BSBA in Travel Industry Management

Travel Industry Management Educational Partnership

HPU´s Educational Partnership with Up with People

Program Overview

Up with People ( is a program available to current Hawai'i Pacific University students who have a desire to develop and connect with other young people of the world, learning the qualities of leadership, global perspective, social responsibility and contribution to community.

For nearly four decades, Up with People has been developing and connecting young people from around the world through a unique multicultural, international educational program.  The program has graduated thousands of students who are inspired to meet the needs of their communities, their countries and the world. The program has not only provided students a unique experience combining international travel, intercultural living and community service, but also has built cross-cultural understanding among people around the globe.

In Up with People, more than 100 students from 20 countries travel together to three regions in the world.  The group will visit a new city each week.  In each city the students live with host families, and actively engage in the community through community service project and regional learning opportunities.  At the end of the week the students participate in a musical exchange with the community as a means of sharing their collective culture and learning more about the host culture.

Up with People combines the theoretical study of leadership with practical hands-on learning and leadership opportunities.  The program curriculum consists of four components:

  • Leadership Direct Instruction: Students participate in over 150 hours of theoretical learning and workshop time through out the semester.  Trained staff facilitators, visiting professors and guest lecturers facilitate the workshops.
  • Professional Development:  Students select two of eleven teams to participate in during the semester.  These multi-cultural teams facilitate operational components of the program, for example, city logistics, documentation, and regional learning.  In this setting students take a leadership role in the group and learn multi-cultural teamwork.
  • Community Impact:  In each city, the students learn about social issues that the community is facing and take part in providing service to that community.  For example, students may learn about the tension between the logging industry and conservationists, followed by spending a day planting trees with youth from the community.
  • Multi-Cultural Immersion:  Students spend the semester in a multi-cultural group typically representing 30 cultures.  Also, students live in host families in each city visited, learning about the region through a local perspective.

Program activities include travel and tours, workshops and presentations by visiting professors, hands-on practice, and community contribution and service projects.