Japan: Hokuriku University Summer Intensive Language Program

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Program Type

  • OHIO Credit

Academic Focus

  • Language and Area Studies

Program Feature

  • Language Immersion


  • Japan

Program Term

  • Summer

For more information contact:

Chris Thompson
Program Director 
Department of Linguistics 
Gordy Hall 351

Office of Global Opportunities



Hokuriku University, a private university of 4,000 students in the traditional Japanese city of Kanazawa, offers a three-week summer Japanese language and culture course. 

Study Away and COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, participation in study away and abroad involves real and potential personal, financial, and academic risk. The CDC advises that you should delay travel until you are vaccinated. Note that entry to some countries and participation in local program and free-time activities, including in the U.S., may be severely restricted or potentially unavailable to unvaccinated individuals. Unvaccinated travelers should additionally expect to incur extra expenses and onsite logistical challenges due to onsite testing requirements. For further information, contact ogoriskmanagement@ohio.edu

Highlights and Excursions 

Highlights of this program include weekend excursions to historical and cultural sights as well as the chance to participate in traditional Japanese activities such as the tea ceremony, flower arranging, and seal engraving.

Living Arrangements 

Students will stay in a university dormitory throughout the program. They will also have the opportunity to stay with a Japanese family during a homestay weekend. Breakfast, dinner, and some lunches are provided by the program.

Program Dates 

June 30 - July 30, 2022

*Subject to Change


Students will earn four hours of transfer credit (JPN 3990 for Undergraduate students, JPN 5990 for Graduate students). Because the program is shorter than an Ohio University semester, Hokuriku program credit cannot be substituted for any Japanese course required in Ohio University’s 1000 or 2000-level sequence. 

Students accepted to the Hokuriku Program are also required to register for a two-credit orientation course during the spring semester preceding the program.


The program fee for this program includes: Student accommodations, 2 meals (breakfast and dinner provided by Hokuriku), excursions, airport pick up only and international medical health insurance.

In addition to the program fee, students should plan for 4 credit hours of tuition*, administrative fee, and out-of-pocket costs. Below is the student budget worksheet for this program, which outlines these costs.  

Undergraduate Student Budget Worksheet 2022

Graduate Student Budget Worksheet 2022

Items that are not related to the program (ie. additional entertainment, souvenirs, extra travel, contingency funds) are not included in the cost estimates provided and should be budgeted for separately.  


  • Non-resident surcharge waived for the credit hours associated with this program. 
  • If you are nominated to this program, you will be required to pay a deposit to confirm your participation. The deposit is a down payment on the total costs to be billed by OHIO and is determined by the total cost of the program. 

Looking for Funding Opportunities? 

More information on financial aid and scholarships can be found on our funding pages.

Eligibility & Requirements 

The curriculum of this program is geared towards students who have a beginner's level of Japanese proficiency who have already mastered basic reading, writing and speaking skills. This program is open to undergraduate students with a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA and who have completed JPN 1120 (formerly JPN 113) or the equivalent by the time the program begins. 

Applicants are required to submit: 

  • A copy of their DARs
  • A personal statement - a one page essay explaining your interest in the Hokuriku Program.
  • 2 letters of reference

Admission will be based upon academic record, statement of purpose, and letters of recommendation. 


Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad.  Click here to read the entire conduct policy 

This program does not accept NON-OHIO students. 

Participants must have a at least a high school diploma or the equivalent (e.g. GED) by the start date of the program to be considered for eligibility.  Students enrolled in College Credit Plus (CC+) are not eligible for study away programs.

Entry and Exit Requirements 

U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year,  apply for your passport   now. Some countries also require a visa to legally enter or reside in the country.

U.S. citizens  will not  need a visa or other special document to enter the country for the length of this program. Please also note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates or travel to other countries during or after the program. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to this program. 

For more specific visa related information, please visit OGO’s Visa Information Page 

Information for  Non-U.S. citizens  can be found   here