BYU-Hawaii Flexible Semesters

BYU-Hawaii is a year-round University with flexible options for all students. The academic year starts in August and ends in June. There are 3 equal semesters followed by a seven-week break. All students are allotted 9 semesters to be in residence on campus (fewer for transfer students). Some students may wish to go year round on campus and finish in three years, but all students have flexible semester options available to design their educational plan (leave, part-time, online, off-island internship).

All continuing students will need to respond (RSVP) with their plans for the following semester one month before the semester ends. Simply registering is all it takes to RSVP for most students. Registration as a full-time (or internship) student in residence entitles students to on-campus housing and student medical benefits. Registration for at least 14 credits is required for Academic and IWORK scholarships. Students who are planning for a flexible semester (leave semester, a part-time semester, an online-only semester, or an off-island internship semester) will need to be sure that they have health insurance while they are not a full-time student if they remain in the United States.

Full Time in-residence and on-island internships – Eligible for On-Campus Housing & Student Medical Benefit (count as a Semester-in-Residence)

Flexible semesters do not count as a Semester-in-Residence, but do not have housing or student medical benefits

  • Part Time – no campus housing or Student Medical Benefit
  • Internships off-island – ½ tuition; no campus housing or Student Medical Benefit
  • Online-only – ½ tuition; no campus housing or Student Medical Benefit
  • Leave semester – not attending during one semester, but may register for the following semester without reapplying
  • Mission leave – not registered during the mission, but may register for the semester after the mission without reapplying
Semester Option Health Benefit? On-campus Housing? Tuition Scholarship Eligible? Student Employ- ment? Counts as Semester in Residence? J-Visa F-Visa
FT on-campus (12 + credits; at least one F2F class*) Y Y regular If get to 14 19 hr/wk Y Compliant if below 50% online (sec. 300) Compliant if min. of 9 credits F2F* (all but sec. 300)
Reduced Course Load (RCL) for health emergencies (max 1) or last semester
Y Y PT rate Y prorated 19 hr/wk Y Compliant Compliant

Student Teaching and Practicum (12+ credits)

or Internship (AT-pre and CPT)

Y – on-island N—off-island (Intl. need own insurance if in US)

Y if on island (housing held if off-island)

½ tuition rate Y prorated 19 hr/wk Y if recieve in-residence benefits of housing or SMB Compliant (Intl. need own insurance if in US, but not on-island) Compliant (Intl. need own insurance if in US, but not on-island)
Flexible Semester Options -- available to International Students only after 2 semesters full-time (FT) on-campus
PT on-campus (below 12 credits; one F2F*) N N PT rate N 25-25-25-19 hour weeks Y (1/2) Compliant if after 2 FT, w/ own insurance Compliant if after 2 FT, w/ own insurance
Online-only (100% online, UGDOF) N (Intl. need own insurance if in US) N DL rate N

PT see PT

FT see FT

N Ok outside US or if after 2 FT, w/ own insurance Ok outside US or if after 2 FT, w/ own insurance
Leave Semester N (Intl. need own insurance if in US) N none N/A 40-40-40-19 hour weeks N/A Compliant w/ own insurance Compliant w/ own insurance
                 
AT-post and OPT (post coursework experiences) N (Intl. need own insurance if in US) N none N/A no N/A AT Compliant OPT Compliant
                 
During 7 wk break

Y - if continuing

N - not continuing

Y - if continuing

N - not continuing

none N/A 40-40-40-19 hour weeks N/A Compliant

Compliant

*Face-to-face classes (F2F) include "in person" (sec. 1, 2, 3), "hybrid" (sec. 100), "on-campus online (sec. 200). They do not include "online-only" (sec. 300).

**New students who start with 9 semesters in-residence may appeal for a 10th semester-in-residence with in-residence benefits. An appeal for an 11th semester-in-residence, if granted, will usually not include benefits.
***By federal law, international students who stay in the US during a flexible semester may not work in the US except on-campus (BYUH or PCC).

Online Only Semester Option
Internship Semester Option