The history of international exchanges at Hokkai-Gakuen dates back to 1980, when Hokkaido and the province of Alberta in Canada signed a sister agreement. This signing prompted an exchange between the University of Lethbridge in Alberta and Hokkai-Gakuen, which led to the signing of an official Agreement of Exchange in 1984.

    Since then our exchange programs have expanded steadily toward Asia and other regions as well as Canada and have offered not only foreign language skills but also the opportunities of mutual understanding among overseas people to the students and faculty of Hokkai-Gakuen.

    Hokkai-Gakuen also contributes to international cooperation projects initiated by the Association of Private Universities of Japan. For example, Hokkai-Gakuen participated early in the fostering of young talent in the regions of China which had not until then received the benefits from international development policies in 1980s. A number of talented researchers who have successfully completed their studies are now back in their respective regions, devoting themselves to their development.

    In addition, Hokkai-Gakuen has promoted academic exchanges with educational and research institutions in China, Korea and other Northeast Asia countries through international conferences and symposiums arranged by the Hokkai-Gakuen Institute for Northeast Asia Studies(HINAS).

    Educational institutions with which Hokkai-Gakuen has collaborative agreements for exchanges of faculty and students and for the holding of lectures and symposiums are as follows:

    The University of Lethbridge(Canada)
    Lethbridge Collegiate Institute(Canada)
    Brock University(Canada)
    Daejeon University(Korea)
    Chonnam National University(Korea)
    Liaoning University(China)
    Shenyang Agricultural University(China)
    Shandong University, Weihai(China)
    Yantai University(China)
    Chinese Academy of Social Sciences(China)
    Novosibirsk State University(Russia)
    Siberian Transport University(Russia)
    Sakhalin State University(Russia)
    Vladimir State University(Russia)
    National Chung Cheng University(Taiwan)
    Soyol Erdem University(Mongolia)
    Wellington High School(New Zealand)