Innovative three-week English language program for students offered four times a year.
Program Description

The NICE three-week program focuses on communication, culture, and community.NICE maximizes the students’ time in Hawai‘i through in-class and off-campus activities that provide an intensive, yet fun, experience learning English while immersed in Hawaiian culture. If you are 18 years or older, join us on an enriching study abroad experience like nowhere else in the world. University groups are welcome.

Program Goals
  • Provide a flexible curriculum suited to the students’ interests, needs, and abilities
  • Provide innovative methods for teaching, listening, and speaking skills
  • Students learn through real-world listening and speaking tasks
  • Maximize opportunities to use learned communication skills outside of the classroom
  • Provide a culturally diverse, enriching, and supportive learning environment while fostering Hawaiian cultural values
Program Dates

Summer A: July 29 – August 16, 2024

Summer B: August 26 – September 13, 2024

Winter: February 10 – February 28, 2025

Spring: March 5 – March 25, 2025

Program Features

Campus Orientation and Campus Tour
On the first day, you will receive an orientation to the program, university, community, and a safety briefing.

Skill Level Testing
On the first day, you will be given a speaking test with teachers from the program and, based on your skill level, you will be placed into one of five levels: Basic, High Basic, Intermediate, High Intermediate, or Advanced.

Designed to help build oral proficiency, each level has specified Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) that focus on speaking. Class activities may include:

  • Pairing up and small group activities
  • Role-playing activities
  • Discussions and debates
  • Campus surveys
  • Mini oral reports
  • Oral presentations

All students complete a final speaking project during the last week of the program.

Off-campus Community Activities
To provide an immersive experience for students, the program offers supervised off-campus activities. Activities include museum visits, cultural events, and visits to historical landmarks and national parks. (Note: students should plan to spend up to $20 total on these required activities.)

Conversation Lessons with Interchange Students
You will practice your English with University of Hawai’i Interchange students several times during the session. Teachers provide tasks related to the curriculum, and sessions are held in a friendly atmosphere that encourages interaction.

Hula Workshop
You will learn the ancient Hawaiian art of hula – one of the most beautiful and essential aspects of Hawaiian culture – from a kumu hula (hula teacher). You will learn to perform hula during a two-hour workshop held on campus.

Optional Activities
Optional events are offered in the evenings and on weekends. You will receive detailed information about the activities soon after registering for the program. Activities and costs vary. Previous activities have included whale watching, a university basketball game, and a sunset picnic.

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

Closing Celebration and Certificate Award
On the last day of the program, you will join your classmates for a celebration. Students give speeches and provide entertainment. Students who meet performance and attendance requirements receive a University of Hawai’i certificate of completion. Food or refreshments are provided.

What to Expect
  • Study in-person at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa campus in a safe and healthy environment
  • Interactive classes focused on practical communication
  • Conversation sessions with UH students
  • Off-campus educational activities
  • Hawaiian culture workshop
  • Optional excursions
  • Closing celebration and a University of Hawai’i program completion certificate
Types of Students Who Will Benefit

• High school students
• College students
• Working professionals looking to refine their English language communication skills
• Anyone with an interest in refining their English language skills

How to Apply

Students interested in the three-week NICE program can apply here.


Students can pay with a credit card online.

Proof of Medical Insurance

Medical insurance should be purchased before arrival, if possible, since medical care in the US is very expensive. Without health insurance coverage, you will pay thousands of dollars more to receive medical attention. Students who do not purchase medical insurance in their home countries may also purchase medical insurance online upon arrival. Students without medical insurance will not be allowed to attend classes.

Group Sponsors

Please contact the NICE office for information regarding the application and payment process for your group.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

$125 application fee is non-refundable; 100% of course fee is refundable for cancellations made by 2 business days prior to program start. No refund thereafter.

Contact Us


Office location
The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
2560 Campus Road, George Hall 102
Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96822 USA

NICE Registrar
The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
2444 Campus Road, Box 447
Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96822 USA