About the Program
Minimum GPA 3.0
First semester late March – late July
Second semester late September – early February
UMaine students must be registered for at least 12 credits each semester. Students are not encouraged to register for more than 15 credits each semester.
Visiting students enroll in special courses for foreigners in the fields of Japanese Language, Culture and Art. No prior knowledge of Japanese language is necessary. Students can take courses in Japanese at the introductory, intermediate and advanced level. Each semester a course on Japanese culture is taught in English. Supplemental independent study courses may be arranged through the Hirosaki University Faculty of Humanities and Faculty of Education in the fields of literature, communication, art, education, and culture. Visit the website for the International Exchange Courses.
1 Hirosaki credit= 1 UMaine credit
|Hirosaki Letter Grade||Hirosaki Percentage Grade||UMaine Grade|
|S||90 – 100 %||A|
|A||80 – 89 %||A|
|B||70 – 79 %||B|
|C||60 – 69 %||C|
|D||0 – 59 %||No transfer credit|
Estimated budget for one semester at Hirosaki University.
Visiting students may apply for accommodation in the International House or may elect to rent an apartment off campus. Accommodations are quite modest by American standards but large by Japanese standards. The Hirosaki University International Student Office assists students in obtaining housing.
The monthly rent for a single room in the International House is 5,900 Japanese yen (about $80) with a 30,000 yen housing deposit (about $380). Students pay their own utilities for electricity and gas. Off-campus apartments range between 30,000-35,000 yen per month (about $380-$430).
Students are encouraged to arrive a day or two early before orientation starts to rest and adjust to the new time zone. Students book and pay for the hotel expenses. Students who receive the JASSO scholarship and will be living off-campus usually stay two-three nights in a hotel before they move in an apartment. More information on utilities and services provided.
International students at Hirosaki University are required to join the National Health Insurance System. The cost f this insurance is about 20,000 yen for one year (about $200). When students present their National Health Insurance card, they pay only 30% of the incurred medical costs.
Athletic Clubs (Aikido, Archery, Football, Kendo, Tennis, Racquetball, Cycling, Soccer, Mountaineering, Swimming, Volleyball, Basketball, Baseball, Rugby and others); and Cultural Clubs (Brass Band, Cinema, Drama, Guitar, Choir, etc.). Most visiting students find that participation in a student club provides the easiest means for meeting Japanese students.