“If you love nature, sunshine and surfing, then Hawaii is just the place for you to go,” says Cleo Wichelhaus about her studies in Honolulu. Our bachelor’s student of Business Psychology studied at Hawaii Pacific University for one semester. She has summarized her best tips about Honolulu and studying at Hawaii’s largest private university for you, who hopefully will soon be able to travel abroad again.
This is what you can experience at Hawaii Pacific University and in Honolulu
1. Aloha Spirit
“The leisure life in Hawaii is really fantastic: shark diving, hiking, surfing, canoeing, cliff jumping, camping, bonfires, trips, swimming with dolphins… you name it! I spent every spare minute during my semester abroad on the beach or in nature. In the morning I often went jogging at the river or surfing before my lectures started. In the afternoon I went to the beach with my friends, where I also did my HPU assignments at my favourite café Barefoot Beach Café. In the evening I could watch the most beautiful sunsets in the world there. This is the way to live!”
2. Room with a view
“I lived in the “Wakiki Vista Students Residences” for the semester. In the beginning I lived in a room with four other students, which was quite a challenge for me. The rent was also quite high, especially since we shared a common room with a small bathroom and a small kitchenette without stove. If we wanted to cook, we used the common kitchen on the 19th floor. Nevertheless I felt very comfortable in there. Its huge windows offered a spectacular view of Waikiki, the fireworks every Friday and the sunset”.
3. International campus
“You meet students from all over the world, but also many locals at the HPU. The sun shines almost every day on Hawaii and the people are very friendly and positive. I can only recommend taking the Hula course as an additional credit. This way I got to know the Hawaiian culture better. This course is of course not credited at CBS, but I personally had a lot of fun doing it.”