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Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.5 Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0
Language of Instruction: English, Japanese Housing: Campus Housing, Flat/Apartment
Number of Credits Offered: 12-16 Eligible Population: 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate
Type of Program: Bilateral Exchange Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Music, Art and Visual Technology, Philosophy, Psychology, Art History, Sociology, Sustainability Studies, Teaching English as a Second Language, Theater, Urban and Suburban Studies, Government and International Policy, Communication, Creative Writing, Economics, English, Environmental Policy, Environmental Science, Anthropology, History, International/Comparative Studies, Japanese Studies
Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office Open to non-Mason Students: No
Click here for a definition of this term Course Equivalency Database: View Approved Courses Program eligible for VA Benefits: No
Program Description:

Hosei University

Tokyo, Japan

Hosei University
Hosei University, first founded in 1880, is located in Tokyo. The library attached to the University dates back to the nineteenth century when it began as a law school. Since then, the library has expanded and developed and its collection now exceeds 1,700,000 books. The university hosts more than 200 clubs including a baseball club, rugby club, and American football club. Hosei University also belongs to the Tokyo Big6 Baseball League, which is one of the most established college sports leagues in Japan. Hosei University has three campuses - Ichigaya, Koganei, and Tama. The majority of classes in English are held at the Ichigaya campus. Although located in the center of the bustling capital of Tokyo, Hosei's Ichigaya campus has a peaceful feeling to it, primarily due to its proximity to the thickly wooded Yasukuni Shrine and the surrounding former imperial outer moat. The Ichigaya campus is within easy reach of both Narita and Haneda airports and is midway between the Iidabashi and Ichigaya Stations on the Japan Railway's Sobu Line.

Application cycles are open one semester at a time. Applications for the fall/academic year will open around December 1 of the year prior and applications for spring/calendar year will open around July 1 of the year prior.​

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In order to participate in this program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Students must have completed at least 45 credits at the time of departure.
    • For students applying for fall or academic year programs, this total does not include summer coursework that has yet to be completed.
  • Students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA at the time of application and departure.
  • Students planning to study abroad in the last semester of their senior year should discuss this with their GEO program administrator and major advisor as this may affect their ability to graduate on time.
  • Recent transfer students cannot study abroad their first semester (not including summer) at Mason.

Courses Available

Students attending Hosei University can select courses from the following programs:
  • Programs Developed for Exchange Students
    • Exchange Students from Overseas Program (ESOP)
      • The program is the primary option for students who can only study in the fall.*
    • Japanese Language Program
    • Sustainability Co-Creation Program (SCOPE)*
    • Global Interdisciplinary Studies (GIS)*
    • Global Business Program (GBP)* 
    • Institute for Global Economics and Social Sciences (IGESS)*
  • All courses at Hosei 
*See notes below regarding the academic calendar at Hosei and Mason.

Students are able to take a mix of courses including those in English about Japan and Japanese language classes. Those students with a high level of Japanese can also enroll in Japanese medium subject courses (Japanese placement tests are conducted at the beginning of the semester).

Course Equivalency and Plan of Study

The Global Education Office has a Course Evaluation and Registration System (CERS), which you will use to complete the steps needed to evaluate your courses abroad, and see how they will count at Mason. This database is accessible whether you have already applied, or are just beginning to think about studying abroad. Look at the courses in the database. You are by no means limited to these courses. The database shows courses that have already been evaluated. You can request equivalency for any course not yet evaluated, through CERS.

You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to look at this institution’s courses ahead of time to see how they will match up to your Mason degree requirements. Talk to your academic advisor about what courses you will need to receive credit for during your time abroad to stay on-track for your degree. When looking at courses keep in mind that course schedules can change. We recommend having twice as many courses approved as necessary.

Academic Calendar

The academic calendar at Hosei University is different from Mason's. The fall semester runs from September until late January and the spring semester runs from April to early August. 

Students taking ESOP and Japanese language courses courses generally have their exams conducted in class. Therefore, the fall semester would end in late January (but before Mason spring classes start) and in late July for the spring semester. SCOPE, GIS, GBP, IGESS, and courses in Japanese (excluding language classes) require students to follow the regular exam schedule (or seek prior approval from instructions to take their exam early, especially in the fall semester).

Credit Conversion

Students are expected to take a full-time course load during their time abroad. A full-time course load is 12-15 credits. A typical course is worth 2 credits. 

  • 1 Japanese language credit at Hosei = 2 credits at Mason
  • 2 subject credits = 2 credits at Mason

Students must take a minimum of 6 classes per semester. which will allow you to transfer back at least 12 credits. 

Grade Conversion

When transferring courses back to Mason, the credits will transfer but the grade will not. However, you must receive the equivalent of a "C" or above in order to transfer your credit back. Refer to the table below regarding how grades are converted at this institution.

 Hosei Grade Mason Grade
A+ (100-90) A+
A (89-80) A
B (79-70) B
C (69-60) C
D (59-0) F
E (Incomplete) F

Global Understanding

Students participating in this study abroad program will automatically fulfill the Mason Global Understanding core requirement.


There is no on-campus housing at Hosei due to the university being located in the middle of Tokyo. However, there are dormitories available for ESOP students located 35-60 minutes away from the Ichigaya campus. Residents are provided with breakfast and dinner Monday-Saturdays. Each single occupancy room comes with a bed, desk, chair, desk lamp, closet, bookshelf, A/C, and internet (wired). Students share common share including a dining room, kitchen, bath, shower, laundry room, and TV area.

  • Dormitories for Male Students
  • Dormitories for Female Students
    • Dormy Nakakasai (45 minutes away from Ichigaya campus - located in Edogawa-ku, Tokyo)
    • Dormy Hirai 2 (35 minutes away from Ichigaya campus - located in Edogawa-ku, Tokyo)
    • Dormy Takashimadaira (50 minutes away from Ichigaya campus - located in Itabashi-ku, Tokyo)
    • Dormy Toritsu-Kasei (40 minutes away from Ichigaya campus - located in Nerima-ku, Tokyo)
All of the above dormitories offer students a single room and two meals a day during weekdays. Hosei University subsidizes half of the rent in these housing options for ESOP students making living in Tokyo very affordable!

Program Cost

This is a Bilateral Exchange Program. Students are enrolled as regular students at the partner university, pay Mason tuition to Mason, and pay room and board abroad. Students can use the budget sheets located at the top of this page to see what GEO estimates as expenses.

Program Payments

As this is a Bilateral Exchange Program, students will pay for their tuition as they normally do in PatriotWeb.

Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.

Administrative Fee: A non-refundable administrative fee of $325 (for semester length programs) or $525 (for year-long programs) must be received in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.

Financial Aid: Students using financial aid are encouraged to talk to their counselor regarding how their financial aid can transfer to their program.


GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:

Application Deadline:

Fall/Academic Year: Early-Mid February*
Spring/Calendar Year: Late October-Early November*

*See the bottom of this page for the exact deadlines for the upcoming term(s).

Visa Information

Once accepted into a program, it will be your responsibility to apply for a student visa and/or residence permit (if required, based on your citizenship). You will receive details on this with your acceptance letter. Do not apply for a visa until after you have been officially accepted. Visit the Embassy of Japan's website for further information.

Application requirements:*

Application fee: $200 for Mason students.

Official Transcripts: An official copy of your Mason transcript is required as well as copies of official transcripts from any other college or university you have attended.

Passport Status: If you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now.

Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents.

Questionnaires: Read and complete the documents according to the instructions.

*Additional paperwork may be required for this program and can be viewed inside your application.

Application instructions:

GEO Program Administrator

Name Martha Sadler
Phone 703-993-2154
  Make an appointment

Additional Resources

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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.