Kapi‘olani Community College (KCC) is proud to offer University of Hawai‘i students the opportunity to grow in personal development and academic excellence through immersion into foreign cultures throughout the world. Students experience not only the host culture and language itself but also alternative values and communicative styles, fostering a deeper understanding of societies outside the USA. Furthermore, students who participate in the study abroad program develop new relationships, grow in responsibility and character, and above all cultivate a reflective appreciation of personal identity.
All costs, duration of stay, requirements and credits offered may vary depending upon the individual study abroad program.
The Freeman Foundation Community College Program exists to promote international understanding through support for intensive second language training and international travel with study abroad opportunities to China, Japan, or Korea. Freeman Foundation provides financial support for full-time University of Hawai‘i Community College students with the intent to incorporate intensive language training and international educational into the academic programs of each participant.
A maximum of ten Freeman Foundation Scholarships are awarded each semester. The scholarships support students in a variety of studies and provide qualified participants the opportunity to enroll in a one-year intensive program. Students selected for the Freeman Foundation Scholarship are required to enroll in 12 credit units during the first semester for an intensive content-based second language program offered at Kapi‘olani Community College. Sequentially, and pending successful completion of the intensive course, students will study abroad in China, Japan, or Korea for the remaining duration of the intensive program.
Eligibility and Criteria
- All candidates to the Freeman Foundation Community College Program must be citizens of the United States of America.
- Awards to students in good academic standing will be made on the basis of academic merit, in which, candidates must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.
- Candidates must be full-time (9 credits or more) status at a University of Hawai‘i Community College, in which the applicant is registered for at least a second semester of study at any of the UHCC campuses.
- All candidates must be degree-seeking students from a recognized field of study.
- No knowledge of target language is required. No more than college level 101 in the target language is acceptable. If you are currently in 102 level course, then you are not eligible to apply.
- Awards will be given only for the duration of one academic year.
- Recipients may be awarded a Freeman Foundation Community College Scholarship only once.
- Complete Freeman Foundation Scholarship Application Form. Please be sure to fill in all necessary information and print-out and sign before submitting application form. Incomplete applications will be ineligible for further review.
- Write Personal Statement. Candidates must enclose a double-spaced 2-3 page personal statement describing the applicant’s academic and career objectives, and the importance of an international experience in relation to meeting those objectives.
- Request two confidential letters of recommendation. Candidates must provide two confidential letters of recommendation. Letters must be written by faculty who has either been a previous/current instructor to the applicant or an administrator who is familiar with the applicant’s academic work.
- Request UHCC College OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT. Candidates must provide all University of Hawai‘i Community College (UHCC) OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS in order for application to be considered. Failure to comply will result in the students’ ineligibility for further review. Even if this is your first semester at UHCC, you must submit your OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT to us so that we can verify your registered courses. In addition, you also need to submit completed CURRENT GRADE SHEET. Note: A personal interview will also be required of selected applicants.
- Submit Application Materials & Related Documents to HIC. Application materials and related documents must be submitted to: Kapi‘olani Community College Attention: Freeman Japan, Korea or China Program c/o Honda International Center 4303 Diamond Head Road Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96816
All costs, duration of stay, requirements and credits offered may vary depending upon the individual study abroad programs. Please be sure to contact the Honda International Center for detailed information.
Direct Enrollment Program
Direct Enrollment Programs are designed as 3-8 week programs and based upon an existing academic agreement between the receiving and sending institutions. Institutional agreements enable participants to actively enroll in courses designed specifically towards meeting the academic needs of the program attendees. Course work may include intensive Japanese language and culture while participating in field trips as well as home stay programs. Course work taken at the receiving institution frequently satisfies the general education requirements of culture or elementary language studies although not all courses may be eligible for transfer.
Short-Term Field Study Program
Short-Term Field Study Programs are designed as 1-3 week programs, in which, all course materials, coordination, and field study are planned and directed by individual non-language faculty on behalf of the prospective student. Students interested in Short-Term Field Study are required to include a brief proposal specific to the area of intended academic research and also must be directly related to the prospective student’s long-term academic or career goals. Course work taken at the receiving institution may not be eligible for transfer due to the brief length of study and exposure overseas although possible articulation of courses may be considered upon return.
Academic Year / Semester Program
Students interested in the Academic Year / Semester Program may anticipate being abroad anywhere from 10-16 weeks as a semester program to one full academic year. Academic Year / Semester Programs allow students the flexibility to experience study abroad for a predetermined period of time and only at an institution with which the University of Hawai‘i has an affiliation agreement. Course work taken at the receiving institution frequently satisfies the general education requirements although not all courses may be eligible for transfer.
Language (Immersion) & Culture Program
Language (Immersion) & Culture Programs are designed, coordinated and led by individual foreign language faculty. Study durations differ from 2-6 weeks and student group sizes also vary depending upon the receiving institution, ranging from 5-20 students. Studies focus specifically on language and culture awareness due to the short duration overseas. Course work taken at the receiving institution frequently satisfies the general education requirements of culture or elementary language studies although not all courses may be eligible for transfer.
Kapi‘olani Community College has the following scholarship opportunities and resource materials available for students interested in study abroad. Deadlines and criteria are subject to change.
- UHM Center for Japanese Studies
- UHM Study Abroad Center
- Study Abroad at Leeward Community College
- UHM Center for Chinese Studies
- UHM Center for Korean Studies
- UHM Center for Southeast Asian Studies
- UHM International Affairs Office
- Study Abroad with UHCC! (Powerpoint Slideshow – 4 meg)
- Passport Information
- Japanese Consulate in Honolulu
- Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
- International Student ID Form (PDF Form)