Applications

Application Guidelines for Non-Students

This section is for high school/ university graduates (i.e., Non-student applicants.)
If you are currently enrolled in University as a degree program student, please refer to the Application Guidelines for Current Students.

Application Guidelines for Non-Students

Hokkaido University (HU) accepts applications from high school/university graduates (i.e., Non-students) who wish to take courses in the Hokkaido Summer Institute (HSI) program. All courses are directed at currently enrolled students, but many are also open to Non-students. Non-student applicants are able to combine courses among those offered according to their own majors and interests. They will be admitted as credited auditors based on the evaluation of application documents by relevant course supervisors.
Enrollment periods of successful applicants are designated for individual courses. Course participants (credited auditors) who pass the course examinations will be awarded credits for them. Credits earned in the HSI program may be counted as degree program credits under certain conditions if they enroll in HU or other universities as degree program students after participation in the HSI program.
*Information concerning applications and courses is subject to change. Please make sure to check the latest information on the HSI 2022 website.

≪Important notice About COVID-19≫

【Establishment of online courses】

  • ・Taking into consideration the ongoing COVID-19 situation, HSI2022 will also be offering many online-based courses. Applicants may choose the course they wish to take as an On-Campus course (Face-to-face), eHSI course (Online), or Recurrent Education course (HSI for Adults).

【Exception for course format changes】

  • ・Course format changes will not be permitted once an application has been submitted. However, in the event applicants are unable to come to Hokkaido University due to the spread of COVID-19 and the course they plan to take offers a combination of face-to-face and online classes, the applicants will be allowed to change their course to the online format.

【Exception related to program fees】

  • ・For those who have paid the program fee but are unable to attend face-to-face classes due to any of the reasons below associated with the spread of COVID-19, the program fee (including the Hokkaido University dormitory fee, if applicable) will be refunded. However, please note that Hokkaido University will not pay fees for the cancellation of air tickets and self-arranged accommodation due to not coming to Japan.
    1. 1) Hokkaido University cancels the face-to-face course, and the applicant does not wish to take the course online.
    2. 2) For reasons beyond the applicant’s control, they are unable to board a plane to travel to Japan or Hokkaido and does not wish to take the course online.
    3. 3) The applicant is found to have contracted COVID-19 during the period from 13 days before the first day of the course they plan to take until the day before, and a medical certificate issued by a public institution is submitted to Hokkaido University within one month from the first day of the course.

【Others】

  • ・In face-to-face classes, measures against infectious diseases will be taken in accordance with the guidelines established by Hokkaido University.
  • ・If there is a change in the responses of the Government of Japan and Hokkaido University due to the spread of COVID-19 infection in the future, the implementation method may change.

1. Application Eligibility

In order to be considered for the HSI Program, applicants must meet all the following requirements*:

  1. 1) [For undergraduate course applicants]
    Applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the application and have an academic level equivalent or superior to that of high school graduates.
    [For graduate course applicants]
    Applicants must have an academic level equivalent or superior to that of undergraduate graduates.
  2. 2) Applicants must have the English proficiency necessary to understand and participate in the course(s) they wish to take.
  3. 3) Applicants must meet the prerequisites indicated in the syllabus of course(s) they wish to take.
    *Hokkaido University may accept applications from those who don’t meet the requirements above, but have an excellent academic/research record and the ambition to pursue their subject at a higher level. For details, please contact the Hokkaido Summer Institute Managing Section.
  4. Important Note: Only for students participating in HSI from outside Japan
    Successful applicants, who live outside Japan and plan to come to Japan and take face-to-face courses, are required to take out insurance covering medical expenses and liability during their stay at Hokkaido University, and submit a copy of the insurance policy by the designated deadline after receiving a notification of acceptance. They are not able to take courses without submitting a copy of their insurance policy by the deadline.

2. Online Application Process

  1. Before the Online Pre-application Starts:
  2. 1) Read the application guidelines.
  3. 2) Browse the course information (syllabus and schedule) on each course page and choose course(s).
  4. 3) Prepare your application documents.
  5. During the Online Pre-application Period:
  6. 4) Go to the “Application for Admission” page to create your account.
  7. 5) Log in to your account page and fill out the online application form.
  8. 6) Follow the instructions on the application page and upload all required documents.
    Application guidance notes will be available on the website prior to the start of Pre-application.
  9. 7) Pay the application fee (9,800 JPY) online.
    • Note:
      Applications are considered complete once all documents have been accepted as valid and payment of the application fee has been confirmed by Hokkaido University.

    3. Application Documents

    Application documents shall be written in English, unless otherwise specified. Insufficient and/or incomplete documents WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED for application.

      1. 1) Application Form
        Answer all of the questions on the online application form. Applicants who wish to check the contents of the application form before applying online can download the application form below
        For overseas Non-students
        For Non-students in Japan

        ≪Note: course format changes≫
        Course format changes will not be permitted once an application has been submitted. Therefore, applicants should carefully consider which course they wish to take and decide accordingly.

        • * Only applicants who are unable to come to Hokkaido University due to the spread of COVID-19 and plan to take a course consisting of a combination of face-to-face and online classes may change their course to online format.
      2. 2) Photo
        Front-facing, upper body, no hat; 354 x 295 pixels
      3. 3) Copy of employment certificate or employee ID card
        Applicants must submit documents showing they are currently employed by their company.
        Self-employed applicants must submit documents showing they are self-employed.

        • * If you are not currently employed or have no employment history, please mention it on the application form.
      4. 4) Official certificate of graduation from the last academic institution attended (A copy of diploma is acceptable).
      5. 5) Official academic transcript from the last academic institution attended
        • * Only for applicants who take courses with the indication “This course requires an academic transcript at the time of application“ on “Additional Information” of the course page.

            showing 1) subjects, 2) grades, and 3) grading criteria.

      6. 6) Official English proficiency test certificate [Non-native English speaking applicants only]
        Applicants must submit a score certificate listed below.

        TOEIC Listening & Reading, TOEIC IP, TOEFL iBT, TOEFL ITP, IELTS,
        The EIKEN Test in Practical English Proficiency

        ≪Important note≫
        Applicants who do not have scores for the above tests must take the Duolingo English Test.

        ■Duolingo English Test
        This is an English proficiency test you can take online. Results are provided in two days.
        For more information, please visit the website below.
        https://englishtest.duolingo.com/en

        Score certificates for English proficiency tests not listed above, including the tests listed below, will not be accepted under any circumstances.

        TOEIC Speaking &Writing Tests,TOEIC Speaking Test,TOEIC Bridge Test

        ≪Important note≫
        ■Applicants who have received (or are receiving) university/graduate school education in English
        Applicants who have received (or are receiving) university/graduate school education in English are exempted from submitting the above score sheet by submitting official documents showing that the applicant has received university/graduate school education in English issued by the university: Medium of Instruction certificate (MI).

        ≪Medium of Instruction certificate (MI)≫
        This is proof that students have completed (or are enrolled in) a regular university/graduate school degree program offered in English only. If the academic transcript or graduate certificate states that the university/graduate school education was conducted in English, students may use it as an MI certificate.
        If the applicants’ university do not issue an official MI certificate, they will need to ask their university to issue a certificate stating that the entire curriculum at their university (graduate school) is conducted in English.

      7. 7) Copy of passport
        • * Only for applicants who plan to come to Japan and take face-to-face courses.

    4. Program Fee

    Type Application Fee Entrance Fee Tuition Fee
    Amount 9,800 JPY 28,200 JPY 14,800 JPY per credit
    Timing of payment At the time of application One month prior to the course date


    Ex1. To take a class for 1 credit
    Application Fee 9,800 JPY + Entrance Fee 28,200 JPY + Tuition Fee 14,800 JPY =52,800 JPY

    Ex2. To take a class for 3 credits
    Application Fee 9,800 JPY + Entrance Fee 28,200 JPY + Tuition Fee 14,800 JPY ×3 =82,400 JPY

    Applicants granted permission for admission will be notified of the deadline for program fee payment. Program fees are payable by credit card. Program fees that have already been paid are non-refundable. If applicants fail to pay the program fee within the designated period, their permission will be canceled.
    For those who have paid the program fee but are unable to attend face-to-face classes due to any of the reasons below associated with the spread of COVID-19, the program fee (application fee, entrance fee and tuition fee) will be refunded. However, please note that Hokkaido University will not pay fees for the cancellation of air tickets and self-arranged accommodation due to not coming to Japan.

    1. 1) Hokkaido University cancels the face-to-face course, and the applicant does not wish to take the course online.
    2. 2) For reasons beyond the applicant’s control, they are unable to board a plane to travel to Japan or Hokkaido and does not wish to take the course online.
    3. 3) The applicant is found to have contracted COVID-19 during the period from 13 days before the first day of the course they plan to take until the day before, and a medical certificate issued by a public institution is submitted to Hokkaido University within one month from the first day of the course.

    5. Application Period

    Application Period Courses Available
    1st Application March 7-16 All courses
    1st Additional Application

    ※For only applicants who live in Japan

    May 9-25 All courses starting on or after July 1
    2nd Application June 1-7 【Applicants who live in Japan】
    ■All Courses starting on or after August 1
    【Applicants who live outside Japan】
    ■On-Campus Course
    Courses starting on or after September 1
    ■Online Course
    Courses starting on or after August 1
    2nd Additional Application

    ※For only applicants who live in Japan

    July 1-7 All courses starting on or after September 1


    Note:
    Application submission opens at 12:00 on the first day and closes at 17:00 on the last day of the application period. [Japan Standard Time]

    6. Steps after Submitting the Online Application

    Screening results pertaining to permission to take courses for each subject will be notified to applicants via e-mail approximately one month after the application deadline. Successful applicants will be notified of further procedures such as confirmation of intent to enroll, and the tuition fee payment deadline.
    In addition, successful applicants will be provided with their own “My Page” on the website. The following information will be available on each applicant’s “My Page” on the website.
    -Registered information (Personal information, courses, fees, etc.)
    -Request for invitation letter (For visa application)
    -Student handbook (HSI participation guideline)
    -Event information

    Steps after completing application
    1) Receive the result of screening.

    Application Deadline Screening Result Notice and
    Confirmation of Intent to Enroll
    1st Application March 16 Around the middle of April
    1st Additional Application

    ※For only applicants who live in Japan

    May 25 Around the middle of June
    2nd Application June 7 Around the beginning of July
    2nd Additional Application

    ※For only applicants who live in Japan

    July 7 Around the end of July


    2) 【Important】We will once again confirm each applicant’s intention of enrollment as “Enrollment Confirmation” within the designated period.

    • * It will be assumed that those failing to complete their “Enrollment Confirmation” do not intend to enroll, and we will cancel their permission to take courses.
    • * Those who wish to cancel their enrollment after “Enrollment Confirmation” should notify us of their intentions by e-mail.
    • * Those who live in Japan will not be subject to any special procedures after “Enrollment Confirmation” and up until payment of the program fee.

    3) 【Only for applicants who live outside Japan and will be taking a face-to-face course】
    Start admission procedures on “My Page.” (Visa documents request, etc.)
    4)【Only for applicants who live outside Japan】
    *Only for applicants who initially planned to come to Japan at the time of application and selected courses which On-Campus course format is available. If you cannot come to Japan, please also indicate whether you will take the course online (if implemented) or cancel your registration.
    5) Pay the program fee on “My Page.”

    Program Fee Payment Period
    Students who start their studies in June End of April
    Students who start their studies in July Beginning Middle of June
    Students who start their studies in August Beginning of July
    Students who start their studies in September Beginning of August
    Students who start their studies in October Beginning of September






    *A detailed schedule will be sent by email.

    6) Make travel arrangements. (visa, flights, accommodations, etc.)
    *Only for applicants who plan to come to Japan and take face-to-face courses.
    7) Buy insurance. (mandatory)
    *Only for applicants who live outside Japan and plan to come to Japan and take face-to-face courses.
    8) Register necessary information on “My Page.”
    9) Participate in the HSI 2022 program.

    Visa, Air ticket, and Insurance【Only for applicants who live outside Japan】
    *The following information is subject to change due to the impact of COVID-19.

    – Visa
    Program participants who stay in Japan for up to 90 days will require short-term visas, with the exception of those from countries and regions with which Japan has visa exemption arrangements. Overseas applicants should be sure to check the list of such countries and regions on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website below before submitting application documents. Successful applicants who need to apply for a visa will be informed of the necessary procedures once they are granted permission for admission. The Hokkaido Summer Institute Managing Section will provide them with an invitation letter to include with their short-term visa application. Non-student program participants (credited auditors) are not able to obtain a student visa.
    https://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/

    – Air ticket
    Program participants, who plan to come to Japan and back on “My Page”  and take face-to-face courses, must submit a copy of the e-ticket for the flight to Japan before paying the program fee.

    – Insurance
    Program participants, who plan to come to Japan and take face-to-face courses, must take out travel insurance to cover possible accidents, injuries, illnesses or other incidents irrespective of their period of stay. Hokkaido University is not responsible for any unforeseen contingencies in which they may be involved. As such, they must follow the necessary procedures prior to departure from their country. Their insurance must cover death and medical care expenses due to sickness as well as accidental injury. Personal liability must also be covered by insurance in the event of an accident that results in injury or property damage for which they will be held legally responsible.

    7. Points to Note

    1. 1) In principle, applicants may not add courses after submitting their application. Therefore, applicants should carefully consider their course selections before applying.
      However, applicants may add courses offered as online (eHSI) courses only during the designated period after the application period. For more information, please refer to the website at a later date.
    2. 2) Applications are screened by faculty members in the relevant subject area, and the method of selection differs by course. Decisions are made on completed applications before applications in the subsequent application period are screened. Some courses, where the number of qualified applications reaches full capacity, may not accept applications in the subsequent application period.
    3. 3) Each course has a designated level. Before submitting an application, applicants should check the table below to see which level’s courses they can take:
    High school graduates Undergraduate graduates Master’s course graduates
    Undergraduate
    level
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    Master’s
    level
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    Graduate
    level
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    Ph.D.
    level
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      1. 4) Successful applicants may be contacted by relevant course instructors before classes start.
      2. 5) Successful applicants who fail to confirm their intent to enroll and/or to pay entrance and tuition fees by the designated deadline are deemed as having decided not to enroll in the program and therefore cannot take courses.
      3. 6) Successful applicants who decide to cancel all or part of their courses after submitting an application should use the Inquiry Form or send an email to let the Hokkaido Summer Institute Managing Section know of their decision and related circumstances. Please note that if they cancel their enrollment in the program, application, entrance and tuition fees and dormitory fees that have already been paid will not be refunded under any circumstances, except in the event the program is cancelled for any reason by Hokkaido University or in the event they cannot come to Japan due to the impact of COVID-19. They can request refunds up to the day before the start of the course they applied for.
      4. 7) Hokkaido Summer Institute reserves the right to cancel the course due to unforeseen and/or unavoidable circumstances. In this case, any expenses incurred other than tuition and dormitory fees will not be reimbursed. Applicants should keep this in mind when making travel arrangements.

    8. Handling of Personal Information

    1. 1) All personal information collected by Hokkaido University (hereinafter referred to as “the University”) will be completely protected in compliance with the Act on the Protection of Personal Information Held by Independent Administrative Agencies, the EU’s General Data Production Regulation (hereinafter referred to as “GDPR”), and other related acts and pursuant to the Hokkaido University Personal Information Management Regulations.
    2. 2) Names, addresses, and other personal information provided to the University through the application process will be used solely for (a) enrollee selection, (b) the announcement of exam results, (c) admission purposes, (d) surveys and research on enrollee selection methods, and (e) related processes.
    3. 3) Personal information obtained through the application process will be used only for those who are admitted for (a) school administration purposes (student registration, etc.), (b) student support services (health management, participation in events, etc.), and (c) application, entrance, tuition, and accommodation fees, and other administrative purposes.
    4. 4) The University also collects technical visitor information on the website, such as the date and time of access, the domain from which access is made, and the cookies (small information file stored on the hard drive of the computer used to access a website.) This information is not linked to individuals and cannot be used trace the identity of a visitor. The data collected and stored is used for statistical analysis of site usage and enhancement of the website.
    5. 5) Some of these processes may be outsourced by the University to a contracted service provider (hereinafter referred to as “the Contractor”). All or some of the personal information provided by applicants may be provided to the Contractor only as needed to perform the tasks for which it has been contracted.
    6. -GDPR Privacy Policy
    7. 6) The University processes applicants’ personal data with their consent. (GDPR, Article 6, Paragraph 1 (a)).
    8. 7) The consent set forth in 6) may be revoked at any time. However, it will not affect the lawfulness of their personal data that has already been processed with their consent prior to the revoke.
    9. 8) Personal data collected will be kept for 10 years counting from the subsequent fiscal year (from April to March) after the fiscal year their data was collected.
    10. 9) Data subjects (individuals whose personal data is collected, held and processed) have the following rights as stated in GDPR, as well as other related laws and regulations:
      To access their personal data / To have their inaccurate personal data corrected / To have their personal data deleted where appropriate / To restrict the processing of their personal data / To object to the processing of their personal data / To transfer their personal data to third-party entities.
    11. 10) If they are not happy with the way their personal data is handled, or the response they received from the University, they have the right to file a complaint to a supervisory authority defined in GDPR (Article 51, Paragraph 1).
    12. 11) The University is governed by the Incorporated Administrative Agency (IAA) Personal Information Protection Act. The European Commission’s adequacy decision is not applicable to the University.