A practical and exciting solution for students deciding what to do with their upcoming College plans

Come get that Aloha feel with this incredible domestic semester option! On our Hawaii Campus, you'll dive into some incredible culture while enjoying the best of both worlds, forest and beach combined! If you are ready to explore volcanoes and lava fields, hike to massive waterfalls in the tropical forest, and end the day with sunsets on the beach, this is for you! Maybe you want to pick up surfing, snorkeling, diving and never had the chance to stay long enough to master the skill. Why not learn the history of the Polynesian journey or how-to Hula dance. Come enjoy the waves, the sun, and marine wildlife while also maintaining your college grades. 


Our Hawaii campus is located in Hilo on the Big Island. Lodging is close to the beaches, 10 minute walk for a convenience store. The bigger grocery stores are about a 8-10 minute drive. You can drive the entire Island in about 4 hours. Local highlights include several dormant volcanoes including Mauna Kea which is Hawaii’s highest peak, numerous tropical forest reserves, and beaches and ocean on all sides.


Learn more about our awesome Discovery Campus location on the Big Island of Hawaii
Or a quick overview here: 
Still have questions? Watch our webinar from Fall 2020 here:

Monday to Friday you're a normal college student and on the weekends our program instructors will facilitate exciting adventures in your downtime, including; 


  • Surf the waves of the Pacific Ocean 
  • Check out the sights by hiking the local trails 
  • Snorkel with sea turtles 
  • Learn how to Scuba Dive 
  • Rent a bike and cycle the area
  • Go swimming in Tide Pools
  • Lounge on the beach
  • Partake in environmental service learning projects
  • Stroll around the weekly farmer’s markets


Still have questions? Watch our webinar from Fall 2020 here

For full program details, please request the information booklet


  • Students who are enrolled to study online for the upcoming semester
  • Students who are enrolled in a college that will be closed in person for the Spring Semester
  • Students who have concerns about returning to the normal college environment when COVID-19 makes large gatherings concerning
  • Students seeking a greater emphasis on development in non-academic areas
  • Students looking for an interesting campus experience in their own country, or perhaps if travel allows in other countries, whilst still maintaining their original college plans
  • Any student, seeking culture, service, adventure, and travel – without giving up their studies and chosen college
  • Students looking for a tight-knit community of friends and meaningful relationships while studying
  • Something a little less ordinary from college life, and totally unparalleled by the average semester exchange


Our group will be staying in a chilled out lodge. The rooms will be apartment style suites with shared rooms and
a small kitchen in each unit. It has indoor lounges and dining areas as well as tropical outdoor areas for your sandy feet where you can take a break in a hammock under a tree. There is also great yard space for picnics
and frisbee. Set at the edge of the island with the views of Mauna Kea in the distance and Hilo Bay in front of you, this location is just a quick walk or bike ride away from beaches and tide pools.


Catered food option: Full Semester: $3,500 or Quarter Credit Semester: $2,700

Instructors will bring students groceries each week accommodating any dietary needs. Students then self-cook in their kitchens.

Self-catered logistics:
If you want to take care of your own food, no problem. Local supermarkets are about 10-15 minutes away.

Program Tuition Includes

  • Comprehensive orientation & cultural induction
    • Accommodation
    • Meals - self-catered, class-catered or provided
    • Dedicated & supported study time
    • Internet, study resources, workspace
    • Core syllabus based on personal development
    • Elective co-curricular programs
    • Optional activity & excursion program
    • 24/7 Pastoral care & Support
              * Teaching assistant
              * Experiential educator
              * Campus hosts
    • 24/7 Emergency assistance


Still have questions? Watch our webinar from Fall 2020 here

Welcome to Hilo, the laid back coastal town situated on the northeastern side of the island of Hawai'i. Here you'll find waterfalls, black sand beaches, stunning tropical scenery and the nearby Volcanoes National Park. 


Hilo Map

Duration 86 days
(plus independent extension options)

Program Tuition $13,150 USD Estimated Flight Cost $700 USD
Availability Open
Group Size 31 Students & 2 Instructors Ages 18 - 24 ideal
Optional College Credit No Start/Finish The Big Island, Hawaii