Hiroshima, Japan

Semester Timeline

Fall Semester: October - February
Spring Semester: April - July

Application Deadline

Applications Open: September 1st
Application Deadline: February 1st
Decision Date: March 1st

University Profile

The Hiroshima University Study Abroad Program, or HUSA, is an exciting and eye-opening international exchange program. Designed specifically for university students who are interested in Japanese culture and society or student who want to deepen and broaden their studies with a period of study abroad, HUSA offers an unparalleled cultural experience for either 6 months or for a full year. Studying in Japan gives students an opportunity to directly experience life and society of the country, thereby expanding their cultural understanding. HUSA unites participants from many different countries, creating lasting friendships with people from across the globe.

HUSA program runs from October until July of the following year (2 semesters). Students who wish to participate in the HUSA Program for one semester only join the HUSA in the fall semester.

Location Description

With the recent relocation of Hiroshima University, Higashi-Hiroshima City transformed from an isolated Japanese town to a modern campus city. Higashi-Hiroshima City is a beautiful natural area that has long been famous for the brewing of sake, Japanese rice wine.

About 30km west Higashi is Hiroshima City, 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. Today's Hiroshima has flourished to such an extent that little evidence remains of the atomic bomb tragedy. It is not surprising that Hiroshima City has become one of the worlds leading centers for Peace Studies and one of the major campaigners for the abolition of nuclear weapons.


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. 

HUSA Courses


Students enrolled in the HUSA program are housed in the Ikenoue Student Dormitory Complex, located at 10 minutes walking distance from the campus. In addition, Japanese and international students live alongside each other in the same building, providing opportunities to deepen mutual understanding and engage in international exchange.

Housing Info

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a 2.7 GPA and be in good standing with the university. 

The is no language requirement for this university. All course instruction will be offered in English. 

Applicants must have completed their first year of JMU before going abroad. There are exceptions for Transfer Students.


In addition paying regular tuition to JMU, participants can also expect to pay the following estimated costs to the host institution:

On-Campus Housing $850
Meals $800
Health Insurance $100
Total Estimated Costs $5,460

Additional out-of-pocket expenses may include flight, visa fees, in-country transportation, and personal funds.

How to Apply

The application for admission has a number of parts. See the outline below and make certain you have completed all steps in the application process:

  • Online JMU Exchange General Application 
    Completing the General Application will allow you to select your top three universities for Exchange. Multiple Exchange Program applications do not need to be submitted.
  • Exchange University's application 
    Upon acceptance from JMU, the applicant will then complete the host university's application. The exchange program coordinator will work with applicant to provide access to the application. 

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