Summer 2015
June 11 – August 8

What’s New

  • 2014/11/17Thank you for your patience and waiting for a long time. The 2015 summer program application is now officially open!! We apologize for the delay.
  • 2014/10/24Our website has been updated for Summer 2015. Please check it out!
  • 2014/09/18We are now in the process of updating our website for Summer 2015.
  • 2014/08/09The 2014 Japanese Language and Japanese Culture Program has been successfully completed. We appreciate everyone who supported us.
  • 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.

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:
    Anne Chan
    University:
    University of
    Notre Dame

    Participating in HIF for 8 weeks has been one of the best decisions I've ever made. Although the classes are very intensive, I was able to improve...
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  • Name:
    Bilal Khan
    University:
    University of
    Virginia

    The HIF program turned out to be exactly what I was hoping for in a study abroad program. Top-notch teachers and staff members, along with my host....
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  • Name:
    Brandon Araki
    University:
    Yale
    University

    I came to Japan barely being able to speak Japanese, but through my interactions with my classmates, teacher, and homestay family my Japanese...
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  • Name:
    Haokun Ma
    University:
    Northwestern
    University

    I really learnt a lot in the HIF program. The courses are rigorous enough to keep me busy, but I think anyone with the equivalent of JLPT N2 or...
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  • Name:
    Jien Kuah
    University:
    University
    of Washington

    The HIF program is a really intensive program, so be prepared to work hard! Even though it takes some time to get used to the workload, you’ll find...
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  • Name:
    John Thompson
    University:
    Columbia
    University

    HIF is what you make it. Classes are intensive, and you practice all day with your host family, but you still have to put in a lot of personal...
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  • Name:
    Jordan Bauzon
    University:
    University of
    Nevada, Reno

    In one word, HIF is “Amazing.” However, words cannot do justice to describe how great this program is. Though every day was a challenge,...
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  • Name:
    Kelly Jiang
    University:
    University
    of Pennsylvania

    I tasted what it feels like to think in Japanese through HIF. The Japanese language classes taught me how to express my opinions in Japanese. The...
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  • Name:
    Louisa Conwill
    University:
    Brown
    University

    HIF is the perfect program! My Japanese is miles beyond what it was before the program. Some might say the workload is too much or too...
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  • Name:
    Nicholas Kern
    University:
    University
    of Michigan

    HIF was a well-organized and executed study abroad program that increased my Japanese language skills, allowed me to access Japanese culture...
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  • Name:
    Patrick Gadala-Maria
    University:
    University
    of Pennsylvania

    The HIF program is an extraordinary opportunity for greater lingual and cultural comprehension. The program’s rigorous course schedule is
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  • Name:
    Phuong Duong
    University:
    University
    of Pennsylvania

    This is the greatest experience I’ve ever had. While classes took a lot of time and effort, HIF also added in cultural classes so I could experience the...
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  • Name:
    Tanya Datta
    University:
    University
    of Pennsylvania

    My Japanese improved more in these past two months than it would have with one year of studying in a normal class. In terms of learning a language,...
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  • Name:
    Xinyi Lu
    University:
    Duke
    University

    The summer of HIF is undoubtedly the most enjoyable one I’ve ever had so far. As a language learner I got as much chance to practice spoken...
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  • Name:
    YunXuan Cai
    University:
    Bryn Mawr
    College

    The HIF program is an amazing and unforgettable language learning and culture immersing experience. After eight weeks of learning and...
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