Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Thank you for visiting the website of Hokkaido International Foundation (HIF).

This privacy policy sets out how HIF uses and protects any information that you give HIF when you use this website.

HIF is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy policy.

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page, and update the Privacy Policy modification date below.

This policy was last modified on November 1, 2013.

Information We Collect

We may collect the following information:

  • name, e-mail address, mailing address or phone number
  • information that you provide when you submit your online application for a program we offer (e.g., birth date, academic background, family structure, etc.)

Use of Your Information

We may use the information you provide to fulfill your requests about our programs, to respond to your inquiries, or to conduct screening of your application materials.
We sometimes use this information to communicate with you, such as to notify you when we make changes to our programs, or to contact you about your prospective, current, or past enrollment with us.


We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorized access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

Although we take appropriate measures to safeguard against unauthorized disclosures of information, we cannot assure you that personally identifiable information that we collect will never be disclosed in a manner that is inconsistent with this privacy policy.

Unfortunately, despite all our efforts, there is always a risk that third parties may unlawfully intercept transmission. This reality is true of all internet use. As a result, we cannot ensure the security of any information you transmit, and you transmit all information at your own risk.

Disclosing Your Information to Outside Parties

Without your consent, we do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. This does not include trusted third parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others rights, property, or safety.

Use of Cookies

Cookies provide information regarding the computer used by a visitor. We may use cookie where appropriate to gather information about your computer in order to assist us in improving our website.

We may gather information about your general internet use by using the cookie. Where used, these cookies are downloaded to your computer and stored on the computer’s hard drive. Such information will not identify you personally. It is statistical data. This statistical data does not identify any personal details whatsoever.

You can adjust the settings on your computer to decline any cookies if you wish. This can easily be done by activating the reject cookies setting on your computer.

Links to Other Websites

Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third party products or services on our website. These third party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites.

Contacting Us

If there are any questions regarding this privacy policy, you may contact us using the information below.

Hokkaido International Foundation (HIF)
Address: 14-1 Motomachi, Hakodate, Hokkaido 040-0054 Japan
Tel: +81-138-22-0770
Fax: +81-138-22-0660


Comments from Alumni

  • Name:
    Silin Chen

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

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    Jack Conklin
    University of

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

  • Name:
    Laura Li

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

  • Name:
    Meera Santhanam
    University of

    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

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

  • Name:
    Xinyu Zong
    Franklin &

    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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