· Number of overseas students in Hokkaido
· Status of foreigners living in Hokkaido: Japanese
· Hokkaido communities with sister city and friendship agreements: Japanese


♦ National government

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

♦ 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) (English)
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 Student Center
Inquiries: (English and 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

Welcome to Hokkaido (Hokkaido government)

This is a multilingual version of the Hokkaido website. Here one can obtain various kinds of information, including that on matters concerning daily life, disaster prevention, tourism and business (English, Chinese, Korean and Russian).

Hokkaido Ryugakusei Net (operated by Hokkaido China Work)

This website is intended to build a network of overseas students living in Hokkaido, former exchange students who have returned to their home countries and companies doing business in Hokkaido, with the aim of cultivating relationships between people and promoting further economic and international exchanges. Information on matters concerning daily life, jobs, etc., can be found here (Japanese).

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

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

"Living in Sapporo" Handbook (City of Sapporo)

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

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

Japanese classes taught by volunteers (free of charge) are available in Hokkaido to help overseas students who want to learn Japanese. There are also fee-based Japanese language schools operated by the private sector.

Volunteer Japanese language lessons

· Sapporo International Communication Plaza Foundation (Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean and Russian)
· Otaru City Japanese language classes (Japanese and English)
· Japanese Teaching Society HAKODATE (Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese)

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Career options after graduating university

♦ Commissioned project organized by the Ministry of Health, Labour and
Welfare: Employment Support Program for Foreign Students
(implemented and operated by Career Bank Co., Ltd.)

Career Bank supports overseas students who wish to find a job in Hokkaido. (Japanese, English, Chinese and Russian)

♦ Asian Bridge Program (operated by the Sapporo Chamber of Commerce
and Industry)

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 (Japanese).
(participating universities)
Hokkaido University, Hokkaido University of Education, Otaru University of Commerce, Muroran Institute of Technology, Kitami Institute of Technology, Sapporo University, Seisa Dohto University, Hokkai-Gakuen University, Hokkaido Information University, Hokkaido Bunkyo University, Tomakomai Komazawa University

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