HPU Expands Study Abroad Program

HPU Expands Study Abroad Program

HONOLULU, Hawai‘i – Hawai‘i Pacific University announced today that the institution will receive $7,500 to help support new study abroad scholarships. The funds received from the Institute of International Education (IIE) will further deepen HPU’s commitment to expand and enhance global learning experiences for its students.

Less than 10 percent of American college students study abroad and only a few of those students come from underrepresented groups. To combat this, HPU joined IIE’s Generation Study Abroad initiative in 2014 in hopes of increasing the number and diversity of students who study abroad. HPU will match IIE’s funding to offer a total of six student scholarship awards of $2,500 each. These scholarships will be used toward the cost of tuition, books, and travel related to study, service learning or internships while abroad between Fall 2016 and Summer 2017.

“At HPU, we believe that a study abroad experience helps students develop the skills to become global citizens,” said Melissa Matsubara, director of HPU’s Study Abroad and International Exchange Programs. “Our programs have grown tremendously over the past five years and this support from IIE will only help HPU expand further.”

Since 2012 HPU has expanded from 45 study abroad programs in nearly 20 different countries to over 400 programs in more than 70 different countries. HPU has also increased the percentage of students studying abroad from a little more than two percent for academic year 2011-2012 to over four percent consistently over the past three years. This year nearly six percent of all HPU graduates have studied, conducted field research, interned, or worked abroad during their time at HPU.

“Our extensive study abroad program and location at the crossroads of the Pacific has allowed HPU to create a unique international learning community,” said HPU President John Gotanda. “The support from IIE will allow us to provide more students with international education opportunities, and ultimately, better prepare students to compete and thrive in a global society.”

HPU is one of 14 colleges and universities selected based on its notable progress toward meeting its Generation Study Abroad commitment. IIE Generation Study Abroad grants are made possible through IIE’s Study Abroad Fund, STA Travel, and individual donors. IIE will award a total of approximately $200,000 in scholarships for campuses to provide scholarships to their students.