annual International Nights. Visit the International Student Association website for more information.

ISA Officers for 2021-2022:

  • Sinarleen Peres (FSM) - President/Treasurer
  • Maikani Andres (Palau) - Vice President
  • Marin Hirano (Japan) - Secretary
  • Chloe Molou (Vanuatu) - Volunteer Coordinator
  • Marla Pretrick (FSM) - Social Media Coordinator

Officers

Follow ISA on Facebook , Twitter & Instagram (@uhhisa)!

About the Director

James “Jim” P. Mellon

Executive Director, Global & Intercultural Education Programs; Director, International Student Services & Intercultural Education

+1 (808) 932-7467

mellon@hawaii.edu

+1 (808) 932-7471

Student Services Center, room E-204

Jim Mellon has been the Director of International Student Services & Intercultural Education since 2011. Jim earned his bachelor's degree from Duke University and master's degree from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, where he was immersed in intercultural programs as a grantee with the East-West Center. He previously served as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs & Dean of Students at UH Hilo.

Goals: Facilitate the success of international students and promote the development of intercultural competence among all students with an emphasis on social justice.

Did You Know? He swam 28.5 miles around New York City, won the 10-mile Maui channel swim from Lanaʻi to Mauʻi, competed in the Ironman Triathlon World Championships four times, and lived and worked on the island of Pohnpei in Micronesia as a volunteer teacher for three years.