Hosei University began as a private school (Tokyo Hougakusha) in 1880 against the backdrop of a growing movement for individual freedom and human rights. The school was established to educate individuals in the concepts of rights and obligations and contemporary French juridical thought. Hosei University has 3 campuses at Ichigaya, Tama and Koganei all of which are located within Tokyo. Whether as a place for study, a place for annual university/club/circle activities, a place for interacting with friends or a place for building your future career, having your base of activities for 4 years be located in Tokyo is advantageous in a number of ways.
Depending on the language placement test results at the beginning of the semester, students with a high level of Japanese proficiency can take part in regular courses and seminars in Japanese. The Program Director will advise on course registration for exchange students.
Incoming students register after arrival.
Note: SDSU students may study at Hosei University for either one semester or a full academic year. Students that wish to study for only one semester may only study during the spring semester of that year.
**If you are a Japanese major or minor, you must contact Dr. Yoshiko Higarashi Education Business Administration (EBA) 323, firstname.lastname@example.org
before the application process.
Students are required to have taken at least 2 semesters (1 academic year) of Japanese language prior to participating in a semester or year at Hosei University.
Courses are primarily taught in Japanese, but some English courses are offered.
Note: ESOP courses on Japan-related topics are conducted in English.
Semester 1 (SDSU Fall Semester): mid-September to late January
Semester 2 (SDSU Spring Semester): mid-April to late July
Hints for Researching Program and Available Courses
ESOP offers 10 courses on Japan-related topics in English. Each faculty also offers some courses in English. To find out which classes are being taught go to the Hosei University ESOP
Housing and Meals
There is no on-campus housing. However, Hosei University subsidizes half of the rent of the accommodations listed below. The actual rent as of September 2009 is 30, 500 yen. To find out more about housing visit the Accommodations
All SDSU students will be automatically enrolled in the appropriate international health insurance for their study abroad term. The insurance charge will appear on your student account services billing shortly before departure. Students will receive more detailed instructions regarding insurance before departure.
For more information about visa requirement, visit Japanese Consulate
For more information about entry/exit requirements for your host country, visit the U.S. Department of State