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Language of Instruction: English, Japanese Language Prerequisite: 3 semesters of college level language for spring; 4 semesters for fall or full-year program, See Program Description
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0 Credit Available For: College, Wharton
Other Eligibility Requirements: Grades of B or better in Japanese Type of Program: Semester/Year Study Abroad
Housing Options: Apartment/Off-Campus, University Residence Hall/Apartment Application Deadline: Fall/Year: February 15, Spring: September 10
Program Description:

Program Snapshot

Hitotsubashi University logoHitotsubashi University

Hitotsubashi University is home to approximately 4,400 undergraduate students, of whom nearly 200 are international students from 26 different countries. The academic organization of the University consists of the four undergraduate faculties: Commerce, Economics, Law, and Social Sciences.
Hitotsubashi has long been recognized by the academic world and society as a whole to be one of Japan's best universities, with an outstanding record of achievement and a talented academic staff to carry out the school's tradition of excellence.
For additional information, visit the Hitotsubashi University website.  

The City of Tokyo

Tokyo is the seat of the Japanese government and the home of the Imperial Palace and Japanese Imperial Family. The city of Tokyo began as a small fishing village named Edo and during the subsequent Edo period, Edo grew into one of the largest cities in the world with a population topping one million in the 18th century.  The current population is around 13.35 million, and the official language is Japanese.

Did you know…?                                                                                        

Tokyo Station is one of the two stations designated as an Important Cultural Asset in Japan which is currently operating.  The entire floor space of Tokyo Station measures 182,000 square meters which is 3.6 times the size of Tokyo Dome.



The program at Hitotsubashi University is for students in the College, Huntsman, and Wharton.

Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0

Language Prerequisite: Successful completion of three (3) semesters of college-level Japanese (or equivalent) with grades of B or better in all courses is required for study abroad in the spring semester. Successful completion of four (4) semesters of college-level Japanese (or equivalent) with grades of B or better in all courses is required for study abroad in the fall or academic year.
Other Requirements: Completion of at least two full years of undergraduate study by the end of the academic semester (fall or spring) prior to departure is required. 


Language of Instruction

English, Japanese


A full course load at Hitotsubashi University consists of a minimum of 12 Hitotsubashi credits per semester. Hitotsubashi courses range from 2 – 4 credits each. Penn students must maintain a full course load while abroad and may only enroll in courses at the undergraduate level. Students should use XCAT to determine the equivalent number of CUs for the courses they intend to take abroad.

All courses at Hitotsubashi University are taught in Japanese with the exception of English-taught courses in the Global Education Program.

Interested students with superior Japanese proficiency may apply to participate in a Seminar course at Hitotsubashi. Seminars are not lectures, but rather focus on reading, student presentations, field work and discussions. The Seminar system of instruction keeps class sizes small (approximately 12 students or less). A student’s Japanese language proficiency level as well as compatibility with a particular Seminar's subject matter should be carefully considered before indicating one’s interest for a Seminar in the Exchange Student Application Form. A student’s participation in a Seminar is subject to permission by Seminar instructors.

Hitotsubashi University Academic Calendar
Hitotsubashi University Course Catalog for Incoming Exchange Students
Global Education Program (English-taught) Course List

Grading Scale

As on all Penn Abroad programs, grades are recorded on the Penn transcript and are calculated in the cumulative grade point average. The pass/fail option can be exercised according to the Penn on-campus policy. Please review Penn Abroad’s academic policies for more information.

Special Features

Aerial view of TokyoOrientation Activities

All Penn students are required to attend the orientation activities organized by Hitotsubashi University prior to the start of each semester.  View more information on Hitotsubashi University’s orientation activities.

Language Courses

Hitotsubashi University offers the Japanese Language Education Program (JLE) with over 70 different courses each year for learners at different proficiency levels.


Hitotsubashi campus buildingParticipants must be willing to live under local conditions for students.

Students are required to live in on campus dormitories. Hitotsubashi University has two dormitories for exchange students – International House on Kunitachi Camps and International Village on Kodaira International Campus. Students cannot choose the dormitory they wish to live in – it is a random lottery process.

At International House the rooms come with their own toilets/washrooms while other facilities are shared with residents on the same floor. At International Village six single rooms form a suite which is equipped with a kitchen, a living room, shower rooms, and washrooms, shared by the six students. In both dormitories an internal phone connection is available, and each student is responsible for their own internet bill.

Cost and Finance

Penn Abroad Financial Policies

Students are charged Penn tuition and academic fees for all Penn Abroad programs.  Additional expenses will typically include items such as housing, visas, and airfare.  Please see the program budget sheets below for more information.  Please review Penn Abroad’s financial policies.

Financial Aid and Study Abroad

In most cases, financial aid applies to Penn-approved programs.  Student Financial Services reviews program budget sheets each semester to determine how to appropriately adjust your aid package. Review the Student Financial Services Study Abroad policies page for more information on how Financial Aid will work during your semester abroad.
Budget Sheets

Academic Year

Scholarship Opportunities

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program: Competition for awards for study abroad, for US citizen students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a 2-year or 4-year college or university. 

David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships for Study Abroad: Supports undergraduate study abroad focusing on geographical areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to US national security. (Excludes study in US, Canada, Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.) These US government grants entail a service obligation. 

Japan Student Services Organization (JSSO): several different scholarship opportunities exist for international students studying in Japan. 

Next Steps

Review the Penn Abroad application process.

To open an application or learn more about the program, please schedule an appointment with a Penn Abroad Global Programs Manager.

For a student perspective on life and academics in Tokyo, contact a Penn Abroad Past-Participant.