East-West Center Student Affiliate Program


EWC Student Affiliate Program group photo
Fall 2022 EWC Student Affiliates with program coordinator Sophie Sidhu.

Brief Overview

The East-West Center Student Affiliate Program was established to expand opportunities for involvement in the programs of the East-West Center.  The East-West Center Student Affiliate Program gives externally funded (e.g., Fulbright or other scholarships, graduate assistantships, etc.) or self-funded graduate students at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) the opportunity to participate in the Center’s educational programs and leadership development opportunities, and to live in its international residence halls. The Student Affiliate Program provides an opportthumbnail pic of flyerunity for these individuals to be part of the EWC community, along with participants from across the U.S. and more than 50 countries, and has proven for many to be instrumental in helping to establish lasting relations that extend into future careers or other endeavors.

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Who is eligible to apply to the East-West Center Student Affiliate Program:

  • Full-time classified graduate students at UHM in good academic standing or
  • Students attending UHM on special graduate exchange programs. 

Note:  The Student Affiliate Program has a competitive application process and space is limited.  Those whose interest is primarily in securing student housing are encouraged to apply to the EWC Special Housing Program for UHM graduate students.  For information and application, visit


  • Participation in a dynamic international community of East-West Center participants and alumni;
  • Participation in the East-West Center Community Building Institute (this takes place before the UH semester begins and is a requirement for all incoming student affiliates);
  • Participant housing rate of $18 per night for a furnished single room in an East-West Center residence hall (the Center has limited availability of double rooms at $29 per night for students whose spouses join them) --- Student Affiliate Housing Information (PDF);
  • Eligibility for competitive Center travel awards for field study or conference presentation;
  • Participation in the Center’s educational, cultural, leadership development and extracurricular programs;
  • Membership in the East-West Center Participants Association (EWCPA);
  • Eligibility for participation in a professional mentoring program sponsored by the East-West Center Associates office.


  • Maintain enrollment at UHM, make satisfactory progress toward the degree and maintain academic standards deemed mandatory by UHM and EWC;
  • Participate in the East-West Center The Exchange (on Mondays evenings, from 6:30-8:30pm) during their first fall and spring semester;
  • Maintain active involvement in the EWC degree participant community;
  • Participate in community service activities and support events within the EWC for 10 hours per semester in fall and spring, and 5 hours over the summer months for affiliates who remain in Honolulu during the summer;
  • Live on-campus in East-West Center housing;
  • Make on-time payment(s) of the Student Affiliate Program fee of $250 due before the start of each semester;
  • Make on-time monthly rent payment to EWC Housing;
  • Maintain enrollment at UHM, make satisfactory progress toward the degree and maintain academic standards deemed mandatory by UHM and EWC; 
  • Submit a monthly report or reflective journal during the first year, on participation and engagement at EWC;
  • Adhere to the East-West Center's policy on academic freedom which bars any classified (secret) activity or research, and condemns any actions or statements on the part of anyone which may tend to interfere with the academic freedom of any participant at the East-West Center.

Program Fee & Other Expenses

(See also Student Affiliate Program Fee webpage)

  • A program fee of $250 per semester is due before each Fall and Spring semester. (There is no program fee in summer for student affiliates who maintain their active affiliate status through summer months while enrolled in summer school and are actively engaged in the Center’s student programs);
  • The Student Affiliate Program fee must be paid in full before the first day of instruction of the semester based of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa academic calendar;
  • Student affiliates are responsible for all expenses connected with their program of study and living expenses in an East-West Center graduate residence hall;
  • Student affiliates are required to have sufficient health insurance coverage.

Note:  The program fee is not required at the time of application to the program.  The payment is made after acceptance to the Student Affiliate Program. 

Want to learn more? Please click here to view our most recent info session webinar held jointly with UH Graduate Division (posted October 22, 2021) 

Application Deadlines & Links

To begin as a Student Affiliate in the SPRING semester, the deadline is November 1.
To begin as a Student Affiliate in the FALL semester, the deadline is May 15.

Complete the online application form and submit any required documents by the deadlines above. The online application form includes detailed instructions and link to the reference form. 

Note:  Acceptance into the Student Affiliate Program is contingent upon arriving in time to participate fully in the Community Building Institute (CBI). The full schedule will be listed on the CBI website.

The Fall 2022 CBI will take place August 8 – 19.

The Spring 2023 CBI will take place January 5 - 6.

Fall 2023 CBI will take place August 7-20, 2023.


If you are unable to access these application materials from this website, for further assistance please email:  [email protected].

After submission of your completed online application, an email confirmation from will be sent to your email address. The Student Affiliate Program will only reply to inquires on receipt of application materials 30 days before the application deadline.

Official transcripts and degree certificates should be hand-delivered or mailed to:
East-West Center
Student Affiliate Program
Attention: Registrar's Office
John A. Burns Hall, Room 2066
1601 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96848-1601 USA
Email:  [email protected]
Telephone:  808-944-7738