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  • Locations: Sapporo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
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  • Restrictions: St. Olaf College applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Year
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Field of Study: Anthropology, Asian Studies, Communication, Economics, Internship, Japanese, Journalism, Management Studies, Media Studies, Sociology Language of Instruction: English, Japanese
Course Number: 196 Program Host: Hokusei Gakuen University
Class Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Prerequisites: Japanese 232
Minimum GPA: No Minimum Required - Must be in good academic standing Department: OFFC
Advisor or Instructor: Joanne Quimby Housing: Dorms, Host Family
Program Description:
Program Overview
The Hokusei program offers students in Asian and Japan Studies Concentration the opportunity to study abroad in Japan at a university in Sapporo, the capital of the most northern island of Japan, Hokkaido. The characteristics of the university are very similar to St. Olaf's mission; Christian faith is the base of the institution.  Students may go either for the fall semester, the spring semester or a whole year.  

The Hokusei program offers vigorous intensive Japanese language courses and various content courses on Japan taught in English, such as culture, history, sociology, economics, business, management, and journalism/mass media.  Students studying off-campus in the fall can bring up to 4.5 credits back to campus; students studying off-campus in the spring with interim can bring up to 5.5 credits back to campus.

Student Life
Students live in the city of Sapporo, a city with a population of 1.9 million.  Located on the island of Hokkaido, it provides a different cultural experience than mainland Japan.  While at the university, students can take advantage of the International Lounge and enjoy the beautiful lilac trees on campus. To hear more about student life, click here.  

Students stay in a homestay or live in a dorm on campus.  There is also an option for a short (up to 3 days) homestay pending availability.

Pre-Approved GE Credits
There are no pre-approved GE credits for Hokusei.  Please contact your St. Olaf program advisor with questions.  

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Academic Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019-2020 02/28/2019
03/21/2019 09/09/2019 12/25/2019
Spring 2019-2020 02/28/2019
03/21/2019 TBA TBA
Year 2019-2020 02/28/2019
03/21/2019 TBA TBA
Year 2020-2021 12/15/2019
12/19/2019 TBA TBA
Spring 2020-2021 12/15/2019
12/19/2019 TBA TBA
Fall 2020-2021 12/15/2019
12/19/2019 TBA TBA

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This program is currently not accepting applications.