English & Environmental Studies Short-term Program

Registration for 2014 is now closed. We plan to offer the program two times next year so please check back for specific dates in February and August, 2015.

Program Description

VulcanologyUH Hilo's two week English & Environmental Studies program is an opportunity for students from all over the world to experience Hawaii's unique natural environment while gaining valuable English skills at the same time.

Participants will attend 45 hours of intensive English classes each morning which prepare students for the content and vocabulary included in the lectures and experiential learning activities in the afternoon. These activities are led by UH Hilo professors and other experts in their fields.

Marine ScienceTopics will include marine science, sustainable agriculture, astronomy, volcanology and eco-business. Students will do research on a topic of their choice and present their research as a culminating project. Students will receive certificates of completion at the ending ceremony. UH Hilo students will join the students on the experiential learning activities to encourage further practice of English and understanding of American culture.

 

Mauna Kea ObservatoryThe Big Island of Hawaii is unique in that it has 10 of the 13 climate zones, an active volcano, tropical rainforest and a 4,000 meter mountain. This living laboratory gives us amazing opportunities to study many aspects of environmental science in one location. The native Hawaiians treasured their relationship to the land, and we welcome you to experience all that the island has to teach us.

 

Basic Program Information

Dates

March 9-24, 2014

 

Location

University of Hawaii at Hilo, located on the Big Island of Hawaii

 

Accommodations

On-campus dorms, within easy walking distance to classes

 

Participants

24 students maximum; 12 students minimum

 

Cost

$2,400.00

 

Cost Includes

Housing in brand new dorms with suite style units, Hale Alahonua

Transportation within the Big Island

English classes by Instructors with advanced degrees

Guest lecturers

2 meals every day, typically breakfast and lunch

Orientation

Ending Ceremony with Certificates of Completion

Membership to Student Life Center

All entry fees to National Parks

UH Hilo student assistants to help facilitate English use and cultural exchange

Students will have access to the library, computer labs and other university resources

Flight to Hilo is NOT included.

 

Eligibility

The short-term program is open to any non-native speaker of English who is currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate university program.

 

Language Requirement

Students will gain the most from this program if they have at least a 550/79 TOEFL score. Students with lower levels of English proficiency may be admitted, but should be aware that some lectures will be challenging.

 

Contact Information

Laural Luth

Email: luth@hawaii.edu

 

Registration

Registration Opens: December 23, 2013

Deadline to Register: February 9, 2014

 

To register online:

Go to College of Continuing Education & Community Service

Click on the upper right-hand corner link, "Register for Spring 2014 Non-Credit Classes"

Sign up for a free account

Choose "English & Environmental Studies" and continue

 

To register by mail:

Please complete the Registration form and send check or money order to:

College of Continuing Education & Community Service

University of Hawaii at Hilo

200 W. Kawili Street

Hilo, HI 96720

 

To register by phone:

Call (808) 974-7664 and have your credit card information ready

 

Program Schedule (subject to change)

Sunday

March 9

Airport pickup, Check in to dorms, Orientation & Welcome potluck at Instructor's home

 

Monday
March 10

Intensive English class, Campus tour, Tour of Hilo, Free Evening

 

Tuesday
March 11

Intensive English class, Experiential Learning in Marine Science with Dr. Takabayashi & graduate students

 

Wednesday
March 12

Intensive English class, Farmer's Market, Experiential Learning in Marine Science with easy snorkeling

 

Thursday
March 13

Intensive English class, UH Hilo Farm tour & lecture

 

Friday
March 14

Intensive English class, Imiloa Astronomy Center, Lecture in Astronomy, Star gazing at Mauna Kea

 

Saturday
March 15

Environmental Service Learning Project

 

Sunday
March 16
Big Island Internation Marathon! Participants can choose to run in the marathon (fees not included) or cheer the runners on!

 

Monday
March 17

Intensive English class, Hilo Coffee Mill, Lecture on Volcanology by Darcy Bevens, Introduction to Research Project

 

Tuesday
March 18

Intensive English class, Experiential Learning in Volcanology at Volcanoes National Park

 

Wednesday
March 20

Intensive English class, Panel Presentation on Eco-business, Experiential Learning at KTA

 

Thursday
March 21

Intensive English class, Final preparation for research projects

 

Friday
March 22

Research Presentations, Closing Ceremony & Certificates, Check out of dorms, Drive across the island to Kona

 

Saturday
March 23
Kona (more information coming soon!)
Sunday
March 24
Kona
Monday
March 25
Check out of hotel, Program concludes

Early Arrivals: Coming Soon! For participants who would like to arrive earlier or stay later than the program dates, we will provide suggestions on accomodations.

Packing List: Coming Soon! List of items to pack to be ready for every activity.