Why Study Abroad
UH Hilo encourages all undergraduate students to study abroad. Study abroad is a crucial part of a well-roundedundergraduate education.
The Big 3:
- Academic perspective
- Personal development
- Career enhancement
- Become more mature and self-confident while learning the skills to succeed in an unfamiliar environment and enjoy adapting to new places.
- Earn academic credit that will fulfill graduation requirements while experiencing a new environment.
- Get an international experience beyond a superficial tourist experience. Understand how culture guides values and behaviors, and learn to respect different cultures.
- Practice intercultural competencies that enhances career and social relationships
- Add to resume which will make it more appealing to employers.
- Enhance career opportunities with a second or third language which is invaluable to the future of the workforce.
Semester at Sea– Worldwide
- Business Administration
"The learning experience on SAS is phenomenal! Imagine reading an article about the apartheid in South Africa for a class discussion, waking up the next morning and travel through Cape Town seeing and feeling the familiarity of what you read . It is the kind of thing that neither a textbook or classroom can provide. As the first Samoan student from UH Hilo on SAS I encourage all my Pacific Islander peers to study on SAS. Jump out of your comfort zone and fall in love with the world!"
Seinan Gakuin University, Japan
- Japanese Studies
“For me it was like a dream, I never thought that I would be able to have the chance to travel to a foreign country. The time I spent in Japan is one I’ll never forget. I’ve made friends from all over the world and throughout this whole experience, I have learned so much about different cultures, lifestyles, values, and myself. I hope one day I’ll be able to return, see everyone again.”
Castellano en Peru, Peru
“Overall, studying abroad in Peru is an experience that I have learned so much from, which has led me to grow as a person and develop new cultural and personal values.”
Victoria University, Australia
- Marine Science
“While I was studying at Victoria University in Wellington, I joined as many clubs as I could, to get out and meet new people and explore the country. On weekends I mingled with the locals, “kiwis”, and during breaks I travelled the islands. It was hands-down one of the greatest experiences of my life and if I ever had the opportunity to do it again, it wouldn’t even be up for debate in my mind.”