International Bridge Program (IBP) at HPU

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Junggu Shin

Study Abroad, BATESL

South Korea

I found out about Hawai`i Pacific University while I was studying at Konkuk University, which was my school in Korea. I’ve always really wanted to study abroad and when I found out that my school had an agreement with HPU I was very interested. I chose HPU not only because its great location and weather; I was also impressed by the TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) program as I wanted to study different teaching approaches.


International Bridge Program (IBP) at HPU

The International Bridge Program (IBP) at HPU offers an opportunity for international students to build English language competency, academic skills, and acquire content-based knowledge in preparation for academic success at Hawai’i Pacific University.

Program HighlightsCourses Offered  |  Admission Requirements  |  Tuition  | Application Process  |

*Entry Requirement

TOEFL: IBT: 70-79, CBT: 193-210, PBT: 523-547
TOEIC: 691-750
IELTS: 5.5


5 Bridge courses (3 credits each course)

Total: 15 credits

Program Cost

  Pathway I Pathway II
Tuition $11,593 $9,990
Housing and Living Expenses $6,275 $6,275
College Related Expenses
$1,300 $1,300
Total $19,168 $17,565

Requirement for the Regular HPU Academic Program

Successful completion of 5 Bridge courses with a cumulative 2.5 GPA.

Health Insurance

Students must present health insurance that meets HPU requirements

The International Bridge Program at Hawai‘i Pacific University allows qualified international students to participate in university courses designed to facilitate the transition into American academia and life in the United States.  Developmental courses provide the academic, linguistic, and cultural support that students need in order to prepare for success as a fully matriculated degree-seeking student at HPU. Content-based classes offer the concepts, terminology and study skills to help students perceive and bridge the gaps and differences in global perspectives, learning strategies, linguistic levels, and content knowledge.  Bound by common goals, students and faculty create a dynamic learning community in which they explore diverse ideas, share information, and discover relationships between society, nature, and self.

Courses Offered

International Education: BR 1000series

BR 1000series (BR 1001, 1002, 1003) develops an awareness of selected traditions and philosophies which influence modern educational systems throughout the world. Students examine their previous educational experience in a global context and participate in activities designed to help them successfully adapt to the culture of learning at HPU.  This course also emphasizes the study of academic vocabulary.

Global Issues: BR 1010series

BR 1011series (BR 1011, 1012, 1013) develops an awareness of selected concepts which underscore contemporary issues of global concern. In this project-based course, students have an opportunity to examine topics, careers, people, history and geographical regions pertaining to the themes of foreign aid, emigrational dynamics, intercultural regulations and environmental degradations.  Students are required to stay informed of current world news stories through following various national and international news sources. Students will also undertake a modest research project based on secondary sources, writing their findings in a short essay using APA documentation.

Cultural Studies: BR 1020series

BR 1020series (BR 1021, 1022, 1023) develops an awareness of selected concepts which are used to interpret cultures and cultural practices. Students examine cultural practices in the context of a changing, globalizing world as a means of reflecting on their own values and customs. Reflections are stimulated and supported by readings which address facets of selected cultures and individuals in transition. Students share their insights in discussions, field notes, journal writing, multimedia presentations, and an interactive poster session.

Sustainability & Local Action: BR 1030 series

BR 1030series (BR 1031, 1032, 1033) develops an awareness of selected issues that influence the modern need for movement toward sustainability.  Students examine how changes in one area can impact seemingly distant or unrelated areas, using the Hawaiian Islands as a model for this concept of inter-connectedness.  Students also consider the personal choices they face with respect to sustainability, both as individuals and as members of larger communities.  This course features service-learning experiences, creating presentations, and leading discussions that demonstrate each student’s reflection and evaluation.

International Travel and Tourism: BR 1040 series

BUS 1040series (BUS 1041, 1042, 1043) is designed to introduce students to the tourism and hospitality industry by examining the infrastructure, service and marketing in these industries.  The course focuses on the interdependence of hotel/resorts, food and beverage establishments, attractions, casino, meetings and conventions.  Examples from Hawaii and international destinations will be used in class.

Business in Global Markets: BR 1050series       

BUS 1050 series(BUS 1051, 1052, 1053) is an introductory course in modern business.  Emphasis is placed on basic business terms, concepts, principles, practices, organization structures, and functions of business. Class discussions will focus on examples from Hawaii and around the world.

Admission Requirements and Tuition

Application Process

      Please submit the following:
  • $50.00 Application Fee
  • $200.00 Tuition Deposit (non-refundable)
  • Completed International Bridge Program Application Form
  • Official Academic Transcripts (officially certified, in English)
  • Proof of Financial Sponsorship (original bank statement)
  • Copy of Passport Photo Page
  • Proof of English Proficiency (original or officially certified test results)

Additional Documents

Mail all documents to:

Hawai`i Pacific University
International Admissions
1164 Bishop Street, Suite #1100
Honolulu, HI 96813 USA

Phone: +1 808-544-0238
Fax: +1 808-543-8065

For more information please contact the International Center at

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