Hiroshima University

Toward the "University of World-wide Repute and
Splendor for Years into the Future"
― Hiroshima University cultivates peace-pursuing, cultured individuals with an international mindset and a challenging spirit. ―

START Program

The Study Tour Abroad for Realization and Transformation (START) Program sends approximately 250 first-year undergraduate students overseas each year (more than 10% of freshman students). Hiroshima University financially supports a major part of the participation costs. The START Program allows those students to study at partner universities around the world, including the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand. Hiroshima University students sent to these partner universities attend regular courses together with local students and take special lectures taught by local university faculty. They also have ample opportunities to participate exchange and discussions with local students. On the closing day of the Program, participating students present their research projects. This program is held during the long-term vacation periods in summer and spring. Experience in short-term study abroad through START or other programs offered by Hiroshima University encourages students to participate in long term overseas study programs, including exchange programs for the second or higher year undergraduate students, and the Double Master's Degree Program for graduate students.


International Network of Universities(INU)

The International Network of Universities (INU), a global consortium comprised of higher education institutions, was established in 1999. The INU Student Seminar aims to allow students from INU Member Universities to gather in Hiroshima for its Atomic Bomb Memorial Day to ponder and discuss "Global Citizenship" through lectures and workshops with academic experts on various subjects from around the world. This seminar provides an invaluable opportunity for Hiroshima University students to study in a truly international environment where they can enjoy discussions, lectures and exchange as if they were at an overseas university, while they are still in Hiroshima.

Educational Quality Assurance through HiPROSPECTS®, a Goal-Oriented Educational Program

The Hiroshima University Program of Specified Education and Study (HiPROSPECTS®) is a goal-oriented undergraduate educational program unique to Hiroshima University. HiPROSPECTS® clarifies the abilities and skills (attainment goals) to be required for students when they graduate from the University, and intends to train students to acquire these abilities and skills that meet social needs. Students can periodically check their attainment levels to recognize their degree of understanding and points to be improved, thereby facilitating their own steady growth.
(For details, visit https://www.hiroshima-u.ac.jp/en/prog)

PHP Shinsho book, titled "Hiroshima Daigaku wa Sekai TOPPU 100 ni Haireru no ka (Can Hiroshima University become one of the global top 100 universities?)"

A book that summarizes the attractive features of Hiroshima University has been released. In this book the author, Ms. Yumi Yamashita, a writer and columnist, reports on the courageous attempts made by Hiroshima University as a Japanese local national university, from an external perspective. Specifically, she describes the kind of initiatives the University has implemented to aim at being ranked among the top 100 universities in the world, which is a goal set under MEXT's Top Global University Project.

Numerical Targets for 2023


To ensure diversity on its campus, Hiroshima University will increase the ratio of international students to approximately 20% of all students in 2023, following the case of the University of California, Berkeley, upon which Hiroshima University models itself.


At all its faculties, Hiroshima University will inaugurate new programs which consist solely of courses taught in English, designed for both Japanese and international students.


To smoothly implement curriculum that meets international standards, Hiroshima University made it a fundamental policy to recruit faculty members with the ability to provide education in English.
(Approximately 53% of all teaching staff members)


Hiroshima University offers systematic and diverse study abroad opportunities, in order to develop students' foreign-language proficiency, which is essential for communication, and to promote mutual understanding through exchange with others who have different cultures and sense of values.
(Approximately 8% of Japanese students)