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Rating: 4.3

4.345 reviews

Rating: 4.2

4.2
Quality of teaching

Rating: 4.3

4.3
Leisure program
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Covid-19 Status:
School currently open
Accreditations:
School accredited by NAFSA (Association of International Educators) School accredited by SEVP (Student and Exchange Visitor Program Certified school)

Honolulu English School is in Waikiki, 30 minutes by public transport from Honolulu city centre, on the third biggest island in Hawaii. The school is a short walk to Waikiki beach and the... More

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Short Term English Program STEP - 20 lessons per week | Max. group size: 15
FREE cancellation
FREE changes
825US$ 825US$
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Rating: 4.1

4.19 reviews

Rating: 3.6

3.6
Quality of teaching

Rating: 4.3

4.3
Leisure program
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Accreditations:
School accredited by NAFSA (Association of International Educators) School accredited by QE (Quality English) School accredited by SEVP (Student and Exchange Visitor Program Certified school)

ICC Hawaii is a CEA accredited ESL school and Cambridge English testing centre located in Honolulu, Hawaii. Since 1990, they have been offering quality English language programs, such as... More

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English for Communication 20 - 20 lessons per week | Max. group size: 14
FREE cancellation
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960US$ 921US$
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Covid-19 Status:
School currently open
Accreditations:
School accredited by AAIEP (American Association of Intensive English Programs) School accredited by ACCET  (Accrediting Council for Continuning Education and Training)

Located in downtown Waikiki, the school occupies a modern high-rise which overlooks the Pacific Ocean. You can find supermarkets, restaurants, galleries, shopping and coffee shops in the... More

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General Course + Accommodation - 26 lessons per week | Max. group size: 17
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Includes accommodation -
1425€ 1425€
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Rating: 5.0

5.0
Quality of teaching

Rating: 3.0

3.0
Leisure program
Covid-19 Status:
School currently open
Accreditations:
School accredited by ACCET  (Accrediting Council for Continuning Education and Training) School accredited by NAFSA (Association of International Educators) School accredited by SEVP (Student and Exchange Visitor Program Certified school)

The school is within a 5 minute walking distance to the beach, shopping centers, restaurants and cafes. More

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English Conversation Program - 16 lessons per week | Max. group size: 12
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710US$ 682US$
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Rating: 5.0

5.0
Quality of teaching

Rating: 5.0

5.0
Leisure program
Accreditations:
School accredited by ALTO (Association of Language Travel Organisations) School accredited by UNOSEL  (Union Nationale des Organisations de Séjours Linguistiques) School accredited by WYSE/FIYTO (World Youth Student & Educational Travel Confereration) School accredited by SEVP (Student and Exchange Visitor Program Certified school)

Over 2000 qualified teachers in 30 countries all over the world are associated with the school organisation. 'Study & Live in your Teacher's Home' offers you the unique opportunity for a... More

Course Categories (8)Accommodation (1)
Standard Programme 15 - 15 lessons per week | Max. group size: 1
FREE cancellation
FREE changes
3140US$ 2983US$
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Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 45 reviews

I love the people who work there, the activities and the great location.
My accommodation was great. I stayed in an 8-person female dorm room in Waikiki Beachside Hostel. At first I thought that would be crowded but later I was happy to choose that. Hostel was great and clean, you have a kitchen and bathroom in the room and you share it with at most 7 other people. It was a great opportunity to meet more people and practice English. And also it was a great walk by the beach from hostel to the school everyday. I saw lots of rainbows :)

28 February 2017
Course: Short Term English Program STEP - 11 weeks
Student age: 34 years

Burcu
Turkey

Rating: 5

5.0 | 1 review

Chosing for this destination "Study Live in your teacher's home" is really not the best value for money even if the family does its best.

28 July 2015
Course: Standard Programme - 1 week
Student age: 105 years

Sylvie
France

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 45 reviews

friendly, organized and ready to solve you any kind of problem
one of the best I've ever attended

24 November 2014
Course: Short Term English Program STEP - 2 weeks
Student age: 42 years

Andrea
Italy

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 45 reviews

teachers and activities
It's a good school, with competent and fun teacher.

23 June 2014
Course: Short Term English Program STEP - 4 weeks
Student age: 35 years

Sandra
Sweden

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 45 reviews

Location in the heart of Waikiki, activities and diversity of students.

17 December 2013
Course: Short Term English Program STEP - 4 weeks
Student age: 25 years

Jennifer
France

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 45 reviews

- Classes too big (> 10) - Mediocre teaching material - no Advanced course

25 November 2013
Course: Short Term English Program STEP - 2 weeks
Student age: 54 years

Katharina
Germany

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 45 reviews

The nice teachers, funny social activities

7 May 2013
Course: Short Term English Program STEP - 3 weeks
Student age: 24 years

Veronika
Germany

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 45 reviews

Very centrally located, kindness of the staff, partially very good teachers.
In part, poor structure of the classes, in the higher levels (core600) over 70% of the students were German-speaking which was tedious.

23 January 2012
Course: Intensive English Program IEP - 6 weeks
Student age: 33 years

Alberto
Italia

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 45 reviews

The people that i met there
enjoy it!

9 November 2011
Course: Short Term English Program STEP - 3 weeks
Student age: 24 years

Rosalia
Espana

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 45 reviews

The proximity to the beach and the friendliness of the staff.
The level of education was too low and I could not switch to another class because I was already in the highest level (600). I should add that I have difficulty learning languages.

21 March 2011
Course: Intensive English Program IEP - 4 weeks
Student age: 24 years

Thomas
Deutschland

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 45 reviews

The school was located near the centre and the beach

2 March 2011
Course: Short Term English Program STEP - 12 weeks
Student age: 67 years

Robert
Deutschland

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 45 reviews

Teachers
In the residence there are enough cockroaches. It is a common animal in Honolulu.

22 November 2010
Course: Intensive English Program IEP - 6 weeks
Student age: 29 years

Ruth
Espana

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 45 reviews

Very good teachers, and above all their director

12 October 2010
Course: Intensive English Program IEP - 4 weeks
Student age: 24 years

Oriol
Espana

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 45 reviews

Practically everything. The teachers were very prepared, excellent teaching methods and overall the internal organization unquestionably perfect for my taste. A little bit less than the organization for newcomers, because they were introduced in classes already formed (which is fine), but coming during the week of the final examination of the Term (so called) it's not appropriate because you find yourself having to take an examination for which you are not ready and then it happened to me that the following week was a little bit more relaxed.
Apart from that I ave nothing to say, it was a wonderful experience, I thank those who allowed it and I will carry it forever in my heart. I met a lot of great people and if I had to return to Honolulu I will surely return even in that school.

7 September 2010
Course: Short Term English Program STEP - 4 weeks
Student age: 27 years

Valeria
Italia

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 45 reviews

The environment and the organization of classes.

29 July 2010
Course: Short Term English Program STEP - 3 weeks
Student age: 24 years

Mónica
Espana

Key Facts about Honolulu

Honolulu: Honolulu means 'protected bay', which aptly describes the calm, deepwater harbour that borders it. The city is today a sophisticated hub of business, politics, education, entertainment and the Hawaian art. Honolulu´s most popular neighborhood, Waikiki, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Hawaiian Islands for ”fun in the sun" and the spirit of aloha is easily revealed by the local residents.

Quality of life was ranked in recent report of Mercer in position 37 (2019).

Population: 372,000

Elevation: 5 m. above sea level

Time zone: GMT -10

Region: Hawaii, Honolulu County

Currency: USD

Honolulu quality of life rating:

Rating: 4.6

4.6 (94 reviews by our former students)

Visa: Nationals from USA do not require a visa for travelling to USA and attending a language course. Check visa requirements for nationals from other countries.

universities: 4 (rankings of universities in Honolulu)

High season: July

Low season: April

Average course price per week: 406 US$

Cost of Living:

* 100 = prices in New York

  • Student price index excluding rent:96* (4% cheaper than New York)
  • Student price index including rent:80* (20% cheaper than New York)
  • Price index food only:104* (4% more expensive than New York)
Mains electricity:
  • Plug Type A
  • Plug Type B
  • Residential voltage: 120 V
  • Frequency: 60 Hz

Arrival Airport

Honolulu International (HNL) - 6 km. from Honolulu city center

Public transportation to city center:

Every 30 minutes, 3,00 USD, 30 minutes.

Main stops: Airport upper level, NMITZ HWY+Rodgers BL, NIMITZ HWY+Lagoon DR, NIMITZ HWY+Puuhale RD, NIMITZ HWY Opp Alakawa St, Pacific St, IWLEI RD + N King St, S King St + Alakea St, Punchbowl St + Halekauwila St

Taxi: 32 US$, 10 minutes drive to city center of Honolulu

Direct international flights from:
  • New Zealand: Auckland International
  • Australia: Brisbane, Melbourne Tullamarine, Sydney Kingsford Smith
  • Canada: Vancouver International

Weather in Honolulu

Climate Table
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Midday Temperature
Night-time Temperature
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec65 °F68 °F70 °F73 °F75 °F78 °F80 °F83 °F85 °F88 °F90 °FTemperature in °F
Hours of Sunshine
6.87.38.28.38.99.39.69.69.27.96.86.4
Water Temperature
75.2 °F75.2 °F75.2 °F77 °F78.8 °F78.8 °F80.6 °F80.6 °F80.6 °F80.6 °F78.8 °F77 °F
Rainfall
58mm51mm51mm15mm15mm8mm13mm15mm18mm46mm61mm81mm

Events in HonoluluBest time to take a language course in Honolulu

November
Vans Triple Crown of Surfing
Vans Triple Crown of Surfing

13 November 2020 - 20 December 2020The Vans Triple Crown surfing tournament usually takes place sometime in November/December. Since no one can predict the waves, the exact date is confirmed at the last minute. But what can be predicted is the amazing display put on by the best surfers!

December
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

07 December 2020This event commemorates the attack on Pearl Harbor where many people lost their lives.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Celebration
New Year’s Eve Fireworks Celebration

31 December 2020Come celebrate New Year's Eve by attending a waterfront dinner, entertainment and an amazing fireworks display on the beach.

January
Honolulu City Lights
Honolulu City Lights

January 2021Honolulu City Lights is held throughout the whole month of December to celebrate the holidays. It begins with the Tree Lighting ceremony and ends the first day of the new year.

March
Honolulu Festival
Honolulu Festival

March 2021With the Honolulu Festival you will see and hear some ethnical arts from the Pacific Rim's cultures.

April
Merrie Monarch Hula Festival
Merrie Monarch Hula Festival

April 2021Festival honouring Hawaiian tradition and language and the preservation thereof. Events include parades, a hula competition, performances of traditional dances and music and an immensely popular Hawaiian arts fair.

Hawaii International Film Festival
Hawaii International Film Festival

April 2021International film festival with a special focus on the Pacific, Asia and Oceania. Screenings are not limited to Honolulu; this is the only film festival in the US with screenings across the entire state.

May
Lantern Floating Hawaii
Lantern Floating Hawaii

May 2021On Memorial Day, this event gathers more than 40,000 people to celebrate, commemorate, and express their gratitude towards those who've passed away.

Ironman Triathlon
Ironman Triathlon

May 2021Participation in the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii is by qualification only. For the audience of the triathlon, this makes for a very very exciting event with only the best athletes in attendance.

June
King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade
King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade

11 June 2021This parade celebrates King Kamehameha and the eight Hawaiian islands. Features of the parade include women on horseback, warriors and much more.

July
4th of July Fireworks Show
4th of July Fireworks Show

04 July 2021For the Fourth of July, the city of Honolulu puts on an amazing fireworks display to celebrate independence.

August
Oahu Aloha Festival
Oahu Aloha Festival

August 2021 - September 2021The Oahu Aloha Festival starts off with the Royal Court Investiture and Opening Ceremony. Other events include the massive block party that is the Annual Waikiki Hoolaulea and the Annual Floral Parade.

September
Aloha Festivals Floral Parade
Aloha Festivals Floral Parade

September 2021This colourful parade which marks the end of the Oahu Aloha Festival is a celebration of Hawaiian culture and includes decorated floats, music, dancers, and more.

What to do in Honolulu

Contemporary Museum
Contemporary Museum
Waikiki Aquarium
Waikiki Aquarium
Kamehameha the Great Statue
Kamehameha the Great Statue
Royal Hawaiian Hotel
Royal Hawaiian Hotel
Kapi'olani Beach Park
Kapi'olani Beach Park
Aloha Festival
Aloha Festival
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    FAQ about schools in Honolulu

  • You can take courses for just 1 week. For significant progress opt for longer durations. According to a survey of StudyTravel Magazine the average course duration for USA is 12 weeks.
  • The student price index in Honolulu is 95.76. For details check the city's cost of living section.
  • Students rated Honolulu with 4.6 stars out of 5.
  • In Honolulu electricity is 120 Volt and 60 Hz. Plug type A, B.
  • Best airport to arrive to in Honolulu is Honolulu International (6.9 km from city center). See information about all arrivals and airport information for Honolulu.
  • Schools in Honolulu offer specific preparation courses for the following exams: TOEFL, TOEIC, Cambridge First, Cambridge Advanced, Cambridge Proficiency.
  • In Honolulu there are course packages where you can learn the following activities: English & Dancing, English & Music, English & Surf, English & Yoga, English & Sports.
  • See the climate table of Honolulu and the event calendar of Honolulu with events such as Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, New Year’s Eve Fireworks Celebration.
  • 682€ for 2 weeks is the lowest price for an English course in Honolulu. The average cost of a language course in Honolulu is 310€ per week.
  • Students rated the activity program at Intercultural Communications College as the best.
  • Central Pacific College has received the best overall rating in Honolulu.

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