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Experience living and studying in northern Japan! This exchange program enables participants to directly enroll in Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan, the capital of the country's northern island of Hokkaido. This program is designed for students from a variety of academic majors who wish to take classes taught in English while studying Japanese language.
Located on the northern island of Hokkaido, Sapporo is the island's capital and Japan's fifth largest city with a population of over 1.8 million. The city is known for its unique history, natural beauty, relaxed character and is considered one of the most desirable places to live in Japan. A cultural center and home to many diverse museums, art galleries, cultural institutions, shopping, entertainment, and parks, Sapporo is well known for its seasonal festivals, including the Sapporo Snow Festival, White Illumination, Summer Festival, and Yosakoi Soran Festival. Sapporo is also an excellent base for exploring the rest of Japan's northernmost island, known for its beautiful national parks, great skiing, and natural hot springs.
Sapporo is Japan's fifth largest city with a population of over 1.8 million. The city is known for its unique history, natural beauty, relaxed character and is considered one of the most desirable places to live in Japan. A cultural center and home to many diverse museums, cultural institutions, and parks, Sapporo is well known for its seasonal festivals, including the Sapporo Snow Festival, White Illumination, Summer Festival, and Yosakoi Soran Festival. Sapporo is also an excellent base for exploring the rest of Japan's northernmost island, known for its beautiful national parks, great skiing, and natural hot springs.
Getting to Your Program
Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to Sapporo but are given guidelines for arrival dates.
A student visa is required. U.S. citizens must have a U.S. passport valid for at least six months beyond the end of the program. You will apply for your own visa. IAP will provide you with visa information.
IAP expects you to be an active participant in preparing yourself for your study abroad experience. As a participant on an IAP program, you will receive a pre-departure orientation, either in-person or online. The type and format of this orientation will vary by program and will be provided to you upon acceptance to the program.
Hokkaido University offers students furnished accommodations in campus dormitories. Participants live with Japanese and other international students and share common lounges, laundry, bathroom, and kitchen facilities. Students prepare meals at communal kitchens in the dormitories and purchase food at campus restaurants or one of the international food shops in Sapporo.
Excursions and Activities
Hokkaido University's Student Exchange Office organizes an orientation for incoming international students upon arrival at the university and, along with the International Student Center, provides assistance to students during their stay in Sapporo, including opportunities to take part in numerous traditional and contemporary Japanese cultural activities.
Hokkaido University offers a number of clubs for foreign students to join during their stay. The university's International Students Association organizes many traditional and contemporary Japanese cultural activities for international students each semester. Past events have included welcome dinners, bike tours of Sapporo, and homestays in Osaka.
You will be enrolled in the UW System required health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) and the cost of the insurance coverage is included in program fees.
Students are also required to purchase Japanese health insurance after arrival.
Hokkaido University International Affairs Division staff
Use the links below to find out more information on academics, daily life and student impressions for this program.Program Handbook
(Year - 2013-14)
Returned Student Network
to contact a returned student.
"Life in Japan is amazing and is something anyone interested really should experience. You will not regret it!" Read about
and see pictures of Andrew's experiences during the 2009-2010 academic year.
How to Apply
First complete the IAP Online Application. UW Exchange programs may require you to apply directly to the exchange partner either simultaneously during the IAP application process OR after you have received a preliminary admissions decision from IAP.
After you have completed the IAP Online Application, the following forms will become available to you through the application portal. Be sure to read the form instructions carefully for information on when to apply to the exchange partner.
IAP Japan Programs Ranking
Unofficial Transcript (Student Record)
Unofficial Transcript - OPTIONAL - Additional File
Forms are subject to change. Complete the forms according to the checklist provided to you in the online application portal.
After the Deadline
IAP will review your application and make a preliminary admissions decision. You will be notified of the admissions decision via email. The exchange university will make the final admissions decision.
Founded in 1876 as Sapporo Agricultural College, the first higher educational institution for agricultural studies in Japan, Hokkaido University is now one of the largest and most prestigious universities in the country. Located in the center of Sapporo, the university consists of twelve faculties, sixteen graduate schools, and twenty-three research institutes and centers, and hosts 11,522 undergraduate students, 6,155 graduate students, and 403 research students as well as 801 international students from 80 countries. The university's downtown location offers a spacious campus and natural scenery while providing students with the chance to live and study in an environment that is academically challenging and culturally stimulating.
Students on the program participate in the Hokkaido University Short-term Exchange Program (HUSTEP). HUSTEP gives students the opportunity to study Japanese language and take a wide variety of courses offered in English in the fields of culture and society, environment, science and technology. In addition, students can pursue independent study research under the guidance of a Hokkaido University faculty member.
Program Web Page(s)
HUSTEP Hokkaido University Short-Term Exchange Program
Use the links below to see a list of courses that students have taken on this program before and the UW equivalents. Note: this list only includes pre-approved courses for your program and may not be an exhaustive list of courses or departments. You will get instructions on the course equivalent process after acceptance.
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