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 2021–2022: $13,400
  • Academic Year 2022-23:  TBD
  • Spring Semester 2023:  TBD

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

Dates & Deadlines

Application Deadlines

  • Academic Year 2022-23:  February 1, 2022
  • Spring 2023:  TBD

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.


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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Once you submit your application, you will receive an email notification confirming that your application was received. Submitted applications are assigned an application checklist, which will include the following items:

  • Application Essay
  • Advising appointment with the Exchange Coordinator

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.