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Program Description


Photo courtesy of HSU.

Quick Facts

  • June 15th is the priority review deadline for spring applicants and February 1st is the priority review deadline for fall applicants.  If space remains after this deadline, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the program fills.   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.
  • Eligibility: Students must be degree-seeking students who are enrolled full-time at ASU (min. 12 credits). Students must have already completed two full-time semesters at ASU (min. 12 credits per semester), with all grades posted, during the time of the application, even if they are a transfer student.
  • Note: The competitiveness of this program is considered low to moderate. Please contact the International Coordinator for more details.


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.


Academic Program & Courses

Students will take 8 credits of Japanese language accompanied with elective courses taught in English or Japanese.  Students will take a language placement test upon arrival to determine the appropriate language courses.  HSU class sizes are very small and elective courses taught in English are limited.

Academic Opportunities/Restrictions

Language Courses The Study Abroad Office will post JPN 294 to your ASU record until you take a language proficiency exam upon completion of the program. This will determine the ASU equivalency that the student will earn on this program.
Course List & Syllabi from Previous Semesters Click here
Submit a HSU Syllabus for Evaluation Click here
Courses Previously Taken by ASU Students (may not be offered during your term of study or in your chosen program) Click here

Academic Culture
Japanese courses are typically 2 credits for a lecture-style course.  The courses are 90 minutes and will meet once a week.  

Academic Schedule
Term Dates (estimated) Academic year: October-July
Spring: April-August
Course Registration Process & Timeline After arriving on-site, students will work with HSU staff to enroll.  For Japanese Language courses, you must take a placement test upon arrival
Course Levels, Credits & Grades
Course Levels HSU does not use a numbering system based on levels. Lower or Upper division (Courses will be evaluated based on content).
Credit All credits and grades will be posted to your ASU record after completion of your program.  As courses are graded, not pass/fail, they will be factored into your ASU G.P.A.
Click here to view the HSU Credit/Grade Conversion Scale.


HSU lectures

HSU students
Photos courtesy of Hiroshima Shudo University


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.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Japan, older buildings are not likely to have been retrofitted for accessibility. At major train stations, airports, and hotels, travelers with disabilities should encounter few accessibility problems, although many smaller stations are inaccessible to those who cannot climb stairs.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact Student Accessibility and Inclusive Learning Services and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. 

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services. For example, in Japan, the population is ethnically homogenous, so some students may experience more attention, comments, and questions, both positive and negative. 

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


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 fees:

  • $50 Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • $400 Administrative Fee (non-refundable)
  • Carbon Offset Fee*
  • International Travel Service Fee (Including Insurance)*
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 International Travel Service Fee charged to each student depends on the program duration and the Carbon Offset Fee will increase annually (in July) by approximately $2.


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




Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2021 09/25/2020
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: June 15th is the priority application deadline for spring. If space allows, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through the listed deadline or until the program fills.

Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.
Academic Year 2021-2022 02/10/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: February 1st is the priority application deadline for fall. If space allows, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through the listed deadline or until the program fills.

Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.
Spring Semester 2022 09/25/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: June 15th is the priority application deadline for spring. If space allows, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through the listed deadline or until the program fills.

Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.

** 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