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Although you know this will be an awesome experience for your loved one, you are not comfortable with the many unknown variables. Where is your child going to live? Is it safe? Who will be there for them in case they need?

While sending your child to college can be wonderfully exciting, it can also be very stressful. Besides the obvious emotions that come with your child leaving home for the first time, you will continue to worry about all facets of your child’s health other destructive behaviors.

The frustrating part of all this for most parents is that you cannot be there every minute to guide your child help them make wise decisions.

They want independence disorientation can knock on the door.

H.I.S. will check on your loved one for you, providing freedom for them to grow, but being a local friendly h when they need the most.


YOUR part in this stage of your child’s life:


that is just as important. It can do more than help shape lives, it can save lives.

  1. Set clear realistic expectations regarding academic performance. Studies conducted nationally have demonstrated that partying may contribute as much to a student’s decline in grades as the difficulty of his or her academic work.
  2. Stress to students that drugs excessive consumption can fatally poison. This is not a scare tactic. The fact is students die every year from alcohol poisoning. they see someone putting their life at risk through participation in dangerous drinking.
  3. Tell students to intervene when classmates are in trouble with alcohol. Nothing is more tragic than an unconscious student being left to die while others either fail to recognize that the student is in jeopardy or fail to call for help due to fear of getting the student in trouble.
  4. Tell students to st up for their right to a safe academic environment. Students who do not drink can be affected by the behavior of those who do, ranging from interrupted study time to assault or unwanted sexual advances.
  5. Avoid tales of drinking exploits from your own college years. Entertaining students with stories of drinking back in “the good old days” normalizes what, even then, was abnormal behavior. It also appears to give parental approval to dangerous alcohol consumption.
  6. Encourage your student to volunteer in community work. In addition to structuring free time, volunteerism provides students with opportunities to develop job-related skills to gain valuable experience.
  7. Make it clear –  alcohol-impaired driving is against the law. Parents should make it clear that they do not condone breaking the law.


H.I.S is 100% International Student Housing

Your son or daughter will be able to meet friends get the best education while enjoying himself / herself in a natural environment.

Although we try to help them as much as we can, we can’t be held responsive for their choices. We will provide counseling, guidance locally positioned, but our main goal is to help them to grow with their own choices.


They grew up! We treat them as adults.


Before signing up with any other “student housing”, ask them to send their contract over. Many of them are actually hotels, they reserve the right to move your student from one location to another without your permission.

We work with Hawaii colleges we are open to be inspected by them at any time.

Your son / daughter privacy is very important to us. We will intervene if we believe they are behaving in a way that can cause harm to themselves or others.

By being RESPONSIBLE for their choices, they will grow will be able to take the best of this opportunity.

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Studying abroad is likely to be an exciting, enriching at times overwhelming.

New international students have to adapt to a new place, new culture perhaps a new language, all at the same time.

Most universities (certainly those with large numbers of international students) however, have well developed support systems in place for international students.

These are designed to make the study-abroad experience as easy enjoyable as possible, from application all the way through to graduation.

Pre-arrival support

Many universities have a welcome pack or guide specifically designed for international students. This may be available online, or sent by mail once you’ve been offered a place, what to expect when you arrive.

This guide may cover topics such as accommodation options, arranging medical insurance, tuition fee payments, visa requirements, budgeting for living expenses, part-time work advice on what to bring with you.

There should also be information about the university campus facilities – so that it’s all a bit less unknown when you arrive.

Of course, there’s more to preparing for studying abroad than just filling out a visa application applying for a place in student halls. You may have questions or concerns about other aspects of student life, or just feel nervous about not knowing anyone when you get there.

To fill these gaps, growing numbers of universities are introducing student mentoring schemes that start before arrival. This means future students are matched up with current students, who then communicate, usually via email, in the months leading up to the start of the course.

The idea is to ensure that international students feel welcomed into the student community before they even arrive, know that there will be at least one friendly face waiting to greet them.

Orientation programs

The first few weeks of being an international student are likely to be the most obviously overwhelming. There’s so much to take in, so many new places it can take a while to find your feet.

It’s typical for universities to invite international students to arrive a few days earlier than the rest of the student body, to give them a chance to get settled acclimatized before the chaos really begins!

This time is usually filled with an international student orientation program, designed to provide practical support also to encourage international students to get to know one another.

Common elements of international student orientation programs include being picked up from the airport, tours of the campus talks.

There’s also a more light-hearted workshop on the subject of culture shock, which addresses some of the differences in language expectations.

If parents other family members of international students are able to attend, they may also be invited to join in with orientation activities.

Ongoing support

Of course, the first few days are not the only time international students need support.

Marcey Abramovitz, international student support coordinator, says, “It is not only vital that students are promptly given a framework of information on the institution the surrounding area, but they should also be made aware of the support network they can rely on should any issues arise during the course of their stay.”

She adds, “In some cases, just knowing that this support network is there if they need it can be help enough.” In many universities, the first point of call for international students needing help is the team of international student advisers.

These are members of staff available by email, phone or in person to help international students resolve any problems that come up – either themselves, or by directing the student to the most relevant person.

Having this dedicated team is important, Abramovitz says, because it means international students can always feel confident about where to start if they have a problem, rather than wasting time trying to figure out how or where to get the help they need.

The most common problems addressed by international student advisers include homesickness, culture shock, language difficulties, unfamiliar academic or grading systems, immigration, insurance health problems.

The university’s international student advisers have the experience skills needed to deal with the practical aspects of these issues – but also the emotional side of things.

Most of them have experienced living, studying or working abroad themselves, which helps them to empathize with how students are feeling.

As well as support from staff other students, there’s also a third option: members of the local community. This type of support is available for international students in some universities, through a ‘host family’ program.

This scheme matches up international students with local families. The ‘host’ family offer friendship hospitality (rather than ‘hosting’ in the sense of providing accommodation). For example, they might invite the students to their home for meals, or show them around the local area.

The idea is to promote cultural exchange, welcomed into the surrounding community.

Fun games

Not all support services are about fixing problems; many simply aim to ensure all students enjoy their time at university, have a fulfilling experience.

University calendars are packed with events aimed at or organized by international students. Some are specifically intended to promote cultural exchange, others are just for fun.

At some universities regular activities organized for international students include film evenings, visits to local attractions, guest speakers, hiking expeditions conversation.

Some others holds a weekly ‘global cafe’ event, in which international build connections.

Other goes one better than this; as well as offering refreshments, its weekly ‘intercultural evenings’ also host performances talks, while still preserving a relaxed environment.

Of course, there are plenty of other social events that are not specifically targeted at international students – intercultural exchange is certainly not restricted to specified events.

One of the great things about university life is the sheer range of activities organizations you can get involved with; there really should be something for everyone.

Study-abroad veteran Renatha Lussa explains what is meant by ‘culture shock’ how to cope when you encounter it.

Going to live abroad is an exciting experience that requires preparation.

I am not talking about technical issues such as how many pairs of socks you should bring with you. I am talking about the big preparation, the one that is essential to making your experience rich positive. Before you go, get prepared to experience culture shock.

Some of you may say “Culture shock? Not for me. Where I’m going is only an hour’s flight from home.”

It is true that the degree of difference in one’s own the host culture is important, but this is not the only variable. And let’s not forget that the concept of culture can also be used for an organization, institution or a group. As a result, even a simple reorganization may generate culture shock.

So, what is culture shock? Well, it’s a mix of emotions. Feelings of loss, confusion, stress, anxiety from the loss of a familiar cultural environment.

In my experience, culture shock can be divided into four stages:

1. The Honeymoon

“Oh, this is wonderful. Let’s go there. Amaaazing!” You are obviously excited stress may be present but your general euphoria overtakes them.

Karim Sanaz, is an Iranian student at Uppsala University in Sweden. He remembers that when he arrived in Sweden everything seemed really different from his homel. “I actually didn’t feel any sense of belonging. To me it was more like watching a beautiful movie without being part of it.”

2. The Crisis Phase

“I am tired. No one understs me. I want to go home!” This could be something you would say just before you kick the closet with your bare foot. Reality is back.

This phase occurs anywhere from the first two weeks to several months. Some of these differences you found so “amaaazing” in the first place, start to really get on your nerves. Perhaps you are struggling to make yourself understood by locals, you feel like a child; confused tired.

3. The Adjustment Phase

You are still here. Well done. Underst adaptation is key now. In this phase you will start to face new challenges in a positive way.

You will finally underst behaviour to the host culture.

4. The Resolution Phase

“This is home guys!” You have developed your routine you feel comfortable.

Clarisse Mergen is currently studying a master’s degree in Canada. She arrived in Montreal three months ago the way institutions work.”

Coping with Culture Shock

First of all, congratulations! You’ve just passed the first step that leads to the resolution. Indeed, now you know more about culture shock, you will be able to identify it when it happens.

If you feel tired, if you are emotionally sensitive, if you are critical of the culture, if you want to go home then you will know it is a normal reaction adapt. Easy to say, I know. So here are some more tips for you.

  • Before you go, read some books about the place where you will be staying. This will help you develop more realistic expectations will involve you even more in the project.
  • Cover your basic needs ensure your security is met. Choose a safe area to live in, ensure your budget is under control, bring any medication you may need with you, as well as your earplugs if you are sensitive to noise.
  • You can also create a sense of safety family – as well as my teddy bear! It actually helped me feel at home at the beginning of my stay.”
  • Keep in touch with home by using MSN, Facebook, Skype, blogs, telephone post – you are spoiled for choice! It may be difficult sometimes to keep a relationship going only by email, so do pick up your phone from time to time, it really makes the difference.
  • In times of instability, a feeling for your own culture when abroad is always comforting – speaking your own language, eating typical food, reading a newspaper from home. But be careful not to overdo these tricks, as they can be a way of resisting the change. Sanaz recommends that foreigners don’t spend too much time with their own community. “Try to tackle the language barrier as early as possible. It might be difficult at the beginning, but it is rewarding,” he says.
  • Maintain a network of people you love, you trust volunteering opportunities, which can be a great way to feel part of a local community.

Now you should be more equipped to face culture shock if it happens. Indeed, some people don’t feel it at all, others feel it strongly. The intensity of culture shock depends on so many factors that you can’t really generalize. But at least you are aware of it, you’ll know you’re not the only one feeling this way!

Finally, make the most of this experience wherever you are in the world, have fun!

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You may have heard of the Five Stages of Grief (refresh your memory with this educational clip from The Simpsons), but how about the Five Stages of Studying Abroad?

Italian student Gracy Rigano has spent a year studying abroad in Spain back again! Here she outlines five emotional phases you can expect to encounter when studying abroad…


Phase 1: Excitement optimism

It’s natural, either before leaving or after you’ve arrived, to go through a stage of feeling really excited, exciting things to come.

This can be a great feeling, especially if you can turn all that positive energy into a spirit of adventure challenges.


Phase 2: Disorientation

Especially if you don’t know anyone in your new location, it’s common to experience a feeling of being ‘lost’ secure – a sort of ‘nest’.

Making a project out of transforming your student room will also give you a practical focus, hopefully meaning less time for moping around feeling sorry for yourself! Remember, help will always be there if you need it; universities have lots of support services just waiting for you.


Phase 3: Loneliness

Even the most open culture a bit of a challenge. This can be especially difficult if you’re also not a native speaker of the local language.

To get past this phase, you need to basically push on through it – challenge yourself to keep trying, don’t let your anxieties hold you back. This will almost certainly mean there are times when you’re outside your own comfort zone, but ultimately that’s a good thing!


Phase 4: Homesickness

Pretty much everyone experiences homesickness at some point while studying or working abroad, so just be prepared for this will pass.

You could also view this as part of the personal development you undergo while away from home. It’s said that the only way to really appreciate one place is to go what you really want from life.


Phase 5: Acceptance serenity

After all the ups personal reflection of the initial settling-in period, you can look forward to a calmer, more relaxed time.

This doesn’t mean there won’t still be excitement really make the most of it.

Of course, everyone’s experience is different, so this model should be seen as flexible – you won’t necessarily go through each stage in exactly this order! But hopefully knowing that your experience is ‘normal’ that each stage will pass should help – especially when you encounter some of the more challenging phases.

Source: Top Universities

Five Ways to Sabotage Your Own Study-Abroad Experience

Ok, time for another in-reverse guide. You’ve learned how NOT to choose a study destination – now here’s what NOT to do in order to have a fantastic time studying abroad. (Or conversely, if you’re really bent on ruining your own life, five ways to do that…)

1. Be a Moaning Minnie

Ok, so a little homesickness is one of the natural emotions you can expect to experience – but don’t let yourself overindulge in this. If you get stuck in the habit of comparing everything to the way things were back home (“Did I say that back home, we have all this stuff but, like, better? I did?”), you’ll:

a) Shut down lots of fun experiences for yourself,

b) End up with an idealized dream of home that’s probably just not true,

c) Become such a Moaning Minnie that no one will want to hang out with you.

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2. Form an international student clique

It’s also natural that you’ll find yourself drawn towards other international students – for one thing, they’re probably the first people you’ll meet if you attend the university’s international student orientation program.

Meeting other international students is great can be a fast way to form friendships with people from all around the world (as long as you don’t just cling to those from your own country). However, some foreign students reach a point where they realize they’ve hardly formed any meaningful relationships with local students.

Why is this a bad thing? Well, at least some of them are probably fantastic individuals who you’d get on with really well. Second, they’re perfectly placed to give you real insights into the life culture of the country – which, yes, you’ll probably get to on your own, but it’s nice to have a local ‘guide’ to speed the process along.

Finally, if you ever want to return, it’d be good to have a friendly face to greet you – possibly a free bed!

3. Become That Library Guy/Girl

Every course has its Library Guy/Girl – that diligent student who’s got a reputation for pretty much never leaving the library. Yeah s/he is probably going to be top of the class, but they do seem to miss out on a lot…

Obviously I don’t mean you shouldn’t take your studies seriously. But whatever course you’re taking, it really shouldn’t mean you never ever have time for anything else – in fact, taking time out is likely to be beneficial.

And believe me, even if you graduate with a first-class-honours-degree-with-cherries-on-top, you’ll regret it if when you look back at your time abroad all you remember is the shape of the librarian’s balding patch that humming noise the lights made.

  • Escape the student bubble >

4. Become a Total Party Animal

The antithesis of Library Guy, Total Party Animal has – so the rumour goes – no idea of where the library even is. S/he is rarely seen before noon, never in a lecture theatre, is apparently genetically unable to say ‘no’ to any request involving the prospect of a Good Time.

You’ve probably guessed the end of this story. Unless you’re one of those infuriating geniuses who seems to do well without ever opening a book, this path is not going to lead to academic success. And since you’re investing a lot of time ( probably money) in your degree, you almost certainly want to do the best you can.

So, while it is important to say ‘yes’ to the awesome experiences university New Country have to offer, remember to say no when you know you really do need to study!

  • Professors can be guilty of this too >

5. Spend all your money in the first week/month/term

There’s a lot to think about when starting university, draw up a budget.

And even if you have worked out how much you can really afford to spend, all the above-mentioned excitement can somehow make you ‘forget’ to check your bank account once you’re in the midst of term time.

Again, the key here is balance; don’t obsessively count out every dollar/euro/pound you pay out, but do try to keep a fairly regular check on the rate at which your bank balance is going down – out comes in.

If you have a problem, it’s best to spot it early.  That way you’ll have time to look for a part-time job, sweet-talk your family, /or seek advice from the university – they should have support staff who can help you work out a solution.

Ok, lecture over! Now get out there have fun!

Source: Top Universities

We tend to assume that having a higher proportion of international students is a good thing – in fact, that’s one of the measurements used by the QS World University Rankings to assess how ‘internationalized’ a university is.

In many cases, a higher proportion of international students does in fact translate into a more exciting, multicultural experience – both within the classroom academics have pointed out, this may not always be the case.

So how can you ensure that a university’s high ratio of international students will really mean a more ‘international’ learning environment, in the best possible way?

1. Talk to some international students

One of the most obvious find out whether their experiences match up to what you’re expecting.

Many universities today have student ambassadors, whose role is exactly this – you may be able to contact them directly through the university website, or via the international student office or the student union.

You could also contact leaders of international student clubs societies – who again, you should be able to find through the website or perhaps via a Facebook group.

A good policy here would be to speak to as many different students as you can – remember everyone’s experience will be different, so try get a good spread of perspectives before making up your own mind.

2. Check out the social calendar

If you haven’t already during stage one, check out the list of student clubs calendar of annual events – both should be available via the university website (again, if you’re stuck, ask university support staff to point you in the right direction).

This should give you a feel for how diverse the social life at the university really is. By this, I don’t just mean checking whether there’s an ‘Asian students society’ or a ‘Spanish-speaking student club’ – but also more subtle signs that the university’s multicultural intake has genuinely influenced the range of leisure activities on offer.

For example, there might be university-wide celebrations of different cultures’ major festivals. There could be opportunities to learn manga to Morris dancing (hey, each to their own).

3. Get a feel for the international student support services

By this stage, you may have already had some contact with the university’s international student support staff – had a chance to get some idea of how supportive they really are!

If not, get back on the university website track them down. They may even have their own section of the site, detailing the range of services they provide.

Maybe they organize special events settle in.

4. See how international the faculty is

As well as checking how many international students the university has, you could also see how internationally diverse the staff members are. This is another of the measurements used in the QS World University Rankings to assess ‘internationalization’ (the ‘IF’ score given to each university).

You can ask students about this, again check the website – if international diversity is something the university has been especially successful in achieving, then it will probably boast about this somewhere the site!

And of course you can also browse through the staff in different departments – often a brief biography is given for each faculty member, so you can get a quick idea of where they come from.

5. Look at the course content

Finally, you might want to try find out whether the university’s claims to be ‘international’ are really reflected in the learning experiences it offers.

You might find some clues here in the course content – though this will probably be more obvious in some subjects than others. For instance, if you’re studying literature, politics, geography, sociology (or any other arts, humanities or social science subject), are there opportunities to specialize in a range of different cultures societies?

As well as looking for cultural diversity in the content offered, you could also check whether any exchange programs or partnerships are in place. Are there opportunities to spend time in another country, or to collaborate on projects with those in another nation?

So, lots of research to do, but (yes, I know I always say this), worth it to make sure you get the study-abroad experience you really want.

And of course, it’s also worth remembering that the quality of your experience will also be largely down to you (see ‘Five ways to sabotage your own study-abroad experience’).

In the run up to the UN’s World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue celebrate diversity.

On 21 May, events will be held around the world to mark the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue Development, which was established by the United Nations (UN) in 2001.

The event is based on the UN’s Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity, which states that “cultural rights are an integral part of human rights”. As a result, the Declaration says, everyone should have the right to communicate in the language of their choice, participate in their own cultural practices, be treated with respect for their cultural identity.

These are clearly principles that could apply to all situations that certainly includes higher education.

Indeed, universities are well placed to lead the way in supporting dialogue the World Day for Cultural Diversity aims to promote.

So, how can universities fulfil the UN Declaration on Cultural Diversity?

Anti-discrimination polices at universities

Most universities have policies in place to guard against discriminatory treatment of any group of people – whether based on gender, race, disability, religion, sexual orientation or any other factor.

Further, many universities have an Office for Diversity treatment within the university.

Universities with large numbers of international students may also be aware of the need to make special arrangements for students with important cultural commitments.

For example, if an important deadline or exam clashes with a religious festival or period of fasting, universities can make allowances to ensure that students don’t have to choose between their education their cultural identity.

Opportunities for intercultural learning at university

Some universities, particularly in the US, have made it a requirement for all undergraduate students to complete a certain number of modules in subjects relating to cultural diversity. This could encompass a huge variety of options.

At Saint Louis University, for example, students can choose from courses including world music, contemporary black America, psychology of oppression, post-colonial literature, US Hispanic theology, intercultural communication – many more.

At other universities, opportunities for intercultural learning are optional.

For example, at the University of Pennsylvania (‘UPenn’) in the US, students can apply to participate in the Intercultural Leadership Program. This brings together a group of domestic make a lasting impact.”

The University of Pennsylvania also has an International Residence Program, which promotes intercultural exchange by encouraging students from diverse backgrounds to live together in a shared accommodation facility, cultural programs.

These include trips to major cities, musical opportunities for students to give presentations about aspects of their own culture.

This idea of promoting inter-cultural learning France.

These facilities range in size from 100 beds at the international student house in Washington DC, to a whopping 5,700 beds at the Cité Internationale in Paris. Each international house is run independently, but with a shared mission: “To provide students of different nationalities international friendship.”

Special events celebrations

Check most university events calendars, you’ll probably find a large selection of cultures represented.

This may include events to mark particular festivals, events focusing on certain cultures or aspects of culture – for instance, a night of Ethiopian music also week- or month-long programs of events.

At the University of Nevada, Reno, the university’s Annual Intercultural Month takes place every April to May, featuring events to celebrate the range of cultures represented at the university.

This extensive program is driven not so much by large numbers of international students, but by the ethnic cultural diversity that exists within the US.

Acknowledgement of diversity within a shared nationality also forms part of the Diversity Week program at Leiden University in the Netherl ‘skaters’.

This light-hearted event was accompanied by more serious explorations of cultural diversity, including workshops on intercultural communication in business a screening of documentary film Religion connects! Religion connects?

Meanwhile, Rhodes University in South Africa schedules its International Week for 19th-25th May – to coincide with the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue Development.

The week kicks off with students staff joining for a colorful parade celebrating a wide range of cultures, followed by a concert in which groups are invited to share part of their culture through a musical, spoken or theatrical performance.

Sounds like fantastic fun, student dorm.

Source: -support/how-universities-support-cultural-diversity”>Top Universities

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Ama Eng

I am a graduate of the undergraduate business program at HPU was very knowledgeable.

I ended up choosing HPU because of the helpful International Center staff also because of HPU’s beautiful location in Hawaii.What I like most is the multiculturalism at HPU.I have never met so many people from different places; now, I have friends from all over the world. I used to speak four languages, but now I have picked up even more languages from the new friends that I’ve made here!

HPU even has Intercultural Day, which gives us a chance to share our home country equally at HPU.

Natascha, Brazil

Natascha Ometto
Florianopolis, Brazil
General Business

I found out about HPU because a good friend of mine was already studying here.  She convinced me to come by telling me that HPU is a really good school teach you what is happening right now.

Classes such as Human Resources Management finding business contacts.

They also set up meetings with well-known companies who need new employees so I could meet with business people face-to-face.  I got an internship at Sheraton Waikiki as the Front Office Manager, which was a good experience for me because Hawaii has the best travel industry in the world.I also really like the environment at HPU.   There are people from so many places with different perspectives.  I even had a chance to study abroad after learning about it during a presentation in class.  HPU students can go to so many places all over the world to learn a language!

I went to Seville, Spain to take history Mathieu, France

Mathieu Milani
B.A. in Environmental Studies Transfer Student

I first heard about HPU because it has a partnership with my former university in France.  I also met Stefanie Demin while in France business.  Once I arrived in Hawaii in January 2010, I was pleasantly surprised by the nice, warm welcome that I received from everyone at HPU.   I am glad to be a student at one of the most international universities in the world.

Before I arrived at HPU, I didn’t realize that the downtown campus would be in a busy business district.  The way that the campus is undefined allows students mingle with business people, which is very unique.   On the Windward Hawaii Loa campus, students are able to be closer to nature surf, which are also things that I enjoy about being in Hawaii.

I have also been impressed by the technology at HPU such as the computer systems, projectors etc., which make learning easier see others’ point of view, they also have opened my mind about how things are done in the United States.

I also feel that my education at HPU will prepare me well for the future.  Here, I am able to get the qualifications that will be desirable when I enter the working world.  Because my program is a mix of science Masaru, Japan

Masaru Moromisato
BA in International Relations

I found out about HPU when I was attending a community college in Seattle, Washington. I was looking for a university that would provide cultural experience, small size classes, lots of nature. HPU was exactly what I was looking for.

Multiculturalism at HPU is so remarkable that you could not ever imagine interacting with so many people from different countries at other universities. Being Japanese born in Peru, I see myself quite culturally open minded. My family I was raised there since then. However, since my parents were also born in Peru, the unique background unconsciously helped me build a flexible mindset. HPU still impresses me every day with its diversity: By going to classroom or simply walking on campus. The number of European students is significant, thus allowing me to learn more about new different perspectives without paying for an air ticket to Europe or any other places where I have never been yet.

Maximum class size of 25 students is rare you can even have long lasting friendships with your instructors.

Having the Hawaii Loa Campus surrounded by mountains is entertaining definitely is the University that I would like to recommend to others too.


Eirik, Norway

Eirik, Norway
MA in Communication

Before I came to HPU, I already had some international experience: For example; my first encounter with American culture as an exchange student in North Carolina back in 1998, also, a semester on a small East Coast college in the early millennium after I had to return to serve a matory year in the army. I  spent the last two years prior to HPU in Copenhagen, Denmark, completing my bachelor of education that I began at the most northern university in the world, the University of Tromsø, Norway.

Later, I realized that I needed a dramatic change in my life, climate-wise as much as a need to go where I hadn’t gone before.
I met Lilian Hallstrom at a fair in Denmark. The graduate program in Communication at HPU sounded appealing to me. Additionally, the Hawai’i location the English language played a crucial role in my decision to come to HPU.

So, I came to Hawaii in Fall 2008 as a graduate student. I decided to study communication in its broad aspect as it’s such a multifaceted field that studying the bigger picture of communication would give me much more fundamental knowledge tools necessary for my career in media-related fields. In the new work force we need to be able to multitask.

What I really like about HPU is that it really makes me feel like a Cosmopolitan Earthling. From students of different cultures here at HPU I learn that, we are one people on one planet, who need to respect one another make our world a better place.

For this same reason, I recently took a summer program at HPU produce positive message about this beautiful country.

Class sizes at HPU are relatively small group has to offer.

Currently I am exploring the Beatniks influence in literature felliphe, Brazil

Felliphe Castro
Sao Paulo, Brazil
BA in International Business

It has always been my dream to come to Hawaii.  When I was deciding to come to HPU, I spoke to Gui Albieri from the International Center because he is also from Brazil.  He was very friendly now I’m in the International Business program.

I like the atmosphere at HPU because it’s unique from most colleges.  Here, you can meet people from all over the world HPU’s location in the middle of Honolulu’s downtown business district allows students to interact with business people.

There are also many good resources on campus for HPU students.  The Career Center is helpful friendly.

I have learned many things since coming to HPU.  I have to be really organized Yasemin, Germany

Yasemin Karabudak
BA in International Relations

Aloha! I am Yasemin Karabudak, an international student from Germany. Trusting my heart in decision making delighted my life with great experiences. Based on my experiences in the United States as an exchange student in 2006/07 I decided to study International Relations at Hawai’i Pacific University.

I started my studies at HPU in fall 2009 Staff of HPU on a daily basis.

My multicultural background