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HPU diversity includes student exchange opportunities

by William Zanella, dean for International Programs

HPU is a melting pot of students from all over the world, but if you want to study in some of the countries represented at the University, the HPU Student Exchange Program is worth considering.

Students in various business areas have a variety of choices in Europe. The Jonkoping International Business School, Umea University, and Vaxjo University are Swedish schools offering course work in English. Additionally, Vaxjo University offers a Swedish Studies program suited to students majoring in international studies and international relations.

The Berlin School of Economics also has business-related offerings, plus gives exchange participants an opportunity to learn German. If you want to study in the south of France, the University of Monaco and CERAM-EAI Tech at Sophia-Antipolis are being developed as student exchange venues set to begin next fall.

Deakin University at Geelong in South Australia is a popular site offering classes in most of the majors given at HPU. Other exchange sites in Australia are being explored because of the large number of HPU students interested in studying there.

A minor in Japanese, plus credit for other HPU coursework, is available through a two-semester program at Osaka Gakuin University (for beginning students) and at Hakodate University (for intermediate students). The latter school offers a scholarship to HPU students to cover living expenses.

For a taste of Japan, one- month programs are offered each June at Momoyama Gakuin University and Hokuriku University. In addition to studying introductory Japanese, participants visit local tourist attractions, interact with other international students, and immerse themselves in Japanese culture through social and extracurricular activities.

Now that HPU has started offering Korean language classes, students wanting more exposure to the language and desiring to study about Korea through courses in English can attend Soonchunhyang University. This program offers a monthly living stipend, airfare reimbursement and free dorm housing to native English speakers willing to tutor Soonchunhyang students in English. A representativeof Soonchunhyang University will visit HPU on Monday, Sept. 29, to give an introduction to this program at 10 a.m. in the President’s Conference Room, 2nd floor, 1166 Fort Street Mall.

Whereas the above-listed schools are for undergraduate students, Johnathan Williams, an MBA student, is the first grad student to study at Jonkoping International Business School, which previously accepted HPU undergrads only. A new master’s-level exchange program is in the works for Mahidol University in Bangkok. Other choices for graduate students will be added shortly.

Participants in HPU student exchange programs pay HPU tuition and all course credits earned abroad are automatically applied to HPU degree requirements. For overviews of these exchange students sites, type in “exchange programs” in the search section on the HPU home page (

For additional details , or for information and a list of upcoming on-campus briefings by international students from these schools, call or e-mail Dr. William Zanella, associate dean of International Exchange Programs,; 544-1171.


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