When you think of studying abroad you usually think of foreign landscapes, different languages and people that think, act, and look differently from you. What you don’t generally think is that you can get that right here in the United States. That’s right. Studying abroad in Hawai’i can afford you all the same interesting features as a foreign country. Here are a few reasons why we think you should study on our Semester in Hawai’i – Hawai’i Pacific University program!
The Aloha State is truly a melting pot of ethnic diversity; not only are the islands home to the most multiracial residents in America, but the state has more than twice the diversity of the second and third place states and it is the only state in the US where there is no ethnic majority. While you’re in the Islands – no matter your skin color – you’ll find a welcoming presence and an acceptance that you may not find in other places in the world.
It wouldn’t be study abroad without the “study”, now would it? While there are several academic institutions in Hawai’i, the largest private university in the Islands, Hawaii Pacific University, really stands out. There are classes offered in a range of disciplines including marine science, business, communication, nursing and much more. HPU has two distinct campuses; one in the heart of the city of Honolulu and the other in the mountains of Kaneohe, a short shuttle bus away. HPU is noted for its diversity, including recognition as The Most Diverse 4-year private nonprofit institution in the U.S.
One of the hallmarks of a great study abroad experience is learning about a new culture. In Hawai’i you can learn about many cultures! From Pacific Islanders – Hawaiian, Tongan and Samoan – to Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Filipino, Hawaii is a place where East really does meet West. You’ll see it not only in the faces of local residents, but also in the food. You know the poke craze that’s sweeping the nation? People in Hawaii have been eating it for decades. And when you mix the food with the festivals of the many cultures represented, watch out! Not a day goes by where there’s not someone christening their new building with a dragon dance or a celebration unique to Hawai’i, like Lei Day.
The one reason to study in Hawaii that needs no introduction is the weather. Almost any day of the week you can count on it being at least 75 and sunny on the island. Did you know that apart from the “usual” sunny and 75, that Hawai’i boasts ten of the world’s fourteen climate zones? On the Big Island, you can ski in the morning on top of Mauna Kea and surf during the afternoon. Another unique part of Hawai’i that most people are surprised by is the diversity of the landscapes. From the volcanoes of the Big Island (the Island of Hawai’i) to the red sand beaches of Maui to the Ko’olau Mountains on Oahu, the Hawaiian Islands boast something for everyone, no matter what you want to do.
Need any more convincing? We hope not, but feel free to check out CIS Abroad’s study abroad options in Hawai’i!