February 22 is National Study Abroad Day

The purpose of Study Abroad Day is to celebrate and bring awareness to the benefits and impact of Study Abroad.

Sienna stands on lawn with hundreds of pinwheels on tall stakes in the background. She's flashing the peace sign.
UH Hilo business student Sienna Wareham, at the Korean Demilitarized Zone (the DMZ), flashes the peace sign. Sept. 28, 2019. “There are over 1,000 pinwheels at the DMZ,” she says of the colorful spinners placed there as a symbol of peace and unity. Wareham was studying business administration in South Korea on a scholarship funded by the host country. Photo courtesy of Sienna Wareham, click to enlarge. (See Sienna’s photo essay.)

The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, along with the Institute of International Education, will be recognizing the fourth Monday in February (Feb. 22) as Study Abroad Day (#StudyAbroadDay). Although study abroad is temporarily suspended at UH Hilo due to the pandemic, in celebration of Study Abroad Day, the Center for Global Education and Exchange will be highlighting stories of Global Vulcans who have previously participated in a study abroad program through UH Hilo.

University officials are awaiting confirmation on whether the campus can resume the Study Abroad Program as early as fall 2021.

The purpose of Study Abroad Day is to celebrate and bring awareness to the benefits and impact of Study Abroad. At least once per hour, starting at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 22, the Center for Global Education and Exchange will add a new social media post about students who have studied abroad. Follow along on the center’s Instagram account @uhhglobe or read stories at the Panorama website.