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Foreign Language Required: 102 Primary Language(s) of Instruction: Japanese
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Class Standing: 2. Sophomore UW Study Abroad Program Manager: shannonq
Program Information:
Location Hakodate, Japan
Academic Term Summer Quarter (June - August)
Estimated Program Fee $6,050
Credits 15 UW Credits
Prerequisites Japanese 112 or equivalent required
Program Manager Shannon Quinn |
Priority Application Deadline March 1. Note: the Hokkaido International Foundation Program's application deadline is in February, prior to the UW application deadline.
General This program is geared to students who would like to focus on Japenese language and culture. Courses will be taken at a language school alongside other foreign students. As on-site support is very limited, participants should be self-directed and independent.
The Hokkaido International Foundation (HIF) Japanese Language and Culture Program is a two-month language program taught by Japanese faculty experienced in the teaching of American students. To help students improve communication skills in all aspects of Japanese, courses are coordinated with the student's host family life. Students participating in the language program may also stay for the two-week Hokkaido Cultural Exchange following the language program.


Hakodate is a major city in Hokkaido, Japan that offers spectacular views of Mount Hakodate. The city is home to many famous destinations, including Onuma Park, Fort Goryokaku, and more.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Students participating in this program must have taken Japanese 112 and have some basic understanding of the Japanese language.


12 UW Credits


Students will take part in intensive Japanese classes for three hours a day five days a week.  By the end of the program students will have taken 140 hours of Japanese class, equivalent to two semesters.  In-class work and self-study work are intensive, so students should be prepared for a serious courseload.  After Japanese class, students will take part in special events, an overnight trip, culture classes, guest lectures, and other activities.

Throughout the program students will also be conducting independent research on a topic of their choice.  Participants will be placed in a small support group of other students that will meet once a week to help each other stay on track.  By the end of the program, students will give a ten minute presentation of their research, followed by a reflective paper.  Given the intensive nature of the program, participants are encouraged to choose a research theme that they are truly interested in before the program begins.

Please be aware that this program begins before the end of the Spring Quarter Finals. Students who are enrolled at the University of Washington for the Spring Quarter are responsible for making their own arrangements to complete their academic obligations before their departure.

If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.

For more information about receiving credits for your study abroad, visit Earning credits abroad.



Students live with host families in the Hakodate area. The program is organized in such a fashion so that the homestay experience will reflect what students learn in the Japanese class. Homestay families also provide excellent opportunities for daily Japanese practice.


The UW Study Abroad Office can't officially advise you about visas.

The volume and diversity of students participating, the shifting requirements of foreign governments, and the complexity of these applications make it impossible for us to accurately advise you on immigration policies.  

If your program requires a visa, documentation will be provided from your host institution after your acceptance. 


Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $6,050

Included in the program fee:

  • $350 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Housing
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1000)
  • Food (about $20/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: Payment Deadline

The Study Abroad fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates. Students must pay the course-related fees directly through the Sciences Po Summer program application.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans.  To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.

Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. Visit your study abroad homepage to complete this mandatory orientation. You must also attend any program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

UW Study Abroad Office also offers several optional orientations aimed at preparing you for your study abroad experience. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for any optional orientation sessions that pique your interest. 

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


The UW Study Abroad Fee is non-refundable once the payment contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program may also be responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. Note that no part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun.

The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.