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|Language of Instruction:||English||Program Type:||University Exchange|
|Housing Type:||Student Dormitories||Minimum GPA:||3.0|
|Non-English Language Learning Option(s):||Japanese||Study Abroad Adviser:||Shanna Vincent|
|University Name:||Hokkaido University||Language Category:||Language Category C|
Location OverviewKnown as one of the country's top universities, Hokkaido University is located in the center of Sapporo on Hokkaido, northern island of Japan. The Sapporo campus of Hokkaido University is situated in the center of Sapporo and it is only a 5 minute walk from Sapporo Station. The campus is also known for its splendid greenery which encompasses a total of 450 acres, and the paths lined with old elm trees make for a pleasant stroll. As a backdrop to the campus, there is Mt. Teine noted for its panoramic views of the city and its excellent ski grounds. Combining urban and scenic natural environments, Sapporo, the capital of the northern island of Hokkaido, is Japan's fifth largest city with a population of over 1.8 million. It's known for its unique history and beauty, relaxed character and is considered one of the most desirable places to live in Japan. The excellent quality of life, the reasonable cost of living and the wide variety of attractions, including shopping and entertainment areas, restaurants, museums, art galleries and the many parks, make it a great place for OU study abroad students. Transportation is made easy by a convenient public transportation system which facilitates getting around by foot, subway, bus and train. The Chitose International Airport is within easy access of downton Sapporo by train. For more information on the city of Sapporo, click here. Sapporo is in a moderately cold climate zone. It is cool in summer, from June to August, with an average temperature of 20° Celcius and an average humidity of 80%. In winter, from December to February, due to the seasonal northwesterly winds, the temperature remains low with an average of -5° Celcius and average humidity of 70%. On very cold days, the temperature can drop down to -15° Celcius. It is therefore necessary to wear an overcoat, a hat, a pair of gloves and winter shoes because of the heavy snowfall which is more than 1 meter during the winter.
Program DescriptionOriginally founded in 1876, it now consists of twelve faculties, eighteen graduate schools, and twenty-seven research institutes and centers, with around 3,900 faculty and staff members, 12,000 undergraduate students and 6,000 graduate students. Among the student body, there are a little over 1,000 international students from 85 countries currently at the university. .Hokkaido University offers OU undergraduate students a unique opportunity to spend one full year (11 months) studying courses in a variety of disciplines. Courses can be taken in both Japanese and English in a learning environment conducive to acquiring both language and cultural knowledge. The Hokkaido University Short-Term Exchange Program (HUSTEP) participants take courses offered in English with no prior Japanese language courses required. Hokkaido university invites motivated university students from ALL disciplines to participate in its program. For HUSTEP participants interested in Japanese culture, there will also be opportunities to take part in numerous traditional and contemporary Japanese cultural activities. Students admitted to the HUSTEP are eligible to apply for a scholarship. Hokkaido University offers some very unique possibilities for OU exchange students. The university's Research Center for Ainu and Indigenous Studies is an ideal place to study for OU students interested in Native American Studies. Under the guidance of a Faculty of Letters professor, for example, HUSTEP students interested in Indigenous Studies can use their "independent study" course to focus on Ainu and Indigenous Studies.
Academic CalendarsHokkaido Academic Calendar:
- Host university application deadline is in mid-February
- Host university admission notification is in mid-April
- Fall Begins in October (late Sept. arrival) - Spring Ends in August
- Click here to see a detailed Hokkaido Univ. calendar
- University Foundation Day: August 14
- Summer Vacation: Early August - Late September
- Winter vacation: Late December - Early January
Program RequirementsYou must have a 3.0 Combined Retained GPA to participate in the HUSTEP. Prior Japanese language coursework (preferably two years) is required to apply and gain accepance to the HUSTEP. If you intend to supplement your HUSTEP English language coursework with Japanese language courses, then Hokkaido University will require you to take the Japanese language proficiency test (level 1) upon arrival. The Japanese Language and Culture courses will be administered by the International Student Center. Two (2) OU students per year will be nominated by the Education Abroad office to participate in the Hokkaido exchange program. OU students interested in attending Hokkaido University as an exchange student must first gain the nomination of the OU Education Abroad office and complete the Education Abroad online study abroad application. After having completed the online application, the student will be given explicit instructions on how to proceed with the Hokkaido University exchange student application. Applications sent directly from OU students to Hokkaido University will not be accepted. Official acceptance to study at Hokkaido University will come from Hokkaido University representatives. Note: The host university application deadline is early and students failing to meet it will not be considered for the program. See the Academic Calendar information below for deadline details.
Academic OverviewHUSTEP is a ‘junior year abroad’ type program designed to provide undergraduate students from affiliated universities with the opportunity to study in Japan at Hokkaido University. Participants in this program take a wide variety of classes offered in English in the fields of Culture and Society, Environment, Science and Technology. Students also have the chance to study the Japanese language.
At least 20 "credits" are needed to have completed the full-year program. The credits include 10 credits from HUSTEP classes, but they do not include "Independent Study" courses. The independent study research takes place under the guidance of a Hokkaido faculty member. The International Student Center offers supplemental language and culture courses to study abroad students who are majoring or minoring in Japanese and are participating in the HUSTEP. Click here to see an example schedule in which HUSTEP courses are mixed with Japanese language courses. Many of your questions about Japanese language course content can be answered by clicking the FAQ to be found here. Detailed Japanese language course content information can be found here.
Once you're back at OU, you will need to complete the following form in order to have your Hokkaido credits and courses evaluated and equated to OU credits and courses. You will need to contact and set up a meeting with Professor Shizuka Tatsuzawa of OU's Japanese Language Department to turn in the form along with supportive materials such as course descriptions, syllabi and assessments.
Hokkaido University - Course Equivalency Information
Application to Request a Study Abroad Equivalency for Japanese
HousingThe student dormitories are located on or near the university campus in the center of Sapporo. Furnished rooms in the university dormitories are available for HUSTEP students. The first dorm option is the Soen International Residence: Rent: 18,000 yen per month (utility fees are charged separately, 3,000-7,000 yen per month) Internet charges included. Amenities: each room has its own shower, washroom and kitchenette. Common space: lounge, laundry rooms. Commuting time: 10 minutes on foot to International Student Center (ISC). The second dorm option is the Minami-Shinkawa International Residence: Rent: 14,000 yen per month (utility fees are charged separately, 5,000-10,000 permonth) Internet charges included. Common space: shower rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, washrooms, lounges, laundry rooms. Commuting time: 30-40 minutes by bus and subway to ISC. The third dorm opion is Keiteki-Ryo (male students only): Rent: 4,700 yen (utility fees are charged separately, 5,000-7,000 yen per month). Internet charges not included (around ¥4,000 per month, optional). Common space: shower rooms, lounges with kitchen, laundry rooms, washrooms. Commuting time: 25 minutes on foot to ISC. The fourth dorm option is Sosei-Ryo (female students only): Rent: 4,700 yen (utility fees are charged separately, 5,000-7,000 yen per month) Internet charges not included (around ¥4,000 per month, optional). Common space: shower rooms, lounges with kitchen, laundry rooms, washrooms. Commuting time: 20 minutes on foot to ISC.
Money MattersSince this program is a University Exchange program you will pay OU tuition/fees and insurance to the OU Bursar and housing/meals/living expenses to Hokkaido University.
Use this Hokkaido University Budget Estimate to help you plan for study abroad and compare programs!
There are number of scholarships available for study abroad students. Below is a partial list to get you started!
- Presidential International Travel Fellowship - need based scholarship for airfare
- Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship - a nationally competitive award for Pell grant recipients
- Boren Award for International Study - nationally competitive award for study in an underrepresented destination. This scholarship has one application each year due in February so apply early for Spring programs!
- Asia Scholarships - a list of known study abroad scholarships for Asian destinations
To assist international exchange students, the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) offers the "Short-term Student Exchange Promotion Program Scholarship" to a limited number of students. It is comprised of a monthly stipend = 80,000 yen (~700 USD). If the host university chooses to nominate an exchange student for the JASSO, then the student will be made aware after the host university application has been submitted.
How do I apply?
Start by attending a Study Abroad 101 information session to learn the basics about study abroad as well as your next steps. Then, schedule an appointment with the study abroad adviser for Asia to move on to Phase 2!
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