Program Content

Program Content

With the magnificent natural environment of Hawaiʻi as its backdrop, the UH-Mānoa Academy program aims to expose international students to life at an American university while inspiring interest in specific areas of study and preparing them for future success.


Note: Program details are tentative and subject to change.

Content-Based English Classes

Highly interactive classes integrate English speaking, listening, reading, and writing with content related to the LAND, SEA, and SPACE. Focusing on one theme each week, English classes prepare students with language and background knowledge, helping to maximize comprehension and participation during lectures and field trips. Students are assigned homework and must complete a final project on a topic related to one of the program themes.

Interchange with University Students

As a feature of the English class, UH-Mānoa students, called interchangers, meet with Academy students regularly for the purpose of intensive English practice and cultural exchange.

Theme-Related Lectures

UH-Mānoa professors from departments such as Oceanography, Marine Biology, Tropical Agriculture, Geography, and Astronomy provide an inspirational overview of their fields.

Educational Field Trips

Students visit fascinating sites related to the lectures and themes, including:

  • UH Marine Research Facility At Coconut Island In Kaneohe Bay
  • UH Marine Center
  • UH College Of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources
  • UH Lyon Arboretum
  • Bishop Museum and Planetarium
  • UH Institute For Astronomy
  • Trip to HAWAIʻI ISLAND, home of the active Kilauea volcano and the famous Mauna Kea observatories. The trip includes a visit to the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, the ʻImiloa Planetarium, And Volcanoes National Park

University Experience Workshops and Campus Visits

Weekly workshops introduce students to various topics related to entering and studying at an American university. They also prepare students for visits to other campuses:

  • Kapiʻolani Community College (two-year community college)
  • Hawaiʻi Pacific University (Hawaiʻi largest private university)
  • University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo (four-year university on Hawaiʻi Island)

Hawaiian Culture Workshops

Students learn the significance of Hawaiʻi’s most beloved cultural traditions while learning to dance a basic hula, play a simple song on the ukulele, and make their own floral lei.

Weekend Cultural and Recreational Activities (tentative – subject to change)

On weekends, students enjoy activities in the community with UH students and staff, including snorkeling, shopping, and hiking. Tentative activities include:

  • Sightseeing: Waikīkī Aquarium and Waikīkī Scavenger Hunt
  • Snorkeling: Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
  • Shopping: Ala Moana Shopping Center
  • Hiking: Diamond Head State Monument

Closing Celebration

On the last day of the program, students are honored at a closing ceremony and special lunch. Students receive certificates of completion, make speeches, and provide entertainment.