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Hokkaido 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 May 2017

Academic Information

Language of Instruction

  • Japanese/ English

Course Information

Students can choose from:

  • Exchange Programs in English (HUSTEP)
  • Exchange Programs in Japanese (JLCSP)
  • Special Audit Student (study in Faculty)

Course information

Semester Dates

Academic Year: September - August
Fall semester: September - February
Spring semester: April - August

Hokkaido semester dates

Course Load and Minimum Unit Requirements

-Course Load
International students whose visa status is "student" are required to attend courses for at least 10 hours a week.
In most cases, a lesson is 1.5 hours. Therefore, they must take at least 7 courses a week.

-Credits
[HUSTEP]
Only for One year program, students are required to obtain at least 10 credits each semester (at least 8 of these credits should be from HUSTEP courses not including Independent Study) for program completion requirement.
For Half year program, there is no program completion requirement. Students must take at least 7 classes a week for visa requirement.

[Special Audit Students (SAS)]
Credits and grades are issued for each semester.
SASs are eligible to take Japanese language classes; however, they cannot obtain credits from them.

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Accommodation & the Cost of Living

Accommodation

Residential life is an integral part of the Hokkaido University experience with around half of all international students living on campus. In total, there are six dormitories all located at and near Sapporo Campus. Most house students in single rooms. Each dormitory room comes equipped with fresh bedding and linen, as well as high speed internet access.

Estimated Cost of Living

Both Sapporo as well as Hakodate provide an excellent quality of life and the cost of living is more reasonable compared to other major cities in Japan. Your budget will depend on the lifestyle you choose (eating in restaurants or cooking at home, living in private accommodation or in university dormitories).

Student Visa & Insurance

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

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Exchange Experiences

The University, City & Region

The University

Hokkaido1Hokkaido University is one of the oldest, largest, and most prestigious universities in Japan. Boasting the largest number of faculties of Japan’s national universities, almost all areas of the humanities and social and natural sciences are covered. Hokkaido is a leader in research activities in Japan and the world. Alumni include a Nobel laureate, business leaders, research pioneers, artists and writers.
Hokkaido offers a broad-based educational experience, world-class research facilities, and all the attractions of living in the cosmopolitan city of Sapporo. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, the campuses clean and safe, and the location is in a breathtakingly beautiful setting.

The City and Region

Hokkaido2Compared to other parts of Japan, the island of Hokkaido is particularly blessed by nature. In addition to having a World Heritage Site within it, Hokkaido also has six national parks, a Global Geopark, five Quasi-National parks, and 12 nature parks. Hokkaido also boasts a total of 12 wetlands attracting a vast array of wildlife. Forests cover approximately 70% of Hokkaido’s surface area, which accounts for roughly one quarter of the national total. These rich forests are representative of Japan’s natural beauty and plethora of wooded areas.
Sapporo, with the 5th largest population in Japan, is the political and economic centre of Hokkaido. Despite its size, Sapporo has a mix of natural and urban surroundings which create an open feel.

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Further Information

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