There are four different categories of classes that HUSA students may attend:
SPECIAL COURSES : These courses are designed specifically for HUSA students. Special courses are offered by various faculties and are taught in English.
INTEGRATED COURSES: Integrated Courses are the ones which are originally offered for regular students and professors provide additional materials (Japanese or English) to assist HUSA students who have difficulties in understanding a lecture due to the lack of language proficiency (Japanese or English).
a. Integrated Courses (offered in English): Since these courses are originally offered for regular students, the level is introductory. Professors speak English quite slowly.
b. Integrated Courses (offered in Japanese): Japanese language proficiency of at least level 4 will be required to understand the lecture.
If HUSA students are in the class, professor will try to provide subsidiary materials in English.
JAPANESE LANGUAGE AND JAPANESE STUDIES COURSES: Japanese language and culture courses provide instruction in the Japanese language, culture and society and are offered by the Hiroshima University International Center. The level of the Japanese language course students can take is determined by a placement test taken before registration for language courses.
OTHER COURSES: HUSA students are also eligible to enroll in regular courses offered by the University of Hiroshima and transfer credits to their home institutions. However, students need to have a fairly advanced proficiency in Japanese in order to be able to enroll in these courses. The syllabus for undergraduate courses and some graduate programs is available online in Japanese. See: https://momiji.hiroshima-u.ac.jp/syllabus/
Please note the following:
- Students can attend classes for a one- or two-week (length depending on the faculty or department) auditing period before registering. This means that students can attend any classes they wish for one or two weeks before deciding which classes to enroll in.
- Japanese Immigration Law requires students take at least 10 hours of classes (equivalent of 5 subjects) per week.
- Students should check with their home universities about credit transfer and course load requirements.
For more detailled information about the content of courses offered in the HUSA Program, check the Course Syllabus section.