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 Hawaiʻi’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 Hawaiʻi 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 Hawaiʻi at Hilo, located on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi|
|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.|
|Contact Information||Julie Mowrer|
Sample Program Schedule
|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, ʻImiloa 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, Punaluʻu 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, Mokupāpapa 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|
- 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.