University of Delaware Institute for Global Studies
Winter 2022: Hawaii BISC

Program Dates January 03, 2022 - February 02, 2022
This program is closed.

Program Overview This program is highly competitive and will accept only a limited number of applicants. Interview appointments and acceptance decisions are at the discretion of the faculty director.

Please note that First Semester Freshmen are eligible for participation and encouraged to apply to this program.

Note: The Hawaii BISC program will run only if the Hawaii Vaccine Passport System (HVPS) is successfully implemented. The HPVS will be evaluated later in the summer to determine if the program will be able to run as planned. Applications will open on May 11 and must be completed by June 1. Please check program pages regularly or follow @UDGlobal on Instagram or Twitter for updated information on applying for a 22W study abroad program.

Traveling and studying abroad during a global pandemic poses new challenges and requires accepting a higher level of uncertainty than in the past. Students who choose to study abroad at this time must be prepared to adapt to the evolving situation and must take responsibility to act in accordance with the rules, regulations, and recommendations of UD, their program leadership, and legal authorities of their home and host country. Due to the rapidly changing and unpredictable global and local response to COVID-19, these rules, regulations and recommendations are subject to change at any time.

The University will continue to monitor the ongoing situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus) as we approach the departure date for this program. Please reach out to your program coordinator or faculty director with questions and continue to monitor the UD coronavirus webpage for updates.

If UD decides to cancel a study abroad program, we will communicate directly with affected students. In this case, the University of Delaware will reimburse the cost of program fees, tuition and flights (if purchase was advised by CGPS).

The Hawaiian Islands have experienced waves of settlers from many different cultures, from the early Polynesians to the establishment of major military bases and a thriving tourist industry. Each group of people brought plants, animals, and customs associated with each of their cultures. The impact of each group on the environment has resulted in changes to the land, extinctions to plants and animals, and invasive species.
This Winter Session program will utilize BISC107 (Elementary Evolutionary Ecology) and BISC127 (Environments and Cultures in Conflict) to examine the interactions of people and the environment. Field studies (beaches, volcanoes), projects, lectures, and excursions to cultural centers, museums, national parks, and other habitats will be used to investigate the history of the islands. Accommodations in condos and/or hotels include two weeks on Oahu in Waikiki and almost three weeks in HIlo and Kailua Kona on the Big Island (Hawaii). Several special meals are included, as are all course-related excursions and on-island ground transportation.

The Program Fee includes accommodations, some meals, all group excursions and transportation in Hawaii. Students will be housed in triple apartments with full kitchens while on Oahu in Waikiki and in Kailua Kona on the Big Island (Hawaii), and in triple hotel rooms while in Hilo. Meals are not included in the program fee, save for a few special group dinners or lunches.

The Program Fee does NOT include airfare to or from Hawaii, nor airport transfers to or from the mainland airport. The program officially begins when students arrive in Honolulu. Students will receive detailed travel instructions after acceptance, explaining how and where to purchase their plane ticket. See the Cost section below for estimated airfare.

ACCESSIBILITY: Students with disabilities are welcomed and encouraged to study abroad, but should be aware that accessibility and accommodation in some program locations may differ from the United States. Transit systems and legacy building construction practices may not meet U.S. accessibility standards, and alternative access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites cannot be guaranteed. Review these questions with the Office of Disability Support Services to determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

Courses: Students must enroll in all credit-bearing courses for a grade. Only the UNIV (zero credit) course may be taken pass/fail. Audit registration is not permitted on UD Travel Study. Please refer to the University Catalog to verify requirements and prerequisites. All students must enroll in at least 7 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course.
BISC 107-070: Elementary Evolutionary Ecology (3 credits)
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • University Math/Science Breadth
  • Arts and Sciences - Group D
BISC 127-070: Environments and Cultures in Conflict (4 credits)
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • University Math/Science Breadth
  • Arts and Sciences - Group D
  • Multicultural
  • Other: Fulfills the laboratory requirement.
UNIV 371-011: Domestic Travel Study - Hawaii BISC (0 credits) pass/fail
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Discovery Learning

Program Costs:

How much does it cost?.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Final Tuition based on current year$2,435.00$6,534.00
Final Program Fee$4,200.00$4,200.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account $6,665.00$10,764.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$1,000.00$1,000.00

The rates above may not apply to you if you are a UD graduate student during the time you are studying abroad. Please refer to for the appropriate rates.

When and how do I pay?
If you are offered acceptance to the program, you will have 3 days to withdraw without financial penalty. After the 3 days have passed, you will be officially accepted to the program, and IGS will post the full Program Fee and Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.

*All students will receive an email when they are accepted to a program and will have 10 days from that notification to make their $1,000.00 Initial Payment.

Contact Information:
John Bartley
Faculty Director
Biological Sciences
Clayton Hall, 100 David Hollowell Drive, Newark, DE, 19716

Submit Program Application by 5pm on June 10, 2021
Recommendation also due by 5pm on June 10, 2021
Acceptance and Scholarship Announced: June 29, 2021

Please note that this program is highly competitive and will accept only a limited number of applicants. Interview appointments and acceptance decisions are at the discretion of the faculty director.

Interest Meetings:
03/09/2021, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM,
03/11/2021, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM,

Program information is subject to change at any time. Please check this web site periodically for updates.