Admissions

Prerequisites

Academic Background

Applicants should be enrolled at an institution of higher education in an undergraduate, graduate or postgraduate course. Professionals or graduates with at least a bachelor's degree are invited to apply.

Japanese Proficiency Level

Applicants should have studied at least the first half of the elementary level of Japanese at any appropriate institutions, and have attained a proficiency of higher than Novice-Mid as outlined in the ACTFL proficiency guidelines.

Non-academic Requirements

Applicants should have willingness to abide by the program's regulations. Also they should be able or willing to adapt to new situations with social and cross-cultural sensitivity.

Commitment

Applicants should be able to participate in the program for the full duration and be committed to an intensive Japanese language and Japanese culture study program.

*Please note that the above conditions are negotiable only in exceptional cases.

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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...
    more

  • 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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  • Name:
    Griffin Roth
    University:
    University of
    Chicago

    HIF was a lot of fun and very educational, from both a language and a cultural standpoint. If you’re interested in homestay...
    more

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