To be eligible to apply for HUSTEP, students must:
1. be from exchange partner universities
2. be enrolled and pay tuition fees at their home universities during study in Japan
3. have completed at least two years of undergraduate study prior to arrival in Japan
4. have GPA of 3.0 (B) or better on a 4.0 scale or equivalent
5. be proficient in English. Non-native English speakers must have a score of at least TOEFL iBT 79 or IELTS 6.5
6. be able to arrive in Sapporo by late September or first week of April
- Applicants must be a Japanese language and/or culture major enrolled in an undergraduate degree course at a partner university of Hokkaido University. First-year students are not eligible to apply.
- Applicants should have N3 (or higher) on the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) or the equivalent at the time of application. Specifically, applicants should know 500 or more kanji and be able to understand conversation spoken at a natural speed. They should also be able to read and write simple sentences. Any students who are found to have inadequate language skills after arrival will not be able to complete the course.
- Applicants must possess a good academic record at the university level.
- Applicants must be between 18 and 29.
For details, please check the HUSTEP website.
There is a screening process and NOT all students who apply will be accepted. Japanese language ability is not required to participate in HUSTEP. Those students whose main focus is studying Japanese language and are majoring in Japanese Studies should consider applying to the Japanese Language and Cultural Studies Program (JLCSP) instead of HUSTEP.
There are a limited number of scholarships available so most students will have to cover their own costs. Although the cost of living in Japan varies for each individual, it will cost about 100,000 yen per month. Thus, students should have enough money saved up to pay for one year of living costs or make other financial arrangements before coming to Japan. Students should be clear that HUSTEP is strictly a study program.
Even if students receive a scholarship, the first payment will be made one month after arrival. Students must bring money to pay for their dormitory fee and living costs for their first month.