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Program Description
Please note: this program has been cancelled for Post-Spring 2020.


Island View

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Aerial View of Waterfall

This program is intended to give students an in-depth look at building a functional sustainable energy system on the Big Island of Hawaii. The state of Hawaii has recently set a goal of developing a 100% renewable energy grid by 2045.  This goal will make Hawaii a real-world laboratory for developing a sustainable energy system in an island setting, which adds a number of benefits and obstacles to this ambitious goal.  Students will visit and engage with energy stakeholders in Hawaii and evaluate Hawaii’s energy resources and energy policy options.  

Quick Facts

  • May 12 - May 19, 2020

  • Stay at the Kohala Institute on the north end of the Big Island, Hawaii

  • Academic visits to power plants and cultural sites on the Big Island

  • Open to students with a 2.0 GPA or higher

  • Earn 1 credit

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.


Mountain Road

Location Details

The Kohala Institute is located on 2,400 acres near the very northern tip of the Big Island of Hawaii.  The land stretches from the top of Mt. Kohala to the north coast of the island, and it’s one of the last intact ahupua’a (or watersheds, the traditional Hawaiian land division) on the Big Island.  The historic property has had many roles in the past, from plantation to a school for girls, and still maintains a taro farm and a fish farm.  This lush land will serve as our home base as we explore the past, present, and future roles of renewable energy in Hawaii.  


Eligibility Requirements

Students must: 

  • have a minimum GPA of 2.0
  • have taken or be taking SOS 314, SOS 315 and/or SOS 324


Students will register for the following course during the Spring registration period:
  • SOS 394: Getting to 100%:  The Promise and Challenge of Renewables in Hawaii (1 credit)*
*Please note that this course counts towards your Spring semester load.  If registering for this course will put you in a course-overload situation, you will need to speak with your academic advisor for an override.   

Course Format

The course will be taught in person in Kohala on Big Island, Hawaii during Post-Spring 2020. Students will arrive at the Kona airport on Tuesday, May 12th and will be transported to the Kohala Institute.  We’ll be based at the Institute during our stay, with field trips to energy-related and cultural sites.  Students will fly back to the mainland from the Kona Airport on Tuesday, May 19th.  A follow up evaluation paper on Hawaii’s energy plans will be due the following Sunday, May 24th.  

Wind Power

Puna Geothermal


Faculty Director

Jonathan Kelman, PhD
School of Sustainability

Nathan Parker, PhD
Assistant Professor
School of Sustainability

Night Sky


KI Accommodations

Program Housing

 Students and faculty will be staying on site in dormitories at the Kohala Institute for the duration of the trip.  Virtually all meals will be provided by an on-site chef, other than any meals needed while travelling to or from Kohala.  We’ll meet for some class time each morning, and in many cases travel (via hired drivers) to energy-related sites on the island. Expect to do some walking at the Kohala Institute (between the dormitories, kitchen, and meeting space) as well as at our field trip sites.  There should also be opportunities to hike on the land of the Institute and possibly elsewhere as well. 

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.  There will be a good deal of walking over uneven terrain, both at the Kohala Institute and on energy-related site visits.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States.  

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad.  

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity.  

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Post-Spring 2020 is $2,250.

Program Fee includes: Housing in shared accommodations, most meals, site visits and cultural events, onsite transportation, and ASU faculty support. Not included: Tuition for the one-credit course, airfare, passport & visa fees, personal expenses, and miscellaneous items.  Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program cost sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.


Funding Your Program

Participating in a Domestic Global Learning (DGL) program is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Office Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Opportunities for Funding

  • ASU Tuition Waiver may be applied on this program to cover the tuition associated with this program.  The ASU Tuition Waiver cannot be used to subsidize the posted program fee.


Links to Additional Resources

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Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Post-Spring 2020 02/01/2020
Rolling Admission 05/12/2020 05/19/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.