Hokkaido University

Hokkaido University
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd DateCost
Academic YearOct 15early Aprillate MarchBudget
FallFeb 5early Octoberlate MarchBudget
SpringOct 15early Aprilmid-AugustBudget
Program Information
  • GPA
  • 3.0
  • Language of Instruction
  • English, Japanese
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • No
  • Class Eligibility
  • Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
  • Program Open To
  • UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • Transfer Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Graduate, Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Apartment, Homestay, Residence Hall
  • Program Type
  • Exchange
Program Overview

Hokkaido University is one of the oldest, largest, and most prestigious universities in Japan. Boasting the largest number of faculties of Japan’s national universities, subjects cover almost all areas of the humanities and social and natural sciences and Hokkaido is a leader in research activities in Japan and the world. Alumni include a Nobel laureate, business leaders, research pioneers, artists and writers.

The University placed in the top 23 in the Asian region, and ranked 8th in Japan by the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2012. 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, campuses clean and safe, and the university is located in a breathtakingly beautiful setting.


The Hokkaido University Short-Term Exchange Program (HUSTEP) is a ‘junior year abroad’ type program designed to provide undergraduate students from affiliated universities with the opportunity to study in Japan at Hokkaido University. Participants in this program take a wide variety of classes offered in English in the fields of Culture and Society, Environment, Science and Technology. Students also have the chance to study the Japanese language. In addition, some participants can pursue independent study research under the guidance of a faculty member. There will also be an opportunity to take part in numerous traditional and contemporary Japanese cultural activities. Students admitted to the program are eligible to apply for a scholarship.

  • HUSTEP Entry Requirements: Applicants must:
    • have completed at least two years of undergraduate study at their own university prior to arrival in Japan.
    • have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent.
  • Our agreement with Hokkaido University is a departmental agreement, and therefore our students can not apply for the JLCSP program.  


Compared to other parts of Japan, the island of Hokkaido is particularly blessed by nature. In addition to a World Heritage Site, Hokkaido also has six national parks, a World Geopark, five quasinational parks, and 12 nature parks. The total area of these parks is approximately 870 thousand hectares, making up approximately 11% of the entire area of Hokkaido (excluding the Northern Territories). Hokkaido also boasts a total of 12 wetlands  attracting a vast array of birdlife. Covered with approximately 70% forest, an area which accounts for roughly one quarter of the national total, Hokkaido’s rich forests are representative of Japan’s wooded areas.


The accommodation available at Hokkaido University is one of the many advantages of studying here. We offer a greater number of places in university owned accommodation. There are a total of 642 rooms available,  all of which are within walking distance of the university campus and equipped with free high-speed internet access.

Each dormitory is different in price and design and with such a variety of options it is difficult to convey fully their range and atmosphere, but we hope that this website will provide you with enough information to begin to consider the type of accommodation you require. All our dormitories are itemized below, offering information on type, price and location. You will also find other important information about accommodation, in particular our guarantor system.

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