Academic English Program

HELP’s Academic English Program is our main intensive English program (IEP). We offer full-time English courses in reading, writing, listening, speaking, and grammar as well as test preparation for the TOEFL ITP®.

As a unit within the world-renowned University of Hawai‘i Department of Second Language Studies, HELP offers the best academic English preparation for success in an American college/university setting. Our curriculum teaches academic English skills through innovative courses which are developed based upon current research and best practices in the field. Because of the recognized high quality of our courses, students who successfully complete our curriculum may apply for conditional admission to the University of Hawaiʻi without an English proficiency test score.

HELP offers two 8-week terms for the Spring and the Fall, and 6-week and 4-week terms in the Summer. Full-time students take four (4) classes daily Monday – Thursday at one of our four proficiency levels. Students also participate in service learning projects, optional extracurricular activities, and qualified student may participate in our special internship course.


  • Focus on academic English skills of reading, writing, grammar, and listening & speaking
  • Four proficiency levels to meet student needs
  • Small class sizes (6-16 per class)
  • English-only policy
  • Service Learning and Internship opportunities
  • Licensed TOEFL® ITP administration
  • Conditional Admission to University of Hawaii
  • Access to UH Manoa facilities
  • Great teachers and staff!



Learn about proficiency levels, class schedule, course descriptions.


View upcoming term dates and application deadlines.


Read about how students can qualify for conditional admission to the University of Hawaii.


All HELP students are required to participate in service-learning activities, which provide students with the opportunity to volunteer in the local community.


This special course allows qualified students to develop professional skills and gain hands-on experience through an unpaid internship.


Students can participate in weekly activities such as hula classes, hiking, bodyboarding, and visiting cultural sites around the island.

Let us HELP make your academic dreams come true!