Japan: Hiroshima - Undergraduate and Graduate Studies

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The Hiroshima University Study Abroad Program (HUSA) is designed for students who wish to deepen their knowledge of Japanese culture and society while integrating into classes taught in English or Japanese with Japanese students.

The thriving metropolis of Hiroshima faces the tranquil Seto Inland Sea and is situated in a beautiful natural environment. The northern part of the city is mountainous, and the city's ideal location offers recreation opportunities in water sports in the summer and snow sports in the winter. Hiroshima Prefecture is dominated by the Chugoku Mountain Range with its small towns and farming villages that offer traditional festivals and activities for all to enjoy.

Highlights
  • Choose from a range of courses taught in English including STEM fields, five levels of Japanese language courses, and a Global Support Internship offering placement in local city halls and schools.
  • Live in a beautiful region of Japan while studying at one of its most prestigious universities, and experience firsthand a country rich in culture and history.
  • Improve your language skills and understanding of Japanese society through an internship with a local organization or a community service practicum with Japanese students.

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  • Academics 8.5
  • Support 8.5
  • Fun 8
  • Housing 9
  • Safety 10
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Robert
10/10

A Place to Master a Language and Love a New Culture

I had chosen the USAC Hiroshima program because I heard that Hiroshima University is not only one of the best Universities in Japan but that it also has a very strong Japanese language program. In addition to that, but since Saijo is such a rural town, it is a great place to study as the English proficiency of the locals is about the same as the Japanese language proficiency of those who live in Nevada... Pretty much non-existent! So be sure to learn some Japanese or at least the alphabet so you can have a head start in the language when you arrive.
The housing is nothing special, it can feel a bit gross at times, but if taken with a grain of salt one can remember that the reason they came to this program is not for the housing but for the immersion into the local populace and the mastery of a second language. With the incredible affordability of the dorms and the state it’s in, you will only use it for a bed, shower, and food and spend most of your days out with friends and the local people.
Other than that, the festival in Kure or the Sake Festival in Saijo are just a taste of all the great things you can do to become a part of the cultural experience and traditions of Japan. Luckily, living in Hiroshima, you are so close to other great landmarks such as Miyajima or Matsuyama that there is no excuse not to explore a little bit. Even during holidays there is a ticket you can buy for the trains for traveling long distances, as for which I used to go to Kyoto.
Japan is an incredibly safe country; there is not much concern of crime. I actually lost my newly bought Ipod on the bus and got it back within a week or so. I’m positive that is a level of safety and kindness that is rarely found in the cities.
Overall, if you are interested in becoming fluent and what to experience as much of the culture as possible without being broken by housing costs, this is the same program that I have recommended to my friends and family as well as I am recommending to you as the reader. The only thing I would have re-done is instead of a semester I would have spent a year in Hiroshima. But then again, I don’t think a year would have been enough for me either because the experience is just that amazing.

How can this program be improved?
I would want the housing that is selected for the USAC students to be in the nicer Ikenoue housing. It definitely was a bit of a shocker and it took a while to get used to. My toilet had mold over parts of it, so it was a tad unsettling as well.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Lunalily
10/10

Hiroshima - land of history

The location wasn't where I thought it would be, Hiroshima University is actually located in Saijo, about 30 mins outside of Hiroshima - so that took a little getting used to. But it was better in the long run - more country, more traditional, and known for its Sake! It's a small city, so don't expect city life like Tokyo.

The program was pretty good, lots of opportunities, and they were very accommodating - I even took judo, which was run by a world champ, and ended up scaring me to death! But I would do it again. The Japanese classes also taught me a lot - in one year I went from being able to say "I like to swim" to "The travel company furnished us with all the details of the tour."
The living accommodations that were available during my experience did not include homestays(we lived in dorms, super cheap, great way to meet students, but small!), but the program did provide a few short homestays that were probably some of the most valuable experiences for me learning about Japan and its language. I was very grateful for them providing these. However, if I were to do it again, I would make sure I lived with a family - even though you don't have as much freedom, you really learn so much more, and much faster this way.

It's a great location being in the middle of the Island - you can easily get to Tokyo, Kyoto, and Fukushima, and if you wanted Okinawa or Hokkaido. Hiroshima city itself is huge - It has a great Castle, tons of shopping, and the A-Bomb museum. This Museum really teaches you about the importance of Peace, and what the Japanese people went through. No matter where you are in Japan, you have to visit this museum. And the program employees will do as much as they can helping you with travel plans!

Yes, I recommend this program

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