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English & Environmental Studies Short-term Program

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

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 $2,500.00
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 500/61 TOEFL score. Students with lower levels of English proficiency can register, but should be aware that some lectures will be challenging.
Contact Information Chiharu Howell

Laurel Luth

Sample Program Schedule

Saturday February 21 Airport pickup, Check in to dorms, Orientation & Welcome potluck at Instructor's home
Sunday February 22 Hiking Trip to Akaka Falls or Waipio Valley
Monday February 23 Intensive English class, Campus tour, Tour of Hilo, Free Evening
Tuesday February 24 Intensive English class, Experiential Learning in Marine Science with Dr. Takabayashi & graduate students
Wednesday February 25 Intensive English class, Farmer's Market, Experiential Learning in Marine Science with easy snorkeling
Thursday February 26 Intensive English class, UH Hilo Farm tour & lecture
Friday February 27 Intensive English class, Imiloa Astronomy Center, Lecture in Astronomy, Star gazing at Maunakea
Saturday February 28 Trip to Kona<
Sunday March 1 Trip to Kona
Monday March 2 Intensive English class, Hilo Coffee Mill, Lecture on Volcanology by Darcy Bevens, Introduction to Research Project
Tuesday March 3 Intensive English class, Experiential Learning in Volcanology at Volcanoes National Park
Wednesday March 4 Intensive English class, Panel Presentation on Eco-business, Experiential Learning at KTA
Thursday March 5 Intensive English class, Final preparation for research projects
Friday March 6 Research Presentations, Closing Ceremony & Certificates
Saturday March 7 Check out of dorms; program concludes

A flier in Japanese.

A flier in English.

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

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