Travel and International Relations

Recognizing that learning in global environments can be both academically and personally enriching, Punahou offers its students a wide array of globally focused programs both on island and away.

For more information about any of these programs, please visit Wo International Center.

Junior or Senior Year or Semester Abroad

To support rigorous academic study abroad, Punahou partners with other schools to offer a diverse range of semester and yearlong study programs.

School Year Abroad in China, France, Italy and Spain

School Year Abroad provides high school Juniors a full year of living with a European or Asian family while earning high school credits and receiving rigorous preparation for U.S. colleges and universities. Every year, approximately 60 American students study at each site: Beijing, China; Rennes, France; Viterbo, Italy; and Zaragoza, Spain. More information and applications are available at www.sya.org. Apply online by February 1, 2017.

The Sidwell Friends School China Fieldwork Semester (SPRING semester only)

The Sidwell Friends School China Fieldwork Semester (CFS) is an intensive project-based student research program in Xizhou, Yunnan, for sixteen Juniors and Seniors, American and Chinese, working together in a research “collaboratory” housed in a historic residential facility. For more information and details about the application process, please see www.sidwell.edu or contact the Wo International Center.

Summer Travel Study Programs

These travel study programs are preceded by classes at Punahou. Generous need-based financial aid is available to students.

Deadlines for these programs vary because of required travel arrangements. All deadlines precede regular course programming with the deans, so students must plan ahead.

2017 Summer Trips

 

Asian History (Travel)

June 13 – 23: Required pre-trip class at Punahou
June 25 – July 6: Travel to China or Japan
July 10 – 21: Required post-trip class at Punahou

Required post-trip class at Punahou Rising sophomores have the opportunity to study historical and cultural elements of the Asian History course and see them in practice in country. Students continue to have class together while traveling as they connect their readings, lectures and research to primary resources. Students return to Honolulu and continue having class to reflect and connect what they learned before and during travel to the remaining elements of the course.

Apply through Wo International Center by January 20, 2016.

Language and Culture of Contemporary Japan

June 13 – 30: Required pre-trip class at Punahou
June 1 – July 23: Travel to Japan

This language-immersive course provides Japanese language students and heritage speakers with the opportunity to practice and develop their oral communication skills. Additionally, it connects students with resources to further their language learning, and acquire deeper knowledge and awareness of Japanese contemporary culture and values through experiential, task-based activities and projects. The course explores how culture has affected and continues to affect contemporary language and society and also how cultural context defines language use on various levels. Due to the accelerated and immersive nature of this course, students are expected to have a high level of engagement, process language and cultural concepts presented in Japanese, take time outside of class to work on their language, and take initiative to study and look up grammar or concepts that they may not fully understand.

Apply through Wo International Center by January 20, 2017.

Capstone Alaska

June 8 – 16 (tentative): Required pre-trip class at Punahou
June 18 – July 12 (tentative): Travel to Alaska

This outbound version of the Capstone experience combines class work at Punahou with travel to Alaska. The first stop is Barrow, the northernmost city in the United States, followed by Juneau, the capital of Alaska. Students engage in language and cultural exchanges with the Inupiaq in Barrow and students in Juneau. Students learn about climate change and the environmental protection efforts being adopted through active service-learning work in each indigenous community.
Gaining a better understanding of the value and belief systems of the native Alaska cultures will contribute to more insights on the preservation of their own Hawaiian culture and environment.

Apply through Wo International Center by January 20, 2017.

Capstone Bhutan

June 13 – 23 (tentative): Required pre-trip class at Punahou
June 25 – July 19 (tentative): Travel to Bhutan

This international version of the Capstone experience combines class work at Punahou with travel to Bhutan. Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom in the Himalayas, serves as the site for Punahou seniors to engage in cultural sharing and environmental engagement. Deemed as one of the happiest countries in the world, students become part of communities where the Bhutanese natural environment and cultural heritage maintain their uniqueness.

Apply through Wo International Center by January 20, 2017.

Capstone New Zealand (Christchurch, Hamilton/Cambridge and Auckland)

June 6 – 16 (tentative): Required pre-trip class at Punahou
June 17 – July 11 (tentative): Travel to New Zealand

This course focuses on understanding health issues and cultural sharing between Honolulu and New Zealand. Students from Riverdale School in New York City homestay and attend classes with students in Honolulu before traveling together to Christchurch to study and devise urban revitalization projects. The Punahou group then travels to Cambridge to spend time with students at Punahou’s partner school, before spending time in Auckland. Students study health issues facing Auckland and compare to those in Honolulu, and share the cultural uniqueness of Honolulu and learn about the diversity of Auckland, especially the Maori culture. Students engage in meaningful systems and design thinking as they examine local manifestations of global issues. Students participate in homestays, connect with students from different schools, engage with community-based organizations and participate in Learning Walks to explore their own questions and carry out social/health project ideas.

Apply through Wo International Center by January 20, 2017.

Hiroshima Peace Scholarship

Two merit-based scholarships are available for this trip to Japan to participate in the Hiroshima peace festivities. Please contact Wo International Center for details. Deadline is January 13, 2017. Also available in 2018.

Other Global Opportunities

Global Natural History Day (Shanghai, China)

July 16 – July 23, 2017 (tentative)

Teams of two students are selected to compete in this global competition in Shanghai. GNHD is an international competition involving students from around the world. Through exciting competitions, students not only explore the natural world, but also develop creative problem-solving abilities, cultivate leadership skills and improve cross-cultural understanding.

Pan Pacific Program

July 16 – August 5, 2017 (tentative)

This program has a rich 40-year history of connecting students from the Pacific Rim to Hawai‘i, and Hawai‘i’s students to the world. It is an opportunity for international students and Punahou students to come together in a place-based Hawaiian studies curriculum with a service component.

Punahou students are selected to participate and join invited international students in this experience based on their commitment to leadership in global topics and/or Hawaiian culture and studies. This three-week program includes two weeks on the island of O‘ahu and one week on the island of Hawai‘i. The program will take place in the afternoons for the first week and full time for the final two weeks. Non-credit.

Apply through Wo International Center by March 2, 2017.

Student Global Leadership Institute at Oakridge International (Hyderabad, India)

July 10 – July 21, 2016

End of June 2017
Three Punahou students, prior to their senior year, join students from high schools in India, the U.S. and foreign countries in a residential program to foster a multinational community of youth leaders sustained by a robust framework for online learning. The Institute promotes leadership development in academics, public service and international collaboration. Non-credit. Apply through Wo International Center by December 9, 2016.

Student Global Leadership Institute at Punahou School

July 16 – 29, 2017

Five Punahou students, prior to their senior year, join students from high schools in the U.S. and foreign countries in a two-week residential program to foster a multinational community of youth leaders sustained by a robust framework for online learning. The Institute promotes leadership development in academics, public service and international collaboration. Non-credit. Apply through Wo International Center by December 9, 2016.

2018 Summer Trips (tentative)

Capstone locations to be determined.
Global Natural History Day (China)
Hiroshima Peace Scholarship
Student Global Leadership Institute (Punahou and Oakridge International sites)