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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Year (A/W/Sp) 2020-2021 11/30/2019 12/15/2019 TBA TBA
NOTE: To be considered for a UW Study Abroad Scholarship, you must apply by the priority deadline of January 31st.
SpringSemester(Sp/S) 2021 11/30/2019 12/15/2019 TBA TBA
NOTE: To be considered for a UW Study Abroad Scholarship, you must apply by the priority deadline of January 31st.
Program Information:
Location Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
Academic Term Spring Semester
Academic Year
Credits 20 - 24 UW credits per semester
Eligibility Junior standing or above by time of departure;
min. 3.0 GPA
Language Instruction in English and Japanese. Preference given to students who have studied a minimum of one year of college-level Japanese.
Program Manager Shannon Quinn |
Application Deadline Nov 30 (Deadline for Academic Year/ Priority deadline for Spring Semester)
May 15 (Final deadline for Spring Semester)
General This exchange is open to UW graduate and undergraduate students from all disciplines. Students will have the chance to fully immerse themselves in Japanese culture and student life.
Hokkaido University is one of the top universities in Japan. Established in 1876, it follows the philosophies of "Frontier Spirit," "Global Perspectives," "All-round Education," and "Practical Learning." Its population of 11,000 undergraduate students and 3,500 graduate students is dispersed over two campuses: one in Sapporo, and the other in Hakodate. The large main campus is widely viewed as the most beautiful campus in Japan.


Sapporo is the fourth-largest city in Japan and the largest city on the island of Hokkaido. The birthpace of miso ramen and home to historical sites such as the Miaynomori Art Museum and the Hokkaido Shrine, Sapporo is an ideal city to immerse yourself in Japanese culture and student life.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Students participating in this exchange program must be of junior standing or above at the time of departure and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.
Additionally, students are encouraged to complete a minimum of one year of college-level Japanese prior to applying for this program.

Credits and Conversion Scale

You will approx. receive 20 - 24 UW credits per semester. How our office will determine the amount is through our Credit Conversion Scale for the program. 

If you would like some assistance, schedule an appointment with one of our Program Assistants here


Hokkaido University offers a unique opportunity for exchange students to take classes in English in the fields of Culture and Society, Environment, Science and Technology through the Hokkaido University Short-Term Exchange Program (HUSTEP). This program also allows students to take Japanese language courses, pursue independent research with a faculty member, and take part in numerous traditional and contemporary Japanese cultural activities. All in all, the HUSTEP program is competitive: only about 50 students are accepted by the Hokkaido University each year. Students admitted to the program are eligible to apply for a scholarship. Note that Japanese language ability is not required to participate in HUSTEP. 

Students majoring in Japanese language and culture should apply for the Japanese Language and Culture Studies Program (JLCSP). The JLCSP is the leading course of its kind in Japan and caters to different skill levels from intermediate to advanced Japanese. Most UW students should have at least three years of college-level Japanese before participating in the program. Students can choose courses from the English curriculum or courses from the standard curriculum taken by Japanese students. This program is ideal for students who want to deepen their understanding of a particular field of study or augment their business Japanese. The objectives of the JLCSP program are as following:

  • To improve students' Japanese language proficiency to enable them to interact with Japanese speakers and conduct research in Japanese;
  • To acquire basic knowledge and methodologies for Japanese studies--particularly relating to Japanese general and applied linguistics;
  • To gain a deeper understanding of both Japanese language and culture. In the second semester of the program (April - August) of the one year program, students can study a research topic in their field of specialty and complete a final report under the guidance of a supervisor.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.

The JLCSP program is also competitive: only 40 total students are accepted for the one year program, and 20 students are accepted for each half year.

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.



As an exchange student on this program, you are responsible for finding your own accommodations. This gives you the freedom to choose whatever housing is most appropriate to your level of comfort and your budget.

To begin your housing search, we recommend visiting the Hokkaido University Housing website. On this website, you will find information about the housing application, housing FAQ's, a list of housing options, price overviews, as well as other tips, rules, and regulations.

University Accommodations: You can apply for housing in one of the many Student Dormitories at Hokkaido University. Though each residence is different in terms of price and design, they mostly offer single, fully furnished rooms. They are also within walking distance to the campus and equipped with free high-speed internet access.

Private Accommodations: You can also find your own accommodations if you prefer. Hokkaido University Housing has many tips to help you find housing on the private market. We strongly recommend that you begin searching for housing at least 2-3 months prior to your arrival as finding a room after arrival is not common and housing options may be limited!


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

As a participant of a university exchange, you pay an exchange fee equivalent to UW tuition (1.5 quarters of UW tuition for semester-long exchanges, and 3 quarters of UW tuition for academic year exchanges). Exchange fees are determined by UW residency status: in-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to in-state tuition, and out-of-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to out-of-state tuition. The exchange fee and UW Study Abroad Office administrative fee are charged to your UW account and due by the UW tuition deadline for your term(s) of study abroad. In most cases, you pay housing fees directly to the host institution or housing facility. You should also budget for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance and personal expenses.

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 $700 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.