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Program Description


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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

  • March 3 - March 10, 2019

  • 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.


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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.  

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


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 Spring Break 2019. Students will arrive at the Kona airport on Sunday, March 3rd 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 Sunday, March 10th.  A follow up evaluation paper on Hawaii’s energy plans will be due the following Sunday, March 17th.  

Wind Power

Puna Geothermal


Faculty Director

Jonathan Kelman, PhD
School of Sustainability

Nathan Parker, PhD
Assistant Professor
School of Sustainability

Jon Kelman

Nathan Parker


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. 


Access & Diversity

Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from what you find in the United States. There will be a good deal of walking over uneven terrain, both at the Kohala Institute and on energy-related site visits.  The Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program.

Although ASU cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites, students with disabilities can and do study abroad. Upon request, the ASU Study Abroad Office can provide information about the availability of accommodations and accessible facilities on the specific program and can help you determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

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Cost Information

The Program Fee for Spring Break 2019 is $2,495.

Program Fee includes: Housing in shared accommodations, most meals, site visits and cultural events, in-country transportation, ASU faculty support, and health insurance. 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 Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad 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 abroad. 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 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
Spring Break 2019 12/15/2018
Rolling Admission 03/03/2019 03/10/2019

** 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.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.