For Participants

Online Forms to be Submitted by Participants

Please submit the following forms to HIF through your online portal. You will need your ID and password to login. Failure to submit the required forms by the deadlines may disqualify your admission to the program.

Deadline: March 16, 2020 (JST)

  • a) Homestay Preparation

    You need your head-and-shoulders photo (taken with the last 6 months) to upload. Please tell us about you, including your personality, hobby, food preference, smoking habits, etc. Information you enter on this form will help us to match you with a suitable host family. However, it is not a guarantee all of your preferences will be met.

  • b) Passport Copy

    A photocopy of your valid passport (page(s) showing your name, nationality and photo) must be submitted. If you need more time to obtain or renew your passport, please contact the HIF Office.


Deadline: April 20, 2020 (JST)

  • c) Your Itinerary to Hakodate

    Read Domestic Travel Information to Hakodate (coming soon) to find out which plan suits you the best, and tell us your itinerary.

  • d) Medical Report

    Click here to download the HIF Medical Report. This form must be completed by an examining physician (MD or Certificated Nurse Practitioner/ Physician’s Assistant only) ONLY after a medical examination taken within the past three months. No other forms will be accepted in substitution of this form.

  • e) Medical Insurance Information

    HIF requires all participants to obtain medical insurance to cover possible illness and accidents while staying in Japan. If your university does not cover your insurance, please contact insurance companies offering short-term travel coverage by yourself.


Deadline: May 15, 2020 (JST)

  • f) Your Itinerary from Hakodate

    Read Domestic Travel Information from Hakodate (coming soon) to tell us your itinerary back to your home country, including whether or not you join the group travel plan from Hakodate to Narita Airport.


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