Training in the ways where consistent ripples lead to mighty waves of impact.
BU@Hawaii is an exceptional college experience that accesses the strengths of Bethel University while maintaining the unique Hawaiian culture of the Big Island.
We offer affordable and accredited Christian education that is customizable and flexible to a student’s long-term and short-term life goals while providing mentorship, Bible Study and adventure to help cultivate a first-hand faith and confident and equipped adults.
TWO PROGRAMS ON THE BIG ISLAND:
KAMA'AINA (Local Students)
For students 18-25, this program offers an opportunity to get an AA degree while staying in the culture of the Big Island that you love in an affordable and accredited way.
MOI MOI BUSINESS INSTITUTE
MMBI (Moi Moi Business Institute) offers a business focused "semester abroad" intensive. Students will get to continue their degree in the unique culture of Hawaii. Students must already be enrolled at Bethel University or a BU-X site.
GET YOUR DEGREE AT A FRACTION OF THE COST
The Big Island campus currently provides five degree options, and we anticipate adding more potential selections in the
future. The current options are:
Who should apply to BU Hawaii?BU Hawaii is for high school graduates and interested young adults who look to discover and embrace their God-give mission within a platform of vocational ministry or the marketplace.
How much does it cost?Total cost is $10,500 for one year of tuition and fees at BU Hawaii. The price is based on 15 credits per semester, including 3 practicum hours. The cost will increase if the student registers for additional credits. *Financial aid is available for those who qualify.
Will credits from other colleges transfer or can I transfer credits from BU Hawaii to another college?Yes, any credits from a regionally accredited college or university would generally transfer. For more questions, please visit Bethel's Transfer Credit Policy page. The Registrar's Office reviews all official transcripts on a case-by-case scenario and, if applicable, awards transfer credits appropriately for each Bethel corresponding course. Students may also receive elective credits for courses that do not apply to the area of their degree (up to the maximum elective credits required for the degree).
When can I apply?Students are admitted in either the fall (classes begin in August) or spring (classes begin in January) semesters.
Is housing available?Unfortunately, housing is not available.
Do I get to focus my practicum on a certain track?Yes. Each student will have the opportunity to gain experience in their degree discipline.
What degree do I receive when I finish?There are both two-year associate degrees and four-year bachelor’s degrees available from Bethel University. Both degrees offer valuable life experience, leadership development, and ministry training from serving with a local business, ministry, or organization.
Is this an accredited program?Yes, this program partners with Bethel University. Bethel University is a fully accredited institution authorized to award associate, bachelor's, and master’s degrees.
Who is teaching the classes?Bethel University will provide a quality curriculum taught by Bethel-hired faculty. Students complete classes at your local site. Classes will be offered in a variety of formats including online, virtual, and in-person depending on availability and interest in each seven weeks.
Does the program offer financial aid or student loans?BU Hawaii enables enrolled students to pay for their college experience using federal financial aid. To know if you are eligible for such funding, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.studentaid.gov and maintain 12 credit hours each semester. Many scholarships received from organizations outside of Bethel University can be applied to the cost of your education. Bethel University will assist you in understanding all of your financial options.