The Hosei University Exchange Students from Overseas Program (ESOP) was established in 1997 to provide academic opportunities to exchange students who wish to experience today’s Japan first-hand; these students are from our overseas partner institutions, as well as individual applicants.

ESOP offers courses in English which cover a myriad of topics related to Japan, appealing to students with diverse academic interests. As well as these courses, ESOP students can maximize their learning and appreciation of Japan by enrolling in Japanese language classes for no additional fee.

We currently have partnerships for student exchange with 60 universities in 20 different countries (as of February, 2018). Through ESOP, our students are able to both explore Japan and build connections with young people from all over the world.

Experience the world, in the center of Tokyo.



In addition to ESOP courses, students can enroll in regular courses offered by any faculty at Hosei University (conditional upon the course instructor’s permission).

Main courses (Language: English)

ESOP ESOP offers a variety of courses exploring all aspects of life in Japan; these includes areas such as the economy, society, culture, media and social issues. Many of these classes are small, with instructors teaching in an interactive style.
GIS GIS … Faculty of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies
GIS offers a solid liberal arts curriculum, in which a variety of courses are organized into five concentrations: “Arts and Literature”, “Linguistics and Language Acquisition”, “Culture and Society”, “International Relations and Governance”, and “Business and Economy”.
GBP GBP … Global Business Program, in the Faculty of Business Administration
GBP offers the unique opportunity to obtain in-depth knowledge of the Japanese style of business management. In addition to theoretical lectures, students can learn Japanese professional management in English through company visits, internships, and lectures provided by business instructors.
SCOPE SCOPE … Sustainability Co-creation Programme, in the Faculty of Sustainability Studies
SCOPE offers a curriculum integrating knowledge and methodologies from the humanities, social sciences, economics, natural sciences, and arts. This program in turn provides a roadmap for students that can be applied to sustainable policies, practices, and strategies from the design and selection stage, through to final implementation.

Optional courses (Language: Japanese)

Students with high proficiency of the Japanese language are eligible to take any of the regular courses taught in Japanese offered by the 14 faculties in Hosei University, in addition to GIS. Students can take these courses to expand their knowledge in their current fields of study, while improving their command of the Japanese language at the same time.
JLP JLP … Japanese Language Program
Exchange students are allowed to take Japanese courses without paying an additional fee. JLP offers many courses for learners of all levels, from beginners to advanced.

For more information, please refer “Course Descriptions”.

Contact us

International Office, Global Education Center
Hosei University
2-17-1, Fujimi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 102-8160, Japan

Email: esop[=at=]
Tel: +81-3-3264-9402