UMN Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors


Academic Year, Spring



Language Requirement

Japanese language background preferred



The University of Hiroshima’s campus is located Higashi-Hiroshima City, approximately 30 minutes outside of central Hiroshima. The city is in a beautiful natural area that has long been famous for the brewing of sake, Japanese rice wine. Hiroshima University has a large campus and strong campus community. Students report that they have ample opportunity to practice their Japanese because fewer people in this smaller town speak English, and there are abundant opportunities to interact with local students.

Learn more about being an exchange student at Hiroshima University.

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Students study as part of the Hiroshima University Study Abroad (HUSA) Program. HUSA students enroll in Japanese language courses (elementary, intermediate or advanced) for 8-10 credits each semester. A limited number of English courses are also offered. 

Students with advanced proficiency may also be eligible to enroll in regular Japanese-taught courses at the university.

You must register for the equivalent of 13 UMN credits or more per term. You receive resident credit for the courses you take, your grades factor into your UMN GPA and each course appears on your transcript with an A/F grade. See the Grade & Credit Conversion Scale for more details.

Housing & Meals

The majority of international students live in single rooms in the Ikenoue Student Dormitory. Japanese students live in this dorm too, and it is a great way to integrate into university life. Every floor in the dorm has a kitchen, and there are also cafeterias and dining halls on campus.

Program Fees

Academic Year 2021-22: $13,900
Spring Semester 2022: $7,250

Program fee includes tuition and educational costs, and international health insurance. 

Dates & Deadlines

Application Deadlines

Academic Year 2021-22:  February 19, 2021
Spring 2022:  September 1, 2021

If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.

Academic Calendar

Academic Year:  Late September - Early August
Spring Semester:  Late March - Early August

Program dates are subject to change. Contact our office or visit the HUSA Program Orientation website for arrival date information before purchasing your airfare.


3.0 GPA. This requirement may be flexible under certain conditions. Preference given to students with a Japanese language background.


To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information:

Center Name TC Learning Abroad Ctr
Education Abroad Term

Academic Year

Program Name Bilateral Exchange in Hiroshima
Track Name Hiroshima University
Country Japan

Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee.

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Upon submitting the online application, you will be assigned an application checklist that includes:

  • Application Essay
  • Advising appointment with the Exchange Coordinator
  • Japan Exchange University Preference List
    • Exchange spots at Japanese universities are limited, and you are encouraged to have a back-up program in mind. If you are not accepted to Hiroshima and wish to be considered for other universities, you may list up to 3 alternatives in order of preference. View the at-a-glance comparison page for information on other options.

Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.

Application Review Process

After the application deadline, the GO Minnesota selection committee will review applications and make decisions within 2 weeks. If you are nominated, your name will be submitted to the host university and you will complete their application materials. Upon your official acceptance by the host university, you will be assigned a confirmation checklist, which you will complete to confirm your participation in the program.

Exchange programs can be competitive, and we may not be able to place all students who apply. If you are not selected for your first-choice Japanese university, we will place you at your second- or third-choice school. 

If at any point you decide not to continue with the application process, log into the Education Abroad application system and submit a cancellation request.

If the program does not fill, applications will be considered on a rolling admissions basis until the program fills or until the host university deadline. Please contact us to inquire about applying after the deadline.