Studying at Hitotsubashi University offers the opportunity to improve your Japanese language skills while taking content courses on a variety of subjects in English. Students with an advanced level in Japanese language may be able to directly enroll in classes at Hitotsubashi on social sciences, business, or economics that are taught in Japanese. Please speak with your GEO advisor for more information. The Hitotsubashi academic calendar is made up of two six-month semesters each year, which are each comprised of two quarters. Students may take a combination of classes that run for the full semester and classes that run for only one quarter, allowing for more flexibility in your schedule.
Students will enroll in a minimum of 12 semester credits per semseter (which is usually 6 classes). One semester credit at Hitotsubashi is equal to 1.5 UO quarter credits.
Japanese language classes:
Hitotsubashi offers a variety of Japanese language classes, from the very beginning level and survival Japanese, up to the advanced level. They also offer advanced level Japanese courses to prepare you for specific disciplines, such as Japanese for Economics, Japanese for Social Sciences, or Legal Japanese. These advanced classes will not only strengthen your language skills, but will also improve your knowledge of specific vocabulary and writing norms relevant for your discipline. Exchange students will take a language placement test, which determines the level of Japanese language you are placed into.
Learn more and find information on Japanese language classes available.
Hitotsubashi Global Education Program (HGP)
Most of the English-taught courses at Hitotsubashi are through their Global Education Program, which offers more than 130 courses taught in English. HGP offers interdisciplinary courses in English, designed for both international and Japanese students, so you will have the opportunity to learn alongside local Japanese students. Students can choose from a variety of courses in the social sciences. The classes provide in-depth learning opportunities in the fields of international relations, sociology, business, economics, and more. The HGP also includes courses specifically designed for exchange students ranging from Japanese language, Japanese Affairs, and seminars, which are small courses with a limited number of students.
Find more information on the Global Education Program.
Hitotsubashi University has a variety of other departments (called faculties), including the Faculty of Commerce and Management, Faculty of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Law, and more. Most of the classes in these departments are taught in Japanese, but there are some classes in each department taught in English. To search for classes, visit the MERCAS Syllabus Search page, then click Login (don’t enter anything for User ID or password) > English > Syllabi & Seminars (top left corner) > Syllabus search (on the right). After you pull up a list of courses, click on “Select” and a pop up window will include the course description and will state if the class is taught in English or Japanese.