Virtual Summer in Hawaiʻi
Hawaiʻi Pacific University

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Master online learning while adding intercultural experience to your transcript.

Online learning isn’t the future way global education will function – it’s the present. With CIS Abroad’s virtual Summer in Hawaiʻi program, take online courses at Hawaiʻi Pacific University from your home base, all while adding a global perspective to your education experience. Apply your previous learning to new classes, learn about the local culture through our Virtual La Vida Local series, and build connections with others so you can meet up in Honolulu in the future! Although not a substitute for a traditional on-site experience, virtual study programs can serve as an important stepping stone to build up your skills, transcript, and cross-cultural understanding – a great foundation for studying abroad on-site in the future.

What to Expect:

  • Language: English
  • Average Courseload: 1-2 courses (3-6 U.S. credits)
  • GPA Requirement: 2.75
  • Visa Requirements: NONE Required!


  • Gain an intercultural learning experience without leaving your home
  • Access to Hawaiʻi Pacific University’s full online course catalog
  • Virtual La Vida Local experiences to connect you to Island Life
  • Regular support from CIS Abroad
  • Transcript from Hawaiʻi Pacific University

Program Details

Hawaii Pacific University - Online

Study online in Hawaiʻi’s capital at the oceanside Hawaiʻi Pacific University (HPU). About 30 percent of students at HPU are international and come from more than 80 different countries, so you’re likely to study with international classmates. This unique online study abroad experience combines quality American educational systems with global influences. At HPU, you’ll find courses in disciplines like liberal arts and business, along with a highly supportive faculty. 

If you’re interested in a future semester on campus, it’s good to know that 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 Hawaiʻi Loa campus, is located on 135 tropical acres just 15 minutes away. 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

Areas of study with fewer than 3 classes available

  • Art & Design
  • Communications
  • Education
  • World Languages
  • Computer Science

Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.

Areas of study with 3 to 7 classes available

  • Business
  • Humanities

Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.

Areas of study which have more than 8 classes available

  • Natural & Applied Sciences

Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.

For Virtual Summer in Hawaiʻi, students can choose 1-2 courses for up to 6 credits during this 7-week term.

To choose your courses:

  1. Take a look at the courses available via the online catalog. Here’s a curated list of available Summer 2020 Courses
  2. Confirm prerequisites by consulting the PDF versions of the Hawaiʻi Pacific University Academic Catalog. All prerequisites will be listed in the course descriptions found on p. 270 of the catalog in the University Curriculum section. This will also list whether or not a course is restricted to declared majors or minors.

Why Virtual Life in Honolulu

You’ll be able to feel Hawaiʻi’s warmth from wherever you’re completing your online studies! Located on the “Big Island” of Oahu, this jewel in the Pacific is home to coveted landscapes. Hawaiʻi’s unique heritage has led to a fascinating melting pot of people with Asian, European, and indigenous backgrounds. (Do you know what the okina is?)

Until you can dip your toes into the blue water yourself, experience the enchantment of a hike through the lush rainforest or learn how to surf (without getting wet!) in our Virtual La Vida Local program. Deepen your connection to Honolulu by learning about Hawaiʻi’s history with sovereignty and the many local festivals, including Whale Day, the Polynesian Festival, a hula competition at the Merrie Monarch Festival, the Hawaiʻian International Film Festival, Statehood Day, and the Coffee Festival.

Live La Vida Local

  • Dance the Hula

    Try your moves out in a virtual hula class.

  • ‘Ukulele

    If music is more your thing, learn how to play. Virtual instruments provided.

  • Lei Making

    Want to learn how to make a lei? This class will teach you.

What's Included



  • Online tuition and fees
  • CIS Abroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Hawaiʻi Pacific University transcript
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Online support
  • Virtual La Vida Local cultural program
  • And on and on! (even the standard inclusions, which we know can vary!)

Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team
Travel Tip:

We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us—be it through a text, phone call, email or personal visit—you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Julia Sementilli
Travel Tip:

Be open to meeting new people! Some of my favorite memories while traveling include meeting people in hostels, or by getting involved at my school abroad. You never know who will be a lifelong friend! Try all of the local foods, even if you don’t think you will like it. Write everything down in a journal- you will appreciate those stories later!

Dates & Prices

  • Application Deadline: May 15
  • Arrival: June 26
  • Departure: August 15
  • Price: $2,290 - $3,890
Additional Information:

$2,290: 3 credits, $3,890: 6 credits.

CIS Abroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.