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Japan Summer Language Institute

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:



Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan




Strong academic record, minimum one semester of college Japanese or equivalent.

Application Due:


Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

Program Update

This program is currently not being offered. Please see our other Japan program options and schedule an appointment with the Study Abroad advisor for Japan by calling 319-335-0353.

Academic Program

The Japanese Language and Japanese Culture program is a rigorous eight week program designed to develop Japanese language proficiency through well-planned compulsory classes and optional activities that require communication in context. Homestay is a key element of the program. This is a long-standing program of the Hokkaido International Foundation and receives applications from throughout the country, typically more than it can accommodate. Admission is competitive. UI students earn transfer credit on this program.

The most current program information is available at the Hokkaido International Foundation webpage here. Summer information is updated in late October of the prior year.


Hakodate is located at the southern tip of Japan’s northwest island of Hokkaido. At the time of Commodore Perry’s visit to the port in 1854, Hakodate led Japan's progress towards modernization. Today it is a small, quiet, rural town, with a population of about 300,000. The whole town participates in the reception of the summer foreign students.

While Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and other areas of Japan are known for their intense summer heat and humidity, the summers in Hokkaido are relatively cool and pleasant. The night view of the town from Mt. Hakodate is considered one of the most spectacular in the world.

Travel Arrangements

Students make their own travel arrangements to arrive in Hakodate by a designated date. Specific information will be provided by the Hokkaido International Foundation office.


Cost information is provided by the program and payment is made directly to HIF - click here for further details from HIF, and here for the Cost Sheet Summer 2014. .
In addition, students will be charged a UI Study Abroad administrative fee and mandatory international health insurance coverage on the U bill.

How to Apply

Interested students should visit with the Japan programs adviser in the UI Study Abroad office before November 15th (for early bird registration, or Dec 15th for regular) of the previous year to review application procedures and to discuss completion of the UI Credit Approval Form for Study Abroad.

Students will need to complete two applications: one for the University of Iowa and one for Hokkaido International Foundation. Click here for the University of Iowa's Study Abroad Application.

The Hokkaido International Foundation application will be made available from Nov 1st - February 1st (but students are strongly encouraged to apply early - there is also an early bird application incentive in Nov). Please check their website for application procedures and a link to their online application.

Admissions decisions are made mid-February and students may be placed on a waiting list if not initially accepted. For accepted applicants who confirm their placement, full tuition is due in early March.

Complete instructions for arrival and all other matters pertaining to summer study in Hakodate will be provided by the Hokkaido International Foundation once admitted to the program.

Prior to departure, students also attend a general TIPS orientation for UI Students Studying Abroad. In addition, the exchange program adviser provides cultural notes and individualized information about registration and credit procedures at Iowa.