Hawaii Pacific University's International Group Programs

International Group Programs

GAIN EXPERIENTIAL, INTERCULTURAL, AND IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE IN HAWAIʻI

Hawaiʻi Pacific University's (HPU) International Group Programs offer unique educational and cultural experiences for our partnering institutions worldwide. Our programs are customizable and tailored to suit participants' learning needs and preferences, from a specific curricular area to a focus on more general English language and cultural content. Taking an experiential learning approach, participants will gain hands-on experiences and uncover the rich tapestry of Hawaiian culture and the fascinating stories that make this paradise-on-earth an exclusive and inspiring destination. Join us for an unforgettable educational adventure that goes beyond borders and warmly welcomes the world!

Program length: 1 day to 4 weeks.

Start dates: Summer (end of May through August); for other dates, please contact us.

Examples of International Group Programs:

  • English Experience & Cultural Enrichment Program
  • English Experience in Hospitality and Tourism Management Program
  • English for Nurses Program
  • English Teacher Education Program
  • Language and Technology Program 

Spotlight on Hawaii Program

Spotlight on Hawaii Program

Spotlight on Hawaii Program

Spotlight on Hawaii Program

Spotlight on Hawaii Program

Spotlight on Hawaii Program

Teacher Education Program Poster Session

Teacher Education Program Poster Session

Tourism and Hospitality Program Lei Making Experience

Kyungnam group lei making group

Tourism and Hospitality Program Lei Making Experience

participant making a lei

Cultural Experience with Hula Teacher

Cultural Experience with Hula Teacher

Cultural Experience with Hula Teacher

Cultural Experience with Hula Teacher

Cultural Experience with Hula Teacher

Cultural Experience with Hula Teacher

Cultural Experience with Hula Teacher

Ibaraki Hula Lesson Group Photo

Interactive Group Activity

Interactive Group Activity

Teacher Education Presentation

Teacher Education Presentation

Teacher Education Program Completion Ceremony

Teacher Education Program Completion Ceremony

WHAT OUR INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS SAY ABOUT US

Kant Kota's photo

"The English Experience & Cultural Enrichment Program at HPU was such a unique experience for my students in Japan. The program allowed them to have a deep insight into native culture on the islands of Hawai'i. In addition, the students had a lot of interactive activities with locals including students from HPU, which sharpened their communication and social interaction skills in English."

- Kant Koga, Intercultural Liaison, Assistant Professor at the Department of Management Synthesis, Tokyo Management College

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

At HPU, our commitment to experiential learning sets us apart. We prepare our students to excel in their chosen fields through a combination of rigorous professional training, diverse hands-on experiences, and continuous reflection. Whether they're exploring our cutting-edge nursing simulation labs or discovering the art of hula dancing, our students gain a well-rounded education that equips them for success. We look forward to partnering with you to create a unique and enriching experience for your group.


Examples of Professional Site Visits:

  • HPU Nursing Simulation Labs
  • Hotels and Youth Hostels
  • Educational Centers

Examples of Co-curricular Activities:

  • Bishop Museum
  • Conversation Partners
  • Foster Botanical Garden
  • Historic Downtown Honolulu Heritage Walk
  • Hula Workshop
  • Intercultural Exchanges
  • Mānoa Cultural Center
  • Place-based learning in historic Honolulu
  • Sea Life Park
  • Scavenger hunt in Waikīkī, Kakaʻako, Downtown, and Chinatown
  • Spotlight on Hawaiʻi Cultural Workshop

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

International Group Programs at HPU are specialized educational initiatives designed to host international groups, whether students or professionals, to engage in academic, cultural, or experiential learning in various fields.

We offer a diverse range of programs, including short-term academic courses, cultural immersion experiences, language courses, and professional development programs tailored to the specific needs and interests of our partners.

To explore partnership opportunities, please reach out to the Director of International Programs, Ann (“Diane”) Tai Choe at atai <at> hpu.edu. We will be happy to discuss your specific requirements and objectives.

Yes, we specialize in tailoring programs to match the unique goals and interests of our partner organizations. We can work with you to create a program that aligns with your objectives.

Upon request, HPU can arrange airport pick-up and drop-off with additional fees applied. For daily transportation, HPU can purchase bus passes for your group.

HOLO Bus Pass (as of November 1, 2023):
$80 unlimited monthly
$30 weekly
$7.50 daily

We take the safety and well-being of all participants very seriously. Our programs adhere to strict safety protocols, and we provide information, guidance, and resources to help ensure a secure and comfortable experience.

The ideal group size can vary depending on the program's objectives, but we can accommodate both small and large groups (min 10-15, max 20-25).

Program durations vary, ranging from a day to several weeks, depending on the specific program and the goals of your group.

HPU offers a diverse range of co-curricular activities, including conversation partners, intercultural exchanges, hula workshops, place-based learning, visits to Sea Life Park, and scavenger hunt activities in Waikīkī, Kakaʻako, Downtown, and Chinatown.

Upon request, we can reserve the HPU dormitory at Aloha Tower Marketplace for your group. Please note that the dorms are only available between May 15 and July 31. Alternatively, we can provide a list of economical accommodations for your group.