Three-week NICE sessions offered in winter and Three-week NICE maximizes the student’ time in Hawai‘i through in-class and off-campus activities that provide an intensive, yet fun, experience learning English while immersed in the life and culture of Hawai‘i.


  • Winter/Spring NICE (February & March): 12:30 pm – 4:20 pm, Mondays – Fridays
  • Summer NICE (July-August): 8:30 am – 12:20 pm, Mondays – Fridays, plus one Saturday


On the first day, students receive orientation to the program, the university, and the community, including practical safety tips.  All classes are held in classrooms on campus.


Thee-week NICE offers five levels:  Basic, High Basic, Intermediate, High Intermediate, Advanced. On the first day, students are given a short oral interview with a teacher and a short listening test to determine their level.


The three-week NICE curriculum is designed to help build oral proficiency. Each level has learning goals that focus on speaking.  Class activities may include:

  • pair and small group activities
  • role-plays
  • discussions and debates
  • structured and unstructured conversation exercises
  • campus surveys
  • mini oral reports
  • oral presentations

All students complete a final speaking project during the final week.


Classes are held off-campus two times during the session.  Example educational activities may include museum visits, cultural events, historical downtown walking tour, Pearl Harbor visit, etc.  (Note:  Students should plan to spend $25 or less on these required activities.)


Students speak English with University of Hawai‘i students through “Interchange” five times during the session. Teachers provide tasks connected to the curriculum, and each session is held in a casual atmosphere that encourages interaction.


Once each session, a “kumu hula” (hula teacher) teaches students about one of the most beautiful and important aspects of Hawaiian culture, the Hawaiian hula. Students learn to dance a simple hula in just a couple of hours!


Extracurricular excursions to popular sites and events are offered in the evenings or on weekends). Students receive detailed information about the activities soon after registering for the program.  Activities and costs vary from session to session. Examples include Hawaiian luau and show, UH sports’ event, hiking, zoo picnic & concert.


Each student receives an official Student Evaluation of performance and attendance.  Upon request, and with student authorization, the program will provide a copy of the evaluation to a student’s home university.


On the last day, everyone gathers for a closing celebration. Students make speeches and provide fun entertainment.  Students who meet performance and attendance requirements receive a University of Hawai‘i certificate.