Study Abroad Program Overview
Study abroad at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, Japan, offers exceptional coursework taught in Japanese and some courses taught in English. This national university is well known for its prestigious social sciences departments, seminar-style instruction, small class size, international community, and its strong alumni network, an advantage for students considering future careers in Japan.
Hitotsubashi is located in the Tokyo suburb of Kunitachi. The campus has a classical “Ivy League” ambience of brick buildings, green lawns and mature trees. The location has a more relaxed atmosphere than more urban campuses located in downtown Tokyo. It is a ten-minute walk from the train station along a spacious divided street with outdoor restaurants and shopping. The main road to campus is lined with mature cherry and oak trees.
UCEAP Scholarship: All participants of academic year-long programs will receive a $2,000 scholarship (does not include extensions).
Students attend classes with host country students.
Language of Instruction
A growing number of courses taught in English are offered each year.
language study is required each semester unless you are fluent and are taking courses taught in Japanese. Course units range from 2 to 10 Hitotsubashi units (3 to 15 UC quarter units). Hitotsubashi Japanese Language Education
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early September to late July
early April to late July
"I learned/gained the most by joining the Host University sports team. Not only did I improve my Japanese but I also got to experience the Japanese college student lifestyle/culture." -- UCEAP Hitotsubashi Participant 2015-16
Hitotsubashi prearranges student housing. UCEAP students live in either the International House (Kunitachi campus) or the International Village in the nearby city of Kodaira. Most students commute by bicycle (about 20 minutes). More information on housing
Participating in extracurricular cultural and social activities while studying abroad is an excellent way to meet people, improve your language skills, and integrate more fully into the community. Join sports, musical, theater, or arts groups; volunteer at local organizations; attend lectures and receptions held in academic and community circles; and get the most out of your time abroad.
Hitotsubashi University offers a rich variety of student club/circle activities. UCEAP participants have joined martial arts clubs (karate, judo, aikido, and kendo), sports clubs, sport teams, and clubs for tea ceremony, drama, music, dance, flower arranging, and international relations.
Past UCEAP participants noted that Hitotsubashi was good for people who like cycling - the scenery was picturesque Japan.
UCEAP students are supported by UC's network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with EAP host universities throughout the world. UC faculty and local staff abroad help students integrate into the culture of Japan and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.
The University of California Tokyo Study Center provides an enriching, educational, and safe experience for UCEAP students who study at nine Japanese host Universities.
See the UCEAP Program Guide
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, and independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; and housing.
All international students at Hitotsubashi become part of the academic community and members of the student body. It is an engaging Japanese campus environment with coursework taught in Japanese and English.
Hitotsubashi University offers undergraduate programs in four faculties for exchange (UCEAP) students: Commerce and Management, Economics, Law, and Social Sciences.
A special feature at Hitotsubashi is the zemi (seminar) system which offers a year-long course in social sciences. A zemi usually has 10 to 25 students. Students study under one professor who acts as academic advisor, mentor, and instructor. The zemi goes beyond academic instruction; it often develops into a close-knit, study group for shared interests and social activities in Japan. The concept of a zemi as a place for personal development, as well as academic training, has been a Japanese educational tradition for generations. In addition to academic work, members enjoy a variety of activities together, both on and off campus.
Japanese language study is available from intermediate to advanced levels. The units range widely from 2 to 10 Hitotsubashi units (3 to 15 UC quarter units).
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"I participated in an Academic Seminar Zemi that was very interesting. The work load is quite higher than a typical UC class but the unique opportunity to work closely with Japanese students was a great experience."
--UCEAP Hitotsubashi Participant
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad; 21 quarter/14 semester UC units minimum per semester; usually 6 to 8 courses.
Research and Independent Study
Research and independent study are possible. Many of the zemi culminate in a year-long research project. Arrangements are made after arrival in Japan.
Hitotsubashi University, located in the western Tokyo suburb of Kunitachi, is highly regarded for education and research in the social sciences and integrates practical studies of commerce and economics with the social sciences. The university actively promotes international academic exchange and cooperation and prides itself on its progress toward internationalization.
Since its establishment in 1875, Hitotsubashi has trained many of the leaders who have shaped Japanese economy and society. It is organized into faculties of Commerce, Economics, Law, and Social Sciences, with both undergraduate and graduate faculties in those fields, as well as the Institute of Economic Research and the Institute of Innovation Research. Hitotsubashi enrolls about 6,100 students, including nearly 500 international students and about 400 researchers from abroad; it has some 450 full-time faculty members.
Test Drive Your Future
Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.
Please note-Current internship offerings may vary; you may do your own research to find additional internship opportunities.
Setting Up Your Internship
- You are encouraged to set up your own internship prior to arrival in Japan. If needed, the Tokyo Study Center may be able to assist you after arrival.
- Keep in mind that deadlines for internships at the US embassy and consulate are well before your program application deadline.
- Some internships are short-term during the semester break while others are ongoing during the academic year.
- In the past, some students have found internships with such entities as Panasonic, Asahi Beverage, and the U.S. Embassy.
- "I decided that rather than work for an international organization or in politics, I wanted to do something that I already knew I would enjoy: become a teacher." -UCSB student
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.
Estimated EAP Costs *
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2015-16. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2015-16 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay the same non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.
- All pre-departure expenses related to visas
- Round-trip airfare
- UC fees
- Optional airport meet and greet
- On-site Orientation
- Books and other materials
- Accident and medical insurance
- Automatic transfer of classes and grades to your UC transcript
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Study abroad scholarships for Japan
Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan
The US-Japan Bridging Foundation awards 100 scholarships annually to US undergraduate students for study in Japan. The scholarships provide $2,500 for one semester or $4,000 for the academic year to cover travel and living expenses. In 2017, two UC students were awarded. Applications are due in April for fall/year programs and October for spring programs. Requirements include an application, transcript, short essay, and letter of recommendation. Find out more
Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) Scholarships
JASSO offers scholarships for international students who are accepted by a Japanese university, junior college or college of technology. Find out more
Morgan Stanley Scholarships for Study in Japan
Morgan Stanley Japan offers two $7,500 scholarships to US students with an interest in policy, economics, or international finance who will study abroad in Japan. The scholarships are co-sponsored by the US-Japan Bridging Foundation and the American Association of Teachers of Japanese. Applications are due in April. Find out more
American Association of Japanese University Women (AAJUW)
AAJUW was founded in 1970 to promote the education of women, as well as to contribute to the better U.S.-Japan relations, cultural exchanges, and development of leadership. AAJUW's scholarship
award $2,000 and the deadline is in October.
Sophomore, Junior, Senior, GraduateClass Level Eligibility
: Sophomores may only apply to the spring semester.
- The University-level language requirement is: minimum 1 year (3 quarters / 2 semesters).
2.85 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.GPA Note
: A UC minimum cumulative GPA of 2.85 is required.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements.
Application Information and Deadlines
Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by Hitotsubashi University
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: