Curriculum

Overview

The HIF Japanese Language and Japanese Culture Program is a university level intensive summer course that focuses on proficiency-oriented instruction. The program aims to help participants acquire or improve communication skills in all aspects of Japanese language through the integrated study process of the classroom, homestay, and local community environments in Hakodate. The total hours of Japanese class is 140 hours and equivalent to two semesters of Japanese study at most universities.

Students meet for three hours every morning, Monday through Friday. We start each day with Ohayo Time. It is time for students to take a kanji & vocabulary quiz, and for Nicchoku, or a student on day duty, to make announcements for the day followed by a short speech.

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY

Academic dishonesty (cheating, plagiarism, fabrication, facilitating academic dishonesty, submission of the same work to more than one course, etc.) is not tolerated. Such violations are regarded very seriously, often resulting in severe consequences.

DISABILITY ACCOMMODATION

It is an individual’s responsibility to inform HIF of the need for academic accommodation for a qualifying disability. Currently diagnosed students should submit any requests for a disability accommodation as soon as they are admitted to the HIF program. Requests for accommodations should be supported by appropriate documentation and sent for review by April 30, 2018 (JST). You may submit a copy of documentation you submitted to your Japanese instructor/professor at your host university, if it is issued on or after August 1, 2017. Please note that a request for accommodations does not guarantee approval due to a different academic setting, circumstance and/or policy.

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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...
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  • 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...
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