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  • Locations: Honolulu, United States
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
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  • Program Sponsor: Center for International Studies 
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.5
Housing Options: Apartment Areas of Study: Accounting, Anthropology, Arabic, Art History, Biochemistry, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Chinese, Communication Studies, Economics, English, Environmental Health, Finance, French, General Management, Graphic Design, Health Sciences, History, Human Health, Human Resources Management, Humanities, International Affairs, International Commerce, International Studies, Japanese, Marketing Management, Music, Philosophy, Photography, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health, Public Relations, Radio-TV-Film, Social Work, Sociology, Tourism
Program Type: study abroad
Program Description:
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Program Information:
Live on the island of Oahu and immerse yourself in paradise on Semester in Hawaii. Whether you’re surfing at the beach, watching a movie at the Hawaii International Film Festival, enjoying the Welcome Luau, or meeting fellow students on campus, you will love your time in Hawaii. You will experience:

  • Life in paradise – Spend a semester or year in a land of stunning sunsets, idyllic islands, and adventure outings galore, all within easy reach of the University.
  • A Hawaiian education – Whether you study in the library or at the beach, you will appreciate the variety of classes in business administration, communication, international studies, liberal arts, natural sciences, and nursing, not to mention the small classes and world-renowned professors.
  • Student diversity – Nearly 30 percent of the 8,800 students are international, representing over 100 countries. All 50 states are represented too. So you will learn not only from your professors, but also from your fellow classmates!
  • Activities on and off campus – Choose to represent your class on the student government, express yourself in the creative writing club, join the surf team . . . Tons of campus groups help you meet other students when you study in the Hawaiian Islands.
  • Small class sizes – With a low student-to-faculty ratio of 18:1 and extremely well-regarded and approachable faculty, you will receive high quality academics. And the University is an accredited US institution.
Semester in Hawaii offers the chance to take classes in business administration, communication, international studies, liberal arts, natural sciences, and nursing at Hawaii Pacific University, a private university with nearly 9,000 students from more than 100 countries. Semester in Hawaii is located on the island of Oahu at Hawaii Pacific University, a private institution where nearly 30 percent of the 8,800-person student body comes from more than 100 countries. The educational experience builds upon this diversity by combining American educational traditions with global perspectives. It also stresses rigorous intellectual engagement, relevant career education, and social responsibility. You will have the benefit of learning in small classes averaging between 25 and 30 students. As a student you’ll be working directly with the professors and lecturers because there are no teaching assistants.

You will also benefit from having two campuses, linked together by a free shuttle. Attend the urban campus in downtown Honolulu or take classes at the Hawaii Loa campus, located on 135 lush, tropical acres just 15 minutes away from the city center. The University has all that you would expect, including accreditation, academic programs in disciplines from liberal arts to business to nursing, support staff to assist you with your studies, numerous student clubs and activities, and exceptional facilities. You will find computer labs, libraries, tutoring services, wireless internet, laboratories, and communication facilities specially designed for students studying broadcasting, multimedia, or journalism.

Student Life:
As part of your Semester in Hawaii program, our on-site staff is there for the activities and for supporting the students. When you arrive, you will be met at the airport and taken to your accommodation. During the first few days after your arrival, you will take part in our Island Orientation Program, which includes a Welcome Luau and an introduction to Honolulu and Waikiki.

Throughout the semester, you can take part in cultural excursions and field trips that introduce you to the splendors of Oahu. A day at the Polynesian Cultural Center, rain forest hikes, reef snorkeling, and an Aloha (Farewell) Dinner are among the activities offered in the past.  All are fun activities to enjoy with the new friends you will make while studying in Hawaii!

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2021 01/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2021 08/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.