Interact with others, reflect on yourself and create a new you.

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I believe that the young people who will live in the coming age need to have comprehensive human abilities — the ability to find their own position in society while interacting with other people and society, maintaining a balance between themselves and others. I believe that this personal stance will be sought after in the coming age.

In light of this, Hakuoh University is an ideal institution for young people who have the potential to shape the future and are ready to take their first steps into society to develop their comprehensive abilities.

This is because Hakuoh University is located on the line connecting the capital city of Tochigi Prefecture and Tokyo, a region and a city, and also because the Main Campus is located in front of the busy JR Oyama shinkansen station, and the Daigyoji Campus is situated along the banks of the Omoi River, forming the opposite environment in the artifice and nature juxtaposition.

When people find themselves in a geographically or environmentally polarized place, they initially feel uneasy. To resolve this uneasiness, people seek to discover where they really are. That is why we are so fortunate to have our university here, a place where we can reflect on ourselves and discover a newly integrated self.

Hakuoh University has three faculties: the Faculty of Business Administration, the Faculty of Law, and the Faculty of Education. We can see that the roles of each of these faculties and the relationships between them build the human triangle that shapes society. The Faculty of Education deals with the mind and is the study of the inner man. The Faculty of Law is about rule-making, which shapes the world outside of a person. The Faculty of Business Administration asks how we reconcile the two and is seen as a discipline that integrates and manages the human mind and the rules of society.

The three faculties of our university are closely related to society, which has various synergistic effects on the students who study in each of them. I hope that you will explore your field of study here, expand your interactions with students from other faculties, meet with peers who have different ideas and backgrounds, and encourage each other's growth and development.

As young men and women, you are allowed to experiment and explore, to spread the wings of your imagination and, at times, to get lost and make mistakes. I hope that you will fully experience these things on this campus. I also hope that while learning about the new world of society and the things inside and outside of your mind. I hope that your humanity will mature, and that you will continue to improve your comprehensive abilities, which will aid your life in the future.

Osamu Kitayama, President
The sixth president of Hakuoh University. Graduated from Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine.
After training at the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London and Maudsley Hospital and serving as a professor at Kyushu University's Faculty of Human-Environment Studies and Faculty of Medical Sciences, he became a professor at Hakuoh University in 2010 and Vice President in 2013. He assumed his current position in April 2021.

Lorraine Reinbold, Chairman of Hakuoh University International Affairs

Lorraine Reinbold, Chairman of Hakuoh University International Affairs

Study the World and Open New Horizons!

Welcome to Hakuoh University. Hakuoh University, since its foundation, has been encouraging students to go beyond their comfort zone and reach out to the world, which is what our motto, "Plus Ultra" ("Reach Beyond" in Latin) conveys.

Based on mutual exchange agreements with 19 universities located throughout the world, Hakuoh University offers full year and half year exchange study programs at universities located in countries as the US, China, Taiwan, Thailand, the Republic of Korea, Norway, France, and Brazil. For instance, for over 30 years, we have welcomed over 1,000 full-time International students and over 1,000 international exchange students from our partner institutions.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, the exchange program is at a standstill; however, Hakuoh University is delighted to welcome students from a variety of countries. Previous exchange students at Hakuoh University have included students from New Zealand, Fiji, China, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Senegal, Tonga, America, Thailand, Mari, and Nepal. We are proud to offer students an international environment on campus here and will continue to do so.

In our everyday campus life, in addition to coursework, we offer students a unique variety of events and places for international exchange, including Study Lounges, International Exchange Lounge, Language Commons, International Conversation Hours, Study Abroad Summer Program at Hakuoh, and Welcome Parties.

In a globally connected 21st century, students will face a barrage of challenges and need to remain flexible to overcome whatever they may encounter in life. Incoming students from abroad will have unique opportunities at Hakuoh University for academic study and personal growth, all while immersing themselves in living in a foreign country. Our students also gain intercultural skills and adaptability through interaction with the exchange students. For all students, the tangible value of knowledge acquired through these experiences remains throughout their lives.

Hakuoh University's International Exchange Center is here to help students realize their academic goals, and facilitate and provide international connections and experiences to all of Hakuoh University's students, which we believe will give their professional portfolio another dimension in a global job market. The International Exchange Center continues to help students realize their inner potential and to help them grow not only as students but as members of the global community.
Utilizing this newly designed English language homepage, we hope that you will learn more about our institution, and consider Hakuoh University as a study abroad destination.

Chairman of International Exchange Center
Lorraine Reinbold, June 2020

Testimonials from a President of International Student Club

Testimonials from a president of International student club

They say the way you spend your time during university days defines how your life turns out. With such high hope expectations and aspirations I chose this university. And I am glad to say it’s one of the best decision I made in my life. Being a foreign student I had fear of being left out and no confidence in my Japanese language, but kind friendly supportive students and teachers helped me to improve myself and move forward. I have never felt left out by anyone. The friendly environment and the lectures are the best thing of this university. There also are library where you can study with peace of mind, cafeteria to enjoy your time with friends. The club activities are the best thing that make you feel like home. Located right beside the station there are lot of things you can enjoy. From supermarkets, restaurant, game-center all within the reach by free bus. I say it’s the best place you can spend your time and get a lot in return. I am having an unforgettable experience in this university where I am treated as a family by everyone all I want to say is thank you very much Hakuoh for so much love and support.

Testimonials from a Graduate Student

Testimonials from a Graduate Student

I am so lucky to be able to come to Hakuoh University. I can enjoy my study abroad life in the quiet city of Oyama. At Hakuoh University, both teachers and classmates have been very enthusiastic in supporting us international students. One of my favorite memories was visiting a nearby high school, where I was able to lecture about my home country. Thanks to the hard work of the faculty and staff at Hakuoh University, I was able to receive several scholarships during my time in Japan.
Every day is very fulfilling, and getting such support and help in an unfamiliar city is a rare event. I love Hakuoh University, and I love everyone at this school.

Testimonals from a Foreign Exchange Student

Testimonals from a Foreign Exchange Student

Going to Hakuoh University for one year was a great experience. The staff are really nice and they’re always there when you need them. The students are really friendly and there are a lot of events to meet people. The classes are interesting and supportive so don’t be afraid to try and use your Japanese as much as you can. Oyama city, where the school is located, is perfect because it has everything from supermarkets to game centers, all within reach by free bus. If you feel like, you can take a day trip out to bustling Tokyo, as well as beautiful Nikko. Hakuoh University really provided an unforgotten experience! Thank you so much!