Pre-College Programs

BELL: Hawaii | How to Apply

Hawaiian Ecology & Culture for High School Students

Program Dates

Saturday, March 21 - Sunday, March 29, 2015


Minimum age of 15 at the time of the program.

Note: BELL Hawai’i is a physically active program involving significant time outdoors, including hiking, swimming and snorkeling.

Fee $3,295

Full payment deadline due by: 
February 23, 2015

Prospective students must apply for admission. For most programs, there is no application deadline. However, many courses fill quickly, so students are encouraged to apply early.

Completed applications are submitted to the admissions committee for review. When evaluating applicants, Brown looks for academic excellence, intellectual curiosity, and a readiness for participation in an independent academic environment.

Applicants will be notified by email when their application is complete, and are notified of the admissions committee's decision by email, usually within two weeks of the application complete date.

Accepted students must confirm their attendance with a $300 non-refundable program deposit. Once this deposit is received, students may enroll through

Course space is limited, and many courses fill quickly - students are encouraged to apply for admission early to have the best chance of enrolling in first-choice courses.

If you have questions about our programs or courses, please email us:

A complete application consists of 5 items:

  1. A completed application form. Note: The application period for BELL: Hawaii 2015 has now ended.
  2.  An essay (Submitted as part of your online application), in which you tell us where your academic interests lie; why these areas interest you; what preparation you have for further study in these areas; what you hope to gain from participating in this program; and any further information you want to convey to us.
  3.  A non-refundable application fee (payable securely online)
    Before 3/1/2015: $50
    3/1/2015 to 4/30/2015: $75
    5/1/2015 and after: $100
    Applicants within the U.S. may elect to pay their application fee by mail. Make check or money order payable to Brown University with student's name on the notation line. International applicants may pay by wire transfer or check - contact for payment instructions.
  4. A Teacher's Recommendation. An email will be sent to the educational reference submitted in the application.
  5. An official school transcript Transcripts do not need to be official but do need to include a signature or stamp from your school in order to be considered authentic. Applicants should request an official transcript containing their current grades/marks, as well as all grades since 9th grade including Fall 2014. Please ensure an explanation of the scoring system is included in English (for example, 6 = excellent or A = excellent). PLEASE NOTE: if your current year grades are not reflected in your transcript, please also send us a copy of your report card for the most current grades.  Transcripts may be uploaded directly within using the Upload Documents tab. Transcripts may also be faxed to our office at 401-863-3916 or emailed as an attachment to

Application materials should be mailed to:
Brown University
School of Professional Studies
Box T
Providence, RI 02912

Things to know about your application:

Course selection and enrollment takes place AFTER program admission and receipt of $300 program deposit.

Important Dates

Monday, 1/26/2015: Application deadline for priority consideration. We will continue accepting applications after this date on a rolling basis as space is available.

Monday, 2/9/2015 by noon – Brown must receive $300 program deposit to confirm your attendance by this date. This deposit is non-refundable, except in the case that the program does not run.

Friday, 2/9/2015 – Program confirmation emails sent to students on or before this date.
NOTE: Do not book your flights or purchase plane tickets until you receive an email from Brown confirming the program.

Monday, 2/23/2015: Full payment and flight information due.

Monday, 3/9/2015: All forms due. **Please notify us by telephone or email before Monday, 2/23 if you require any medical or dietary accommodations.

Please complete the application online and send the remaining materials to us at:

BELL: Hawai'i
Brown University
Box T
Providence, RI 02912

Before You Apply

Important Considerations for Off-campus Programs

To facilitate a safe and positive learning experience for each student and the community, we expect students to be able to:

Please call us and ask to speak to the Program Director if any of these things are of concern so we can make sure you have enough information about the particular program, as well as options for case-by-case accommodations, to make an effective decision about participation.


Each year, admitted students work with their extended families, friends, neighbors, schools, and community organizations to fund program fees and transportation. View our Fundraising Guide to help you organize your efforts.


View the Refund Policy for BELL: Hawai'i »

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Have questions about your application? Please contact us at: