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Hiroshima Shudo University
Hiroshima, Japan (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Calendar Year,
Spring Semester
Program Website: Click to visit
Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Earn ASU Credit: View Pre-Approved Courses
Cost Sheets Academic Year,
Spring Semester
Areas of Study:
Foreign Languages, Humanities, Social Sciences
Program Type:
Exchange
Language of Instruction:
English, Japanese
Language Prerequisite:
2 semesters or equivalent
Minimum Class Standing:
02 - Sophomore
Graduate Courses Available:
No
GPA Requirement:
2.50
International Coordinator:
Abby Dalpra
College Sponsor:
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (Humanities)
Department/School Sponsor:
School of International Letters and Cultures
Available to Non-ASU Students:
No
  Program Details

Overview


Photo courtesy of HSU.

Quick Facts

  • To receive priority consideration for this program, submit complete academic year applications by February 1st and spring applications by August 1st.  Since the applications for Japanese exchange programs are lengthy and require multiple supporting documents, students should open the application AND meet with the International Coordinator no later than 3 to 4 weeks prior to the application deadline. Additionally, Japanese majors/minors are required to meet with a Japanese faculty member as part of the application process. This should be done as early as possible in the application process, before selecting a program. The names of approved faculty members are listed in the application; if you do not yet have an open application, contact the International Coordinator for more information.
  • Hiroshima Shudo University is excellent for Japanese Majors hoping to improve their language abilities.
  • This program is well suited for a highly independent student, as it is a very small exchange with limited student services.
  • Note: The competitiveness of this program is considered low to moderate. Please contact the International Coordinator for more details.

Location

City of Hiroshima
Photo: Hiroshima, Japan

Location Details

Hiroshima's modern culture has been shaped, in very large part, by the atomic bombing of 1945, when a US bomber plane dropped a nuclear weapon on the city, killing tens of thousands immediately, damaging vast sections of the city, and causing severe environmental and health problems in the surroundings. After the devastating attack, Hiroshima was rebuilt and dedicated as a peace memorial city. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park was built, and a dome, known as the Atomic Bomb Dome, was erected above the surviving building closest to the hypocenter of the attack. In the decades since World War II, Hiroshima has become a leading advocate for world peace and strongly opposes any form of nuclear weapons development or testing.

Besides its firm political stance on nuclear proliferation, Hiroshima is also known for its streetcars. Most other Japanese cities switched to subways in the 1980s, but Hiroshima has retained its early 20th-century transportation system. Another famous Hiroshima specialty is Hiroshima-yaki, a variation on the popular okonomiyaki, which is a Japanese type of pancake.

Visa Information

U.S. citizens will require a visa* in order to participate in this program. Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.

Academics

Academic Program & Courses

The exchange program at HSU is very small -- you can expect to be one of just 10-15 exchange students on HSU campus. For this reason class sizes are very small, which can lead to rapid language development. HSU also offers a limited number of English language elective courses.

This program is well suited for highly independent students, as student support services are limited.

Note about Japanese language courses: Students who are Japanese majors/minors are required to take a language placement exam upon completion of the program. This will determine the ASU equivalency that the student will earn on this program.

Access a list of courses other ASU students have taken and current course equivalencies.

Credit & Grade Conversion Scale

Click here to view how credits and grades at Hiroshima Shudo University will convert to ASU credits and grades.
HSU lectures

HSU students
Photos courtesy of Hiroshima Shudo University

Housing

I-House at HSUI-House at HSU
i-House at HSU
Photos of i-House courtesy of Hiroshima Shudo University

Program Housing

International students at Shudo usually choose from two housing options: to stay at one of the international student houses or to find private accommodation.

Hiroshima Shudo University International House (I-House) is a 7-story residence for HSU international students which is 20 minutes ride by bus from JR Yokogawa station in Hiroshima. 36 single rooms and 5 family rooms are available. (Family rooms are only for married couples.) Each room is equipped with bathroom, air-conditioning, heating, refrigerator and internet connection. There is a communal kitchen and dining room. More information about accommodation in the International House can be found online here.

Apartments are usually unfurnished in Japan. A student should expect to buy bedding, kitchenware, and other essentials. The University’s International Affairs Center or a real estate agent will help the student find an apartment or a room for rent. The tenant is required to pay an initial deposit of 2-3 months’ rent, some or all of which will be returned when the accommodation is vacated.

Occasionally there may be an opportunity for a homestay situation, but this will be advertised to accepted students after acceptance.

All housing will be managed directly by Hiroshima Shudo University.

Accessibility

Accessibility Information

Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from what you find in the United States. Depending on the program, there may be a great deal of walking or the regular use of public transportation. The Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program.

Although ASU cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites, students with disabilities can and do study abroad. Upon request, the ASU Study Abroad Office can provide information about the availability of accommodations and accessible facilities on the specific program and can help you determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.


Japan half moon bridge
Photo courtesy of ASU student Christina C.

Cost

Cost Information

Exchange program participants will pay ASU tuition and fees for the term of the Exchange program, according to the individual student's classification and degree level. In addition to ASU tuition and fees, participants are also responsible for paying the following non-refundable fees:

  • $50 Application Fee
  • $400 Administrative Fee
  • Mandatory Medical Insurance Fee*
All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student.

Be sure to reference the Academic Year Cost Sheet or Spring Semester Cost Sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

*The actual amount of the Medical Insurance Fee charged to each student depends on the program duration. 

Funding

Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Academic Year Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program

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  Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Calendar Year 2017 09/25/2016
**
Rolling Admission 03/27/2017 01/25/2018
Spring Semester 2017 10/15/2016
**
Rolling Admission 03/27/2017 07/31/2017
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.
Academic Year 2017-2018 03/01/2017
**
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: For priority consideration for this exchange, apply by February 1, 2017. If space allows, applications will continue to be accepted through March 1, 2017.

Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.
Spring Semester 2018 09/25/2017 ** Rolling Admission 03/27/2018 07/31/2018
NOTE: For priority consideration for this exchange, apply by August 1, 2017. If space allows, applications will continue to be accepted through September 25, 2017.

Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.
Calendar Year 2018 09/25/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed