Summer 2016
June 8 – August 6

What’s New

  • 2016/03/01Application for Summer 2016 closed.
  • 2015/12/17HIF Office will be closed on 12/23-1/3 for winter holidays. You can still work on your applications during this period, but we may not be able to respond to an inquiry in a prompt manner. Thank you for your understanding. We wish you happy holidays!
  • 2015/11/01We are now accepting applications for Summer 2016. Click "Apply Now" (the blue button on the top of the right sidebar) to proceed.
  • 2015/10/05Hakodate was ranked Japan's most attractive tourist destination for the second year in a row (http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/10/05/national/survey-ranks-hakodate-as-japans-top-tourist-site-for-second-year-in-a-row/#.VhWxRjfovIV).
  • 2015/10/01Our website has been updated for Summer 2016. 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:
    Keung Yoon Bae
    University:
    Harvard
    University

    HIF was a very rich, activity-packed experience for me. I did not expect such a variety of activities and classes, on top of the great language...
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  • Name:
    Yuanxin Chen
    University:
    Princeton
    University

    The most impressive part of this program is the various cultural activities. To me, this is not just about language and culture study, but more about...
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  • Name:
    Tsz Chun Martin Cheng
    University:
    Lehigh
    University

    This is the best Japan study abroad program that I have ever attended. Japanese classes are intensive, and there are a lot of homework...
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  • Name:
    John Crumpler
    University:
    University of
    Notre Dame

    I recommend the HIF program to anyone studying Japanese. The program is intense and can be exhausting, but it pays. And the whole time here isn’t just...
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  • Name:
    Rachel Gosselin
    University:
    Harvard
    University

    HIF is a fantastic program for expanding your knowledge of the Japanese language as well as Japanese culture. The more effort you put in the...
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  • Name:
    Stephen Hagelin
    University:
    University of
    Washington

    I did not expect to learn as much, or enjoy this city, or the cultural activities as much as I did. The importance of living here to learn the language...
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  • Name:
    Wei Jian Haw
    University:
    University of
    Michigan

    I am grateful to be given the opportunity to participate HIF Summer Japan Study Abroad Program. Before participating this program, I thought...
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  • Name:
    Richa Mehta
    University:
    University of
    Pennsylvania

    HIF has provided me with an unparalleled opportunity to completely immerse myself in Japanese culture over the past eight weeks. Discussing...
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  • Name:
    Jose Segura
    University:
    Columbia
    University

    HIF is a great program to participate in. Not only has my Japanese improved but I also had the chance to experience the Japanese lifestyle...
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  • Name:
    Leon Shum
    University:
    Lehigh
    University

    I definitely learned a lot at HIF, more so than I would have in a year in college. This program isn’t in a big well-known city like Osaka or Tokyo, but...
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  • Name:
    Shiqi Sun
    University:
    University of
    Washington

    HIF program is a very good one. I enjoyed the language classes, cultural classes and the home stay. All the staffs, sensei and my host family are...
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  • Name:
    Christina Ulowetz
    University:
    Bryn Mawr
    College

    HIF brought me into contact with some truly amazing people. You will be working very hard, but the activities and experiences you’ll have in Hakodate...
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  • Name:
    Nisakorn Valyasevi
    University:
    Duke
    University

    HIF has been an amazing experience for me. Although I have studied abroad before, this has been my first language program and it has been...
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  • Name:
    Tin Xia
    University:
    Brown
    University

    HIF offered me countless opportunities to learn Japanese, and explore the local community. The class material includes a textbook,...
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