This is an international exchange program based on an agreement between The Ohio State University and Hokkaido University. The number of exchange students selected each year will vary based on a mutual agreement between the two universities. Depending on eligibility, students may consider either the Exchange Programs in English (HUSTEP) track or the Exchange Programs in Japanese (JLCSP) track.
Hokkaido University is located in Sapporo, the capital city of Hokkaido, site of the 1972 Winter Olympics. It has a population of 1.77 million and is Japan's fifth-largest city. Its Western architecture and modern conveniences reflect its modern character. Sapporo is a tourist destination, known as an alternative to Switzerland for its winter skiing facilities.
Hokkaido University began as the Sapporo Agricultural College in 1876, offering not only agriculture courses but a broad-based education. Today, it is one of Japan's major national universities with twelve faculties, 13 graduate schools, and 18 research centers and institutes. International students from 67 countries give it a cosmopolitan character. There is an English-only track available, offering courses in the Japanese language, history, and culture. However, students who have facility in the Japanese language may be allowed to take other courses offered in Japanese. Facilities on campus include a library, an international student center, student health service, computer center, cafeterias, and stores.
Students may live in the International Residence Hall located on campus. Students live in single rooms and share a kitchen and bath on each floor. Other housing options include living in apartments near the campus.
Admitted participants are required to register themselves in the temporary study abroad placeholder course, ARTSSCI 5797. Specific registration instructions will be provided in the nomination letter.
Students may explore sample curricula on Hokkaido University's website. The sample HUSTEP curriculum can be found here and here. The JLCSP program consists of three types of courses: courses in Japanese language; courses in Japanese linguistics, culture, and society; and independent study in the students’ field of specialty including a final report.
Students are strongly encouraged to review the credit transfer process in full and to discuss their overall academic goals with their academic advisor(s) beforehand.
To be eligible to apply for this program, students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA, have Junior rank, have completed one year of college-level Japanese at Ohio State at the time of application, complete Japanese 2231 before departure, and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.
Complete applications will include two letters of recommendation from recent instructors; the strong preference is for referees who can comment on an applicant's Japanese language abilities. The selection committee reserves the right to place applicants at the Japanese university that it feels is the most appropriate match for them. Nominated students will need to fill out additional documents for the host institution, by whom the final acceptance decision is made. Acceptance decisions generally follow in June or July.
Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months before departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.
Ohio State students nominated to participate on an exchange will pay their regular tuition and fees to Ohio State. A fee for the required supplemental health insurance will also be included. In addition, these students are also responsible for arranging and paying for international airfare, room and board, and all other living or personal expenses. Students are advised that payments for room and board will be in the local currency.
If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.
Students who receive or are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant are encouraged to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. This program is Gilman eligible. Interested students should first verify their existing award package and make an appointment with Student Financial Aid as needed. After researching the scholarship, students wishing to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship should be in touch with the listed education abroad coordinator to begin working on a competitive application.
The annual information session was recorded this year (2020). You can listen here. The 2021 information session will be scheduled for late September / early October - stay tuned!
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov/travel (pre-travel health guidance)
Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula, and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice, or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program before departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.
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NOTE: These dates are tentative. Applicants are instructed to wait until they have been formally accepted by the partner to move forward with their pre-departure planning.