Academic Year 2017

  • update: January 28, 2017

Name of University Hosei University
Year Founded 1880
Student Population Undergraduate: 28,576 (As of May 1, 2016)
Postgraduate: 1,788 (As of May 1, 2016)
International students: 756 (As of May 1, 2016)
Name of Program Exchange Students from Overseas Program (ESOP)
Location City Tokyo, Japan
Campus 1)Ichigaya    (Main campus) 
   ESOP is held in Ichigaya campus, which is located in the heart of Tokyo.
Language/s of instruction English and Japanese
ESOP courses are conducted in English.
Exchange Durations & Periods One semester or Two semesters
Period: April-July (Spring) / September-January (Fall)
Students can start either in April or September.
Semester Dates

< Spring 2017 >
April 4 – 6
 ESOP Post-arrival Orientation (for new students)
April 7
 Spring semester classes begin
July 22
 Spring semester classes end
July 24 – August 2
 Examination period for regular courses (excl. ESOP)
August 3 – September 15
 Summer break period

<Fall 2017>
September 13 – 15
 ESOP Post-arrival Orientation (For new students)
September 16
 Fall semester classes begin
December 25-January 7
 Winter break period
January 8
 Fall semester classes resume
January 20
 Fall semester classes end
January 22 – February 2
 Examination period for regular courses (excl. ESOP)
February 3 –
 Spring break period

* Exams for ESOP courses are conducted in class.

Recommended Arrival Dates (Academic Year 2016) Spring: April 1, 2 and 3, 2017
Fall: September 10, 11 and 12, 2017
Application Procedures Submit the application form and necessary documents online.
Course Catalog / Syllabus See Course Descriptions
Courses/Programs with restricted access ESOP students can register all courses in Hosei University.
To register non-ESOP classes, students must get the approval from each lecturers at the first class.
Regarding classes conducted in Japanese, students with a high level of Japanese proficiency are able to attend. It depends on the results of language placement test conducted at the beginning of the semester. The Program Director gives advises on the course registration to exchange students.
Courses/Programs offered in English ESOP offers 37 content courses on Japan-related topics in English (As of Academic Year 2016).
Following faculties conduct classes in English;
Faculty of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies (GIS)
Global Business Program (GBP)
Sustainability Co-creation Programme (SCOPE)
・Global Open Program
Course Enrolment/Registration Incoming students register after arrival.
Some courses have quotas.
Level of Study Undergraduate and Postgraduate
Credits per study period Minimum Load: 9 classes per semester
Average credit per course 1-2 credits
Japanese language courses Students can register “Japanese Language Program” courses. (not mandatory)
Number of hours per week for each course 90 minutes per week
Total number of weeks for each course 14-15 weeks per semester
Grading System Information Pass (Credit Earned)
 A+ (Scores 100-90/Grade Point 4)
 A (89-80/3), B (79-70/2), C (69-60/1)
 D (59-0/0), E (incomplete/0)
Housing Please click here.
Finding off-campus housing
(Not designated by university)
No direct assistance offered.
Health Insurance Requirements Exchange students must enroll in “National Health Insurance” (Kokumin Kenko Hoken) after arrival. “Insurance for Hosei University International Students” (Hosei Daigaku Gaikokujin Ryugakusei no tame no Gakusei Hoken) is optional.
Visa Information Hosei University will make the necessary applications on students’ behalf.
Intensive language instruction We offer intensive Japanese language instruction for exchange students during semester.
Orientation & Support Services Post-arrival orientation of academic year 2016 (tentative)
 Spring semester: April 4, 5 and 6, 2016
 Fall semester: September 13, 14, and 15, 2016
* Japanese language placement test will be held during the orientation.
* Instructions on health and safety and services available to students will be given during the orientation.
Estimated Cost of Living per month Monthly living cost for exchange students is approximately \80,000~\100,000 excluding monthly dormitory rent.
Scholarships Hosei University may recommend exchange students as candidates for JASSO(Japan Student Services Organization) SCHOLARSHIP FOR SHORT-TERM STUDY IN JAPAN”. Students accepted by the Organization receive scholarships of \80,000 per month.
Staff Contact Details Name: Michiko Mochida (Ms.) / Erina Ohhara (Ms.)
Position: Inbound program coordinator
Mailing Address:
 International Office, Global Education Center
   Hosei University 2-17-1 Fujimi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo,
   102-8160 Japan
Phone: +81-3-3264-9402
Fax: +81-3-3264-4624
Email: esop[=at=]

* The above information is correct as of January 2017 and is subject to change without notice.