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Hakuoh University

Program Terms:

Spring Semester & Academic Year


Hakuoh University was founded by lifelong educator Dr. Kazuyoshi Kamioka in 1986 and currently has about 4,000 Japanese and foreign students studying in its various divisions. The name Hakuoh, meaning “white seagull, and the motto plus ultra, or more beyond, is intended to inspire students to soar to their fullest potential. From its inception, Hakuoh has attempted to bridge the gap between theoretical and practical education by focusing on the acquisition of knowledge and skills that are most applicable to today’s rapidly evolving society. Students are trained to think creatively, globally, and to make the widest possible use of evolving technologies.

Hakuoh University is a private institution located in the city of Oyama in the Tochigi prefecture, which lies 75 kilometers north of Tokyo and may be considered the entrance to the Tohoku (northeastern) provinces of Japan. Since 1986, over 1000 international students from over 20 countries have studied at Hakuoh University.

Academic Details:

Courses are open to undergraduate and graduate students in any major, who have intermediate or advanced proficiency in Japanese (recommended to complete at least 2 years of university-level Japanese prior to departure). Courses are available in the Faculty of Business Administration, the Faculty of Education, the Faculty of Law, and the Graduate School of Law. Hakuoh University also offers Japanese language and culture classes for international students. Exchange students have the opportunity to participate in paid English teaching internships. Fall semester is from September to February, and Spring semester is from April to August.

Housing Details:

Exchange students from UHM are eligible to stay in the Hakuoh University dormitories for free as long as they agree to be active participants in the university’s international activities. For more details, please refer to Hakuoh’s exchange program application guidelines. Suggested activities include language exchange, short presentations at local K-12 schools, participating in a Japanese speech contest, and more. Please note that this benefit applies to rent only. Students will be expected to cover a one-time room cleaning fee and futon fee at the end of the program (~ $114 USD), as well as the cost of utilities and Wi-Fi.


  • Junior standing at time of application
  • Must have completed 4 semesters of college-level Japanese language at time of application (or equivalent – i.e. JLPT N2-N3 capabilities)
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA

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