The Modern Japanese Studies Program is intended to foster the development of well-educated future global leaders. The degree program provides intensive Japanese language education and courses in the social sciences and humanities to help deepen students’ understanding of modern Japan’s society and culture. It is hoped that graduates will play active roles as intermediaries between Japan and their own cultures both within Japanese society and in the international community. Hokkaido University invites applications from students worldwide who have a high command of English, an interest in the society and culture of contemporary Japan, and very high levels of academic achievement.
- (1) Hokkaido University has a scholarship program for students participating in the Modern Japanese Studies Program (the Modern Japanese Studies Program Scholarship Program). Details of that program are outlined below.
- a. We will waive the enrollment fee for the Intensive Japanese Course for October 2021 enrollees.
- b. We will waive the entire enrollment and tuition fees for the 2022 academic year for April 2022 enrollees in the Bachelor’s degree.
- c. In the second year of the Bachelor’s degree and thereafter, all or half of the tuition fees will be waived for selected students based on academic performance. (Waivers will not be available to all students.)
- (2) Even in cases when a student does not receive a scholarship from the Modern Japanese Studies Program Scholarship Program, that student may apply for a full, half, or quarter tuition waiver if they are facing hardship in paying their tuition for financial reasons and have demonstrated outstanding academic performance.
- (3) In addition, there are scholarships available from private organizations, and those who wish to apply for such programs may apply for scholarships after being admitted to the Modern Japanese Studies Program.
- (1) Nationality:
Individuals who have citizenship other than Japanese are eligible to apply. Individuals who have Japanese permanent resident status are not eligible to apply.
Note: Individuals who have both foreign citizenship and Japanese citizenship must pass a preliminary qualification screening before applying. Please contact the Admission Center during the periods below and follow the instructions.
- 1st call for applications: October 1, 2020– October 12, 2020
- 2nd call for applications: January 4, 2021 – January 12, 2021
- (2) Basic Qualifications:
Applicants must meet one of the following criteria:
- 1. They have completed 12 years of school education in a country other than Japan or expect to have graduated by September 30, 2021 (see Note 1 on page 3 and Note 3 on page 4).
- 2. They are individuals who are equivalent to those who meet qualification 1 above and have been designated by the Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (see Note 2 on page 3).
- 3. They have received or expect to have received an International Baccalaureate Diploma in a country other than Japan by September 30, 2021, awarded by the International Baccalaureate, a foundation pursuant to the Swiss Civil Code.
- 4. They have received an Abitur, a degree recognized as a qualification for university admission throughout Germany.
- 5. They hold a baccalauréat, a degree recognized as a qualification for university admission in France.
- 6. They have General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level’s (A Levels) recognized as a qualification for university admission in the UK.
- 7. They have completed 12 years of school education at a Japanese educational institution for foreign nationals that has accreditation from the Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC), the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) or the Council of International Schools (CIS) or expect to have graduated by September 30, 2021. However, in this case they will have been enrolled at a school for at least two consecutive years including their final school year.
- (3) English-Language Requirement:
Applicants must meet one of the following conditions:
- 1. They speak English as a native language, or have received four years or more of their secondary education (at junior or senior high school, etc.) or higher education (at university or college) in English as their primary language of instruction.
Note: Having learned English as a foreign language for four years or more does not satisfy the above requirement.
- 2. They have achieved the following scores in TOEFL-iBT, TOEFL-PBT or IELTS if their native language is not English, or if they have not received four years or more of their secondary education or higher education in English:
- TOEFL-iBT (Test Date Scores (‘My Best Scores’ will NOT be accepted)): 79 or higher
- TOEFL-PBT: 550 or higher
- IELTS (Academic Module): 6.5 or higher
- Note: Test results must be from within two years of the online registration deadline.
- (4) Other Information
If standardized examinations (e.g. national tests) for university admission in their own country exists, it is desirable for applicants to have taken them.
Please visit the How to Apply page and check it carefully as you prepare your applications
1st call for applications:
1st call for applications:
- 1Online registration period: October 26 (Mon), 2020, from 10:00 a.m. (Provisional) – November 17 (Tue), 2020, by 5:00 p.m.
- The required application materials must be sent by post after registering online to arrive no later than 5:00 p.m., December 2 (Wed), 2020.