It is only when one steps outside Japan that it is possible to perceive this country’s problems more clearly, and to understand what Japan is capable of contributing to the rest of the world. We believe that study abroad provides the ideal opportunity to become aware of these kinds of wider challenges and one’s own capacity to act on them. Study abroad is not just about learning a language. Language is certainly important, but the study abroad experience becomes far more meaningful when one begins to appreciate the differences in historical background, culture, and value outlooks that lie behind communication itself.
At Hitotsubashi University, we send and receive exchange students under partnership agreements with renowned universities around the world. For example, the Hitotsubashi University Student Exchange Program enables some 400 students to undertake study abroad at 45 different partner institutions overseas. From the 2011 academic year, Hitotsubashi has also been offering a Global Leader Development Program and scholarship for study abroad.
There are many other study abroad experiences available at Hitotsubashi, including short-term training programs overseas. Students can access a wide range of programs that provide them with intercultural experiences and develop their intercultural understanding incrementally from their first year of study right through to graduation.
As of November 2022, we have a number of partner schools worldwide for student exchange.