Gaining international experience is a great way to expand your horizons, understand a different culture, challenge yourself and discover a part of you that you never knew existed. It gives you a chance to meet new and exciting people, learn a language, see some of the world’s most interesting landmarks and best of all, try delicious regional cuisine! Students who experience this “feast for all senses” will not only come back changed, but will have a better understanding of how the world works.
Scholarships for these programs are often available, and financial aid may apply to study abroad as well. If you plan your program carefully, credits can apply to your degree program at Chaminade. Please check with academic advising to help plan your study abroad program.
Through collaboration with University of Hawai'i at Mānoa Study Abroad Center, students can participate in summer, semester, or year programs. Study locations include Argentina, Australia, China, Denmark, England, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, and Spain. www.studyabroad.org
Contact the Chaminade University Financial Aid Office for information about using financial aid to fund your study abroad program: firstname.lastname@example.org or (808) 735-4780.
Students can also participate in study abroad programs through our sister universities at :
The India Immersion Program is run by Campus Ministry. This is a five-week summer immersion experience in Bangalore, India during which students explore the culture and social problems associated with this developing nation.
Hogan Entrepreneurial Program students can participate in 6 week internships in China. They will study, work and learn from small businesses under the leadership of a professor from Hawai’i. For more information, contact John Webster at email@example.com
There are literally hundreds of volunteer and internship opportunities overseas. The best way to find a program that fits you is to do some research on the internet. Below are some of the bigger programs that exist:
Don’t let the following myths about study abroad or participating in an international program discourage you from fulfilling your dreams!
“You need to speak a foreign language” – Some programs may require students to have the ability to speak another language but MOST programs don’t! Majority of the courses are taught in English.
“It costs a lot more to study abroad” – If you are receiving financial aid, you may be eligible to receive aid for semester programs. There is also an abundance of scholarships available for study abroad programs.
“If I study abroad, it will push back my graduation date” – With careful planning, you can incorporate study abroad into your academic plan without affecting your graduation date. It is imperative to speak with an advisor and plan out your courses wisely.
“The courses that I take during my study abroad will not transfer back to Chaminade” – Again, planning is essential in determining which courses to take and what it will transfer back as. Meet with an advisor and create a graduation plan to include study abroad so that you can determine which classes to take overseas.
To plan your program, please contact Retention, Advising, and Career Preparation at (808) 735-4815.