All the web pages have been updated for Summer 2023.

Thank you for your patience. We have updated all the web pages for Summer 2023, except for "For Admitted Students" and "For Participants". Please browse them to find out about our program.
Here are some important changes.

(Home > Program Description > Homestay)

In Summer 2023, HIF partially resumes homestay.

Participants will be arranged to stay with a host family for one month and at a dormitory for another month.

- Furnished private room
- Two meals a day (breakfast and dinner)

- Rooms will be shared by 2 students with beds, restroom, shower facility, etc. in each room.
- Two meals a day (breakfast and dinner) on weekdays.
- Meals on weekends: TBA
- A dorm mother will be there.

Note: Due to the progression of COVID-19, all information is considered tentative and subject to change.

2) Program Fee: US$7,920
(Home > Program Description > Tuition & Fees - Summer 2023)

What is included in the program fee:
- tuition
- main teaching materials and course supplies
- housing (Please see Homestay for more information about housing.)
- extracurricular activities
- a pocket Wi-Fi
- COVID-19 infection prevention products

3) Medical Insurance during Your Stay in Japan
(Home > Program Description > Tuition & Fees - Summer 2023)

HIF requires all participants to obtain medical insurance to cover possible loss, illness or accidents for the duration of the program. It is strongly recommended that you purchase one that also covers expenses related to COVID-19.


Comments from Alumni

  • Name:
    Michelle Bechtel
    Colby College
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    I applied to HIF on a whim, not knowing what to expect. Now that I have completed the program, it's safe to say that applying was one of the best decisions ... more

  • Name:
    Kerra Hinrichs
    University of Michigan
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    HIF was hands down one of the best experiences of my life. I came into the program with the goal of improving my Japanese, and I certainly achieved that ... more

  • Name:
    Hector Melesio
    Franklin & Marshall
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    For my first time traveling abroad, I do not think I could have picked a better place to be than Hakodate as an HIF student. Whether it be inside the ... more

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    Owen Pietsch
    Swarthmore College
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    Eight weeks felt like a very short time to spend at HIF. Our teachers and the staff encouraged us to make the most of our time in Hakodate ... more

  • Name:
    Xingruo Sun
    Colby College
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    The summer at HIF has been wonderful for me! I'm so glad that I was able to improve my Japanese so much and met so many wonderful instructors ... more

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