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Student Reaction to this program

"I think this provided me with valuable research and connections in my future career as well as helped with graduate school applications."

"I seen how the cultural geography of Hawaii is different on different islands and that for each there is a history that is intertwined holding on to the past and going forward in the future. It really put the articles we read into perspective. IT was AMAZING."


Learning Goals

  • Acquire a better understanding of the contemporary Hawaii
  • Discuss the historical events that affect Hawaiian outlook on the environment and culture
  • Express an opinion about the position Hawaii occupies in the globalized context
  • Comprehend and evaluate how globalization affects Hawaii


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The Program Leaders may determine other eligibility requirements, but at a minimum, all applicants need to meet these requirements: 

  • Current WKU student eligible to register for WKU courses.
  • Students from outside WKU may participate as visiting students.
  • Good academic standing (Undergraduate Catalog p.27; Graduate Catalog p.30)
  • 18 years of age or older at time of departure (parent/guardian permission for anyone under 18 at time of departure).
  • No current disciplinary sanctions as verified by Judicial Affairs.
  • Have current health insurance – this is important as we will be doing many outdoor activities!
  • Full payment prior to departure.
  • Completion of all pre-departure orientations.
  • Permission of instructor(s).
  • While the program requires a 3.0 GPA for attendance, program leaders will consider all applicants who apply. Students with lower GPA may be allowed entrance with permission from program leaders.
  • Complete Study Away application

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Program Package

Included in Package

  • Tuition for 3 credit hours.
  • Round-trip airfare from Nashville.
  • Interisland airfare.
  • Accommodations in Hawaii.
  • Three group meals (Welcome Dinner, Volcano Picnic, and Historical Sunset Cruise)
  • Program-related excursions.

Excluded from Package

  • Transportation from home to Nashville airport /return from Nashville to your home.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Cost of independent travel (non-program travel)
  • Meals & Services and beverages not included in the program.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, phone call, internet access.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Tips for guides and drivers.
  • Baggage fees and costs associated with flight / program changes

Final program fee subject to change due to travel arrangements.

WKU tuition discounts do not apply.

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Logistical Considerations

  • Program will involve walking so participants should wear proper shoes that are comfortable for walking and cover their feet. We will be visiting the Volcanos National Park: you will need to wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes as this tour traverses sharp, uneven lava surfaces.
  • Fumes (volcanic gasses) are hazardous to everyone's health – although our time around them will be limited, you should advise the Program Leader if you have any heart or breathing problems.
  • We will also be spending time in the ocean – bring a swimsuit and sun block.
  • You must have current health insurance for this program as we will be doing many outdoor activities!


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Planned Schedule - January 2015  (coming soon)

TBD Fly from Nashville, TN to Honolulu, O'ahu, Hawaii



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Course Offered

Program Leader


  • O'ahu and the Big Island, Hawaii


  • Winter 2015


  • $3,700 - $4,200 (est. from 2104)

Funding Options



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