Semester Exchange - Hokkaido University - New Colombo Plan

Semester Exchange - Hokkaido University - New Colombo Plan

Hokkaido University is an international university with a long tradition of excellence in teaching and research, attracting outstanding staff and students from Japan and around the globe. It is a member of the prestigious National Seven Universities in Japan, ranked 122th in the world and 95th for the discipline of Engineering and Technology in the the 2017 QS World University Ranking.

The Hokkaido University Short-Term Exchange Program (HUSTEP) is a ‘junior year abroad’ type program designed to provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to study in Japan in the discipline of Engineering.

HUSTEP provides a safe and caring environment in which to carry out your academic studies and broaden your horizons. Participating in HUSTEP will help prepare you for the future and will provide you with knowledge and experiences that will last a lifetime. In addition, it is a wonderful opportunity to meet and make friends with many Japanese people and international students from all around the world who come to study at Hokkaido University.



Type of Program

Semester Exchange

Level of Study


Length of Program

5 months

Program Dates

Fall semester: October - Feb
Spring Semester: April - September

Language of Instruction



New Colombo Plan (NCP) Scholarship $7000 for Australian Citizens.

Asia Society Scholarship available for non-NCP funded applicants.

Area of study

Applied Physics, Applied Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical and Space Engineering, Human Mechanical Systems and Design, Energy and Environmental Systems, Quantum Science and Engineering, Field Engineering for the Environment, Engineering and Policy for Sustainable Environment, Architectural and Structural Design, Human Environmental Systems, Environmental Engineering, Sustainable Resources Engineering

Course Details

The Hokkaido University Short-Term Exchange Program (HUSTEP) is a ‘junior year abroad’ program (3rd year program) designed to provide undergraduate students from affiliated universities with the opportunity to study in Japan at Hokkaido University.  Macquarie University students could select units from the following divisions under Faculty of Engineering:
Division of Applied Physics, Division of Applied Chemistry, Division of Materials Science and Engineering, Division of Mechanical and Space Engineering, Division of Human Mechanical Systems and Design, Division of Energy and Environmental Systems, Division of Quantum Science and Engineering, Division of Field Engineering for the Environment, Division of Engineering and Policy for Sustainable Environment, Division of Architectural and Structural Design, Division of Human Environmental Systems, Division of Environmental Engineering, Division of Sustainable Resources Engineering.

  • Enrolled as an full-time engineering students
  • Completed at least two years of undergraduate study prior to arrival in Japan.
  • Min.GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale
  • Proficient in English. Non-native English speakers must have a score of at least TOEFL iBT 79 or IELTS 6.5.

Program information

More information can be found in HUSTEP's program guide and HUSTEP webpage.

Academic Advice

All students looking to apply for a program should seek Academic Advice with the relevant Department or Faculty.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for this program, you must:

1. Have Australian Citizenship
2. Have completed at least 3 semesters of undergraduate study prior to arrival in Japan
3. Have GPA of 3.0 (B) or better on a 4.0 scale or equivalent

How to apply

Applicants must complete an online  Application form

You'll need to include:

Your personal details, One University preference, It should take around 2 - 3 minutes to complete an application.

Important notes:

Application Fee and Payment Options: For all exchange programs (semester and short term), there is a compulsory application fee. For more information and payment options please refer to the Cost and Funding Website.

Insurance: It is a requirement of the exchange program that all students must purchase their own travel insurance to cover them for the duration of their entire journey overseas. More information will be given to students upon acceptance.

Program Costs: You remain enrolled at Macquarie University and continue to pay your tuition fees to Macquarie University. As an exchange student you pay no tuition fees to host university. However, you must also always be prepared for unexpected expenses, and should consider how you will be dealing with the expenses of your exchange before you leave your home country. Prior to departure, you will need to save sufficient funds to cover all of your expenses for the duration of your exchange. Some costs to consider include: airfares, students visa (if required), travel health insurance, accommodation, food, additional travel, entertainment, textbooks, incidental expense. If you wish to work while you are away, it is important to note that work rights for international students vary from country to country. For further information about your visa restrictions please contact the consulate or embassy of your host country.

*Disclaimer: Macquarie University does not ensure the quality or reputation of activities run externally, should students choose to undertake these activities they take on the full risk and responsibility. All students need to undertake their own risk assessment before departure, considering wisely their personal health and safety risks. Ultimately participation in these activities is at the students’ risk.

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Study a New Colombo Plan Semester Scholarship program in Hokkaido University for 5 months, Hokkaido University is located in Japan

Area of study
Engineering and IT

Has a GPA requirement

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