Thank you for your interest in our Short-term Japanese Language and Culture program! Hirosaki City is situated in the north of Honshu, in what is sometimes called the ‘heartland’ of Japan. While having every modern convenience, the city maintains an aura of tradition due in part because it was built around an ancient castle surrounded by cherry blossom trees, and also because it has numerous historic sites to visit. The city is compact, enabling International students to easily find their way around and the closely-knit community surrounding the campus offers students many first-hand opportunities to practice the Japanese language they study, and taste everyday life in Japan.
I. ACADEMIC CALENDAR
We have two semesters, and students can start their studies at the beginning of either. Students can choose to study for either one semester or two.
Spring Term: 1st week of April to the beginning of August (application deadline November 15)
Fall Term: 1st week of October to the middle of February (application deadline April 30)
– You can follow your interests!
All of you need to take at least seven courses per semester to fulfill visa requirements. But you can design your own curriculum at Hirosaki University! There are mainly two types of classes as below.
・Regular courses which are offered by the faculties and General Education Program of Hirosaki University (Syllabus): For every students at Hirosaki University. Most of them are taught in Japanese.
* Here are some tips for you!
– If you are decided to be a recipient of JASSO scholarship, you need to choose either of the four courses below and follow the contents. (It is only for the exchange students from our partner universities.)
If you are a student from our partner university, your tuition fee will be waived.
If you are a student from our partner university, you may have a priority to stay at our International House.
Please note that if we receive too many applications, some of the students might be advised to plan on renting an apartment (average rents range around 20,000~35,000 yen per month). The Support Office helps students find apartments and complete renting procedures.
V. APPLICATION PROCEDURES
To apply, make certain that the following documents reach us by the deadline for the term you wish to enroll in. Documents should be in either Japanese or English. If not, a translation in either Japanese or English should be attached. Fill in all documents completely. Incomplete documents cannot be processed.
◎ Students presently enrolled in our partner university should submit the following documents through the Exchange Coordinator of their home university:
8 Certificate of enrollment issued by your home university.
9 Your most recent academic transcripts, issued by your home university.
11 Four facial photos (3 x 4cms / 1.2 x 1.5 inches).
12 A copy of the front page of your passport (when available).
All forms must be filled in completely. Incomplete documents cannot be processed.
On receiving your application, we will process your documents. After your eligibility has been confirmed, you will receive a letter of acceptance and a document issued by the Japanese Immigration, called a ‘Certificate of Eligibility (COE)’, which you will need to apply for your visa. Please feel free to contact our Support Office with any further questions you may have. We wish you all the best in your plans to study in Japan, and look forward to welcoming you to our campus.
VI. PROGRAM PAMPHLET
VII. CONTACT DETAILS
Direct all mail to:
Please write “Application for Short-Term Program” on an envelope in red ink.