Study in Hawaii

HELP students jumping in front of Hawaii Hall

Students will live, study, and play in one of the most beautiful and exciting places on earth. Hawaii is famous for its beauty and weather, but Honolulu is also one of America’s safest cities, and home to a remarkable diversity of cultures from all over the world. Learning opportunities are rich and varied.


School Setting

HELP Location

Our program is on the Lower Campus of the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, the main campus of the UH system. Our open-air facilities, located near the main sporting venues of the university, offer a comfortable and casual setting where students and teachers can work together closely.

In addition to our classrooms, we have a Student Lounge where students can relax before, between and after classes. We also have a fully equipped computer lab with both PC’s and Mac computers. Students can also access wi-fi throughout campus on their laptops and other mobile devices.

HELP students in computer lab

As members of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, students can explore and discover the campus, join campus events, activities, and clubs where they can meet university students. Once admitted to HELP, students have access to a full range of facilities at the University, including an extensive academic library (the best in the Pacific), sports facilities, and a variety of on-campus cafeterias and restaurants.



There are a variety of housing options for students. Homestay (living with a local family) is a great way for students to learn about American family life, experience local culture and customs, and practice English in natural situations.

Students who wish to live independently can choose to stay in off-campus dorms that are within walking distance to HELP. Some students choose to rent an apartment in Waikiki, which is a 15-25 bus ride from the UH campus.

If you want to book housing through our program, please see our page on Housing and Accommodations.



TheBUS Bus

The city bus system (“TheBus”) will take you anywhere on the island of Oahu. Single adult fare is $2.75 for one ride or $5.50 for a 1-day pass, and you must have exact change. You can also buy a monthly bus pass for $70 for unlimited rides each calendar month. You can buy the month pass at the UH Campus Center ID Office, as well as 7-11 convenience stores and Foodland grocery stores. More information about TheBus.



HELP students in hula class

HELP students can enjoy a variety of activities in Hawaii! HELP instructors lead weekly activities such as hula, hiking, bodyboarding, and visiting cultural sites around the island. In addition, volunteer and service learning opportunities are available to enhance classroom studies and to participate in and help the local community.

Each term, HELP also conducts a midterm activity where the entire school enjoys a picnic in Waikiki’s Kapiolani Park. At the end of each term, students enjoy a luncheon celebrating the end of the term and congratulating those graduating from our program.

Find out more about activities in Hawaii at Go Hawaii.
See our current Activity Calendar here!


More information on Student Life

  • Pre-Arrival Information
  • Learning Opportunities
  • Activity Calendar