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English & Environmental Studies Short-term Program

Program Description

Volcanology UH Hilo's two week English & Environmental Studies program is an opportunity for students from all over the world to experience Hawai╩╗iÔÇÖs 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 Science 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.

Maunakea Observatory The Big Island of Hawai╩╗i 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 Hawai╩╗i at Hilo, located on the Big Island of Hawai╩╗i
Accommodations On-campus dorms, within easy walking distance to classes
Participants 24 students maximum; 12 students minimum
Cost $3,000.00
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
  • 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.
  • If interpreters are needed, cost may be higher.
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 Julie Mowrer

Sample Program Schedule

Day Date Activity
Sunday February 22 Airport pickup, Check in to dorms, Orientation & Welcome Dinner
Monday February 23 Intensive English class, Campus tour, Tour of Hilo, Liliokalani Gardens & Coconut Island
Tuesday February 24 Intensive English class, Experiential Learning in Marine Science at Onekahakaha Beach Park, Tidepools & Honu watching
Wednesday February 25 Intensive English class, Sustainable Honey Production & Eco-business with Dr. Lorna Tsutsumi
Thursday February 26 Intensive English class, Cacao Farm Tour & Chocolate Making
Friday February 27 Intensive English class, ╩╗Imiloa Astronomy Center , Planatarium Show
Saturday February 28 Farmer's Market & Shopping, Star gazing at Maunakea
Sunday March 1 Akaka Falls, World Botanical Gardens , Omiyage shopping
Monday March 2 Intensive English class, Punalu╩╗u Black Sand Beach , Experiential Learning in Volcanology at Volcanoes National Park , Introduction to Research Project
Tuesday March 3 Intensive English class, Hilo Coffee Mill , Big Island Candies
Wednesday March 4 Intensive English class, Mokup─üpapa Discovery Center , Marine Science Lecture with Dr. Misaki Takabayashi
Thursday March 5 Intensive English class, The Art of Hawaiian Dance, Research project rehearsal
Friday March 6 Research Presentations, Closing Ceremony, Certificates & Luau
Saturday March 7 Check out of dorms; program concludes

A flier in Japanese (PDF). A flier in English (PDF).

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.