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Hirosaki University

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Please do not contact this university directly.
For all enquiries please contact the Exchange Office at exchange@otago.ac.nz.
Last updated April, 2015

Academic Information

Language of Instruction

Hirosaki's programme for exchange students offers electives taught in English, for students whose Japanese language proficiency is not adequate to enrol in courses taught in Japanese. Exchange students who have already acquired an adequate level of Japanese language can enrol in most courses in the regular curriculum.

Course Information

Courses in English

Semester Dates

  • Academic Year: October - September
  • Spring Semester: April-July
  • Fall Semester: October-February

Semester Dates at Hirosaki

Course Load and Minimum Unit Requirements

  • Minimum Course Load - 7 courses
  • Maximum Course Load - subject to discussion with academic adviser

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Accommodation and the Cost of Living

Accommodation

Hirosaki University provides exchange students with housing at International House.

Off-campus housing:

The monthly rent for an apartment with cooking facilities, a bathroom and a toilet is in the range of 25,000 yen - 45,000 yen. In Japan, apartments are not normally furnihed, and it is customary to pay initially what we call 'kenri-kin' (key money) and 'shiki-kin' (deposit) when you enter into a contract. These initial extra expenses will amount to approximately three months' rent.

Estimated Cost of Living

As a guide, estimated monthly living expenses for students living in apartments is ¥80,000yen and for students living in our International house, is ¥60,000.

Student Visa and Insurance

Information on Student Visas and Insurance for students going on exchange can be found elsewhere on this website.

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Exchange Experiences

The University, City and Region

The University

Hirosaki

Hirosaki University was established in the former castle town of Hirosaki in 1949. It is a national university and is located in Aomori prefecture, situated at the northern end of Honshu Island. Hirosaki University is comprised of five faculties. The Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Education, the Faculty of Medicine, the Faculty of Science and Technology, and the Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences together serve to cover almost every academic field. It is a medium-sized University with a capacity of 5,800 students.

The City of Hirosaki and Region

Hirosaki Castle

The "city of castles, apples, and cherry blossoms," Hirosaki City, is located in the south-western part of the prefecture, and boasts of a history of about 400 years as a significant castle town of Tsugaru. In the city, there are many places of scenic beauty and historic interest such as Hirosaki Castle. The city produces more apples than any other city in all of Japan.

Hirosaki University is situated in the north of Honshu, in what is sometimes called the "heartland" of Japan. While having every modern convenience, Hirosaki City retains 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 find their way around easily. Also, the closely-knit community surrounding the campus offers students many opportunities to practice the Japanese language they study, and taste everyday life in Japan. Aomori is famous for Nebuta Festival in summer. The original Hirosaki Castle was completed in 1611 and was destroyed by a lightening in 1627. The current three-story donjon was reconstructed in 1810.

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Further Information

For further information about Otago Global Student Exchange please email exchange@otago.ac.nz