Study Tours Abroad

Adventures Await!


Over the past 20 years, PAAC has awarded $1.4 million in scholarships for 70 study tours in Japan, China, South Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia, New Zealand, and Tahiti. Our study tours emphasize hands-on learning, building friendships, and taking part in enriching cultural activities. Learn more about upcoming study tours below.


PAAC trips are ideal for both seasoned and first-time travelers: our pre-tour preparation, dedicated chaperones, and tried and tested itinerary make it easy to explore a brand new environment. Questions? Email



Summer 2024 Travel


Freeman Summer Study Tour - Japan


In June 2024, PAAC travel to the Asia-Pacific continues with a study tour to Japan! We will share more details once they are available. For now, click here to read about the last time PAAC took a study tour to Japan.


Eligibility: This study tour is open to current 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th graders from any Hawaiʻi high school. Approximately eighteen (18) student participants will be selected. Preference will be given to students who have demonstrated commitment to PAAC programs, including PAAC Clubs, After-School Global Studies Classes, and more.


Important Dates: Please note, all dates are tentative and will be confirmed as soon as possible and prior to the end of the selection process. Participation in this program requires attendance on *ALL* program dates. For neighbor island students, PAAC will work with you to arrange transport to Oahu and lodging during pre-trip orientation.

  • • Applications Open: December 4, 2023

  • • Applications Close: January 31, 2024

  • • Selection Interviews: February 2024 (Dates TBC)

  • • Pre-Trip Orientation on Oahu: Early June 2023 (Dates TBC)

  • • Travel to Japan: June 2023 (Dates TBC)


Merit and Need-Based Scholarships: Thanks to the generosity of The Freeman Foundation, in recent years the vast majority of participants with demonstrated financial need and/or demonstrated commitment to PAAC programs have received merit- and/or need-based scholarships. To apply for a scholarship, parents must fill out the Financial Information section on the Parent Form. Applicants who are awarded a need-based scholarship must submit documentation to support their application before the scholarship will be awarded. The scholarship cannot be used to pay for the trip deposit.

Application Requirements:
  • (1) Completed Student Application Form

  • (2) Two Short Essay Responses

  • (3) High School Transcript (upload in application form, unofficial okay)

  • (4) Completed Parent Form

  • (5) Two Teacher/Adult Recommendations



What People Are Saying

“This whole experience for me as a parent was amazing. To be a single parent and have this opportunity to provide my child with a lifetime of memories, is the best feeling ever. Me and my daughter will remember this forever.”

~Parent Testimonial

“I am usually the person standing in the background watching other people do amazing things that I wanted to do. This trip proved all my doubts wrong. After doing this trip, I feel empowered and brave to put myself out there. I feel that maybe I am ready to do the things I always dreamed of doing.”

~Student testimonial, Aiea High School c/o 2018

“She (Erica, former PAAC Study Tour Director) has gone above and beyond many times for me. As a parent, with your daughter in a foreign country, miles and miles away, there is nothing more comforting to know that your daughter is in good hands. For that, I will forever her indebted to her.”

~Parent Testimonial

OFFERED SY 2022-23