Monday, January 20, 2020

Hokkaido University Summer Program 2020, Japan

As a part of the future reform strategy towards the 150th anniversary of Hokkaido University (HU), the university launched the Hokkaido Summer Institute (HSI) in 2016, utilizing the climate advantage of summer in Hokkaido which is cooler than any other regions of Japan. HSI is a program that brings together leading researchers with proven educational and research track records from around the world, and provides courses in collaboration with HU faculty members.

In 2019, more than 160 researchers from over 100 universities/research institutes from all over the world will gather at HU.

HSI allows participants to expand their knowledge of subjects in cutting-edge fields of research at HU that previously were open only to students of the university. Program participants have an opportunity to attend classes that employ attractive educational techniques, such as field training in Hokkaido’s extensive land resources and active learning activities, so they can develop into professionals capable of thriving on the world stage.

All instruction at HSI is in English. This provides international students with a stress-free learning environment without having to worry about language barriers, and also creates a special opportunity for Japanese students, who can take classes taught by internationally acclaimed researchers. The university strongly hopes that HSI students will cultivate a better understanding of other cultures and improve their English-language proficiency and communication skills through exchanges with researchers and students from other countries. Off-campus events are also planned so participants can enjoy Hokkaido’s beautiful summer.

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For students from Hokkaido University (HU)’ s partner institutions:
  • Those who enroll as exchange students from HU’ s partner institutions with which HU has concluded a memorandum of understanding on mutual tuition waivers are waived the tuition fees at HU. They must inform the relevant office at their home institution about their application before submitting application. Check the list of HU’s partner universities below.
  • Those who enroll as exchange students from HU’s partner institutions based on departmental exchange agreements are required to take at least one course organized by the HU department which their institution has concluded the agreement with. For example, if the graduate school they belong to has the agreement with Graduate School of Engineering at HU, they are required to take at least one course organized by Graduate School of Engineering.
Partner University List

At this time, there is no open-type scholarship available through the Hokkaido Summer Institute Managing Section. Please check with your university’s financial aid office to see if scholarship may be available to you.

Tuition Fee
The tuition fee is 14,800 JPY per credit. This means the tuition fee for a two-credit course would be 29,600 JPY. Tuition fees are payable by credit card.
Additional Fees
Some courses including field training will require additional fees (accommodation fees during the field training, travel expenses, etc.) For details, please check the syllabuses of the courses you wish to take. Fees that will be required for courses will be collected in cash (Japanese yen) after students arrive in Hokkaido, Japan. Accordingly, students should bring the necessary cash amount for fee payment.

How To Apply:
Please visit HERE for applying 

The following students are eligible to apply for admission to the program:
  • Those enrolled in a university or a graduate school as full-time students at the time of application and during the HSI program period;
  • Those who have the English proficiency necessary to understand and participate in the course(s) they wish to take;
  • Those who meet the requirements for the course(s) they wish to take;
  • Those who agree that:
    • They must take out insurance covering medical expenses and liability during their stay at Hokkaido University, and submit a copy of the insurance policy by the designated deadline after receiving a notification of acceptance.
    • They are not able to take courses without submitting a copy of their insurance policy by the deadline

Application Documents:
Application documents shall be written in English, unless otherwise specified. Insufficient and/or incomplete documents WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED for application.
  • Application Form
  • Photo
    • Front-facing, upper body, no hat; 354 x 295 pixels
  • Official certificate of student status
    • showing 1) the date of enrollment and 2) the duration of study or the expected graduation date at home institution. Click here for a sample form. Applicants who will graduate from their home institution before the HSI program starts are required to submit a certificate of acceptance from the home institution at the time of enrollment in HSI.
  • Official academic transcript
    • showing 1) subjects, 2) grades, and 3) grading criteria for at least one academic year* prior to the application.
    • *Students in the 1st year of the Master’s (Ph.D.) course are required to submit the transcript of the Bachelor’s (Master’s) course.
  • 5) Official English proficiency test certificate [Non-native English speaking applicants only]
  • If relevant scores are unavailable, a documented certificate of English proficiency written by their home-institution academic supervisors or the equivalent can be submitted instead. Click here for a sample form.
  • 6) Copy of passport [Non-Japanese applicants only]
  • 7) Written consent to enroll in Hokkaido Summer Institute [Applicants from within Japan only]
  • Click here for a sample form
  • *Students unable to submit documents #3-5 at the time of application should use the Application Document Attachment Form to specify the reason for non-submission and the estimated date of submission, and follow the instructions given by Hokkaido Summer Institute Managing Section.

Notice regarding the Tokyo 2020 Olympics:

In 2020, the Summer Olympics will run from 24 July to 9 August and the Paralympics will run from 25 August to 6 September in Tokyo. As part of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Olympic marathon and race walking events will be held in Sapporo from 6 to 9 August (Please refer to the announcement from the Organizing Committee.) It is going to have a major effect on travel and accommodation services throughout Japan during the period, thus please plan ahead and prepare for your travel.

21 February 2020
There is different application deadlines for some Partner University  Please refer to International Office in your University.

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