· Number of overseas students in Hokkaido
· Number of registered overseas nationals in Hokkaido (by nationality): Japanese
· Number of registered overseas nationals in Hokkaido (by region): Japanese
· Hokkaido communities with sister city and friendship agreements: Japanese


♦ National government

Support from the Japanese government
Target: Government-sponsored overseas students
Support from Japanese Student Services Organization
Targets: technical college, vocational school, junior college, university and graduate school students
(English, Chinese, Korean and others)

♦ Hokkaido

Support from local communities: * on condition of being a resident of that community

Target: vocational school, junior college, university and graduate school students (incl. research scholars)
Inquiries: (Japanese)
Support from universities
Please refer to the list of universities (
Support from international exchange organizations
Hokkaido International Exchange and Cooperation Center
Target: graduate school students
Contact for inquiries:

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U.S. Consulate General Sapporo
Consulate-General of the Republic of Korea in Sapporo
Consulate-General of the Russian Federation in Sapporo
Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Sapporo
Australian Consulate Sapporo
Canadian Government Trade Office, Sapporo

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♦ Student dormitories that accept overseas students

Sapporo International House
Inquiries: (Japanese)
Sapporo St. Michael's International Young Men's House
University dormitories
Please refer to the list of universities (

♦ Comprehensive Renters Insurance

For those wishing to enter private-sector lodging, the Comprehensive Renters Insurance system enables overseas students to search for accommodation with the need for a guarantor.

· About the Comprehensive Renters Insurance (Japan Educational Exchanges and Services)
· Universities whose students are eligible for the Comprehensive Renters Insurance system:
Please refer to the list of universities (

♦ Facilities for exchanges with other overseas students

Welcome House

A facility for mixing with other foreigners living in Hokkaido. Event planning and management, and Japanese lessons also held.

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Everyday information and advice

♦ Information/advice for daily life

Multilingual information for daily life (Council of Local Authorities for International Relations)

Gathering information concerning living in Japan (English, Chinese, Korean and others)

Information on living in Sapporo for foreign residents (Sapporo International Communication Plaza Foundation)

Features useful information on life in Sapporo for non-Japanese residents (English, Chinese, Korean and others).

Hokkaido International Foundation

An international exchange organization based in Hakodate, providing advice for foreigners and international exchange events for overseas students.

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Japanese language schools

You can also study Japanese once you arrive in Hokkaido. There are Japanese language classes run by volunteers in the regions.

Volunteer Japanese language lessons in Sapporo
Sapporo International Communication Plaza Foundation
Otaru City Japanese language classes (Japanese)
Japanese Teaching Society-Hakodate, Japanese classes

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Career options after graduating university

♦ Sapporo Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Asian Bridge Project

Support for overseas students wishing to work for Japanese companies, by means of recruitment support, business English training and internships with enterprises through academia-industry cooperation.
(participating universities)
Hokkaido University, Otaru University of Commerce, Kitami Institute of Technology, Muroran Institute of Technology, Dohto University, Hokkai-Gakuen University, Sapporo University, Hokkaido University of Education, Sapporo International University

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