Live and study at one of Japan's most prestigious national universities, noted for its commitment to internationalization and high levels of student support.
|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|
Located approximately 60 minutes from central Tokyo, Hitotsubashi University is a leading Japanese university in the social sciences that emphasizes small-class education. One of the prominent characteristics is the seminar style approach that keeps class sizes small and preserves a traditional private-school style that focuses on intense student-faculty interaction and provides rich course content. Hitotsubashi's exchange program is noted for its high levels of student oversight and support.
For more information on the University of Minnesota's other Japanese exchange partner schools, view the at a glance comparison page.
Housing is provided in dorms with other program participants and Japanese students.
Hitotsubashi University staff provide orientation, on-site support and advising to help you adjust to a new educational system and integrate into campus life. The exchange program at Hitotsubashi is small, allowing for high levels of interaction between students and staff, and high levels of student support.
Learning Abroad Center programs are:
|Program Type||Host University Study|
|Program Level||Upper and lower division coursework available.|
13–16 credits for spring semester or 26–30 credits for the academic year
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.
Students can choose from the Intensive Japanese language course (10 credits) and 1-2 electives, or the standard Japanese language option (4-8 credits) and 2-4 electives.
Course information and course descriptions are available on the Hitotsubashi University website. While the main focus of the academic program is Japanese language and culture, limited coursework in other subjects is available.
This course is offered at no additional cost on programs six weeks or longer. 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 Semester 2021||Late March–Early August*||Sep 11, 2020|
Because Exchange in Japan spots are limited each year, applicants 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.
|Academic Year 2020/21||TBD||TBD|
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, Spring|
|Program Name||Bilateral Exchange in Tokyo|
|Track Name||Hitotsubashi 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, especially at Hitotsubashi. 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 toCathy Huber or call at 612.624.9016.
The past participants listed here are available to answer your questions about this program. Feel free to contact them to get a student perspective if you are considering this program or if you have been accepted to the program and have specific questions about student life in Japan.
Lee Haase—Academic Year 2016/17; Asian Languages & Literature
Cody Wilcox—Academic Year 2016/17; Computer Science