Oahu’s safe and relaxing environment makes it an ideal place to come and study. Whatever education you need, Oahu has it all - high schools, universities and colleges, business and vocational schools, ESL and foreign language schools, driving and flight schools, beauty and cooking schools, scuba diving and sky diving schools, you name it and Oahu has it.
The commitment to quality education for Hawaii's children began more than 160 years ago when Hawaii's great monarch, King Kamehameha III, established a statewide public school system. Since that time, Hawaii has continued the journey in pursuit of excellence in education. According to the 1990 census, more than 80% of Hawaii citizens were high school graduates, and over 25% had bachelor’s degrees.
University of Hawaii has three campuses, two of which are in Oahu - at Manoa, and West Oahu. These and the four community colleges of Oahu have a 4-year undergraduate program. In addition to these, there are three other 4-year, private colleges, Brigham Young University, Chaminade University, and Hawaii Pacific University. All three colleges attract out-of-state and international students, as does the University of Hawaii.
University of Hawaii:
University of Hawaii is the largest public university in the state, and is continuously ranked as one of the best among the nation's public colleges and universities. It attracts a lot of international students due to its excellent reputation as the most comprehensive American University and its proximity to the Asia Pacific region. There are two University of Hawaii campuses in Oahu: the larger in the lush Manoa valley, five minutes from downtown Honolulu, and the second in West Oahu.
The university offers course work leading to bachelor's degree in 88 fields of study, master's in 86, and doctorates in 49 in its various colleges: School of Architecture; College of Arts and Humanities; College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature; College of Natural Sciences; College of Social Sciences; College of Business Administration; College of Education; College of Engineering; School of Hawaiian, Asian and Pacific Studies; College of Health Sciences and Social Welfare; School of Law; School of Medicine; School of Nursing; School of Ocean, Earth Science & Technology; School of Public Health; School of Social Work; School of Travel Industry Management; College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources; and Outreach College.
The 4 community colleges of Oahu are affiliated to the University of Hawaii and have grown into a major force in education. They are comprehensive, convenient and affordable, and offer more than 70 degree and certificate programs. All the 4 community colleges also offer a two-year Associate in Arts degree and credits are transferable toward a baccalaureate degree at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Hilo or West Oahu, and other four-year universities that have established partnerships with the Colleges. Additionally, the system offers developmental instruction for students needing to brush up their basic skills; and a variety of non-credit courses and activities.
Brigham Young University:
BYU has been ranked fourth in its Western region category in the U.S. News and World Report's annual survey of America's best colleges during 2003. It offers degree and certificate courses in various disciplines of its 4 colleges and schools: College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Computing, and School of Education.
The University offers associate degrees in Arts and Science; undergraduate degrees in Arts, Science, and Fine Arts; undergraduate certificates in Environmental Studies, Gender Studies, and Interior Design; and graduate degrees in Business Administration, Education, Public Administration, Science in Counseling Psychology, Science in Criminal Justice Administration, and Arts in Pastoral Leadership.
Hawaii Pacific University:
HPU is the largest private university in Hawaii attracting students from all the 50 states as well as from 106 countries from across the globe. Its two campuses - one in downtown Honolulu, and the other in Loa - offers a wide range of undergraduate programs in nursing, marine biology, oceanography, environmental science, liberal arts and business. Graduate programs offered by the university include - Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science in Information Systems, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Arts in Communication, Master of Arts in Diplomacy and Military Studies, Master of Arts in Human Resource Management, Master of Arts in Global Leadership, Master of Arts in Organizational Change, and Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language.
Besides these universities, Oahu is also home to a number of vocational educational institutes - Employment Training Center (ETC), Hawaii Business College, Heald College, Hollywood Beauty College, International College and Graduate School, International East-West University, Japan America Institute of Management Science, New York Technical Institute of Hawaii, Pacific Center for Advanced Technology Training, Remington College, Tai Hsuan Foundation College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Travel Institute of the Pacific, Travel University International, and University of the Nations.
Employment Training Center (ETC):
ETC offers vocational and remedial education, counseling, and support services for under-educated and unemployed adults, at-risk youth, and others who need assistance in the transition to further education or to work..
Hawaii Business College:
Hawaii Business College is the only locally owned post-secondary school in Hawaii specializing in business education. It offers Associate Degrees in Business Administration, Computer Applications/Accounting, Computer Networking/Applications, Medical Administration, Travel & Tourism Industry, Web Design and e-business; Diplomas in Air & Travel Operation, Business Administration, Legal Office Administration, Medical Assistant, Medical Administration and Office Administration; and Certificates in Computer Information Systems.
Heald has 11 campuses in western United States. The Honolulu campus offers programs in Accounting, Business Administration, Business Software Applications, Computer Information Technology, Electronics Technology, Hospitality and Tourism, Medical Assisting, Medical Office Administration, Networking Technology, Cisco Systems, Networking Technology, Microsoft Windows 2000, Office Skills, Web Design and Administration, Web Design, Web Design and Administration, Web Security.
Hollywood Beauty College:
The College offers education in Cosmetology and trainings in nail technology. It provides graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to qualify for the Hawaii State Board Examination. The college is a member of The Association of Accredited Cosmetology Schools and National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences. It is also licensed by Hawaii State Board of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Professional Vocational Licensing Branch.
International College and Graduate School:
The College offers Certificate and Bachelor's degree in Biblical studies, and the Graduate School offers MA in religion, MA in divinity and Doctor of Ministry.
International East-West University:
The different IEWU Schools offer various research and graduate courses, which include Certificates of Completion of Courses and Seminars, Certificates of Achievement, Associate Graduate Degrees, Master of Arts (MA), Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Chinese-Western Comparative Philosophy, Doctor of Business Administration (EDBA) in East-West Decisions Management or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Management Science and Management Philosophy.
Japan America Institute of Management Science:
JAIMS gives education and training to managers to be effective leaders in an increasingly interdependent global economy. Programs offered by JAIMS include - Intercultural Management Program (ICMP), Japan-focused Master of Business Administration (JEMBA), China-focused Master of Business Administration (CHEMBA), Seminars Program and Business Language Program.
New York Technical Institute of Hawaii:
The institute offers programs in Auto / Automotive Mechanic / Technician, Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic and Repairer.
Pacific Center for Advanced Technology Training:
The Center offers training in Computer Aided Design, Programming, Networking, Management and Technology, Operating Systems, Computer Repair, Database Management, Web and Intranet, Security, Systems Administration, Digital Graphics, Telecommunications, Business & Other Technologies.
The College provides associate degrees in Clinical Medical Assisting, Computer Networking, Technology, Criminal Justice and International Business; and bachelor degrees in Criminal Justice and Operations Management.
Tai Hsuan Foundation College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine:
The College was founded to perpetuate Oriental forms of medical philosophy. It offers a Master's Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Travel Institute of the Pacific:
This institute specializes in Travel, Hospitality, Food & Beverage and Culinary Arts studies. It offers diplomas in Airline Travel Agency, Hotel Management, Culinary Arts and Visitor Industry Management.
Travel University International:
The TUI offers Certificate programs in International Trade, Hotel Management, Travel Agent / Airlines. Degree programs are available for Hospitality Management and International Trade.
University of the Nations:
The U of N is a unique institute offering a modular educational system, which is highly motivational and leads to enduring relationships among students and staff. Students develop intellectually, culturally and spiritually and also gain international perspective as they take courses in several nations. They may alternate each 3-month term between classroom and exciting field experiences available worldwide, and may take successive courses in different nations while working toward an Associate's, Bachelor's, or Master's degree.
Besides these, there are various organizations and clubs which offer courses in many different fields and realms like flying, surfing, scuba diving, sky diving, etc.
Educational organizations of Oahu are the following:
Oahu Schools Company Listings
English Study Tours is not only the first of it's kind, but the only one of its kind and proven to be the most effective way to learn. Located on Oahu at 345 Queen Street, # 900, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813, English Study Tours is an ESL program in motion. It's General English (GEP) curriculum is carefully interwoven into daily educational activities that take place in many locations throughout Hawaii. Here students interactively learn English by not only discovering the Hawaiian Islands, but also experiencing all the wonders the Islands have to offer. What a great deal, touring and learning! Website: www.eslhawaii.com
Academia Language School is the oldest and largest language school in Hawaii . Located in Honolulu, Academia is just a short walk from Ala Moana Shopping Center and the beaches of Waikiki. Academia offers English classes for all levels of students, TOEIC and TOEFL test preparation, and work experience programs. With students from Europe, South America, and Asia, Academia students come from all over the world to study their own custom designed language program. Academia learning is made fun by offering many activities and field trips to supplement classroom education. Academia provides a great value to all students as its tuition is kept low to provide the opportunity to study English to as many students as possible. Website:www.academiaschool.com.
Global Village English Centres, Hawaii Teachers are Members of The National Association of Foreign Student Advisors (NAFSA) and Certified Teachers of English as a Second or Other Language (TESOL). The school is located in an attractive modern office building on the edge of Waikiki and steps away from Ala Moana Shopping Center. The school offers panaromic views of the nearby beaches and mountains and provides students with a comfortable place to relax, socialize and study. The main bus lines are very close by and the location of the school is central to the finest dining, shopping, and entertainment facilities. Visit their website at: www.gvenglish.com.
Hawaii Homestay is an educational organization established in 1982 to create opportunities for international students and island families to share their culture and life experiences in host homes. For 16 years we have developed strong ties into the community with host families, agencies and English as a Second Language (ESL) schools on the islands of Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii. We have cooperated with them to give students and visitors well coordinated opportunities to develop their English skills and assimilate our culture and for host families to broaden their understanding and appreciation of other cultures as well. Visit their website at: www.hawaiihomestay.com.
Intercultural Communications College (ICC), Honolulu, Honolulu, is located on the 10th floor of an award-winning office building on Kapiolani Boulevard next to Ala Moana Shopping Center and the new Hawaii Convention Center. The school offers spectacular views of the yacht harbor and Ala Moana Beach and is minutes away from Waikiki. A main bus terminal is behind the school, and banks, shops, restaurants and supermarkets are steps away. The programs and policies of ICC Honolulu are in full compliance with the standards of the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET), and the school has received a five-year grant of accreditation from ACCET. ICC Honolulu is officially authorized by the US immigration Service to issue the I-20 form to foreign students. Visit their website at www.icchawaii.edu.