Hitotsubashi University


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Hitotsubashi University is the only university in Japan to specialise exclusively in the humanities and social sciences. Following its foundation in 1875, Hitotsubashi has been a powerhouse for generations of Japan’s globally active business leaders as well as a producer of cutting-edge research. Japan’s education system unavoidably emphasises mass education, but all Hitotsubashi students are required to participate in small-group seminars.

The University’s main teaching and research activities take place at Kunitachi Campus in western Tokyo. Tokyo is a sprawling metropolis with seemingly endless choices for shopping, entertainment, culture and dining.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Spring-Summer Quarter Late March–Early August
Semester 2 Autumn-Winter Quarter September–Early February

View the Hitotsubashi University academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

Hitotsubashi University has online resources to help get more from your exchange:


Hitotsubashi University has 3 campus locations with study areas available to exchange students:

  • Kunitachi Campus
  • Kodaira International Campus
  • Chiyoda Campus

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

  • B International Studies
    Semester 2, 2018
    One of the best experiences I’ve ever had. I made friends and memories that I will never forget.

Full-time study load

12 tani/credits per semester at Hitotsubashi University is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at Hitotsubashi University.

Undergraduate students must have completed a minimum of two years of study before commencing their study at Hitotsubashi University (Please apply to Global Experiences in the third or later semester of your degree).

Continuous enrolment at UQ before starting the exchange semester at Hitotsubashi University is required.

Find courses

Please see the "Additional academic information" section for program options and specific course offerings if courses do not appear in the database.

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Study areas taught in English

International relations

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.


Hitotsubashi University has 3 residence halls available for exchange students. Places are allocated through a lottery system, so accommodation in the residence halls cannot be guaranteed. If you do not receive a place in the residence halls, the University has information to help you find off-campus accommodation.

Cost of living

The cost of living in Japan is relatively expensive, however, there are multiple ways to reduce your expenses while living and studying in Japan.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

Students may be eligible for scholarships while studying at Hitotsubashi. The University provides eligibility details and information on the application procedure.


Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

Foreign residents who will be staying in Japan for three months or more must subscribe to the National Health Insurance program (NHI; also known as “Kokuho”).

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Hitotsubashi University has visa and immigration information for incoming exchange students.

Contact the Consulate General of Japan for more visa information. 

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow UQ Abroad students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.