Honolulu — The state has long offered study abroad for students, but now the option is open to anyone regardless of their specific ability or education level.
A study abroad program in Hawaii is a major perk for many students, says Katie Dickson.
She started a Hawaiian program in her senior year of high school that she says helped her overcome her shyness.
Dickson is a senior studying accounting and finance.
She said she has enjoyed her time in Hawaii.
“It’s a great place to study and it’s so peaceful and beautiful,” she said.
“Hawaii is one of the few places I can actually go and experience my friends.”
The program, called HawaiianStudy Abroad, is the latest in a series of initiatives to encourage Hawaiian students to pursue study abroad.
Hiawatha University has been leading the way for Hawaiian students in Hawaii, but it is open for students from all levels of experience.
“We wanted to make sure that our students have the right tools to pursue this, so that they have the tools they need to get there,” said Hiawathua University Associate Dean of Student Services MaryAnn Aylsworth.
Diaz says she has been traveling to Hawaii as a student and has been thrilled to see so many other students coming back.
She said she would like to see more programs like this, and said she hopes more students will pursue study overseas.
“You know I don’t want to be the one that has to go back and say, ‘I don’t feel comfortable in my own country anymore.’
I want to have a good time,” she added.