10-week sessions offered 4 times each year.

New Intensive Courses in English (NICE) provides INTENSIVE STUDY that prepares students with the LANGUAGE and CULTURAL skills needed for success in today’s global society.Unique in its strong emphasis on building ORAL COMMUNICATION, NICE welcomes students with academic, professional, and general goals for learning English.

New 10-week sessions begin each JANUARY, APRIL, JULY, and OCTOBER. Students are welcome to join for one session, or continue for several sessions. 

Upon application, students indicate their main PURPOSE for learning English. NICE offers 5 levels–Basic, High Basic, Intermediate, High Intermediate, and Advanced. Students are grouped according to their level, and, when possible, they are grouped with students with similar goals and interests.    


The mission of the New Intensive Courses in English (NICE) is to equip speakers of other languages with the language and cultural skills necessary for success in today’s global society in academic, professional, and social contexts. To fully serve students with different goals, the program offers a full-time program that emphasizes oral communication and cultural competence by:

  • Providing a flexible curriculum suited to the students’ interests, needs, and abilities while adhering to the overall curriculum guidelines for each course;
  • Specializing in innovative methods for teaching listening and speaking skills;
  • Developing and practicing real-world listening and speaking tasks, which include authentic readings as input and realistic writing as output;
  • Maximizing opportunities to use the communication skills learned in the classroom on campus and in the community;
  • Providing a culturally diverse, enriching, and supportive learning environment while fostering a sense of “aloha.”

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The New Intensive Courses in English (NICE) program at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation for the period August 2011 through December 2021 and agrees to uphold the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions. CEA is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions in the U.S. For further information about this accreditation, please contact CEA, 1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 630, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 665-3400, www.cea-accredit.org.