Western Kentucky University

Study Away

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O'ahu and the Big Island
Geographic Exploration of Hawaii

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Watch for announcements about Winter 2015.


Explore the Geography of Hawaii by land and sea! 


About the Program

Dive into an academic adventure in which you will explore Hawaii's geography by air, land, and sea!  Experience first-hand Hawaii's complexity and variety cultures and geography.


Anticipated Learning Outcomes

  • Acquire a better understanding of the contemporary Hawaii
  • Discuss the historical events that affect Hawaiian outlook on the environment and culture
  • Express an opinion about the position Hawaii occupies in the globalized context
  • Comprehend and evaluate how globalization affects Hawaii






The Program Leaders may determine other eligibility requirements, but at a minimum, all applicants need to meet these requirements: 

  • Current WKU student eligible to register for WKU courses.
  • Students from outside WKU may participate as visiting students.
  • Good academic standing (Undergraduate Catalog p.27; Graduate Catalog p.30)
  • 18 years of age or older at time of departure (parent/guardian permission for anyone under 18 at time of departure).
  • No current disciplinary sanctions as verified by Judicial Affairs.
  • Have current health insurance – this is important as we will be doing many outdoor activities!
  • Full payment prior to departure.
  • Completion of all pre-departure orientations.
  • Permission of instructor(s).
  • While the program requires a 3.0 GPA for attendance, program leaders will consider all applicants who apply. Students with lower GPA may be allowed entrance with permission from program leaders.
  • Complete Study Away application

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Program Package

Included in Package

  • Tuition for 3 credit hours ($1,059 value for resident undergraduates – see details of value ).
  • Round-trip airfare from Nashville.
  • Interisland airfare.
  • Accommodations in Hawaii.
  • Three group meals (Welcome Dinner, Volcano Picnic, and Historical Sunset Cruise)
  • Program-related excursions.

Excluded from Package

  • Transportation from home to Nashville airport /return from Nashville to your home.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Cost of independent travel (non-program travel)
  • Meals & Services and beverages not included in the program.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, phone call, internet access.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Tips for guides and drivers.
  • Baggage fees and costs associated with flight / program changes

Final program fee subject to change due to travel arrangements.

WKU tuition discounts do not apply.

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Logistical Considerations

  • Program will involve walking so participants should wear proper shoes that are comfortable for walking and cover their feet. We will be visiting the Volcanos National Park: you will need to wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes as this tour traverses sharp, uneven lava surfaces.
  • Fumes (volcanic gasses) are hazardous to everyone's health – although our time around them will be limited, you should advise the Program Leader if you have any heart or breathing problems.
  • We will also be spending time in the ocean – bring a swimsuit and sun block.
  • You must have current health insurance for this program as we will be doing many outdoor activities!


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Planned Schedule - January 2014  (tentative)

January 6 Fly from Nashville, TN to Honolulu, O'ahu, Hawaii
January 7  Hawaii Shark Encounters and Iolani Palace
January 8 Honolulu/Pearl Harbor - USS Arizona Memorial/ Bishop Museum & National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific ("Punchbowl")
January 9 Polynesian Cultural Center
January 10 Royal Hawaiian Center
January 11 Surf History and Lesson
January 12 Fly from Oahu to Big Island – Lodging in Kona
January 13 Grand Circle Island and Volcano Tour
January 14 Helicopter Tour - Circle of Fire & Water Falls
January 15 Whale Watching
January 16 Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park/ Big Island Historic Sunset Cruise
January 17 Return to Nashville



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Contact Us about Application


Course Offered

Program Leader


  • O'ahu and the Big Island, Hawaii


  • Winter 2014


  • $3,700 - $4,200 (est.)

Funding Options



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Questions? Contact us right away!

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