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Hawaii English Language Program (HELP)

University of Hawaii at Manoa [Honolulu, Hawaii]


  • Excellent academic English program with conditional admission to the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Status as a unit of the renowned Department of Second Language Studies ensures quality and curricular innovation. ( )
  • Unique Service Learning program provides real-life English use and the development of other-centered values and personal reflective transformation. The Hawaiian spirit of Aloha infuses all aspects of the HELP program and the multicultural atmosphere of Hawaii contributes to a truly global experience. ( )
  • HELP students enjoy weekly activities including surfing, hula, hiking, and visiting cultural sites around the island. Enjoy paradise in Hawaii! Live and study in a tropical and warm climate year round. ( )

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  • Information
    • About the ESL Program
    • The University of Hawaiʻi English Language Program (HELP) is an intensive English language program run by the Department of Second Language Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in Honolulu. Our program focuses on Academic English preparation and students who complete the program may be conditionally admitted to the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. The mission of HELP is to empower our students to succeed at the University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa and other higher educational institutions, as well as in their personal and professional lives, by providing exceptional English as a Second Language instruction. As a unit of the renowned Department of Second Language Studies, HELP also advances understanding of language learning by promoting second-language research and professional development for members of the Department and other researchers. HELP provides international students with a gateway to successful university study by preparing them with a transformational learning experience encompassing academic English language and college readiness skills. Students in the program are also able to learn by actively participating in the local community through Service Learning, and by taking part in sporting and cultural activities at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa. The Hawai’i English Language Program (HELP) is a proud member of EnglishUSA (The American Association of Intensive English Programs) which promotes professional standards and quality instruction in intensive English programs. ( )
    • Fast Facts
    • Affiliation : Public University
      Establishment : 1971
      Membership/Accreditation : EnglishUSA
      Enrollment : 100
      Average Class Size : 6 - 16
      Airport Pickup : Student Arranged
      Tuition : Low
      Community Type : Urban
      Transportation : Bus, Taxi
    • A Message from School
    • HELP is an intensive English program for students whose first language is not English. HELP is focused on training students in English skills for college or university study, but we welcome anyone who is interested in improving their English for academic, professional, or personal purposes.

      Joel Weaver, Director
      University of Hawaii English Language Program (HELP)
    • Hawai’i English Language Program
      1395 Lower Campus Rd., Makai Campus Portables 13-1
      Honolulu, Hawaii  96822  U.S.A.
      TEL: +1 (808) 956-6636
      FAX: +1 (808) 956-6636
  • More Details
    • Housing
    • HELP provides students with the opportunity to live in on- and off-campus dormitories, apartments and condos, or with a local homestay family. Students living on-campus will be close to classes, campus activities and other students. For students who prefer a more independent lifestyle, off-campus residences provide more privacy and offer opportunities to interact with people in the community outside the campus environment. The school also arranges homestays for those students who want to experience local culture first-hand as a member of a family and practice their conversational English. Students are encouraged to request their housing arrangements as early as possible due to the limited amount of space available. For more information about housing options, contact us directly. ( )
    • Surrounding Area
    • The HELP program is located on the lower University of Hawaii (UH) Manoa campus near the main sporting and recreational sites of the university. HELP students have ready access to all the resources of the university, including the sports facilities. The location offers a comfortable and casual setting where students and teachers have ample opportunity to interact. In addition to the classrooms, the program has a Student Lounge where students can relax when not in class, borrow books from the student library, or just have lunch or a snack. The computer lab is where students can surf the Internet and read email from home, type and print homework assignments, or watch DVDs and videos. The program also offers complete wireless internet connectivity for students with their own wireless devices. The beautiful location on the park-like UH campus also offers easy access to Honolulu’s many attractions. The lovely beaches, green mountains, and cultural, entertainment, and shopping centers are within easy walking distance or by public transport. Honolulu is the largest city in the state of Hawaiʻi and also home to the State Capitol. Honolulu, which means "sheltered harbor" or "protected bay," is believed to have been founded as early as 1,000 years ago. The city was firmly established as the major center for the Hawaiian Islands by the mid-1800s. Hawaiʻi became the Aloha State in 1959 when it was formally admitted to the Union as the 50th state. Today, Honolulu is ranked as the safest large city in America, and Hawaii is the healthiest state in the country. It is home to America's only royal palace and is known for its tropical climate, lush green landscape, diverse population, and community spirit known as aloha.
    • About the College/University
    • Founded in 1907, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is a research university of international standing offering a comprehensive array of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. Students at UHM come from every US state and 126 countries to take advantage of the university’s unique research opportunities, diverse community and beautiful landscape. Consistently ranked a “best value” among U.S. colleges and universities, UHM students receive a quality education and have a unique, multicultural and global experience in a Hawaiian place of learning. UHM has 14 colleges and schools, offers Bachelor’s, Master’s and Professional & Doctoral degrees and has a total undergraduate and graduate student population of nearly 21,000.
    • Conditional Admission / Credit Courses
    • Conditional Admission to the university is available for qualified students who complete the ESL program.
  • Study Options
    • Academic English Program

    • Overview
    • HELP offers students an Academic English Program in a series of year-round intensive English courses. During the academic school year, August to May, there are four 8-week terms. In the summer, May to August, there are two 6-week terms. HELP students take four courses per term and study full-time for 20 hours per week. The curriculum is based upon current research and best practices in the field. The program focuses on preparing students for academic work at UHM or similar institutions. Students who successfully complete the curriculum may apply for conditional admission to the University of Hawaii. The four-level curriculum covers the skill areas of English reading, writing, listening, speaking, and grammar as well as test preparation for the TOEFL ITP. Depending on their level, students take from two to four required core classes and zero to two electives. The electives vary each term. Level placement is based upon the University of Michigan EPT (English Placement Test) scores, a writing sample, and a speaking test, which are given on Orientation Day. One of HELP’s program goals is to address individual student needs and goals. One way that the program meets this goal is by offering private lessons for students. During private lessons, you can study one-on-one with a HELP teacher to focus on a specific area of concern, such as pronunciation, speaking, presentation skills, academic writing, test preparation, grammar and vocabulary. With small class sizes of 6 to 16 students, HELP students have numerous opportunities to participate in class discussions, to ask questions, and to interact with classmates and instructors.
    • Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 6 - 16 Students
      CLASS LEVELS: 4 Levels
      COURSE LENGTH: 6,8,12,16 Weeks
      MINIMUM AGE: 17 Years Old
      REQUIREMENT: High School Graduate
      VISA INFORMATION: I-20 Issued Upon Request
      HOUSING: Homestay
      On-Campus Dormitory
      Off-Campus Residence
      ( )
    • Dates
    • 2021
      4 WEEKS:
      7/5 - 7/30
      Apply by 6/5

      8 WEEKS:
      8/23 - 10/15
      Apply by 7/23
      10/25 - 12/17
      Apply by 9/25

    • Costs
      US$ 125 (Non-Refundable)
      TUITION FEE (2021 - 2022)
      4 WEEKS US$ 1,775
      6 WEEKS US$ 1,975
      8 WEEKS US$ 2,575
      16 WEEKS US$ 5,150
      US$ 200
      4 - 16 WEEKS US$ 1,120 Per Month US$ 5,200 (17 Weeks) US$ 2,000 Per Month
      Airport Pickup Service
      Included with Housing
    • Remarks / Other Information
    • Dates and Fees are approximate and may change without prior notice.
      Application fee is non-refundable.
      Housing fees are suggested and must be arranged by student.
  • Location
    • United States Honolulu, Hawaii
    • Location
      Hawai’i English Language Program
      1395 Lower Campus Rd., Makai Campus Portables 13-1 Honolulu, Hawaii  96822  U.S.A.
    • Getting To Your School
    • From Honolulu International Airport:
      Transportation from the airport to downtown Honolulu, Waikiki, or UH is readily available. The approximate cost of a taxi to these areas is about $25.
  • Student Reviews
    • Academic Quality: 4.2
      School Environment: 3.7
      Helpfulness of Staff: 4.5
      Activities and Social Life: 4.2
      Accommodation: 3.5


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