Advanced Japanese language students will enjoy the independent student exchange at Hiroshima University, with ample opportunities for cultural integration.
|Term||Academic Year, Spring Semester|
|Credit Type||Resident Credit|
|Sponsor||Learning Abroad Center|
|GPA||3.0. This requirement may be flexible under certain conditions.|
|Student Type||UofM Students|
|Student Year||Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors|
|Language||Preference given to students with a Japanese language background|
Study at the University of Hiroshima’s spacious campus, located 30 minutes outside of central Hiroshima. Advanced language students looking for an environment with few English speakers, and abundant opportunities to interact with local students, will enjoy life at Hiroshima University.
Details about Hiroshima University are available on the HUSA exchange program fact sheet.
For more information on the University of Minnesota's other Japanese exchange partner schools, view the at-a-glance comparison page.
The majority of international students live in single rooms in the Ikenoue dormitory. Japanese students live in this dorm too, and it is a great way to integrate into university life. Every floor in the dorm has a kitchen, and there are also cafeterias and dining halls on campus.
There are numerous opportunities to get involved at Hiroshima University. The Hiroshima University Study Abroad program organizes conversation partners, homestay opportunities, and various events throughout the year. These events include festivals, cherry blossom viewing, and more. Hiroshima University also has a multitude of clubs, circles, and sports/martial arts groups that any student can join.
Learning Abroad Center programs are:
|Program Type||Host University Study|
|Program Level||Upper and lower division coursework available.|
26–30 for the academic year, 13-15 for Spring semester
You receive resident credit for the courses you take. Your grades factor into your University of Minnesota GPA and each course appears on your transcript with an A/F grade. Consult the Learning Abroad Center's Academic Policies page for more information.
The focus of the academic program is Japanese language and culture (8-10 credits per semester). A limited number of electives, taught in English, are also offered each semester. Topics focus on Japanese culture and society.
Students with advanced proficiency may also be eligible to enroll in regular Japanese-taught courses at the university.
Course information can be found on the Hiroshima University Study Abroad (HUSA) website.
This course is offered at no additional cost on this program. The Learning Abroad Center will email out registration instructions, or you may contact a program team member.
|Term||Program Dates||Application Deadline|
|Academic Year 2020/21||Late September–Early August||Feb 1, 2020|
|Spring 2021||Late March - Early August||Feb 1, 2020|
*Because Exchange in Japan spots are limited each year, you are encouraged to have a backup program in mind.
See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.
Exchange costs may vary from year to year and are subject to change.
Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.
To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:
|Center Name||TC Learning Abroad Ctr|
|Education Abroad Term||Academic Year|
|Program Name||Bilateral Exchange in Hiroshima|
|Track Name||Hiroshima University|
Upon submitting the online application, you will be assigned an application checklist that includes:
Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.
Exchange programs can be competitive. We are typically not able to place all students who apply. After the application deadline, a Learning Abroad Center selection committee will review applications and make endorsements. If an applicant is not selected for his/her first choice Japanese university, we will place students at second and third choice schools. Having flexibility is recommended, as well as having investigated other options abroad.
If nominated, you will also be assigned a confirmation checklist, which you will complete to confirm your participation in the program.
If at any point you decide not to continue with the application process, log into the Education Abroad application system and submit a cancellation request.
For further information or questions about this program, send an email toRyan McCarthy or call at 612.626.9373.
We don't currently have any past particpants that can be contacted.