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Last updated November, 2016
Language of Instruction
The YOUC Program is a program on economics, management and Japanese language in English. Join for one or two semesters!
Japanese Language Course
Otaru University of Commerce offers three levels of Japanese language study: Elementary Japanese, Intermediate Japanese I & Intermediate Japanese II. These courses are free to exchange students.
Otaru University of Commerce has one faculty, the Faculty of Commerce. Within the faculty there are four departments:
- Department of Economics
- Department of Commerce
- Department of Law
- Department of Information and Managements Science
- Academic Year: September - August
- Fall Semester: September - February
- Spring Semester: April - August
Course Load and Minimum Unit Requirements
Completion of the YOUC program is based on successfully completing 30 credits, including 10 credits from core subjects.
Accommodation and the Cost of Living
The accommodation is very affordable: it will cost you NZ$80 per month to live at the International House, in your own apartment.
Estimated Cost of Living
Applying for exchange at Otaru? Don't forget to apply for the The Prime Minister's Scholarships for Asia!!!
The PMSA is a scholarship programme funded by the New Zealand government and administered by Education New Zealand. The scholarship is awarded to individuals and covers costs relating to study or research in Asia. This can include tuition fees, return economy class flights, accommodation costs, a weekly living allowance, and medical insurance.
Student Visa and Insurance
Information on Student Visas and Insurance for students going on exchange can be found elsewhere on this website.
The University, City and Region
Otaru University of Commerce was established in 1910. Originally known as the Otaru School of Higher Learning, it became a university in 1949. Since its formation it has played an historic and important role in the development of commercial studies in Hokkaido. Otaru teaches mainly commerce related subjects, with special emphasis on applied methods. It is highly regarded as an institution that provides quality education for those seeking entry to professional fields.
The City of Otaru and Region
Otaru is a port town of 143,000 people located on Ishikari Bay on the northern tip of Hokkaido's Shiribeshi district. It is surrounded on three sides by mountains. Otaru Canal is the symbol of the city. Gaslights and stone warehouses along the canal produce an impressive cityscape. The city was an Ainu habitation, and the name "Otaru" is recognised as being of Ainu origin, possibly meaning "River running through the sandy beach".
The Dunedin-Otaru Sister City Society was formed in 1986 and has a membership comprised of Dunedinites interested in Japanese culture, students and teachers of Japanese and Japanese nationals living in Dunedin. The Committee also has a representative from the DCC to provide liaison between the two bodies. As well as the formal delegations, there are yearly youth exchanges. There are strong links between the Otago Museum and Otaru Museum, with regular exhibitions sent between the two institutions.
Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido and only 30 minutes away by train from Otaru, is a major centre for entertainment and shopping. Sapporo is the fifth largest city in Japan. It is famous for the Yuki Matsuri , internationally referred to as the Sapporo Snow Festival. This festival draws more than 2 million tourists from around the world. The city is also home to Sapporo Brewery and the famous white chocolate biscuits "White Lovers" sold exclusively in Hokkaido.
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