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Study Abroad for Hawai'i Community College Students

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A student's enrollment in a program of study abroad approved for credit by the home institution may be considered enrollment at the home institution for the purpose of applying for financial assistance.


Ever dream about studying abroad...but then thought it would be too expensive or the time commitment too long? Think again! The University of Hawai'i Community Colleges offers a variety of options to study overseas, from a 10-day homestay to a 3-year program, and most are partially- or fully-funded!


The value of studying abroad cannot be underestimated. In addition to making life-long friends and lasting memories, studying abroad can help you gain foreign language skills and cross-cultural comptetance, and demonstrate initiative and adaptability, giving you a career advantage!


Date Location Application Deadline
May 27 - June 15, 2024 Tochigi, Japan March 15, 2024
June 23 - July 6, 2024 Fukuoka, Japan March 15, 2024

Other UH Study Abroad/Exchange Opportunities

Some University of Hawaii campuses open their study abroad opportunities for all UH system students. Contact the respective campus to see if you are eligible to participate.

For details of our international scholarships and programs, click on the scholarship or program of interest below. All eligible UH Community College students are encouraged to apply. Deadlines to apply are March 1, and May 3.

For questions about OVPCC international opportunities, contact UH Community Colleges International Education Director, Deborah K. Nakagawa, at (808) 956-0321 or For more study abroad opportunities, check out Other Resources and individual campus' international programs.


  • Leeward CC - Leeward CC Office of International Programs
  • Kapiolani CC - Kapiolani CC Honda International Center


Departments/schools offer their own international opportunities to their majors.


  • UH Hilo Center - Center for Global Education & Exchange (must be a UH Hilo student)

testimonial image"My Cape Town, South Africa, volunteer adventure was amazing. I had the honor of volunteering at two places, Nomzamo, meaning "safe place", an orphanage for babies and toddlers, and Oakhaven, an elder home.... My soul was enriched by the smiles and giggles of the babies and my mind was enriched by the stories and hugs of the elderly. My heart and soul will forever be touched."
Carly, Hawaii CC
Volunteer, three weeks, Cape Town, South Africa

"Studying abroad has impacted my life by widening my world view not only by getting to know the Japanese people but also by learning from other foreign students from around the world. I feel that by living and participating in Japan's culture I gained a deeper understanding of how the Japanese language is used. I think that studying abroad is a great way to experience a different world outside of your home and to know how much more there is to learn."
John Paul, Hawaii CC
Konan University, Kobe, Japan


picture of group"China was awesome. It solidified my goals in school, life, etc. and I will never forget it. Thanks for helping me through the process of getting that scholarship. :)"
Amy Hinton, Hawaii CC Freeman China Scholar 2012 (back row, left)

The Freeman Foundation Community College Program exists to promote international understanding through support for intensive second language training and international travel with study abroad opportunities to China, Japan, or Korea. Freeman Foundation provides financial support for full-time University of Hawai'i Community College students with the intent to incorporate intensive language training and international educational into the academic programs of each participant.

A maximum of ten Freeman Foundation Scholarships are awarded each semester. The scholarships support students in a variety of studies and provide qualified participants the opportunity to enroll in a one-year intensive program. Students selected for the Freeman Foundation Scholarship are required to enroll in 12 credit units during the first semester for an intensive content-based second language program offered at Kapiolani Community College. Sequentially, and pending successful completion of the intensive course, students will study abroad in China, Japan, Korea, or Vietnam for the remaining duration of the intensive program.



  • U.S. Passport - U.S. Passport Information
  • Center for Disease Control - Center for Disease Control – Travelers' health Information
  • U.S Department of State International Travel Information - Includes information on emergencies/crises, living abroad, health and safety issues, and travel warnings and travel alerts.
  • Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) - Sign up for this free program (formerly known as "Travel Registration" or "Registration with Embassies") to receive the latest travel updates and information. Enrolling in STEP makes it easier for consular officers in U.S. embassies and consulates around the world to contact you and your loved ones during an emergency.
  • Study in Japan - Comprehensive guide to studying in Japan, sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Contains information on the Monbukagakusho Scholarship (Specialized Training College) administered by the UHCC in coordination with the Consulate General of Japan at Honolulu
  • The World Factbook - Learn interesting facts on the country you're traveling to, such as population, languages spoken, and government


Hawaii Community College has the following scholarship opportunities and resource materials available for students interested in study abroad. Please review the following materials for your reference. For detailed and most current information please be sure to contact the Honda International Center. Deadlines and criteria are subject to change.


Get inspired to inspire!

To faculty and staff who work hard to broaden our students' horizons, there are international opportunities open to you as well! The Office of the Vice President for Community Colleges (OVPCC) encourages you to explore and grow and inspire your students to do the same. Here are some resources that provide opportunities to help invigorate you and your curriculum and activities with international flare. Be sure to check regularly for grant and fellowship opportunities on these sites!