** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
**Please note that applications for the Hosei University Exchange Program fall program are due earlier than other fall study away applications: February 1.
Hosei University Exchange Program
Students are encouraged to meet with Professor Toshiyuki Sakuragi or Professor Lianying Shan of Gustavus' Japanese Studies program prior to applying for this program. Additionally, contact the Center for International and Cultural Education (x7545) for more information.
University and City
Hosei University is one of the oldest private universities in Japan and a member of the prestigious Tokyo Big6 baseball league (which is similar to the Ivy League in the United States). Hosei University’s main Ichigaya campus is located right in the center of Tokyo, the capital and the largest city of Japan with the population of more than 10 million people. The main feature of Ichigaya campus is Boissonade Tower, a 26-story academic building overlooking the outer moat of Edo Castle and Yasukuni Shrine.
The central location of the University provides easy access to such popular areas in Tokyo as Shibuya, Shinjuku, Akihabara, and Asakusa. On weekends, students may enjoy taking day trips to Kamakura, Nikko, and Mt. Fuji.
Note that this is an exchange program. In the exchange model, participating Gustavus students enroll directly in courses offered by a partner college or university located abroad or elsewhere in the US. In these programs, there is less direct support for participating students when compared to programs run by Gustavus or by partner organizations with US staff members and offices. The model requires some extra effort on the student's part, to navigate an unfamiliar institution and its systems, but the rewards are demonstrably greater (research shows this), as students who complete such programs experience the most immersive form of study away.
Students will partake in the Hosei University Exchange Students from Overseas Program (ESOP). This is an academic program designed to provide international students with coursework focusing on Japanese language and culture.
Exchange students will be placed in Japanese languages courses of an appropriate level via a placement test. A sample of ESOP’s Japanese culture courses (taught in English) includes:
Modern and Contemporary History of Japan
Japanese Youth and Popular Culture
Marketing in Japan
Cultural Diversity in Japan
"Cool Japan"- Japan's Nation Brand
Japanese Management Systems
International Cooperation of Japan
International students who have achieved a sufficient level of Japanese language proficiency will be allowed to take regular courses at Hosei University.
Hosei University has several residence halls for international students in various locations within Tokyo. The halls typically offer single room accommodation and two meals per day. If students pay for the housing and meals onsite, a semester's worth of tuition is lower than Gustavus.
Gustavus students with GPA above 3.0 may qualify for an 80,000 yen/per month scholarship from Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO). This scholarship will have no effect on any other scholarships that a student may have already been receiving.
Hosei video, featuring our own Hai Duy Nguyen from Gustavus!