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Overseas and Off-Campus Programs

Japan: Sapporo

Semester: Fall, Spring, or Full Year
Offered: Annually
Estimated Dates: Fall: early September to mid-December, Spring: early April to early July
Program Focus: Regional Area Study with Language Component
Prerequisites: JAPN 102 with a 3.0 GPA or better in the language
Housing: Host Families
Campus Contacts:

Atsuko Kurogi
Instructor in Japanese, Japanese Section Head/Coordinator of Language Program, 503-768-7440

Satomi Newsom
Instructor of Japanese, 503-768-7388

Program Design

Academic study focuses on the language, history, and contemporary culture of Japan.  This program is part of a student exchange relationship with Hokusei Gakuen University in Sapporo, the capital city of Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido.  Students live with host families for the duration of the program.


Requirements Fulfilled: This program fulfills the 8-credit International Studies general education requirement and the overseas study requirement for the Asian Studies major and the World Language major Japanese (Primary). Select courses can be applied to the Japanese minor. Students who complete Japanese 201 or higher fulfill the World Language proficiency general education requirement.

Credits: Credit earned varies based on courses completed but students may earn up to 19 credits. Overloads are not permitted.


2 Japanese Language Courses

Additional courses chosen from Hokusei Gakuen University.


2018-2019 Fee Breakdown*

Total Fee (includes Tuition & Program Fee): $32,334

Tuition: $25,287

Program Fee: $7,047

Included in the program fee are room/housing, board/meals, and administrative fees. Not included are airfare, passport and visa expenses, primary insurance coverage, photographs, books, immunizations, and incidentals. 

*Fees are updated every February for the following academic year.

Stipend: Students will receive a stipend to cover the cost of meals and transportation costs not covered by the program fee.

Estimated Airfare (Round Trip PDX to CTS): $800 - $2,000

Estimated Health Insurance Fee: $1,275.50

All students participating in overseas programs are automatically enrolled in iNext, a supplemental travel insurance program. The fee for iNext is covered in the program cost. However, students are also required to have comprehensive health insurance during their time abroad. All students participating in overseas programs, both abroad and domestic, are automatically enrolled in the College’s student health insurance program. Similar to a regular semester on-campus, students participating in overseas programs may waive enrollment in the student health insurance program if they have other comprehensive health insurance (e.g., through a parent, guardian or employer) that 1) provides coverage for them in the geographic region in which they will be studying and 2) includes mental health benefits. Click here for more information regarding health insurance & overseas programs.

Program Preparation

Application Process: This program has a dual application process. Student must first submit a Lewis & Clark Application one year before the start of the program. Once admitted by Lewis & Clark, the students will receive instructions for submitting their secondary application to Hokusei Gakuen University and will receive a separate notification letter of admission.  Please keep a digital copy of your essays and other application materials as you will need to submit these similar materials to Hokusei Gakuen University. Please note that this secondary application process can be as late as the semester preceding your scheduled participation.

For more information about the application process, click here.

Travel: Students usually fly into New Chitose Airport (CTS), where they are met by onsite program staff and transported to campus for orientation.

Visa: Students will be required to apply for a visa in order to participate in this program. More information will be provided upon admission to the program.

Country-Specific Health Information: Click here to view specific health information for people traveling to Japan.

State Department Country Information: Click here to visit the State Department’s Japan page.

Japan, Sapporo

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