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Study Abroad for Hawaiʻi Community College Students
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Ever dream about studying abroad...but then thought it would be too expensive or the time commitment too long? Think again! The University of Hawaiʻi Community Colleges offers a variety of options to study overseas, from a 10-day homestay to a 3-year program, and most are partially- or fully-funded!

Study Abroad


The value of studying abroad cannot be underestimated. In addition to making life-long friends and lasting memories, studying abroad can help you gain foreign language skills and cross-cultural competence, and demonstrate initiative and adaptability, giving you a career advantage!

For details of our international scholarships and programs, click on the scholarship or program of interest below. All eligible UH Community College students are encouraged to apply. Deadlines to apply are March 1, and May 3.

For questions about OVPCC international opportunities, contact Colleen Bird, UHCC International Education Manager, at (808) 956-3855 or For more study abroad opportunities, check out Other Resources and individual campus' international programs.

testimonial image"My Cape Town, South Africa, volunteer adventure was amazing. I had the honor of volunteering at two places, Nomzamo, meaning "safe place", an orphanage for babies and toddlers, and Oakhaven, an elder home.... My soul was enriched by the smiles and giggles of the babies and my mind was enriched by the stories and hugs of the elderly. My heart and soul will forever be touched."
Carly, Hawaii CC
Volunteer, three weeks, Cape Town, South Africa

"Studying abroad has impacted my life by widening my world view not only by getting to know the Japanese people but also by learning from other foreign students from around the world. I feel that by living and participating in Japan's culture I gained a deeper understanding of how the Japanese language is used. I think that studying abroad is a great way to experience a different world outside of your home and to know how much more there is to learn."
John Paul, Hawaii CC
Konan University, Kobe, Japan

Freeman Foundation Community College Program

The Freeman Foundation Community College Program exists to promote international understanding through support for intensive second language training and international travel with study abroad opportunities to China, Japan, or Korea. Freeman Foundation provides financial support for full-time University of Hawai'i Community College students with the intent to incorporate intensive language training and international educational into the academic programs of each participant.

A maximum of ten Freeman Foundation Scholarships are awarded each semester. The scholarships support students in a variety of studies and provide qualified participants the opportunity to enroll in a one-year intensive program. Students selected for the Freeman Foundation Scholarship are required to enroll in 12 credit units during the first semester for an intensive content-based second language program offered at Kapiolani Community College. Sequentially, and pending successful completion of the intensive course, students will study abroad in China, Japan, Korea, or Vietnam for the remaining duration of the intensive program.

Program Deadline

The Freeman Foundation Program in 2014 is offering scholarships for Japan and China. Applications for Japan studies Scholarships are now available. See the links below under Application Procedures. Japan Program Applications must be postmarked by March 21, 2014.

  • Japan Program – CLOSED (March 21, 2014)
  • China Program – Extended Deadline: June 20,2014

Application Procedures

The Freeman Foundation Scholarship Application Form and Supporting Materials include the following forms. These forms are available in PDF Format. In order to view the document you must download Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Other UH Study Abroad/Exchange Opportunities
Some University of Hawaii campuses open their study abroad opportunities all UH system students. Contact the respective campus to see if you are eligible to participate.

Leeward CC Leeward CC Office of International Programs
Kapiolani CC Kapiolani CC Honda International Center
UH Manoa
Departments/schools offer their own international opportunities to their majors.
MIX Program MIX Program (Exchange – must be UH Manoa student)
Study Abroad Study Abroad Programs
UH Hilo  
UH Hilo Center Center for Global Education & Exchange (must be a UH Hilo student)
Study Abroad
Study Abroad Programs
STAR Scholarships STAR Scholarships (search by Keyword, "international" or "study abroad" or your student profile)
UH Foundation
UH Foundation Scholarships
Boren Scholarhsip Boren Scholarship
Gilman Scholarship Gilman Scholarship
Travel/Country Information  
U.S. Passport U.S. Passport Information
Center for Disease Control Center for Disease Control – Travelers' health Information
U.S Department of State International Travel Information Includes information on emergencies/crises, living abroad, health and safety issues, and travel warnings and travel alerts.
Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) Sign up for this free program (formerly known as "Travel Registration" or "Registration with Embassies") to receive the latest travel updates and information. Enrolling in STEP makes it easier for consular officers in U.S. embassies and consulates around the world to contact you and your loved ones during an emergency.
Study in Japan Comprehensive guide to studying in Japan, sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Contains information on the Monbukagakusho Scholarship (Specialized Training College) administered by the UHCC in coordination with the Consulate General of Japan at Honolulu
The World Factbook Learn interesting facts on the country you're traveling to, such as population, languages spoken, and government.

Study Abroad Resources

Hawaii Community College has the following scholarship opportunities and resource materials available for students interested in study abroad. Please review the following materials for your reference. For detailed and most current information please be sure to contact the Honda International Center. Deadlines and criteria are subject to change.

Faculty/Staff Professional Development

Get inspired to inspire!

To faculty and staff who work hard to broaden our students' horizons: There are international opportunities open to you as well! The Office of the Vice President for Community Colleges (OVPCC) encourages you to explore and grow and inspire your students to do the same. Here are some resources that provide opportunities to help invigorate you and your curriculum and activities with international flare. Be sure to check regularly for grant and fellowship opportunities on these sites!

Association for Asian Studies

Professional association for scholars and students interested in Asia
Community Colleges for International Development, Inc. (CCID)

UHCC system is an active member of CCID. VPCC John Morton is on the CCID Board of Directors; Chancellor Leon Richards at Kapiolani Community College is the International Executive Director representing the UHCC.

East-West Center Adjacent to UH Manoa campus, the Center is an institution for public diplomacy in the Asia Pacific region that serves as a resource for information and analysis on critical issues of common concern, brings people together to exchange views, builds expertise, and develops policy options. It offers programs of cooperative study, training and research.

Institute of International Education Among the world's largest and most experienced international education and training organizations. It creates programs of study and training for students, educators and professionals from all sectors, including the flagship Fulbright Program and Gilman Scholarships.
Fulbright Grants (educators/administrators)
Gilman Scholarship (students)

Japan Studies Association

Offers workshops, conferences, seminars and other programs to deepen current understanding of Japan and introduce members to new areas of study.

NAFSA Association of International Educators