University of Oregon

Hokkaido University Exchange

Program Overview

Located in the heart of the city of Sapporo, Hokkaido University is one of a small number of prestigious Japanese national universities. Sapporo is the capital city of the northern island of Hokkaido. It is known for its unique history, striking natural beauty, and relaxed character.

Begin or continue Japanese language study while taking courses in English in environmental sciences, biology, art, management, and the social sciences. If you have sufficient language skills, you may also take a limited number of regular courses taught in Japanese at Hokkaido University. The program will accept two to four University of Oregon students per year.

Academic Details

You will either participate in the Hokkaido University Short-Term Exchange Program, (HUSTEP), or the Japanese Culture and Language Studies Program (JCLSP). The HUSTEP program can be taken over the course of a semester or academic year and provides you with the opportunity to study Japanese language as well as area studies courses taught in English in the fields of politics, economy, anthropology, sociology, linguistics, environmental science, art, management, and biology. If you are proficient in Japanese, you may also take a limited number of regular Hokkaido University courses taught in Japanese.

In the JCLSP program, you will take classes focusing on Japanese language and Japanese culture. Students going for the full year have the opportunity to participate in an independent study class in which you complete a research paper.

For further information about courses, please visit: Hokkaido University.

Housing Description

Hokkaido University will provide you with a dormitory space that is a ten-minute walk to the front gate of HU. The dormitory is modest and provides basic amenities, including a kitchen, lounge, and laundry facilities. Please note that dormitory living in Japan may involve a curfew and cleaning duties.

Application Process

Selection for the program is based on a review of your written application, transcripts, recommendations and completion of the interview process. You will be required to complete the Hokkaido University exchange application in a timely manner. These applications will be made available after you have completed the interview process.

Student Life

This is a student exchange program in which you will directly enroll in courses at one of the University of Oregon’s partner universities.  Exchange programs differ from other study abroad options and do not necessarily include significant on-site student support services, such as academic advising, health & counselling services, planned excursions or social events.  Students most comfortable and successful in exchange programs typically have high levels of self-reliance, resourcefulness, and willingness to adapt to unfamiliar teaching styles and living arrangements.

Additional Requirements

  • One year of college-level Japanese is recommended
  • If you wish to take regular HU courses, you must demonstrate sufficient Japanese language proficiency.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall-Winter Semester2017-181/1/2017Late SeptemberMid-February
Academic Year2017-181/1/2017Late SeptemberMid-August
Spring Quarter20185/15/2017Early AprilMid-August

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.