Summer 2017
June 8 – August 6

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  • 2017/09/19We are now in the process of updating our website for Summer 2018. We'll post an announcement here once it's all done.
  • 2017/02/20The "For Admitted Students" page has been released.
  • 2016/11/18Application for Summer 2017 is now open!
  • 2016/10/19Application for Summer 2017 will open in the middle of November.
  • 2016/10/19Our website has been updated for Summer 2017. Please check it out!

Hakodate, Hokkaido

Japan's northeast island, Hokkaido, was sparsely populated until the early 19th century, when Japanese people came from all parts of the country to settle the land to create the Hokkaido we know today. Whereas Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and other areas of Japan are known for their intense summer heat and humidity, the summers in Hokkaido are relatively cool and pleasant.

Hakodate is located in southern Hokkaido. Hakodate is a small, quiet, rural town, with a population of about 300,000. Hakodate was one of two Japanese ports opened by Commodore Perry when he visited Japan in 1854. At that time, Hakodate led Japan's progress towards modernization. The night view of the town from Mt. Hakodate is considered one of the most spectacular in the world.

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Comments from Alumni

  • Name:
    Matthew Donley
    University:
    University of
    Michigan

    HIF is an outstanding program that offers not just instruction in the Japanese language, but it also serves as a gateway into Japanese culture...
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  • Name:
    Clarissa Krisnawan
    University:
    University of
    Washington

    There are various activities, you can enjoy at HIF. You can also discover the beauty of Hakodate City along with friends as well as your host family...
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  • Name:
    Alexander La Forest
    University:
    University of
    Notre Dame

    The HIF Japanese Language and Japanese Culture Program is worth every penny. Not only do you learn a lot in class, but also outside of...
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  • Name:
    Matthew Li
    University:
    Ursinus
    College

    I honestly can’t believe that it’s only been two months. Within this time, my Japanese isn’t the only thing that’s changed. Despite having plenty of experience...
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  • Name:
    Alex Prosi
    University:
    University of
    Michigan

    HIF truly excels in providing opportunities for its students wherever they need or want them. Through the program, I found myself...
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    Griffin Roth
    University:
    University of
    Chicago

    HIF was a lot of fun and very educational, from both e a language and a cultural standpoint. If you’re interested in homestay...
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  • Name:
    Ashley Trigloff
    University:
    University of
    Washington

    This program allowed me to enjoy Japan in its entirety. I loved HIF’s abundancy of weekly cultural lessons offered, along with a homestay experience...
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