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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, Japanese Housing Options: Homestay, Hotels
Areas of Study: Cultural Studies, Japanese Program Type: *UWL-Direct Enroll*
Admin Fees: YES Credits: 6
Application Fee: 50 Click here for a definition of this term Financial Aid Eligible: YES
Program Description:
Expand your Japanese ability in the historic city of Hirosaki, Japan! Hirosaki Gakuin University's Summer Intensive Japanese Language & Culture programs takes your Japanese ability to the next level and allows you to experience Japanese culture first hand. The program allows students to utilize both in-classroom and hands-on experiences to build a better understanding of the language. Students will spend mornings in Japanese language class, and the afternoons engaged in cultural activities that will allow them to interact with other students and locals from around the area. Afternoon activities range from Japanese calligraphy sessions, Japanese dance lessons, painting, flower arranging, archery, and other activities that give students a closer look at Japanese tradition.

Students will also explore northern Japan as well as spend weekends with Japanese host-families. Students will return to their home campuses with a greater appreciation of Japanese language and culture as well as amazing memories from their time spent in Japan.
Location: Hirosaki, Japan
Official Language: Japanese
Population:  177,411 
Campus size: 680 students
Interesting Fact:
Late-May to  Mid-June
Get specific information @ HGU-International
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  1. Meet with a UWL Study Abroad Advisor
  2. Meet with your academic advisor to discuss courses
  3. Complete the study abroad application process*
  4. Pay tuition, housing, and meals to the host institution abroad
  5. Spend your summer immersing yourself in the Japanese culture!

U.S. students entering Japan on summer programs for
less than 90 days can enter the country with just their U.S. passports.
Get more information regarding residing in Japan
@ Japanese Consular Services.**

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Housing. Students will be housed at an upscale hotel in downtown Hirosaki within
bicycle distance from Hirosaki Gakuin University. Bicycles will be provided
to participants to help them commute to work and travel around the city. Two
weekends will be spent with host families.

Transportation. Students are required to arrange their own travel to and from
Hirosaki for the program. The HiroGaku SIJ program advisor will provide detailed
guidance for this travel.
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  • Japanese Language
  • Cultural Studies
Hirosaki Gakuin University recommends 6 academic credits
for the SIJ program: Japanese language classes (4 credits) and for Introduction
to Japanese Culture (2 credits).
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  • 2.5 GPA
  • Sophomore status at start of program
  • Good academic standing
  • Good disciplinary record on campus 
Students who are interested in studying abroad, but do not meet eligibility
requirements, are encouraged to make an appointment with a study abroad
advisor. We will assess each situation on a case-by-case basis.
*Students need to first start the UWL study abroad application process. Students can ONLY start the Hirosaki Gakuin University application process after our office nominates students. 
** UWL doesn't arrange student visas. Students are required to independently arrange for their student visa and need to be aware that this is a time sensitive requirement that will include an additional out-of-pocket cost. For more information visit Travel.State.Gov.


The cost of this 4-week program is $3100 plus UWL administrative fees.
  • Tuition
  • Traditional crafts materials costs
  • Cultural activity fees
  • Hirosaki Gakuin University administrative fees
  • Housing and 1 meal per day
  • International Student Identification Card
  • Transportation to off-campus program events
  • Travel expenses to and from Hirosaki
  • Two meals per day
  • Spending money
  • UWL Administrative Fees

Note: Program fees are subject to change. HGU will
          give participants as much notice as possible.
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission 06/01/2020 06/26/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.