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  • Locations: Hilo, HI, United States; Honolulu, HI, United States; Kailua-Kona, HI, United States; Kauai, HI, United States;
  • Program Terms: Maymester, Spring Break, Winter Break-Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Cost of Attendance Sheets: Maymester, Spring Break, Winter Break-Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Break-Spring 2021 10/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission 12/19/2020 01/09/2021
Spring Break 2021 01/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission 03/06/2021 03/14/2021
Maymester 2021 04/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission 05/15/2021 06/09/2021

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Category: UGA Domestic Click here for a definition of this term Number of Student Participants: 21-40 students
Classes With: U.S. Students, UGA Students Taught By: UGA/U.S. Professor(s)
College/School: Warnell Language of Instruction: English
Minimum number of credit hours: 3 Maximum number of credit hours: 3
Scholarship Availability: Yes
Program Description:

UGA Domestic- Warnell - Discover Abroad: Hawaii

Travel to Hawaii, tour the State, learn about its rich history, and discover ways to bring about a more sustainable future.

Several options!
Winter Break Hawaii Spring Break Hawaii
Program Fee: $2,995 (excludes airfare, tuition, and fees) Program Fee: $1,195 (excludes airfare, tuition, and fees)
Dates: December 19, 2020 – January 9, 2021 Dates: March 6 – March 14, 2021
Credits: 6 credit hours during UGA's Spring semester (details below) Credits: 3 credit hours during UGA's Spring semester (details below)
Application Deadline: October 15, 2020 Application Deadline: January 15, 2021
Maymester Hawaii  
Program Fee: $2,995 (excludes airfare, tuition, and fees)  
Dates: May 15 - June 9, 2021  
Credits: 6 credit hours during UGA's Spring semester (details below)  
Application Deadline: April 15, 2021  
Application Process: Applications for all of these programs are rolling, which means you should apply as early as you know you are ready to commit! You may be asked to participate in a discussion with an office staff member, either over the phone or in-person, to go over the unique nature of our program and to answer any questions you might have. You must complete this step before you are accepted to the program. 

Hawai’i is one of the world’s must-see places and the most remote island chain on Earth. We explore the spirituality, biogeography, culture, and geology of Hawai’i with particular emphasis on sustainable development.

Program Location

On Spring Break, you'll get to see just about everything the Big Island has to offer as we pack so much into just 7 days traveling between Kona, Volcanos National Park, and Hilo.

On Winter Break and Maymester, you'll see not only the Big Island, but also Kauai, Maui, and Oahu!

Below are just a sampling of things you might do at these locations to give you a taste. Please be aware that these activities are subject to change in any given year.

Big Island (Hawaii)

The Big Island of Hawaii, where Hawaii gets its name, is the youngest, most volcanically active of the Hawaiian Islands.
  • Hawaiian cultural and natural history tours of Kona and the surroundings
  • Stargaze on Maunakea, and learn of the controversy surrounding it
  • Hike through Kilauea Iki at Volcanoes National Park
  • Experience the local markets of Hilo

Honolulu (Oahu)

The island of Oahu is the most populated island where the State's capital is located.
  • Learn about the integral connection Hawaii makes between the East and the West
  • Visit with reverence historic Pearl Harbor
  • Hike Diamond Head


  • Explore the Na'Poli Coast and Waimea Canyon


  • Experience Haleakala


Students at Hawaii Beach

Academic Program

For Spring Break Hawaii, participants will select any one 3-credit hour sections of the following course: That is, though the coursework will be the same for all students, one student may choose to take ANTH 4271 while another student takes ECOL 4271.

For Winter Break Hawaii, participants will select any TWO sections of the above course. That is, though the coursework will be the same for all students, one student may choose to take ANTH4271 and ECOL4271, while another student takes GEOG4271 and INTL4271.

The 4000-level courses are for undergraduate students and 6000-level courses are for graduate and honors students. Any of the following course prefixes can be selected: ANTH (Anthropology), ECOL (Ecology), FANR (Forestry and Natural Resources), GEOG (Geography), and INTL (International Affairs). (Note: INTL 4271H replaces INTL 6271.)

Program Itinerary

Click here for the sample itinerary and more information.


Students will stay in a variety of locations on this program, ranging from hotels and condos to military-style dorms.

Program Costs 

See above for the program fees for each program.
The program fee includes all accommodations, field excursions, cultural events, in-country ground transportation, and roughly 65% of meals. The program fee does not include airfare, UGA tuition, or UGA fees. For Georgia residents attending a Georgia school, HOPE and Zell Miller scholarships apply to tuition costs as you would normally expect. Out-of-state UGA students and non-UGA transient students pay in-state tuition rates for registered study abroad courses. Please refer to the UGA Bursar's website for the most up to date tuition and fees.

Participants should also take into consideration personal spending money and other expenses like trip cancellation insurance for airfare tickets, which we strongly encourage.

Contact Information

Discover Abroad
Room 102, Warnell Building Four
180 East Green Street
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-2152
Phone: 706.542.9713


Please provide information about your accommodation needs by email to at least 6 weeks prior to departure in order to allow time to arrange for accommodations.
Students kayaking in Hawaii

Program Ratings:
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Program Reviews:
Spring Break 2019 Participant
The program is a great balance of learning and exploring with the topics we are studying seen in the every day ventures.

Spring Break 2019 Participant
The people I met and the places I got to experience transformed my life in an incredible way. I feel like I see the world in a brighter light because of the experience I have had.

Spring Break 2019 Participant
It was great seeing Hawaii on a more personal level instead of just a tourist viewpoint!