Curriculum

Overview

The HIF Japanese Language and Japanese Culture Program is a university level intensive summer course that focuses on proficiency-oriented instruction. The program aims to help participants acquire or improve communication skills in all aspects of Japanese language through the integrated study process of the classroom, homestay, and local community environments in Hakodate. The total hours of Japanese class is 140 hours and equivalent to two semesters of Japanese study at most universities.

Students meet for three hours every morning, Monday through Friday. We start each day with Ohayo Time. It is time for students to take a kanji & vocabulary quiz, and for Nicchoku, or a student on day duty, to make announcements for the day followed by a short speech.

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY

Academic dishonesty (cheating, plagiarism, fabrication, facilitating academic dishonesty, submission of the same work to more than one course, etc.) is not tolerated. Such violations are regarded very seriously, often resulting in severe consequences.

DISABILITY ACCOMMODATION

It is an individual’s responsibility to inform HIF of the need for academic accommodation for a qualifying disability. Currently diagnosed students should submit any requests for a disability accommodation as soon as they are admitted to the HIF program. Requests for accommodations should be supported by appropriate documentation and sent for review by April 30, 2020 (JST). You may submit a copy of documentation you submitted to your Japanese instructor/professor at your host university, if it is issued on or after August 1, 2019. Please note that a request for accommodations does not guarantee approval due to a different academic setting, circumstance and/or policy.

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Comments from Alumni

  • Name:
    Emily Branam
    University:
    Swarthmore
    College

    This program for me was about self discovery more than anything. I was given the opportunity to ... more

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    Ismail Can
    University:
    Swarthmore
    College

    Throughout my time at HIF, I feel that I made many wonderful memories, whether that be with my ... more

  • Name:
    Dabbour, Jawad
    University:
    Franklin & Marshall
    College

    HIF was one of the most incredible experiences ever. Being immersed in a homestay in Japan, ... more

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    Ernestina Hsieh
    University:
    Yale
    University

    I feel so lucky to be here. From the fluidity of transportation from home to school or culture classes to ... more

  • Name:
    Plearn Janvatanavit
    University:
    Wesleyan
    University

    At HIF, I was able to not only improve my Japanese, but gain a better understanding of the culture. more

  • Name:
    Keanna Lundy
    University:
    University of
    Denver

    The HIF program has exceeded all my expectations and has become one of my most valued experiences. more

  • Name:
    Roba Sabawi
    University:
    Yale
    University

    In doing this program, aside from epistemic gain, I was given a wide range of opportunities to experience ... more

  • Name:
    Randy Tran
    University:
    University of
    Washington

    HIF gives you the tools, resources, and support to help you not just succeed, but to exceed! more

  • Name:
    Michelle Wan
    University:
    Emory
    University

    HIF has been a great experience for me. The program provides you with lots of opportunities to get involved with ... more

  • Name:
    Yiyang Zhong
    University:
    University of
    Washington

    TThe HIF program is wonderful in respect of not only improving your Japanese language skills, but also on ... more

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