What is ISA?

ISA stands for International Student Association, and we are a registered independent organization at the University of Hawaii at Manoa that supports the international students by promoting intercultural and leadership experiences. We are also an Ohana, which means family in Hawaiian, providing a home to those away from their home, or anyone who joins our ISA Ohana.

Do I have to be an International Student to join?

ISA is open to all registered UHM students, both undergraduates and graduates, international and non-international students, and study abroad or exchange students at the university. We encourage anyone who is looking for new friends, cultural learning, and leadership experiences to join ISA!

What do I expect from ISA as a member?

ISA is not only a place to have fun and meet new friends through ISA activities, but also a place to grow, learn, and develop teamwork, leadership, and communication skills. We plan activities that we host for the university, ISA, and even the public, in which members take part of in committees. Because of all ISA members, we can experience great, fun events! We promise that ISA will be a rewarding experience for everyone.

What are the requirements to be an active ISA Member?

To be an active participant of ISA, you must attend our weekly meetings every Thursday at 4:30pm. For this spring 2017 semester, the active member status requirement is as follows:

  1. Participate in 2 event planning committees (International Night & one other) OR co-chair 1 event
  2. Participate in fundraising events and/or community service events
  3. Attend weekly general meetings (miss no more than 3)
  4. Attend event committee meetings (ISA events, International Night, Fundraiser event etc.)
  5. Make new friends and HAVE FUN!!!

How can I join ISA?

ISA registration is open in the beginning of every semester for a period of time until closing. You can find the application on our website under ‘Membership.’ If the deadline has passed, come join us next semester! Be sure to look for updates on our website or facebook page.

If I am not a member, can I still join ISA Events?

ISA has events for both within and outside of ISA. Many of our events are for ISA members, however, some of our events such as Welcome Party and International Night are open to everyone.

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