Summer in Hawai'i

Study in the capital city of Honolulu while exploring the pristine jungles and beaches nearby. Six credits, small classes and world-renowned professors.

Beach or city, business or psychology- there are tons of options when you study abroad in Hawai'i for the summer. Explore the bustling city of Honolulu while living next to an incredible beach and choosing from an array of courses. It’s the best summer imaginable!

We are experts on Hawai'i. At CISabroad, many of our advisors have studied, lived, and worked in Hawai'i, and we love the beaches, cities, and local culture! We are here to help you find the best courses—and the best surf!—during your summer in paradise.

Visit preserved wildlife havens while also doing your part. Your round-trip flight to Hawai'i will be offset by the work of CISabroad’s environmental partnerships around the world so you can rest easy on your summer in the Hawaiian Islands.

On Summer in Hawai'i, you can take advantage of all the services of a medium-size private university in capital city Honolulu while exploring the pristine jungles and beaches nearby. Earn up to 6 credits while studying beneath palm trees in your new home. Start looking forward to:

Life in the tropics – Study abroad on an island where the temperature rarely dips below 70 degrees Fahrenheit and the water is as warm as can be.

Vibrant city – While you can enjoy the beach at Waikiki, don’t forget to check out the excitement in Honolulu. Cultural events, festivals, concerts, and world-class restaurants are all quite accessible from campus when you study abroad in Hawai'i.

Earn credits in your major – Though you are studying in one of the most beautiful places on earth, you still have to go to class! Choose from over 300 classes in business administration, communication, international studies, liberal arts, and natural sciences. You’ll enjoy small classes with world-renowned professors.

Activities on and off campus – With your program, you will have an extensive orientation and fun excursions throughout the city and the island of Oahu. Plus, numerous activities take place on campus during the summer.

Understand the true meaning of the word aloha – Meaning “love,” “peace,” “welcome,” and “farewell,” among other things, aloha also describes the islanders’ friendly, easygoing spirit. You will quickly learn to make it a part of your own life while you spend you summer in the Hawaiian Islands!

There are many reasons to study abroad in Hawai'i for a summer, but here are a few of the key highlights that make this program unique.

  • Diverse student body from all over the world
  • Campus located near beaches, rainforests, volcanoes, and national parks
  • Delicious Pacific Rim, Asian-inspired cuisine
  • Live next to world-class beaches 
  • Unique blend of language, ethnicities, cultures, music, and food 
  • Cultural hot spot of Hawai'i with movies, museums, concerts, comedy, and theater all nearby 
  • World-class academics with large variety of courses available

To acclimate you to Hawai'i, you will take part in the Island Orientation program during your first few days after you arrive. This program includes a Welcome Luau and introduction to Honolulu and Waikiki. Throughout the summer, you'll also take part in various field trips and excursions. These vary from summer to summer, but in the past have included surfing, fishing, snorkeling, and hiking in the rainforest. Additionally, an overnight camping trip in a famous national park is planned if students are interested.

On the Summer in Hawai'i program, you can take classes in business administration, communication, international studies, liberal arts, and natural sciences at Hawai'i Pacific University, a private university with over 300 summer course offerings. 

GPA Required: 2.5. If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement, do not despair! Use the "Contact An Advisor" button on this page or call us to let us know your situation. We'll do all we can to find the right program for you.

How to choose your courses
Now the fun part! As part of the application process you will be required to complete the CISabroad/HPU Course Selection Worksheet. This worksheet will be sent to you by your program coordinator upon applying to the Summer in Hawai'i program.

Course load: 1–2 classes (3–6 US credits)

Course approval: It is best to get 3-4 classes approved before you go abroad. This way you will have plenty of classes to choose from and some flexibility in setting up your schedule.

Class descriptions and catalog:
Please click here to view the available summer courses. From this screen, please select the summer term in which you are interested. *Please note that courses on the military campus are not available for study away students.

Special note when choosing courses:
Summer Session 1 correlates with Hawai'i Pacific University's 'Part Term 6A' summer session.
Summer Session 2 correlates with Hawai'i Pacific University's ‘Part Term 6B’ summer session.

Did you know that 70% of all CISabroad students receive scholarships or grants to study or intern abroad? You can get a grant for something as simple as applying early, or a scholarship for blogging. 

For details on all scholarship and grant offerings and to apply, please click here.

Home to the filming of Lost and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Hawai'i is famous for its incredible setting and friendly people. Upon arrival, you will be greeted with a lei, which represents love and friendship—a great way to start your summer abroad! Although still technically in the United States, you will feel like you have left your home for a fascinating paradise on the other side of the world.

Hawai'i possesses a number of climates varying from tropical rainforests to desolate desert-like land, and has mild temperatures all year round.  This means that on the average weekend, you’ll find yourself snorkeling in a beautiful bay, exploring a jungle teeming with wildlife, touring active volcanoes, watching whales breach from the crystal-blue water, discovering one of Hawai'i’s 100-plus islands, or surfing where the sport was invented.  Available forms of transportation include buses, taxis, mopeds and motorcycles, bicycles, car rentals, and the Hawai'i Pacific Shuttle to provide you with easy traveling around the island. 

Hawai'i is one of the most diverse places in the United States. Its 1.2 million residents are the descendants of Asians, Europeans, and Native Americans. This fascinating melting pot of cultures has created delicious cuisine, unique temples, and a laid-back, open-minded society. You can find much of this diversity in the capital, Honolulu, on the island of Oahu. More than 80 percent of the population lives here. You can experience such local celebrations as Whale Day, Taste of Honolulu, the Polynesian Festival, a hula competition at the Merrie Monarch festival, the Hawaiian International Film Festival, Statehood Day, or the aromatic Coffee Festival. Whether you’re listening to the music of Oahu’s famous son Jack Johnson in Waikiki or checking out nearby volcanoes, there is no dull moment in the paradise that is Hawai'i!

Our Summer in Hawai'i program is located at Hawai'i Pacific University. Founded in 1965, HPU is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Summer in Hawai'i is located on the island of Oahu at Hawai'i Pacific University, a private institution where nearly 30 percent of the 8,800-person student body comes from more than 100 countries. The educational experience builds upon this diversity by combining American educational traditions with global perspectives. It also stresses rigorous intellectual engagement, relevant career education, and social responsibility. You will have the benefit of learning in small classes averaging between 25 and 30 students. As a student you’ll be working directly with the professors and lecturers because there are no teaching assistants.

You will also benefit from having two campuses, linked together by a free shuttle. Attend the urban campus in downtown Honolulu or take classes at the Hawai'i Loa campus, located on 135 lush, tropical acres just 15 minutes away from the city center. The University has all that you would expect, including accreditation, academic programs in disciplines from liberal arts to business to nursing, support staff to assist you with your studies, numerous student clubs and activities, and exceptional facilities. You will find computer labs, libraries, tutoring services, wireless internet, laboratories, and communication facilities specially designed for students studying broadcasting, multimedia, or journalism.

Our CISabroad on-site staff will be there for support during your entire stay! We will meet you at the airport when you arrive in Hawai'i and take you to your new home. In the first few days after you arrive, you’ll enjoy our Island Orientation Program where you can take part in a Welcome Luau and get a great introduction to Honolulu and Waikiki.

During your summer in Hawai'i, you’ll have the opportunity to take part in a number of cultural excursions and field trips that will get you better acquainted with Oahu. In the past, some of these activities have included a day in the Polynesian Cultural Center, hikes through rainforests teeming with wildlife, snorkeling above coral reefs, and a Farewell Dinner before you leave. You’ll never want to leave this magical island!

You’ll live in studios in the spectacular Waikiki, with the ocean just a few minutes from your front door! Your housing will give you easy access to tons of shopping, restaurants, and nightlife, and is an easy 20 minute bus ride from the downtown campus. Each unit has been recently refurbished and air-conditioned. They are generally doubles or triples- although you can have a single for an extra fee. Included are single beds, dressers, a bathroom with a shower, a desk and chair. Additionally, you will have a furnished kitchenette. Internet is also available. Linens, and your pillow will be provided. Please bring your own bath towel. Your housing will have 24-hour security to keep you safe, and a barbecue area where you can hang out with your new friends!

1. What is the cost of program tuition? What is included in the program fees?

The program cost for the Summer in Hawai'i program can be found on the Price and Dates page.

2. When are the program fees due?

The Program Fees for Summer in Hawai'i are due based on when you start your summer session. Session 1 has a final payment deadline of April 1st; Session 2 has a final payment deadline of April 1st; Session 3 has a final payment deadline of May 1st. If you have any questions about tuition deadlines, please contact an advisor at

3. What is due with my application and when is my application due?

The application process can be broken into easy steps!

The first step is to fill out the online application, which includes your contact information, what program you are applying for, etc. (Only takes five minutes!)

After filling out the online application, an advisor from our Global Advising Center will grant you portal access with a set of preliminary forms.

The next step is to pay the $200 application deposit in order to secure your space in the program. This amount will be applied toward the final cost. 

Within a day after submitting your deposit, you will receive a welcome email from your Program Coordinator—the person you will work with until departure. Your Program Coordinator will then give you program specific items in your portal. (Note: Both preliminary portal pieces and program specific tasks must be completed by the application deadline.)

#CISabroadTip: Contact your school’s registrar and have them send us your transcript early on in the application process (you can send us your transcript even before you’ve made the $200 deposit!) since snail mail makes this the slowest piece to submit. (We do also accept electronic OFFICIAL transcripts if your school provides them.)

For detailed instructions, see application instructions. Application deadlines can be found here.

4. Do I need a passport or visa? When should I apply for my passport/visa?

You do not need a passport or visa to study in Hawai'i if you are a U.S. citizen.

5. Is there a GPA requirement?

Yes! For the Summer in Hawai'i program, the GPA requirement is 2.5.

6. What are my housing options?

The Summer in Hawai'i program offers studio housing located just minutes from the beach.

7. Will other students participate in the program with me? How many?

CISabroad programs are not only a great way to meet local and international students, but also students from around the United States. Program size varies each year - if enrollment size is important to you, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

8. How many credits are offered in the program?

For the Summer in Hawai'i program, you will enroll in 1-2 courses (3-6 U.S. Credits). To see the courses that are available, go to the course catalog.

9. Can I combine this program with another CISabroad program like intern, summer, or semester abroad?

Yes! A great way to extend your CISabroad experience is participating in another program. Combine semester programs to create a full academic year or if an academic year is just a little too long and a semester is too short, combine a semester and summer session or a semester and a January term program. You can also participate in a semester abroad and combine that with a summer intern abroad. To find out more information on the application process for more than one CISabroad program, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

Term: Summer Session 1 2016
Arrival May 13
CISabroad Orientation May 14
Classes Start May 15
Classes End July 2
Departure July 3
Application Deadline March 15
Term: Summer Session 2 2016
Arrival Session 2 July 1
CISabroad Orientation July 2
Classes Start July 3
Classes End August 20
Departure August 21
Application Deadline Late April
Term: Summer Session 1 2016 Price: $6,590 - $8,590 more info
Term: Summer Session 2 2016 Price: $5,190 - $6,190 more info

Dates posted here are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.

To view expected additional expenses for this program, click here.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Island orientation
  • Cultural excursion/cultural trip around Oahu
  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing
  • CISabroad support services before, during, & after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Predeparture orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • On-site Support
  • Student Union fees
  • Hawaii Pacific University official transcript
  • Carbon offset of travel & Green Travel Guide                                                                                                                                                                                       

CISabroad  reserves the right to alter its fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner university