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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 Hakouh 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:

There are furnished dormitories, as well as student apartment buildings, for Japanese and international students. The Hakuoh Dormitory is a men’s dormitory and The Hakuoh Flat is for women. Each room has a private kitchen and all located within close proximity of Hakouh University. If dormitories have no vacancies, Hakouh University will arrange alternative housing.

Exchange students hosted by Hakuoh will be exempted from the Hakuoh University dormitory fees but will be required to pay for utility bills and a 10.000 yen room cleaning fee at the start of the stay. Exchange students are required to participate actively in international activities and provide time for extra-curricular activities to be exempted from dormitory fees. For details, refer to the exchange program application guidelines provided by Hakuoh University.


  • 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)
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA

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