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 contact 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, including applications are available at www.sya.org. Apply online by February 8, 2019. Financial aid applications are due February 15, 2019.

School Year Abroad Summer Programs in China, France, Italy and Spain

School Year Abroad Summer programs are open to rising Juniors and Seniors interested in advancing their language comprehension skills and cultural competency. Students live with a host family for four weeks and devote the fifth week to travel around the country. More information, including applications are available at www.sya.org. Admission decisions begin on January 18, 2019. Financial aid applications are due January 11, 2019.

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. Sixteen Juniors and Seniors, American and Chinese, work together in a research “collaboratory” housed in a historic residential facility. For more information and details about the application process, please see the CFS web page or contact Wo International Center.

Summer Travel Study Programs

These travel study programs are preceded by classes at Punahou. Some programs are subsidized through the Wo International Center’s funds and 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.