Sapporo ("important river flowing through a plain") in Ainu language is the capital of Hokkaido and Japan's fifth largest city. Sapporo is also one of the nation's youngest major cities. In 1857, the city's population stood at just seven people. Sapporo became world famous in 1972 when the Olympic Winter Games were held there. Today, the city is well known for its ramen, been, and the annual snow festival held in February. (See Program Links below for additional information.)
Participants in this program take a wide variety of courses offered in English in the fields of Languages and Thought, Culture, Society, Environment, Science and Technology. Students also have the chance to study the Japanese language. Students with sufficient Japanese language proficiency can also take a limited number of regular university courses taught in Japanese. Note: For the Spring 2015 academic program, 1 PSU student will be awarded a monthly scholarship by the Japanese government. Please contact email@example.com for more details.