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LIGS University’s long-term goal is to obtain an accreditation which is recognized by the US Department of Education.

LIGS University is in compliance with corporation and tax laws of the United States and the State of Hawaii.  An extract from the Hawaiian Commercial Register and other legal documents can be found here.

Moreover, the university gained the highest level of international accreditation, ASIC Premier University due to having commendable areas of operation. ASIC is a member of the CHEA International Quality Group. The university is also a member of many organizations and associations and is striving for additional relevant accreditations.


Being accredited by national or regional accrediting agency in the US is an option but not a must. LIGS University is regulated by the law codified in Chapter 446E of the Hawaii Revised Statutes.

LIGS UNIVERSITY IS NOT ACCREDITED BY AN ACCREDITING AGENCY RECOGNIZED BY THE UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF EDUCATION. Note:  In the United States, many licensing authorities require accredited degrees as the basis for eligibility for licensing.  In some cases, accredited colleges may not accept for transfer courses and degrees completed at unaccredited colleges, and some employers may require an accredited degree as a basis for eligibility for employment.

We are so proud that the community of students at LIGS University is diverse and truly international. Its students are located in the US as well as many other countries in the world. We believe it is proof of the high quality and excellent service provided to all of our students, which is also confirmed by obtaining the international ASIC Premier University accreditation and Eligibility from the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

LIGS University has applied for Eligibility from the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). WSCUC has reviewed the application and determined that LIGS University is eligible to proceed with an application for Initial Accreditation. A determination of Eligibility is not a formal status with WSCUC, nor does it ensure eventual accreditation; it is a preliminary finding that the institution is potentially accreditable and can proceed to be reviewed for Initial Accreditation with WSCUC. The first visit for achieving Initial Accreditation must take place within five years of being granted Eligibility. Questions about Eligibility may be directed to the institution or to WSCUC at or at 510-748-9001.

LIGS University is accredited by Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities (ASIC). The University has earned Premier status with ASIC for its commendable areas of operation. ASIC accreditation helps students and parents make a more informed choice. They also help schools; colleges, universities, training or distance education providers demonstrate to the international student body that they are a high-quality institution.

ASIC is recognized by the UKVI in the UK. They are also a member of the CHEA International Quality Group (CIQG) in the US. ASIC a member of the BQF (British Quality Foundation), along with being affiliates of the ENQA (European Network for Quality Assurance) and are institutional members of EDEN (European Distance and E-Learning Network).

Certificate of ASIC Premier University for LIGS University.

LIGS University listed in the ASIC International Accredited Colleges Directory.



Partners and memberships

Intercultural Communications College

Since 1991, Intercultural Communications College (ICC) has been providing language instruction to students from around the world. At ICC, a variety of different programs, including English for Communication, English for Business, TOEIC, and Cambridge exam preparation courses and CELTA teacher training are offered. Class sizes are kept below 14 people to ensure an intimate learning environment and most ICC instructors have masters’ degrees and teach, or have taught, in university programs.

ICC is truly multi-cultural, and in any semester students from at least three continents will be there, with no nationality dominating.  There are distinguished alumni in business, health care, legal occupations, hospitality, transportation, government and education around the world.

You can learn more about ICC from their website: or by finding ICC on Facebook.

Association for Educational Communications and Technology

AECT is a professional association of thousands of educators and others whose activities are directed toward improving instruction through technology.

The Association has become a major organization for those actively involved in the designing of teaching practices and uses a systematic approach to learning. It provides an international forum for the exchange and dissemination of ideas for its members and for target audiences; it is the national and international spokesperson for the improvement of instruction; and, it is the most recognized association of information concerning a wide range of instructional and educational technology. AECT is the oldest professional home for this field of interest and has continuously maintained a central position in the field, promoting high standards, both in scholarship and in practice.

You can learn more about AECT from their website

The Chamber of Commerce Hawaii

The Chamber serves as ‘The Voice of Business’ at the Hawaii State Legislature and the county councils, and also as a liaison between the civilian and military communities in Hawaii. The Chamber’s principle functions include advocating on behalf of business interests and the business community; offering training and seminars key to helping businesses grow; providing networking and marketing opportunities; being a connection to Hawaii’s military and the latest on issues and trends affecting Hawaii’s business community. The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii works on behalf of its members and the entire business community to improve the state’s economic climate and help businesses thrive. The Chamber is the leading center for business and is now 160 years old; it remains The Voice of Business in Hawaii.

To learn more about the Chamber visit its website here

The American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE)

The American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) is dedicated to the belief that lifelong learning contributes to human fulfillment and positive social change. It envisions a more humane world made possible by the various practices of our members in helping adults acquire the knowledge, skills, and values needed to lead productive and satisfying lives.

The mission of the AAACE is to provide leadership for the field of adult and continuing education. It does this by expanding opportunities for adult growth and development; unifying adult educators; fostering the development and dissemination of theory, research, information, and the best practices; promoting identity and standards for the profession; and advocating relevant public policy and social change initiatives.

You can find out more about AAACE by clicking here 

Quality International Study Abroad Network (QISAN)

LIGS University is an institutional member of Quality International Study Abroad Network (QISAN).

QISAN members demonstrate professional and ethical practice in recruitment and delivery of high quality and relevant programs of study. QISAN members must also demonstrate a caring and supportive attitude to students as well as having a strict code of discipline regarding attendance and education practices.


Executive Women International

Executive Women International is an organization that brings together key individuals from diverse businesses to enhance personal and professional development within its members.  Today, over 2,066 companies and 2,369 representatives are members of EWI in 65 chapters located in the main cities in the United States and Canada.

EWI is the premier organization for networking and leadership development for today's business professionals and their firms. Visit to find out more about EWI.

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