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SHORT-TERM PROGRAM

Short-Term program

Dear Prospective International Student,

Thank you for your interest in our short-term Japanese Language and Culture program. Hirosaki City is situated in the north of Honshu, in what is sometimes called the 'heartland' of Japan. While having every modern convenience, the city maintains an aura of tradition due in part because it was built around an ancient castle surrounded by cherry blossom trees, and also because it has numerous historic sites to visit. The city is compact, enabling International students to easily find their way around and the closely-knit community surrounding the campus offers students many first-hand opportunities to practice the Japanese language they study, and taste everyday life in Japan.

I. 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 semester or two.
Spring Term: 1st week of April to the beginning of August (application deadline November 15)
Fall Term: 1st week of October to the middle of February (application deadline April 30)

II. CURRICULUM

Students admitted to our Short-Term Program principally enroll in what are called 'International Exchange Courses', consisting of Japanese language classes and of electives taught in English (Please see the course catalogues below). Students are given a placement test on arrival and are placed in Japanese classes at their level. They choose electives either from the limited range of courses taught in English each term, covering various aspects of Japanese culture, or, if their level of Japanese is high enough, they are welcome to choose from a wide range of classes in the regular curriculum for Japanese students with permission of the course supervisor. International students are required to enroll in seven courses per semester to fulfill visa requirements.

2016 Spring Semester Course Catalogue.pdf
2016 Fall Semester Course Catalogue.pdf

III. FEES

Application fee: 9,800 yen
Entrance fee: 28,200 yen
Tuition fee: 14,800 yen per credit (As students are required to enroll in a minimum of seven courses, which carry two credits each, the minimum tuition fee per semester is 207,200 yen, with additional fees for any additional courses taken.)

IV. ACCOMODATION

Applicants are advised to plan on renting an apartment within walking distance of campus (average rents range around 25,000~35,000 yen per month). The International office helps students find apartments and complete renting procedures.

V. APPLICATION PROCEDURES

To apply, make certain that the following documents reach us by the deadline for the term you wish to enroll in. Documents should be in either Japanese or English. If not, a translation in either Japanese or English should be attached. Fill in all documents completely. Incomplete documents cannot be processed.

1. Students presently enrolled in a university which has an exchange agreement with Hirosaki University should submit the following documents through the Exchange Coordinator of their home university:

1-1 Check list

1-2 Application for Short-Term Student Exchange Program.

1-3 A study plan of approximately 1200 words, outlining what you want to accomplish while you are enrolled in the Short-Term program, and what electives you wish to take.

1-4 Certificate of enrollment issued by your home university.

1-5 Your most recent academic transcripts, issued by your home university.

1-6 Recommendation for enrollment in the Short-Term Student exchange Program.

1-7 Certificate of Health

1-8 Self Declaration

1-9 Four facial photos (3 x 4cms / 1.2 x 1.5 inches).

1-10 A copy of the front page of your passport (when available).

1-11 Application for certificate of eligibility.

1-12 Pledge

All forms must be filled in completely. Incomplete documents cannot be processed.
Please note that if you are a student from a university that has an exchange agreement with Hirosaki University, you may be eligible to apply to have your tuition waived, and for accommodation in our subsidized International House. Please contact the Exchange Coordinator of your own university regarding these possibilities.

2. Students who are not enrolled in a university which has an exchange agreement with Hirosaki University should submit the following documents:

2-1 Application for Short-Term Student exchange Program.

2-2 Documents certifying scholastic aptitude:
* If you are presently not enrolled in a university in your home country:
1.) Certification/Examination results from your home country, proving you are qualified for university study there (eg: ABITUR in Germany, BACCALAUREATE in France, or SAT in the USA).
2.) Certificate of graduation from high school
3.) Certificate of academic transcripts from high school

* If you are presently enrolled in a university in your home country:
1.) Certificate of enrollment from your home university.
2.) Academic transcripts.

*If you are a university graduate:
1.) Certificate of graduation from university.
2.) Academic transcripts from the university you graduated from.

2-3 Documents certifying linguistic proficiency in either English or Japanese:
*ENGLISH
1.) Certification showing that you have a TOEFL score of 500 (PBT) or 173(CBT) or above. Equivalent certification of English proficiency, such as TOEIC 590 or above will be accepted. Applicants who have attended a secondary or post secondary educational institution where English is the principle language of instruction for at least three consecutive years of enrollment are not required to submit this certification.
2.) A study plan of approximately 1200 words, outlining what you want to accomplish while you are enrolled in the Short-Term program, and what electives you wish to take.

*JAPANESE
1.) Certification showing you have the second grade or above of the Japanese Proficiency Test, or certification of an equivalent level of Japanese, such as transcripts from a Japanese language school.
2.) A study plan of 1200 words, handwritten by yourself, in Japanese.
3.) A cassette tape recording of the above study plan, read aloud by yourself.
It is essential that you prepare these documents by yourself, without help from anyone else. Dishonesty will result in your enrollment being nullified.

2-4 Two letters of recommendation, written in either Japanese or English.

2-5 Either: a bank statement of an account in your name, certifying that you have funds of 500,000 yen per semester you have applied for or more, in addition to tuition fees, or a bank statement of an account in your supporter's name, certifying the same amount and accompanied by a letter from the supporter, guaranteeing that s/he will pay for all your expenses while you are enrolled in Hirosaki University.

2-6 Certificate of Health

2-7 Self Declaration

2-8 Three facial photos (3x4cms /1.2 x1.5 inches).

2-9 A copy of the front page of your passport (when available).

2-10 Application for certificate of eligibility.

All forms must be filled in completely. Incomplete documents cannot be processed.

2-11 Pledge

To All Applicants:
On receiving your application, we will process your documents. After your eligibility has been confirmed, you will receive a letter of acceptance and a document issued by the Japanese Immigration, called a 'certificate of eligibility', which you will need to apply for your visa. Please feel free to contact our International Education Center with any further questions you may have. We wish you all the best in your plans to study in Japan, and look forward to welcoming you to our campus.

VI. CONTACT DETAILS

Direct all mail to:
Please write "Application for Short-Term Program" on an envelope in red ink.
International Education Center
Hirosaki University
1 Bunkyo-cho,
Hirosaki-shi,
Aomori-ken 036-8560
Japan Fax:+81-172-39-3133
e-mail:jm3109@hirosaki-u.ac.jp