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:
    Silin Chen
    University:
    Wesleyan
    University

    I think being able to join HIF is a very precious opportunity for me to be totally immersed in a Japanese-study environment. more

  • Name:
    Jack Conklin
    University:
    University of
    Chicago

    The HIF program is a great opportunity to improve your understanding of both Japanese and Japanese culture. more

  • Name:
    Laura Li
    University:
    Oberlin
    College

    One of the greatest things that I've learnt during my stay in HIF is "thinking in Japanese". more

  • Name:
    Meera Santhanam
    University:
    University of
    Chicago

    This program provides the perfect amount of structure - it's enough so that every day you are kept busy with classes, talks, and ... more

  • Name:
    Yuancong Xie
    University:
    Northwestern
    University

    HIF was an amazing opportunity to immerse myself in an all-Japanese environment. more

  • Name:
    Xinyu Zong
    University:
    Franklin &
    Marshall
    College

    HIF has been the best experience of my life. I woke up every day looking forward to host mom's breakfast and playing with her 4-year-old son. more

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