JOIN OUR ELITE summer courses taught by world-leading professional scholars and accompanied by exceptional peers from around the world

LEARN advanced study skills and develop deep conceptual understanding of your subject from the world’s most accomplished educators

EXPAND horizons and build aspirations while cultivating genuine academic and social confidence in the most transformational learning experience of your life






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Coming 2021






Coming 2021




World Business Academy is a two-week summer course introducing 15-18 year-olds to economics and business, and is designed and taught by a world-leading professional scholar. The course is available either online or on location in Hawaii, USA.

Your Instructor


Gerard H. Dericks (PhD, London School of Economics) has taught business management and economics at the University of Oxford, London School of Economics, and the University of Bath, and is a Fellow of the British Higher Education Academy.

He is currently senior lecturer in real estate economics and finance at Oxford Brookes University. He has provided economic consulting to Morgan Stanley, Lloyd’s, HSBC, Royal Bank of Scotland, Siemens, European Commission, UK Foreign & Commonwealth OfficeHG Capital, Property Market Analysis LLPRothschild Foundation, Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund, Policy Exchange, NaturEtrade, World Economic Forum, and was co-winner of the 2014 Wolfson Economics Prize.

His research has been showcased by The EconomistFinancial TimesBBC, LSE Business Review, The Times, The Telegraph, Times Higher Education, Nikkei Business, Forschung & Lehre, Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, Science, Physics World, NatureBizEd, CBS News, The Sydney Morning Herald, and The Australian.





Class 1: Intro to Business Degrees and Careers

Class 2: Microeconomic Price Theory

Class 3: Competitive Strategy

Class 4: Fundamentals of Finance

Class 5: Principles of Marketing

Class 6: Game Theory

Class 7: Macroeconomics & Business Cycles

Class 8: Introduction to Data Analytics

Class 9: Business Case Simulation

Class X: Entrepreneurial Challenge



“It was amazing. I learned a lot”

-Tanushree, G. (15) New Delhi, India

“Thank you for being a great lecturer. I enjoyed every lecture and also working on the assignments”

-Tingting, Z. (17) Shanghai, China

“Enthusiastic teaching”

-Oliver, W. (15) Brisbane, Australia

“Great support outside of lectures”

-Rosa, B. (18) Oxford, UK

“I thought the programme was very useful. It helped me better understand the wider aspects of a business, what will support business decisions in the future”

-Yannik, S. (18) Cologne, Germany

“Gerard is hands down the best teacher I have ever had”

-Dashiell, A. (16) Chicago, USA

"The teaching was motivational and it really gave me a love for the subject"

-Sara, T. (16) Palo Alto, USA



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World Business Academy Online is delivered virtually over two weeks in (i) ten live and interactive online group classes, and (ii) two one-on-one personalised academic tutorials led by Dr. Gerard Dericks. The programme follows the World Business Academy curriculum and includes:


  • Daily assignments

  • Directed group work

  • Mini-MBA project

  • Individualised feedback and academic guidance

  • Take-home continuing study exercises and resources

  • Letter of recommendation for university applications and work experience from Dr. Gerard Dericks (upon satisfactory participation)

  • Video recordings of each class made available for students to review both during the course and indefinitely after completion

  • Course completion certificate


Class size will be limited to eight students. Additional programme details available here.

Coronavirus Notice

We are pleased to confirm that World Scholars Academy Hawaii is open for business this summer. We continue to accept all bookings and our 2020 summer programme is scheduled to proceed as planned. We are looking forward to welcoming students to an exciting and busy summer school at our inspiring APIS Hawaii venue. While there is currently a two-week quarantine for visitors coming into Hawaii, we have received government confirmation that students will be allowed to quarantine on our 97-acre campus. Daily activities will be adjusted to accommodate this restriction. In the event that we must cancel a programme, all monies paid to us will be refunded. You can learn more about our policies regarding the current situation on this page.




World Business Academy Hawaii takes place in Asia Pacific International School located on the North Shore of the Island of O'ahu, Hawaii. APIS is a fully accredited independent school with a sister location in Seoul, Korea. The campus adjoins the Ko'olau mountain range and features:

  • 97-acres of hiking, waterfalls, and Pacific Ocean views

  • Five-minute walk to the beach

  • Basketball court

  • Volleyball court

  • Soccer field

  • 25-meter swimming pool

  • On-site vegetable and animal farm

  • 400+ tropical trees and flowers

World Business Academy Hawaii follows the World Business Academy curriculum over two weeks and includes:


  • Daily assignments

  • Directed group work

  • Mini-MBA project

  • Individualised feedback and academic guidance

  • Take-home continuing study exercises and resources

  • Letter of recommendation for university applications and work experience from Dr. Gerard Dericks (upon satisfactory participation) 

  • Graduation ceremony and party (parents and family invited)

  • Course completion certificate



Enjoy scheduled daily activities and adventures around the island with fellow World Scholars including:

  • Surfing lessons

  • Coral reef snorkeling

  • Beach games

  • Rainforest hiking

  • Waterfall swimming

  • Bonfire with s’mores

  • Movie nights

  • Pool party

  • Ukulele lessons

  • Hawaiian lu'au

  • Day trips to Waikiki, Kailua, Haleiwa

  • And more!

Daily Schedule Example


7:45-8:15 Breakfast

8:30-12:30 Academic programme

12:30-13:15 Lunch

13:30-17:00 Excursion

17:00-18:00 Free time

18:00-18:45 Dinner

18:45-20:00 Evening activity

20:00-21:15 Free time

21:15-21:45 Check-in with parents

21:45 Lights out



All dormitory rooms feature:

  • Air conditioning

  • Single-sex dormitory buildings

  • Fully furnished rooms with new beds, desks, chairs, and closets

  • Bed linens provided

  • Clothes washing and drying facilities

  • Access to safes for storing valuables

  • Use of APIS facilities including library, computers, gym, supervised pool, and games room

  • Three global, nutritious meals daily with vegetarian options

  • Gated campus in rural community with 24/7 security

Student Support

At World Scholars Academy the safety of our students is our core concern. Our courses are run in safe and secure environments and feature 24/7 professional supervision.

We’re aware that for many of our students this summer will be the first time they will be away from home, and we want to make sure they feel comfortable and prepared.

In the run-up to the summer we offer all our students and parents a phone call in which we will touch base, learn more about your needs and goals on the program, and answer any of your remaining questions. Furthermore, you can have any course-related question answered directly by your instructor. Please also feel free to contact our friendly admissions team at any time. We are here to help!

1188 Bishop Street, Suite 1509

Honolulu, HI 96813

Phone: +1 (877) 680-9775


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