Program Description

Financial Aid & Academic Credits

Financial Aid

HIF does not provide financial assistance or scholarships for tuition, homestay, travel costs or living expenses. Your home institution may provide financial assistance. Please contact your study-abroad program director for further information.

Academic Credits

Participants who satisfactorily complete the Japanese Language and Japanese Culture Program will receive certificates of completion. Grade transcripts will be issued upon request. Although HIF is not an institution accredited by the Japanese Ministry of Education and Science, many universities in the U.S. have recognized the quality of the Japanese Language and Japanese Culture Program (established in 1986), giving their students credits equivalent to their own Japanese program. Participants are encouraged to consult their academic dean to find out if it is possible to transfer credits to their home institutions.


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

  • Name:
    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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