Hiroshima, Japan

Course Information

Hiroshima, Japan | 2016-17 Yearlong

Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.

Courses Available at Hiroshima University

Through our agreement with Hiroshima University, an array of courses will be made available for you to take. Fields of study and a sample selection of courses believed to be of most interest to USAC students are included below. Hiroshima University offers a variety of courses in various faculties: some of which are special courses offered in English just to study abroad students, some are integrated courses that are either offered in Japanese with assistance in English or are courses in English that are regular course offerings, and regular course offerings in Japanese. Courses are subject to availability and approval of prerequisites which are determined by Hiroshima University.

  • Students typically register for seven courses (14 credits). Most courses are two credits each, and equivalent to two US credits.
  • Students test into Elementary I, Elementary II, Intermediate I, Intermediate II, or Advanced (5 levels). Students can study one or two levels simultaneously per semester except Elementary I. No previous language coursework is required for the Elementary I level (available fall semester only).
  • There are three to four courses in each level; each course is two credits, so each level is 6 to 8 credits.

Keep in mind that you must enroll in the equivalency of at least 12 US credits per semester (even if host university requirements are lower). Be sure to have plenty of primary and alternate course options in mind as schedules are subject to change and registration in your preferred courses is not guaranteed.

Grades may not be ready until one or two months after exams are completed; in some cases it may take longer. Check your Credits, Courses, and Transcripts document in Gateway for details specific to your host university. The transcript evaluation and grade reporting process at your home university will also take time after your overseas transcripts arrives. If you plan to study here during your senior year, review your home university requirements carefully to allow enough time for grades to be posted for graduation. Plan to work ahead with your academic advisor if you will be using your study abroad coursework to meet prerequisites back at home.

Japanese Language and Culture Studies

  • Elementary Japanese I (fall only)
  • Elementary Japanese II
  • Intermediate Japanese I
  • Intermediate Japanese II
  • Advanced Japanese
  • Advanced Writing
  • Japanese Education and Culture
  • Japanese Society and Culture

Other Undergraduate and Graduate Courses

Taught in English or with English language support

Business, Law, and Economics

Recent courses have included:

  • Economic Development and Policy (graduate-level only)
  • Japanese Economy
  • Politics and Foreign Relations of Japan
  • Study on Japanese Companies and Organizations
  • The Independent Study on Japanese Companies and Organizations

Culture, Education, and Society

Recent courses have included:

  • Asian Cultures (graduate-level only)
  • Cross-Cultural Studies on Education
  • Education in Japan (graduate-level only)
  • Family Life in Japan
  • International Relations (graduate-level only)
  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology
  • Japanese Art and Global Education
  • Japanese Culture and Peace
  • Japanese Society and Gender Issues
  • Japanese Society and Lifestyles
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Study on International Issues and Challenges
  • Seminar in English Debate

Science and Information Technology

Recent courses have included:

  • Algebra B
  • CMOS Logic Circuit Design
  • Developmental Biology
  • Earth Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Management Technology (graduate-level only)
  • Food Chain Dynamics
  • From the Microscopic World to Macroscopic Universe
  • General Health and Oral Science B
  • International Cooperation in Medicine
  • Introduction to Advanced and Integrated Science
  • Introduction to Environmental Chemistry
  • Laboratory in Physical Science B
  • Modern Chemistry
  • Network and Algebraic System
  • Recent Development in Biological Sciences
  • Structure of the Human Body
  • Synthetic Organic Chemistry


The Globalization Support Internship is comprised of two parts: a theory course and the practicum itself. The purpose of the internship is to develop Japanese language, theoretical understanding of Japanese society in professional work settings, contribute to an appreciation of cultural diversity, and increase cross-cultural understanding. To participate, the internship placement test must be passed at the beginning of the semester; while English may be used interns are required to have at least intermediate or high level of Japanese language proficiency.

Recent projects have including coordination of an international exchange historical tour to a local island, work in local schools and in tourism video production, and other opportunities to work closely with local agencies, officials, and organizations. More information will be available upon arrival during orientation.

  • Globalization Support Internship I: Career Theory and Practice
  • Globalization Support Internship II: Practicum

Course Descriptions

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Quick Details

2017-18 App. Cycle

Fall: Closed

Yearlong: Closed

Consider applying to Nagasaki instead!


Minimum GPA: 3.0 GPA

Minimum class standing: Sophomore

Program Type



Overseas credit

Program Capacity



English | Japanese