Event Services & Outreach

Asia Pacific Programs

English as a Second Language

The English as a Second Language (ESL) Program, conducted by BYU-Hawaii’s Event Services & Outreach Department, is designed for youth (ages 10-18) from different countries to engage in learning English and experience the American/Hawaiian culture. This exciting program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to improve their English through classroom, social and family settings. The program is offered twice a year during summer (June-August) and winter (January – February). Summer sessions are offered for either 1-3 weeks  at a time and winter sessions are held for 1 week periods only.

2019 Sessions (subject to changes)
Summer 2019 (July 22 - August 8 )

English Instruction Cultural Instruction
  • Native English speaking instructors teach the classes.
  • Approx. 3-4 hours of daily instruction.  
  • Engaging curriculum involving creative language lessons, collaborative learning, team building, hands-on activities, etc.
  • Participate in cultural experiences by learning dances, songs, and craft skills.
  • Enrichment of cultural awareness, traditions and customs.


Living Environment Activities
  • Experience living in the peaceful community of Laie, Hawaii surrounded by the beauty of tropical nature.
  • Room and board in a safe environment with local host families or BYUH campus dormitory.
  • Students are monitored with adult supervision during all activities; providing safety and security for their well being.
  • Participate in indoor and outdoor recreational activities (American sports, team building activities, etc.)
  • Visiting historical locations of Oahu
  • Discover the wonders of Polynesia at the Polynesian Culture Center


For more information contact Educational Outreach
Phone: (808) 675-3780 / Email: 

Host Family

The Host Family Program for the Department of Event Services & Outreach provides a great opportunity for community families to participate in helping the University build bridges with our international friends. Families can benefit from an opportunity to find out more about the world, the enjoyment of sharing new ideas, the chance to understand another person's values, to be exposed to another language, and so much more. By being a Host Family, families can experience the pleasure of offering hospitality and open their family's minds to the wider world.

How do I become a Host Family?

Interested families can apply at any time, but most of our homestay programs occur in Winter (mid-January to early February) and Summer (late June to mid-August). The homestay program varies between 1-week, 2-weeks or 3 weeks depending on the groups that participate. To become a host family, the following items are required -
1) Application Form
2) Host Family Agreement
3) BYUH Honor Code, Dress & Grooming, and Assumption of Risk 
4) Host Family Ecclesiastical Endorsement  (required every year)
5) Original copy of General Excise Licence 
6) W9 Form *New host families only
7) Workday supplier add form *New host families only 

Upon approval of your application:
8) Home Inspection 
9) Mandatory Orientation Meeting

NOTE:  Application is good for one year.



Online application form includes four (4) of the required 9 items.

1) Application Form
2) Host Family Agreement
3) Youth Protection Policy Agreement
4) BYUH Honor Code, Dress & Grooming,and Assumption of Risk

The following Items must be hand-delivered to Educational Outreach's office.

Ecclesiastical Endorsement Form 
Original copy of General Excise License 
W9 Form 
Workday Supplier Add Form

The PDF Hard copy packet includes all seven (7) required items as listed above. Please print, complete and submit the packet to Educational Outreach Office, Lorenzo Snow Administration Building, 1st floor, room 130.


Host Family Application Packet

For more information contact Event Services & Outreach
Phone: (808) 675-3780 / Email: