UH-MC study abroad program will be in the Philippines

Applications are being accepted for an all-expense-paid, two-week study-abroad program to the Philippines next summer, the University of Hawaii Maui College International Office has announced.

The program is open to high school seniors who are attending UH-Maui College in the spring and to continuing or returning students who are enrolling in the spring semester.

The college will select 10 to 15 students in the inaugural cohort to the Philippines as part of the initiative called the I.M. Ready program. Airfare, accommodations and stipend are included for those selected.

The immersion program, International Mobility, aims to empower students by providing them the opportunity to gain global experiences, expand their network and build lasting relationships beyond the islands of Maui County.

“Our students who have participated in similar international programs in the past have returned to Maui more confident in their career path,” said UH-Maui College Chancellor Lui Hokoana. “We want to provide the students with this life-changing experience, which is why I encourage all to apply for the program.”

The cohort may have the opportunity to attend classes in universities in the Philippines, such as the University of the Philippines, Ateneo De Manila University, Mapua Institute of Technology, University of Asia and the Pacific and De La Salle University.

The inaugural program is led by the college’s Kabalikat Council, a group of leaders in the community with a mission to promote the advancement of students in higher education. Kabalikat Council is chaired by Grelyn Rosario, owner and operator of a number of McDonald’s franchises on Maui.

Students should submit the application form and requirements to market@hawaii.edu no later than Oct. 31.

Go to maui.hawaii.edu/imready to download the form and learn more about the program.