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Hosei University EXC
Tokyo, Japan (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Semester 1,
Semester 2,
Year (Sem 1 & Sem 2),
Year (Sem 2 & Sem 1)
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65%; Credit
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Postgraduate coursework, Undergraduate
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English, Japanese
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Exchange Semester/Year
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Hosei University EXC
Location: Tokyo
Year Established: 1880
Student Population: 39,200
Hosei University is a long-established private university based in Tokyo. It was originally a school of law.
Hosei’s stated mission is “creating a global university: Toward a sustainable society from pioneering Japan”. Its innovative educational approach aims to achieve not only sustainability of natural environments, but also stable socioeconomic and cultural sustainability.
Unique Characteristics
Hosei has three main campuses, Ichigaya, Koganei and Tama, which are all located near central Tokyo. It has more than 15 faculties, including some that are not offered in other Japanese universities such as Intercultural Communication, Humanity and Environment and Social Policy and Administration.
Tokyo is a world famous city that is dazzling in its modernity but still manages to retain its traditional culture along with a passion for everything new. The city may seem overwhelming and incomprehensible at first, but gradually most people who spend any amount of time there grow to love it. It is full of bars, neon, nightlife and friendly people.


Academic Information

Course Catalogue 
Information about units of study at the host university.

Subject Area/s:

Arts and Social Sciences






Visual Arts

Health Sciences


Social Work

Architecture (MA)


Exclusions apply

Teaching Periods: Semesters/Terms
Spring Semester: April-July
Autumn Semester: September-January

Credit (Full-Time Load/Semester)

University of Sydney

Host University


14 credits

The above full-time load is indicative only.
Applications for academic credit are assessed by the relevant University of Sydney faculty/department based on: study load, contact hours, assessment requirements and level of study.

Grading System
A – 80-100
B – 70-79
C – 60-69
F – Fail 0-59.9

Transcripts Issued by Partner
Transcripts will be available at the end of your exchange period.



Language of Instruction
Classes at the host university are taught in Japanese and English. Japanese language courses are available with course descriptions available online.
Language Requirement
ESOP classes are taught in English and have no language requirement for native speakers of English. To enrol in regular Japanese faculty units of study, students must have a high level of Japanese proficiency.



What is the host city like?
Find out more information about the host city.

Housing options are offered by the host university.
Cost of Living
Use this guide to estimate living expenses associated with studying overseas.

Students are required to obtain health insurance valid during their exchange.


Useful Information

For Exchange/International Students
Specific information for exchange students provided by the host university.
Semester/Term Dates
Access the University’s calendar.
A mandatory orientation will be held prior to the start of semester.

Support Services 
A range of support services are available to students at the host university. 

Information from the host university.
Information from the Consulate-General of Japan, Sydney.


Student Experiences

Ben Grace
Bachelor of International and Global Studies

Host City Highlights
Hosei University is in the heart of Tokyo, which meant you had access to so many fun venues and opportunities. The emperors palace, akihabara (electric town) and Asakusa are iconic cultural locations worth visiting to get a good taste of Tokyo. However anyone who goes to Japan will tell you that the food is the best part of the trip. You can expect to get Michelin Star feeds for about $10 Australian wherever you go.
Uni Life
Clubs and societies are huge at Hosei. Most students are involved in some form of extracurricular activity, which means as an exchange student you have a very wide range of options available to you. Interacting with peers in your club is the best way to get to know local Japanese students and enhance your cultural experience.
The classes accommodated for foreign students well, with a range of options to accomodate for your majors available in English. They also have Japanese classes for you to take based on your Japanese proficiency, which they assess prior to you arriving at Hosei.
The food in Tokyo can be very simple, like a bowl of noodles or a curry with 3 ingredients, and still taste phenomenal. Everything was affordable and delicious. I would recommend tying a range of ramen / udon dishes to find out which flavour you prefer, because that will likely become one of your staple dishes.
My housing had good wifi connection, and dinner was prepared for the residents. All the facilities were shared, including toilet, bathroom and kitchen. I dormed with other Japanese students so that I could increase my language proficiency, and hey were lovely and very accommodating which was a tremendous help.
Money Matters
My budget was $15,000, which was more than enough for my exchange. This money covered food and travel, and I had $3000 to spare by the time I came back to Sydney.
Getting Around
Tokyo’s transit system is considered world class. The cost is similar to Sydney, and most people travel by trains. I never once checked train time tables because I knew that no matter what time I arrived at a train station, a train would be there in a very short amount of time.
The best time to go is second semester (by Sydney time). At this point, the cherry blossoms are in full bloom which makes for a spectacular travel experience. As long as you bring about $15,000 with you, I wouldn’t be too worried about budgeting. I was able to spend freely and return with a 5th of my money remaining.
Top Tips
Make sure you join a club, and don’t be afraid to get immersed in the culture/ language. The best way to upskill your Japanese is to go out with new friends to pubs and bars where you can have fun and not worry about having perfect pronunciation or grammar. If you feel homesick, your friends in Japan will be your best point of contact to help you get through difficult times.

Want to read more experiences from Hosei University? Click this link for more.

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