MUM Semester in Hawaii
Cultivating Purpose & Sustainability
At MUM, we believe that global change happens only when we understand the connection between nature and ourselves. This off-campus semester program is designed for students who want to develop a deeper understanding of themselves, others, and their relationships with the environment. We do this to better the world through sustainable practices.
Do you want to learn how to help our planet? Now you can, with us, on the Big Island.
This Program is for Students Who Want:
- A break from their current college campus while earning college credit in an exotic location
- To cultivate a deep relationship with Hawaii’s lands, people, and culture
- To spend a semester abroad with a “cohort” of like-minded individuals
- To explore their inner selves and the all-encompassing nature of life
Immerse Yourself in Native Hawaiian Culture
We are hosted in facilities owned by the Kohala Institute on the Big Island, near Kapa’au and Hawi. The recently renovated historic facilities are located on 2500 acres of land owned by the Kohala Institute, the site of the ancient Hawaiian village (ahupua’a) of I’ole.
Students will be totally immersed in Hawaiian culture, meditation, advanced agricultural design, herbal medicine, spirituality, and more.
Learn from Sustainability Experts
You’ll learn about advanced sustainable practices such as permaculture, medicinal herbal preparations, and bee-keeping from a range of experts and leaders within the field, including:
- Dr. Appachanda Thimmaiah, one of the world’s leading authorities on biodynamic agriculture
- Dr. John Ikerd, Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics at University of Missouri-Columbia and an expert on sustainable economics
- Dr. Fred Travis, an internationally renowned neuroscientist and a leading figure in global research on consciousness
- Dr. Ved Nanda, professor at the University of Denver and a major figure in the global international law community
- Jay Harmon, an award-winning entrepreneur and biomimetic inventor
Tap into Your Creative Potential and Create Change
Do you have creative ideas that you want express more easily? In this program, all students learn the Transcendental Meditation® (TM) technique. Backed up by decades of scientific research, the TM technique has been shown to enhance brain functioning and relieve stress; helping you to make your world-changing ideas a reality.
SL-G325 Consciousness, Sustainability, and the Dilemmas of the 21st Century
SL-G326 Hawaiian Studies and Sustainability
SL-G327 Sustainable Living: Practical Solutions for Individual and Community Sustainability
Integrative Capstone Project
Frequently asked questions:
How do I apply for the Semester in Hawai‘i?
Apply as an MUM Student:
- Contact Devon Almond, Academic Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 808-854-9652 to discuss program information.
- Consult with your MUM academic adviser for approval.
- Consult with MUM financial aid counselor for financial feasibility at email@example.com or 641-472-1156.
- Apply to the Hawai‘i program using online application link from Academic Program Director. Dr. Devon Almond.
Apply as a Guest Student:
- Students from other universities, Dr. Devon Almond at firstname.lastname@example.org or 808-854-9652 to discuss program information.
- Apply to the Hawai‘i program using the Non-degree Guest student application link provided by Devon.
How much does this program cost?
4 months (September–December or February–June blocks), 16 credits
- $8,250 fee in addition to normal MUM tuition
- $8,250 fee includes $3,700 room board + $4,550 program fee
- Single month participation: $2,000 room, board, program fee, plus normal MUM tuition
- Non-degree Guest Students: $8,250 + $450 per credit tuition
- Air Fare is an additional student expense responsibility
For more information, contact Devon Almond at email@example.com or (808) 854 9652.