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  • Locations: Hakodate, Japan
  • Program Terms: Summer Quarter
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: UW applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer Quarter 2019 02/07/2019 03/01/2019 06/13/2019 08/10/2019
NOTE: To be considered for a UW Study Abroad Scholarship, you must apply by the priority deadline of April 1st
Program Information:
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 Location Hakodate, Japan
Summer Quarter (June-August)
 Credits 15 credits
 Language Japanese 112 or equivalent required
 Adviser Shannon Quinn |
 Application    Deadline March 1. Note: the Hokkaido International Foundation Program's application deadline is in February, prior to the UW application deadline. See "Application Process" section below for details.
  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.
 Where You Will Study
 Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships
 Application Process


Where You Will Study

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.

For additional program specific information, please refer to the program homepage.


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.

Students will receive the following credit for participation on the Hokkaido International Foundation Program: 15 credits of Japanese language

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.


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.


Program Expenses, Financial Aid & Scholarships

In most cases, if you are attending an affiliated program you will be billed by, and pay all fees directly to, the program provider or institution operating the program. The IPE Administrative Fee will be billed to your UW student account according to the regular UW tuition billing schedule.

Information about Tuition and Fees

For the total estimated costs of this particular program, you may request a budget by filling out a Budget Request Form.

For more information, see the Financial Aid and Scholarships webpage.


Application Process

To create a UW Study Abroad application for this program, click the "Apply Now" button on this page and complete the requirements as instructed by the prompts. In addition to your UW Study Abroad application, you must also submit a complete application to the Hokkaido International Foundation Program by its February deadline. Visit this link to download the Hokkaido International Foundation Program application instructions.

See Application FAQs for additional information about applications.

See Withdrawals for information about program withdrawal policies.