Summer 2014
June 12 – August 9

What’s New

  • 2014/05/02We are pleased to announce that Dr. Seiichi Makino, the program consultant of HIF Japanese Language and Japanese Culture Program, was awarded "The Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon" by the Japanese Government on April 29, 2014.
  • 2014/04/28HIF office is closed on 4/29, 5/3-5/6 for the Golden Week holidays.
  • 2014/03/01"Travel Information Booklet" has been updated on March 1.
  • 2014/02/26"For Participants" pages have been released!
  • 2014/02/20Late applications will be accepted only when the places are available. Please contact us for more information.
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Comments from Alumni

  • Name:
    Anna Schnell
    University:
    University of
    Washington
    (Seattle Campus)

    HIF is an amazing and unique experience. Hakodate and its people are friendly, entertaining and always helpful to those in trouble...
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  • Name:
    Beatrix Hutton
    University:
    Duke
    University

    The HIF program was absolutely unbelievable. It had everything I wanted in a study abroad program. Even though it was my first time abroad,....
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  • Name:
    Bing Huang
    University:
    Harvard
    University

    The HIF program is really a fascinating, learning and culture experience. We had the chance to experience the culture aspects of Japan...
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  • Name:
    Carolyn Whittingham
    University:
    Emory
    University

    The HIF program offers a unique and extraordinary opportunity to immerse yourself in a relatively undertraveled area that simultaneously...
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  • Name:
    Cynthia Rinehart
    University:
    University
    of Virginia

    HIF is an excellent program! It was my first time in Japan, in fact my first time travelling out of the United States, and I felt very well...
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  • Name:
    Jacob Ritter
    University:
    Cornell
    University

    HIF-there’s really no experience like it. All of the directors, teachers, staff, and students are enthusiastically dedicated to the program,...
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  • Name:
    Jenna Maddock
    University:
    Williams
    College

    Before coming to HIF, I had a lot of trouble speaking in full sentences, and would always end up stuttering through the longer potential...
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  • Name:
    John Robert Jones
    University:
    University
    of Kansas

    The HIF program is a great program! I have learned so much in these eight weeks. The program is challenging and very rewarding. Also...
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  • Name:
    Luning Wang
    University:
    University
    of Notre Dame

    This has been a great summer-productive, fun and intellectually stimulating all at the same time! The pace in class is at least 3 times faster than it is...
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  • Name:
    Sean Rickter
    University:
    University
    of Pennsylvania

    I definitely feel that my Japanese has improved a ton through HIF. I originally was placed into E gumi, but moved to F gumi by request, and I feel it was...
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  • Name:
    Showly Nicholson
    University:
    Harvard
    University

    I’ve had an incredible experience on this program! My Japanese comprehension, proficiency, reading etc. has vastly improved, and I’ve...
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