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Hokkaido University
Sapporo, Japan (Outgoing Program)
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Restrictions: OU applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
University Exchange Language of Instruction: English
Housing Type: Student Dormitories Minimum GPA: 3.0
Non-English Language Learning Option(s):
Japanese Study Abroad Adviser: Wyatt Schmitz
University Name:
Hokkaido University
Language Category:
Language Category B
Study Level: Undergraduate
Program Description:

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  • Take English coursework in a variety of subjects. No previous Japanese language experience is required!
  • Located in Sapporo on the island of Hokkaido, Hokkaido University's campus has been voted as the most beautiful in Japan
  • Participate in traditional and contemporary Japanese cultural activities
Program Requirements
  • 3.0 Combined Retained GPA
  • Two completed years of undergraduate coursework prior to participation
  • Passport (valid through six months after return from study abroad)
  • Two Recommendation Letters from OU Professors
    • No more than one letter from an OU Japanese language instructor, if applicable
  • Host University Application
    • Includes a Japanese evaluation to be filled out by a Japanese language instructor, if applicable
  • Visa for semester/academic year
This destination does not require prior experience with the Japanese language, however Japanese coursework is available for OU students at Hokkaido University.

Students can take courses in diverse disciplines through the Hokkaido University Short-Term Exchange Program (HUSTEP). To view the courses offered, search the HUSTEP Curriculum Fall Semester and HUSTEP Curriculum Spring Semester.

OU students who are majoring or minoring in Japanese can take supplemental Japanese language and culture courses.  To learn more, please visit the International Student Center's Japanese Language Support page. To see a list of Japanese grammar and language courses available at Hokkaido University, please see the Japanese Language Course Guide.

Previously equated courses can be found here: Hokkaido University - Course Equivalency Information.

Academic Calendar
Fall Semester: Mid September - Mid February
Spring Semester: Late March - Mid August

Money Matters
Program Type
Since this program is a University Exchange program you will pay OU tuition/fees to the OU Bursar and housing/meals/living expenses to Hokkaido University.

Budget Estimate
Use this Hokkaido University Budget Sheet 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! Hokkaido University also provides a list of scholarship resources for exchange students

Hokkaido University has 642 rooms available in university-owned student housing. There are six distinct dormitory options located within and near Sapporo campus.  Prices vary depending on a student's housing preference.

Short-Term Homestays (for up to five nights) are available for students to live with a Japanese family and gain insight into the culture, customs, and lifestyle in Japan. These are offered a no cost, however students must cover transportation expenses to and from the family's residence.

Get Started
Start by attending a Study Abroad 101 information session to learn the basics about study abroad as well as your next steps. Then, log in to to schedule an appointment with the study abroad adviser for Hokkaido University to move on to Phase 2!

Hokkaido University Official Tourism Website
Interactive Map of Hokkaido University

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2017-2018 02/19/2017
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2017 02/19/2017
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2018 09/17/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed