Program Description

Academic Schedule – Summer 2020

June 11 (Thu), 12 (Fri)
Placement tests & orientations
For the nights of June 11 and 12, HIF reserves rooms in the Hakodate Kokusai Hotel.
June 13 (Sat)
Opening ceremony. Homestay starts.
First Semester
June 15 (Mon)
First semester starts.
June 27 (Sat), 28 (Sun)
Overnight group trip to Onuma Quasi-national Park
July 9 (Thu)
Final examination
Semester Break
July 10 (Fri) - 13 (Mon)
Semester break
Second Semester
July 14 (Tue)
Second semester starts.
July 24 (Fri)
HIF speech contest
July 28 (Tue)
Independent study fair
August 6 (Thu)
Study day (no class)
August 7 (Fri)
Final examination
August 8 (Sat)
Closing ceremony & farewell party
August 9 (Sun)
Move-out day of homestay

Participants must arrive in Hakodate by noon of June 11, 2020 (JST). If your university operates on a quarter system and have a schedule conflict with the HIF program, you must let the HIF Office know before you apply.

During the homestay period (6/13-8/9), staying out overnight is prohibited even at another student’s home or at a hotel, except for the four-day semester break.

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    University:
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    University:
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    University:
    University of
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