Program Description

Homestay

The eight-week homestay provides you with full immersion in Japanese language and Japanese culture. Host families volunteer to participate in the program not merely to accommodate you but also to help you to practice your Japanese and deepen your understanding of Japanese culture. They are also willing to learn the language(s) and culture of your country. The homework and class topics are expected to reflect your homestay experience.

HOMESTAY PERIOD

Start: Saturday, June 10
End: Sunday, August 6

During the homestay period, staying out overnight is prohibited whether at another student’s home or at a hotel, except for the semester break. By setting this rule, we strongly believe that students can fully immerse themselves in homestay, which helps to improve their Japanese language skills, deepen their understanding of Japanese culture, build a life-long relationship, and make a wonderful memory of the summer.

POSSIBLE AREAS FOR HOMESTAY

Each student will be placed with a family who lives in Hakodate City, Hokuto City or Nanae Town where the public transportation is available to commute to/from HIF. Your host family will show you how to get to HIF using the relevant transportation (bus, tram, or JR train) on the first few days of your homestay. HIF has been working hard to find a family who lives close to HIF, but please note that there is a chance you will live about 2 hours away from HIF.
HIF will refund transportation expenses for those who use public transportation to commute between host family’s house and HIF. Further information will be given at the beginning of the program.

HOMESTAY FEE

Homestay fee is included in your tuition. It covers 1) accommodation (furnished private room), 2) breakfast and dinner during weekdays, and 3) three meals a day on weekends. HIF will pay the fee to your host family via bank transfer.

OTHER CONDITIONS

Some host families accommodate more than one student and they provide each one with an individual room. Also, there is a chance that a student will live with two host families, one for the first half of the program and the other for the second half.

ADVICE FROM FORMER PARTICIPANTS

  • Try as many new things as possible, even if they are scary. The more you put yourself out there, the more you will learn. Try everything you can.
  • If you have problems with your host family, please talk to them. They are hosting to also learn about or adapt to your culture; neither side should have to fully give in.
  • Don’t afraid to talk to your host parents. Balance work and fun. Don’t hide in your room all the time.
  • Talk with your host family as much as possible. Share your interests, but also try to find out your host family’s interests, as well.
  • Take advantage of life in Japan! Explore, meet Japanese people, and enjoy the experience.
  • Spend every day as if there is no tomorrow.
    etc.

ADVICE FROM HOST FAMILIES

  • Don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions.
  • Share one (or more) episode(s) of the day with us. Any event is fine, no matter how small it is. We are happy to hear about it.
  • Be punctual.
  • Keep your room neat and clean.
  • Enjoy your stay in Hakodate!
    etc.

HOMESTAY EVALUATION BY 2016 PARTICIPANTS


What they have learned through their homestay experience (Multiple answers allowed.)

Japanese daily life style
59 people
Japanese daily meals
58 people
Cultural differences
54 people
Communication skills
55 people
How to build human relationship
44 people
Stress control
26 people

Others: how to deal with kids, perseverance, confidence, huge growth in awareness of others & myself, how to do my homework early so I can participate in many activities, etc.

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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 e a language and a cultural standpoint. If you’re interested in homestay...
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  • Name:
    Ashley Trigloff
    University:
    University of
    Washington

    This program allowed me to enjoy Japan in its entirety. I loved HIF’s abundancy of weekly cultural lessons offered, along with a homestay experience...
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