International Student Programs

Opportunities to Study at Hakuoh for International Students
There are two categories of international students.

1.“Ryugakusei”international students

Ryugakusei students enter Hakuoh University as full bachelor or master degree courses students who do not have Japanese citizenship. They are required to take an entrance exam and spend four years to earn a bachelor,s and two years for a master,s degree. Hakuoh has about 80 international students representing 12 countries.

Hakuoh University has several openings for Ryugakusei: a the Department of Business Administration has 10, (the Business Communication major has a few of there) and the Department of Law has 5 places available.

Entrance exams are held in November and February at Hakuoh University for the term beginning in the following April.

For more information, please contact the Hakuoh University Admission Office. nyushi@hakuoh.ac.jp

2.“Kokan ryugakusei”international students (Exchange Student Program)

Kokan ryugakusei students enter Hakuoh University as exchange students under an agreement between their home university and Hakuoh.

Kokan Ryugakusei who wish to attend Hakuoh from April, have to submit documents through their institution international division by end of November or to attend Hakuoh from September, by end of May.

Hakuoh has exchange student program with Griffith University in Australia, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in the United States of America, and Southern Taiwan Technical University in Taiwan.

For more information, please contact Hakuoh University International Exchange Center. iec@hakuoh.ac.jp

Why study in Tochigi, Japan?
I have never heard of Tochigi, where is it?

Hakuoh University is a private institution located in the city of Oyama in the Tochigi prefecture, which lies 75 kilometers north of Tokyo and may be considered the entrance to the Tohoku (northeastern) provinces of Japan.

Northeastern Kanto still remains largely rural and relatively unsophisticated in many ways. Therefore, the charm of old Japan where human relationships matter and family values still influence the young, can still be found even among the freeways, and the ubiquitous shopping malls and convenience stories. The world famous Nikko region with its historical shrines dedicated to Tokugawa Shogunate that ruled Japan for 250 years until the arrival of Perrys black ships, is located in the picturesque mountains of Tochigi. Expanded bullet-train services from Tokyo station to the Tohoku region can reach Oyama city in less than half an hour. At Oyama station the skyline is dominated by the Hakuoh,s towering building University-East campus which houses its newly opened Graduate School of Law.

Japanese Studies at Hakuoh

Hakuoh University offers Japanese language and culture classes for international students. Kokan ryugakusei students may take those classes to improve their Japanese language ability and to better understand its culture.

■ Japanese

  • Japanese 1A (intermediate)
  • Japanese 1B (intermediate)
  • Japanese 2A (advanced)
  • Japanese 2B (advanced)

■ Cultures

  • Japan in the World 1 (society & economics)
  • Japan in the World 2 (history & politics)
  • Japan in the World 3 (culture & literature)
  • Japan in the World 4 (life & environment)


There are furnished dormitories for Japanese and international students. The Hakuoh Dormitory is a men's dormitory and The Hakuoh Flat is for women. Each room has a private kitchen.

Extracurricular activities

International students may participate in the following activities;

  • - Tea Ceremony
  • - Workshops (textile tie dyins, ceramics)
  • - Homestay
  • - Language Exchange

Messages from International Students

Laura Woods, IUPUI former exchange student

“During the year that I studied at Hakuoh University, I was able to significantly improve in my Japanese language ability; and because the classes are conducted completely in Japanese, I was able to learn more quickly than I could in America. Taking classes at Hakuoh has benefited me in numerous ways. For example, I was also to complete an Individualized Major in Japanese for my school in America by using credits from Hakuoh`s classes. In addition to this, I was able to meet other exchange students from around the world who all have an interest in studying Japanese. The teachers were very helpful and went for beyond what was necessary to make sure that all students in the class were learning, despite the varying levels of the students` proficiency. For students who have an interest in Japanese, studying abroad is an invaluable experience. I can recommend Hakuoh University as a good place to experience Japanese college life.”

Laura Woods