Hirosaki University

Hirosaki University
Type Public (National)
Established 1949
President Masahiko Endo
Academic staff
231 professors
214 associate professors
81 lecturers
167 research associates [1]
Administrative staff
Students 6,792[1]
Undergraduates 6,098
Postgraduates 694
Location Bunkyo-cho, Hirosaki, Aomori, Japan
Campus Urban
Nickname HiroDai (弘大)
Website www.hirosaki-u.ac.jp
Japan Aomori Prefecture

Hirosaki University (弘前大学 Hirosaki Daigaku) is a university in Hirosaki City in Aomori, Japan.


Hirosaki University was founded in May 1949. The university initially consisted of The Department of Literature and Science, The Department of Education, The Medical Department, and The Noheji Branch School.[2]

Academics and admission

School Calendar Information

The first semester is held from April to July, while second semester is held from October to February. In each semester, students must take seven classes.

In terms of the General Fee information, an examination costs ¥9,800, entrance fee is ¥28,200, and the tuition fee is ¥14,800 per a subject. Moreover, students can rent an apartment around the university, which costs about ¥25,000 to ¥30,000.

According to the university policies, foreign exchange students must submit application papers IAW written in English or Japanese within the deadlines. The term of application for the first semester is November 20, and April 20 for the second semester.


There are currently 5 faculties in the university:

Faculty History
Faculty of the Humanities
  • In April 1965, the Faculty of Humanities was founded.
  • In April 1980, within the Faculty of Humanities, the courses of Human Culture, Information Management and Social Systems were instituted.
  • In April 2005, the Course of Information Management was renamed the Course of Modern Sociology. Also, the Course of Social Systems was renamed the Course of Business Management and Economics.
Faculty of Education History
  • In 1949, the Department of Education was established and abolished in 1960.
  • In 1965, a Teacher-in-Charge of Health Education training course was established.
  • In 1966, an Educational Speciality Course was both established and abolished in 1994.
  • In 1973, a Kindergarten Teacher Training Course was established.
  • In 1978, the Teacher-in-Charge of Health Education program was renewed.
  • In 2000, a Special Nursing Educational Course was established.
  • Also in 2000, a School Education Teacher Training course, a Lifelong Education course, and a Special Nursing Teacher Training course were established.
Hirosaki University Medical School History
  • On May 31, 1949, Aomori Medical Vocational School and Hirosaki Medical School were combined and the Hirosaki University Medical school was established.
  • On April 1, 1951, 10 Basic studies/courses were inaugurated: Anatomy I, Anatomy II, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pathology I, Pathology II, Bacteriology, Pharmacology, Hygiene, Forensic Medicine. Also, 12 clinical chairs were created in the fields of: Internal Medicine I, Internal Medicine II, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Surgery I, Surgery II, Orthopedics, Dermatology and Urology, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Radiology.
  • On April 1, 1953, the Physiology Department was separated into Physiology I and Physiology II.
  • The following courses were added on April 1: Anesthesiology (1965); Parasitology (1966); Oral Surgery (1979)
Faculty of Science and Technology
  • In April 1965, the Department of Literature and Science was separated into separate departments of Literature and Science.
  • In April 1969, Science major was established, but it was abolished in 1978.
  • In April 1976, the Department of Earth Science was added.
  • In April 1977, Earthquake and Volcano Observatory was attached to The Department of Science.
  • In November 1985, the Data Processing Center was created.
  • In April 1987, the Department of Informational Science was established.
  • In June 1994, the Synthesized Data Processing Center was set up.
  • In October 1997, the Department of Science and Agriculture were reorganized into the Department of Science and Engineering.
  • In April 2006, the Department of Science and Technology was established in its present style.
Faculty of Agriculture and Life Science
  • In April 1951, the Agricultural Department was organized within the Department of Literature and Science.
  • In March 1955, the Agriculture Department within the Department of Literature and Science was abolished.
  • In July 1955, the Faculty of Agricultural was established.
  • In April 1956, a farm attached to the Agricultural Department was established.
  • In April 1960, the Agriculture Exclusive Research course was established and abolished in April 1963.
  • In April 1963, the courses Horticulture and Chemistry and Agriculture were established in the Faculty of Agriculture.
  • In April 1966, Agriculture and Engineering was established in the Faculty of Agriculture.
  • In April 1969, Horticulture was established within the Faculty of Agriculture.
  • In April 1971, Graduate School of Agriculture, a graduate course, was established.
  • In April 1990, due to the reorganization of the Faculty of Agricultural, Biological Resource Science, Agricultural Industrial Science and Agricultural System Engineering Course were established.
  • In April 1993, Gene Laboratory was opened.
  • In October 1997, Faculty of Agriculture changed into the Faculty of Agriculture and Biological Science.
  • In October 1999, Research Laboratory for Radioisotopes was established.
  • In April 2000, Accessory Farm was renamed to Teaching and Research Center for Bio-coexistence due to a reorganization.
  • In April 2002, The United Graduate School of Agriculture was changed into The United Graduate School of Agriculture and Life Science.
  • In April 2008, Bio-functional Science, Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Bio-Production and Regional Environmental Science programs were established in the Faculty of Agriculture and Life Science.

Student Life

Club Activities

There are many clubs for all students to join as well as specific clubs only for medical students.[3] Medical students can join any club, but other students can only join clubs that are open to all students.

International Exchange Students

Hirosaki University has about 110 international students from various universities and colleges around the world. The International Exchange Center[4] is an organization of Hirosaki University, which purpose is to make their international students do better in their studies.

Consequently, the university has a Home Visit Program which lets families in Hirosaki to accept or sponsor exchange students. There is also an English Lounge[5] for students to practice and improve English while they study in Japan.

In addition, the university is having courses for foreign students to learn Japanese Culture, Economy and Management. If the students have high Japanese skill, they can also study with Japanese students. However, the exchange student with Japanese skills must get the permission of teacher of the class first.

Campus Activities

Hirosaki University's School Festival is held in October every year. The students and clubs set up booths to sell things or share their interests. A main event is also held, which is a concert performed by students. On the other hand, food is sold in dozens of booths around the campus. In 2010, around 7200 people visited the festival.


Commuting and transportation


There are those who commute to Hirosaki University. In Hirosaki, trains may only come once per an hour, so it can be inconvenient for students to commute to school: if they miss the train, they must wait another hour for the next train to come. Also, trains run slowly, so few students living in other prefectures outside of Aomori Prefecture commute daily to Hirosaki University.


There are buses on a circular route in the city and there are a few bus stops in front of Hirosaki University. The Gakuencho and Oguriyama Oinomori lines provide service to the university.

The nearest train stations are:



There are three dorms near Hirosaki University: Hokuou-ryo, Hokumei-ryo and Hou-ryo (-ryo means "dormitory"). Each of the dorms has about 100 rooms. Hou-ryo is for women only, while the others are for men. Hou-ryo and Hokuou-ryo are both five-story buildings that are located in the Gakuen district, about 1.5 km from Hirosaki University. On the other hand, Hokumei-ryo is a four-story building in the Midorigaoka district with. In each dormitory, there are two students who can occupy one room. There is also a lounge, kitchen, and toilet on each floor. In addition, a public bath and dining room are on 1st floor. Students can take a meal every morning and evening except on Sunday during school terms.


There are many apartments near Hirosaki University. Students decide where to live based on the style of the house, rent, area and so on.

Boarding Houses

As a general rule, there are two common things concerning boarding house: those who live in boarding houses are provided with meals daily, and the use of public facilities such as public baths, with other inhabitants.

Notable alumni

The school's notable alumni include:[2]

Under the old system of Hirosaki High School (1920–1950)

The Hirosaki University (1949–)


  1. 1 2 University Summary
  2. 1 2 "Official website". Hirosaki University. Retrieved 2014-07-06.
  3. Translation from univ. website by Hirosaki Univ. English Students
  4. "International Exchange Center". Hirosaki University. Retrieved 2014-07-09.
  5. "English Lounge". Hirosaki University. Retrieved 2014-07-09.
  6. Information based upon experiences of Hirosaki Univ. students.
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