English & Environmental Studies Short-term Program
UH 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.
Topics 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.
The 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|
|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.|
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.