Study in tropical Honolulu at Hawaii Pacific University and immerse yourself in the cultural epicenter that is the island of Oahu. There’s a lot to love about Hawaii, including the languages, ethnicities, culture, music, and food. Oh, and did we mention the beaches, palm trees, and lush landscapes? You’ll divide your studies between the centrally located, seaside campus or a campus on 135 tropical acres fifteen minutes from downtown. HPU is one of the most diverse universities in the world, and we don’t mean species of flora and fauna! So, plan to meet people from all over the world, feast at a luau, catch a wave, and soak up this majestic island in the Pacific Ocean.
- GPA Requirement
- Application Deadlines
Spring: November 1
Fall: June 1
- Avg Course Load
- 4-5 Courses (12-15 US credits)
- Language(s) of Instruction
Key Program Highlights
- Diverse student body with students from over 100 countries
- Campus located near beaches, rainforests, volcanoes, and national parks
- World-class academics with large variety of courses available
- Close to famous Waikiki Beach
- Support from site director
- Customized excursions to explore the island
Your Journey Begins Here
Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.
Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.
Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.
Life in Honolulu
Welcome and Orientation
Upon arrival you’ll take part in both a cultural and university orientation program where you will be introduced to our unique island way of life (‘ao‘ao). Your on-site director will give you a personal tour of the university campus and act as your local guide as you learn your way around the island. You will experience the many different cultures that make up Hawai’i’s largest city. From Hawaiian, Samoan, Tongan, Filipino, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Micronesian, Fijian to Portuguese, Honolulu is one of the most diverse places you will ever experience. All five of your senses will be engaged as you catch the beautiful “Aloha spirit.” You’ll taste the local food; kalua pig (pulled pork) and lau lau (steamed fish and pork wrapped in taro leaves), hear our popular island-style reggae and Hawaiian music, see the incredible natural beauty that surrounds you from waterfalls to rainbows. You’ll touch the sand and feel the waves as you swim with the dolphins and sea turtles. And of course, you’ll smell all the fragrant flowers, tuberose, plumeria, puakenikeni and gardenia.
Farewell and Re-entry Program
As much as you may want to stay, eventually the time will come when we will have to bid you aloha and a hui hou (goodbye, until we meet again). We’ll gather together one last time to remember the good times and reflect on all that you have learned living in Hawai’i nei.
You’ll live in a vintage Waikiki boutique property, with a beach just five minutes away by foot. 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 air conditioning
- Shared bedroom, though single rooms are available for an extra fee.
- There are single and double beds, dressers, a bathroom with a shower, and a kitchenette
- Linens and your pillow will be provided
- Please bring your own bath towel
- 24-hour security to keep you safe
- A barbecue area and a pool where you can hang out with your new friends!
Your site director is there to help you make this your new home away from home.
- Lei Making: Want to learn how to make a lei when you get back home? This class with teach you.
- ‘Ukulele: If music is more your thing, sign up for a free class. Instruments are provided.
- Hula Class: Try your moves out in a free hula class weekly at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center.
- Camping: All beaches in Hawai’i are public and many have campsites for $5 per night.
- Friday night fireworks: A Hilton Hawaiian Village tradition. Gather on the beach in front of the hotel for a fantastic fireworks display.
- Waikiki Beach Movie Nights: Movies on the big screen on the beach for free!
- Royal Hawaiian Band Friday Lunch Concert: Every Friday the Royal Hawaiian band plays at the bandstand on the ‘Iolani Palace lawn. Bring a sack lunch and enjoy.
- Hawai’i Theatre Center: Enjoy live Hawaiian music or Hula at this National Historic Theatre.
More About Honolulu
Located on the "Big Island" of Oahu, this jewel in the Pacific is home to coveted landscapes and is one of the world's most popular tourist locations. When you arrive at Honolulu's airport, you’ll be greeted by one of our representatives with a flower lei—the custom greeting in Hawaii!
The warm, tropical climate lets you enjoy the outdoors at any time of the year. You can snorkel through vivid blue water, hike in a lush rainforest, explore active volcanoes, and try surfing Hawaii’s legendary waves. To get around the island of Oahu, there are plenty of buses, taxis, mopeds, bikes, and the Hawaii Pacific Shuttle.
Hawaii’s unique heritage has led to a fascinating melting pot of people with Asian, European, and Native American backgrounds. Thanks to this, you’ll enjoy delicious cuisine, a variety of historical buildings, and the chance to immerse yourself in a one-of-a-kind community. Hawaiians like to celebrate, and you can join them for festivals that include Whale Day, the Polynesian Festival, a hula competition at the Merrie Monarch Festival, the Hawaiian International Film Festival, Statehood Day, and the Coffee Festival. Your semester in Hawaii will expose you to an entirely different world within the US.
While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in weekend and day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.
Pearl Harbor/Arizona Memorial
At World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, home of the USS Arizona Memorial, learn about one of the most pivotal moments in U.S. history: the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the subsequent entry of the United States into World War II. The monument preserves and interprets the stories of the Pacific War, from the internment of Japanese Americans to the battles in the Aleutians.
Group Surf Lesson
While enjoying the fun and sun in Honolulu, take a surf lesson tailored to fit all ages and skill levels. Learn the basics of proper form and ocean safety from a CPR and AED-certified professional surf instructor. After balance ball training, head to the water and discover how to paddle and catch waves. The instructor remains in the water through the end of the lesson, making students feel at home while attending to every learning need.
Snorkel and Sailing
Embark upon a relaxing sail through Oahu's calm Waikiki waters as playful spinner dolphins frolic alongside and iconic Diamond Head lingers in the distance. Arrive at beautiful Turtle Canyon to snorkel among colorful marine fish and sea turtles. Swim along some of Waikiki's most pristine reefs and sunbathe and bask in the serenity of a morning cruise.
If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, do not despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, there are additional application materials that you can submit to make your case for acceptance.
How to Choose Your Courses
Now the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page and once you’ve decided which courses you want to take. Fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.
Make sure to talk with your home university about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. For example, if you are taking 4 classes abroad, we recommend getting 8 approved. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.
Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.
Please click here to view a list of the Baccalaureate Degrees offered at Hawai’i Pacific University. For more information about the courses offered for each major, please click on the degree title.
To access Hawai’i Pacific University’s online course database, please click here. When looking for courses to attend, please search under the following campus: Dwntwn/HI Loa/Ocean Inst Class. *Please note that courses on the military campus are not available for study away students.
To access course syllabi from past terms, please click here.
How to read the Hawai’i Pacific University course catalog:
Select the department(s) you are interested in from the first drop-down menu and select the term on the “Semester.” Add your preferences for times and dates of classes if you want, select “search for courses,” and start looking through your course options!
Study in Hawaii's capital at the oceanside Hawaii Pacific University (HPU). The private institution is home to over 7,000 students. About 30 percent of students at HPU are international and come from more than 80 different countries. This unique study abroad experience combines quality American educational systems with global influences. Your program will focus on rigorous academics, relevant career education, and social responsibility. The school’s small class sizes mean that you can work directly with professors to get plenty of individualized attention.
HPU has two different campuses, which are linked together by a free shuttle. One campus is in a more urbanized setting, located in bustling downtown Honolulu, and the other, the Hawai'i Loa campus, is located on 135 tropical acres just fifteen minutes away. The main campus means you can engage with the city's culture between and after classes. Take a break and grab an iced coffee or a meal at any of the local restaurants or cafes in the plazas surrounding campus.
At HPU, you’ll find courses in disciplines like liberal arts, business, and nursing, along with a highly supportive faculty. To get more involved on campus and make friends with similar interests, you can join any number of clubs and activities. The school also has exceptional facilities, like computer labs, libraries, tutoring services, wireless internet, laboratories, and communications facilities for broadcasting, multimedia, and journalism students.
Accreditation(s): Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges
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Program SupportMeet Our Staff
Before, during, and after your study abroad experience, you’ll be supported by the dedicated and passionate CISabroad staff. Our goal is quick responses to your questions before you depart, and even quicker once you’ve arrived on site.
Robust Advising Center
Our team of advisors will help you choose a program, connect with your home university regarding classes and financial aid and get you prepared to apply for your program.
Team of Dedicated Program Coordinators
Your Program Coordinator will assist you in finalizing housing, enrolling in courses, booking flights, obtaining visas, arranging payments, and provide pre-departure orientation.
Experienced On-site Staff
From greeting you at the airport to a robust On-site Orientation to La Vida Local Activities our on-site staff will be there to support you throughout your time on-site.
Our support doesn’t end when your program does. We have alumni programming, webinars, and resources to help you readjust when you’ve returned from your experience.
Your Support Staff
Global Advising Team
Program Coordinator - Thailand, South Africa, Ghana, Hawai’i, January Multi-Country programs (except Mediterranean Culture)
Site Director in Hawai'i
Application DeadlineJune 1ArrivalAugust 22OrientationAugust 23Classes StartAugust 27Classes EndDecember 2; Exams: December 3 - 9DepartureDecember 10PRICE$21,990 - $27,590
Application DeadlineNovember 1ArrivalJanuary 9 (Estimated)OrientationJanuary 10 (Estimated)Classes StartJanuary 15 (Estimated)Classes EndMay 5 (Estimated)DepartureMay 6 (Estimated)PRICE$21,990 - $27,590 (Estimated)
CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.
As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.
Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:
- Island orientation and local tour
- Two cultural excursions/cultural trips around Oahu
- Full-time tuition and fees
- CISabroad support services before, during, and 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
- NYTimes Digital Subscription
- La Vida Local cultural program