Hitotsubashi University is the only university in Japan to specialize exclusively in the humanities and social sciences. In 2019, it was accredited as a “Designated National University,” one of only six such institutions in the country. Hitotsubashi University emphasizes small-group class education, and one of the prominent characteristics of this is its seminar style approach that keeps class sizes small and focuses on intense student-faculty interaction, providing rich course content. Exchange students live and study on the Kodaira and the Kunitachi campuses, located approximately 60 minutes from central Tokyo.
Learn more about being an exchange student at Hitotsubashi University.
Hitotsubashi University offers a wide variety of Japanese language courses ranging from introductory to advanced levels, as well as interaction and experience-based learning courses taught in English for exchange students. In addition, through the Hitotsubashi Global Education Program, students can choose interdisciplinary courses in English designed for both international and Japanese students in the fields of the fields of business, economics, global studies, international relations, law, and sociology. Find more information about courses on the Exchange Students Course Registration Page.
You must register for a minimum of 13 credits per term. You receive resident credit for the courses you take, your grades factor into your University of Minnesota GPA and each course appears on your transcript with an A/F grade. See the Grade & Credit Conversion Scale for more details.
Housing & Meals
Exchange students are given priority to reside on the Kodaira Campus in Residence Hall Ikkyo-Ryo and live with Japanese and international students. Students have a private room, and share a kitchen, lounge, and bathrooms with 6 other students.
- Academic Year 2021–2022: $13,400
- Spring Semester 2022: Available October 2021
Program fee includes tuition and educational costs, and international health insurance.
Total cost of participation
Dates & 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.
The program is currently full for Academic Year 2021-22.
Academic Year: Late September - Early August
Spring Semester: Late March - Early August
Program dates are subject to change. Contact our office or visit Hitotsubashi’s Center for Global Educational Exchange 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||
Spring semester only
|Program Name||Bilateral Exchange in Tokyo|
|Track Name||Hitotsubashi University|
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.
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 Hitotsubashi 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.