Founded in 1876 as the Sapporo Agricultural College, Hokkaido University (or simply “Hokudai”) is one of Japan’s oldest and most prestigious universities. Hokudai has approximately 12,000 undergraduate students and 6,000 students at the graduate level. The university has 12 undergraduate faculties and 18 graduate schools. The school boasts internationally recognised research programs in science and technology, chemistry, and materials science. Praised as Japan’s most beautiful university campus, Hokudai hosts many areas of picturesque greenery, which brings in many tourists to enjoy the scenery all throughout the year.
The main campus of Hokudai is located in Sapporo, Japan’s 4th largest city, on the island of Hokkaido. The city is spacious but also easy to navigate, with an extensive public transport network and grid-based layout. The city is home to many parks and gardens, as well as plentiful opportunities to shop and soak up the metropolitan lifestyle. The city offers the best of both worlds; with the amenities and safety offered by many of the cities on mainland Japan, but with a much more temperate climate in the summer and excellent opportunities for adventurous to try their hands at snow sports in the winter months.