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International Education & Language Center


International Education & Language Center

The International Education & Language Center organizes and promotes exchanges in education and research with students and teachers of overseas universities. It also works to improve the foreign-language skills and enhance the international understanding of Hokusei Gakuen University students.
The International Education Office manages the day-to-day duties of the International Education & Language Center. It coordinates a variety of programs for the exchange students from partner schools, and it assists them during their stay in Japan. It also provides advice about studying abroad to Hokusei students.


The International Education Office is located on the first floor of the Center Building.

TEL:011-895-1000(direct phone number)


Greeting from the Director of the International Education & Language Center

Hokusei Gakuen University is dedicated to providing education that promotes individual humanity, social awareness, and internationalism. To support the third goal, for more than 50 years, Hokusei has actively developed international study programs for its students and for students from overseas. At present, Hokusei has study exchange agreements with 16 universities and colleges in 9 different countries throughout Asia, North America, and Europe. In Hokkaido, Hokusei is recognized as one of the leaders of international study and exchange.

The International Education & Language Center of Hokusei coordinates both the programs for sending Hokusei students to universities and colleges overseas and the programs for bringing overseas students to Hokusei. The core of this program is the International Exchange Curriculum. It offers a variety of classes taught in English and other languages that explore topics specific to Japan and topics of international concern. This classes are open to Hokusei students who are planning to study overseas and to students from overseas. For students from overseas, Hokusei also offers small-size Japanese language classes that can accommodate learners of all levels, from beginners to students majoring in Japanese.

In addition to formal classroom study, overseas students can participate in a variety of extra-curricular activities. These activities include chances for students to try traditional Japanese cultural activities such as flower arrangement and calligraphy, visits to local places of interest, and informal social events organized jointly by overseas students and Hokusei student groups.

Hokusei also provides excellent facilities to promote international communication, especially the newly constructed International Lounge and student café, located near the center of campus, where overseas students and Hokusei students can study or talk in a causal atmosphere. The International Lounge is also fully equipped to hold formal presentations and other events.

Studying a language in the country where it is spoken is one of the most valuable and enriching experiences that students can have. The International Education & Language Center of Hokusei welcomes all students who are eager to study new languages, experience new cultures, and meet other internationally-minded people.

Peter Gray

Peter Gray
Director, International Education & Language Center
Professor, School of Humanities