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NICE Program

3-week NICE programs: Winter & Summer NICE

PLACEMENT TESTING On the first day of the session, students are given a 10-minute oral interview with a teacher and a short listening test. Based on the results, students are placed into one of five levels, from Basic to Advanced.

ORIENTATION Also on the first day, students receive orientation to the program, the university and the community. Practical safety tips and a tour of the University of Hawai‘i at M?noa campus are included.


INTERCHANGE  Five times during the session, as part of the class time, students have the opportunity to meet and speak English with regular University of Hawai‘i students. Teachers provide topics and tasks to work on, and the conversation session is held in a casual atmosphere.

CULTURE WORKSHOP Once during the session, students have hands-on experience with some aspect of American or Hawaiian culture.

optional excursion

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES Extracurricular opportunities to popular sites and events on O‘ahu are offered during non-class hours (afternoons, evenings, weekends). Students will receive detailed information about the activities soon after registering for the program.  Sign-up is online. Activities and costs vary from session to session.


EVALUATION At the end of the session, Winter and Summer NICE students receive written comments from their instructor, and scores in the areas of "speaking only English," "participation in class," and "class preparation."  Some universities use these evaluations to issue English credit to their students who participate in the program.

GRADUATION/CERTIFICATE On the last day of the session, students, teachers, and program staff gather for a graduation luncheon in a banquet room in Waikiki to celebrate the completion of the students' study program. Students are involved in making speeches and participating in various forms of entertainment.  All students that meet the program requirements for performance and attendance are honored with a University of Hawaii certificate.

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