Hiroshima Prefecture is situated in Western Japan on the coast of the Seto Inland Sea in an environment richly endowed with natural resources and scenic beauty. The sea is the foundation of a vibrant local marine economy. The northern part of the prefecture is characterized by small towns and farming villages, offering many kinds of traditional entertainment such as "Kagura" (sacred Shinto music and dance). The prefecture's diverse climate allows for the enjoyment of many seasonal sports. Hiroshima City is an energetic and thriving metropolis. Despite being the victim of the first atomic bomb in 1945, recent years have seen the city prosper with remarkable industrial development. As a result, the population has increased to over 1 million inhabitants.
Higashi-Hiroshima City is situated in a basin about 30km east of Hiroshima City, in a beautiful natural area that has long been famous for the brewing of sake, Japanese rice wine. With the relocation of Hiroshima University there, Higashi-Hiroshima has grown into a modern campus city. The neighboring city of Saijo has all the big city amenities while keeping its rural appeal. Every October Saijo holds the Sake Matsuri, an energetic festival celebrating the area's long history of sake brewing. Higashi-Hiroshima and Saijo provide a beautiful place to study while catering to all the needs of the university student.
Hiroshima University consists of 10 faculties and schools, Integrated Arts and Sciences, Letters, Education, Law, Economics, Science, Medicine, Dentistry, Engineering, Applied Biological Science, a number of graduate schools, research institutes and other centers. Hiroshima University is one of the biggest National Universities in Japan, with an enrollment of about 15,000 students, including over 700 international students. The campus is located in Higashi-Hiroshima City.
Students may take courses in either English or Japanese. No prior Japanese experience is required. All students are required to take one course in Peace Studies and one course in Japanese Culture and Society. For more details on study programs available, please click here and go to "HUSA Curriculum."
Full Academic Year only: September 24-July 31 (approximate dates based on last year)
Application deadline: February 1
Exchange programs charge only regular JMU tuition, based on residency, while room and board are paid to the host institution. Students are responsible for airfare and personal expenses.
SAMPLE BUDGET (one semester):
In most cases students enrolled in the HUSA program are housed in the Ikenoue Student Dormitory Complex or the International House located at five minutes walking distance from the campus.
The dormitories are 5-story reinforced concrete buildings with a capacity of 100 residents. Dormitory rooms are western-style, furnished with a bed, desk, chair and closet. They are all single rooms. Each room usually has air-conditioning, a private toilet and washing basin. Bedding can be rented or students can buy or bring their own. Kitchen and shower facilities are shared. Each floor has a common room, depending on the floor either western-style or Japanese style with tatami mats. Kitchens are equipped with refrigerators, and gas-ranges. There are also laundry facilities with coin-operated laundry machines and dryers.
International House (Kokusai Kôryû Kaikan)
International House is one kind of dormitory for international students. Hiroshima University prepared this facility for the purpose of providing a comfortable living space for foreign students and of promoting international exchange. This House will be a comfortable place to live for foreign students who do not have Japanese language proficiency. The House has a private kitchen and bathroom. Residents will have to purchase kitchen-utensils and other items themselves.
All students who participate in a JMU exchange program will be required to write a reflection paper upon completion of the program which will be available for future participants to read. Please click here to read past reflection papers from JMU students at Hiroshima University.
Applicants must have a 2.5 GPA and be in good standing with the university.
Spaces are limited. Please meet with a study abroad advisor before applying. For more detailed instructions and to download the application, please click on the following link to the Applications and Forms section for JMU Exchange Programs.
Scholarships specifically for exchange programs are sometimes available. Check our website for current offerings. Most forms of financial aid apply to the cost of study abroad programs. Students should consult with a financial aid counselor for specific information about awards and eligibility. For more information, please click on the following link to the Financial Aid & Scholarships page.