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, 2019 (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, 2018. 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:
    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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