Japanese Language and Culture - Short-term Program

Hirosaki University

Program Description

Japanese Language and Culture - Short-term Program

Hirosaki University


Not only an education, but an experience

Short-term study at Hirosaki University provides international students with a matchless opportunity to immerse themselves in regional Japanese culture.

While offering students solid Japanese language training and progressive academic instruction, we encourage them to take their newly-found knowledge with them outside our campus and put it to use in the context of first-hand experiences.

Our hands-on approach offers students strong incentives to achieve academically during their stay in Hirosaki, which many of them come to call their "second hometown". Study "JAPAN" in Hirosaki!

Hirosaki City

Hirosaki city where Hirosaki University is located is a university town, having 4 universities with a population of 180,000. Hirosaki which prospered originally as a castle town, used to be ruled by the Tsugaru clan. It is surrounded by farming areas to this day. Hirosaki is one of the best places for cherry blossom viewing in Japan, and is widely known for its Neputa festival in summer. The cost of living is relatively low, making it livable for students from abroad. It offers a comfortable environment for students to live in because there are many apartments, dining places and bars geared to their needs in the vicinity of the university. It is possible to go downtown in about 15-20 minutes on foot. Most students use bicycles as a primary means of transportation.

Japanese Language Courses & Electives

Our curriculum is designed for international students who require Japanese language training and also offers students an opportunity to study areas of interest in English. Of these, Japanese language classes are divided into five levels, ranging from beginners to advanced classes. They are geared to train students in Japanese for academic purposes, and are taught by highly qualified teachers. Classes taught in English cover areas of interest to international students, such as Japanese culture and arts and other fields. They emphasize practical experience as a key to learning, and feature field trips and regional observation. Japanese students are encouraged to attend International Exchange Courses with exchange students to promote a shared academic experience.

Japanese Language Courses

  • Basic Japanese
  • Upper Elementary Japanese
  • Intermediate Japanese
  • Upper Intermediate Japanese
  • Advanced Japanese


  • Japanese Society
  • Japanese Literature
  • Japanese Tradition
  • Japanese Locality

Academic Calendar

We have two semesters, and students can start their studies at the beginning of either. Students can choose to study for either one semesters or two.

  • Spring term: 1st week of April to the beginning of August (application deadline November 10th)
  • Fall term: 1st week of October to the middle of February (application deadline April 30th)

Tutor System

International students are assigned tutors that help them to get used to campus life quickly and improve their academic work. Tutors provide assistance on individual basis in such areas as Japanese language, class work and daily life.

Home Visit Program

By joining our Home Visit Program, international students are "adopted" by volunteer host families from the Hirosaki City Community. They are periodically invited to their host families' homes for meals and other occasions for the duration of the time they are in Japan, for a wonderful opportunity to experience Japanese family culture.


  • Application Fee: 9800 yen
  • Entrance Fee: 28200 yen
  • Tuition Fee: 14800 yen per credit

Application Procedures

To apply, make certain the following documents reach us by the deadline for the term you wish to enrol in:

  • Application
  • Certificate of enrolment or graduation from your university
  • Most recent academic transcripts from your university
  • Certification showing that you have a TOEFL score of 500 (PBT), 173 (CBT), or a TOEIC score of 590 or above.
  • A study plan of approximately 1200 words
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Bank statement certifying funds of at least 500,000 yen per semester in addition to the tuition fee.
  • Certificate of Health
  • Self Declaration
  • Four photos
  • A copy of your passport
  • Application for Certificate of Eligibility
This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • Japanese

Last updated January 5, 2017
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