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Entrance examination


Hakodate University welcomes International students eager to study with us. There is no special entrance examination system for international students. If you are educated outside of Japan and wish to enter the university, you can take the (1) General entry examination, (2) Transfer entry examination, or (3) Professional entry examination. For more information, please refer to the Japanese website “Admission Information”. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our entrance examination section.

Note: At our university, lectures are conducted in Japanese in principle.
Therefore, you need to have a minimum of Japanese language ability to take classes. In the entry examination process, we will determine if your current Japanese language proficiency meets our standards through subject tests and interviews in Japanese. As a reference, it is desirable to have at least “Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) N2” or acquisition of Japanese in the “Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU)”.

Annual Rate of Tuition & Fees

The academic year begins in April and runs through to the following February with 2 vacation periods of about two months each (spring: Feb.-Mar. and summer: Aug.-Sep.). These periods give students opportunities to study abroad, work part-time or engage in volunteer activities.

Entrance fee 100,000
Tuition fee 740,000
Incidental fees 180,000
Administration fees 60,000
Association fees*1 62,000
Total fees 1,142,000

*1 Association fees includes: Parental association fee/Student association admission fee/Student association fee/Alumni fee

Voice of International Students

Experienced students share their stories about University life.

Wang Xi

Transferred from Nankai University Binhai College (China) for 3rd year

I transferred to Hakodate University in order to pursue my studies of the Japanese language after majoring in it at Nankai University Binhai College in China. One of the main reasons I chose Hakodate University for studying abroad is that I was intrigued by the fact that I could learn not only the language but also commercial science. On top of that I wanted learn about the real Japan by living in a smaller city such as Hakodate, not a metropolis like Tokyo or Osaka.

At Hakodate University I acquired plenty of knowledge about business and good communication skills through various opportunities, such as discussions in small groups or presentations conducted outside of the university. Plus, some classes gave me opportunities to study Japanese history and Japanese movies so that I was able to learn Japanese culture from a variety of perspectives.
Through my two years of life in Hakodate, Hakodate became my "hometown” in Japan. There are so many fantastic and beautiful places to enjoy in this city, not to mention the seasonal events such as the Hakodate Port Festival in summer and Hakodate Christmas Fantasy in winter. By interacting with local people through these events, I realized how much Japanese culture is influenced by traditional rituals, like kabuki or tea ceremony, in addition to events of daily life.
Currently, I work in the marketing department of All Nippon Airways (ANA) in Tokyo. I make an effort every day at work to be a bridge between Japan and China by making use of my Japanese language skills.