Semester at Sea students learn about endangered language at UH Hilo

Students enrolled in Semester at Sea anthropology class spend time with Native Hawaiian speakers at Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language.

Student talking to a group of students.
Semester at Sea students learn about endangered language at UH Hilo College of Hawaiian Language.

The Semester at Sea study abroad program, where a large cohort of international students travel via ship to multiple countries for educational experiences, recently made a stop at Hilo Bay. During their brief stay, Spring 2015 SAS students enrolled in Anthropology 2430: Languages of the World visited the University of Hawaii at Hilo where they learned about the university’s efforts to preserve and revitalize the Hawaiian language and got the chance to speak with native Hawaiian speakers.

The current voyage has 629 students on a 112-day educational visit to 15 cities in 12 countries on a voyage around the world. Two UH Hilo students each received a UH Hilo Semester at Sea scholarship in to participate in this semester’s program.

Semester at Sea is a multiple country study abroad program open to students of all majors emphasizing comparative academic examination, hands-on field experiences, and meaningful engagement in the global community. A wide variety of coursework from 20-25 disciplines is integrated with relevant field studies in up to a dozen countries, allowing for a comparative study abroad experience that is truly global. The University of Virginia is the program’s academic sponsor. Students from 250-300 colleges in the United States and the world participate on Semester at Sea each term. Credit earned is transferable to a student’s home institution.

To learn more about global education opportunities at UH Hilo, visit UH Hilo Study Abroad.

-UH Hilo Stories