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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2020-2021 03/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission 09/28/2020 08/02/2021

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Housing Options: Dormitory Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 3.0
Term: Academic Year City: Otaru
Country: Japan USD Scholarships: Coyote Commitment, Mickelson Scholarship, Presidential-Alumni Scholarship, South Dakota Opportunity, Ullyot Scholarship
National/Non-USD Scholarships: JASSO Scholarship Language Prerequisite: None
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: Jessica Winterringer
Program Description:


The YOUC program (Year at Otaru University of Commerce) is a specially-designed program for international students to pursue business and Japanese language and cultural courses in English. The program is intended primarily for upper-class business students as the majority of courses, including Japanese Companies in Global Business, Marketing Strategy in Asia and Pacific, and International Economics Seminar will be upper-division courses. Students also have the option of pursuing Japanese language and culture courses as well as exercise and sports classes.
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All lectures are conducted in English and no prior knowledge of Japanese is required. Even though the YOUC Program is not a program for language training, it provides a good opportunity to acquire Japanese proficiency.

Course Catalog

In order to complete the YOUC program, students must register and earn 30 credits in total including 10 credits from core subjects in a year. A certificate of completion will be issued to students who fulfill the above requirement. Japanese classes can be counted as core subjects up to four credits.

For more information, read Otaru PDF Syllabus



Students can choose to live in a single or a double room in the International House located 10 minutes from the university campus. USD students will be living with the other international students who are participating in the program; these students come from a variety of different countries, including Germany, Iceland, China, France, Spain, New Zealand, Australia, and Vietnam. The rooms within the International House come equipped with a kitchen and bathroom. Students have access to local grocery stores and inexpensive student cafeterias; the university does not offer meal plans.

Student Dormitory Information



Otaru University is a USD Direct program, which means students will continue to pay USD tuition and fees. Students will continue to receive any federal financial aid (with the exception of federal work/study) and most USD scholarships (Coyote Commitment, Mickelson, Presidential-Alumni, SD Opportunity, and Ullyot).

Otaru, Japan, Academic Year Budget Estimate (19/20)

In the past, there have been two scholarships offered to qualified students interested in this program. These scholarships are intended to cover the tuition cost of this program; one scholarship comes from the Japanese government (JASSO) and the other is a matching scholarship from the USD Business School. These scholarships are not guaranteed every year.

Information on JASSO scholarship
For more information on expenses, access Otaru’s Financial Facts



USD students must complete the Study Abroad application before being nominated to Otaru University. Students will work in conjunction with overseas staff to coordinate their arrival in Japan, course registration, and housing.



For general inquiries, email or (605) 658-3599.

To schedule an advising session with Jessica, please use Coyote Connections.