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NICE Program


Winter and Summer NICE are designed especially for students who have only a short time to study English at the University of Hawai‘i. The focus of Short-term NICE is on English conversation and American culture. Five levels, beginning through advanced, are usually offered. Classroom activities and off-campus activities work hand in hand to provide an intensive, yet fun, experience in learning English and living in Hawai‘i.

NICE classroom


Winter NICE classes are held from 12:30pm – 4:20pm Mondays through Fridays. Summer NICE program hours are from 8:30am - 12:20 pm, Mondays through Fridays, sometimes including a Saturday. Classes are held on the University of Hawai‘i campus. Off-campus educational activities take place all around the island of O‘ahu.


The 3-week NICE curriculum focuses on building oral proficiency, so a lot of time is spent in pair and small group work. Students have many opportunities to use and add to their store of knowledge of English. Through role-plays, class discussions, structured and unstructured conversation exercises, and one-on-one conversations with the teacher, each student is supported and encouraged in his/her efforts at learning. Students are in class approximately 16 hours per week.


Opportunities for language learning occur outside of class when the teachers take the students to visit museums, to cultural events, or interact with people in the community. The teachers often plan these activities together with the students, so that students have input into deciding where to go. Since these activities vary considerably from class to class, cost is covered by the students. Most activities cost less than $10.00. Students should budget approximately $25 to cover the cost of required off-campus educational activities.

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