About the Hiroshima Support Center for International Students

What Is the Hiroshima Support Center for International Students?

In 2011, the Hiroshima Support Center for International Students (HiCIS) was established as a team specialized in supporting international students working within the Hiroshima International Center (a public interest incorporated foundation), which is an organization that is engaged in promoting international exchange and international cooperation.
With the aim of providing support to receive international students, supporting such students in their studies and everyday lives, and providing them with job search assistance, the center collaborates with industry, government, and academia to provide international students with support through a comprehensive system that involves the various stakeholders of Hiroshima.

(Current as of April 1st, 2024.)

Support to receive international students
Hiroshima Study Abroad Ambassadors International students are appointed as “Hiroshima Study Abroad Ambassadors,” and they use their native languages and Japanese to widely share the appeal and charm of studying abroad in Hiroshima with international students living both domestically and abroad by way of social media.
University guidance informational session Explanations are provided to introduce international students and instructors at Japanese language schools to universities and schools within the prefecture and to inform them on entrance examinations and scholarship programs among other things.
University trial enrollment events Japanese language school students visit universities within the prefecture and take part in a trial enrollment experience where they tour the facilities and attend mock lectures.
Support for studying and everyday life
Scholarships for international students Scholarships can be issued to self-sponsored foreign international students within the prefecture (excludes Japanese language school students).
Discount Card for Cultural Facilities within the Prefecture Discount Cards are issued that offer free-or-reduced admission fees and entrance fees for cultural facilities, etc.
International student networking projects Events are conducted where international students, Japanese students, and local residents interact in order to promote cross-cultural understanding and local revitalization.
Promoting an understanding of Japanese culture Opportunities are provided to foreigners living in Hiroshima so that they can take part in Japanese cultural experiences and interact with local residents.
Consultation services for foreigners Consultations are provided for foreigners living in Hiroshima on concerns they face in their everyday life, and to provide them with the information they need.
One-Pair Japanese Language Learning Foreigners who wish to learn the Japanese language are paired up with Japanese people willing to teach Japanese in order to allow learners to advance in their Japanese language learning.
Housing guarantor programs Program where the Hiroshima International Center acts as the “joint guarantor” that international students need for renting a home.
Job search assistance
Internships Internships geared exclusively toward international students that are roughly 1 day to 2 weeks in length are provided.
Job search activity practical seminars Seminars are conducted that allow participants to acquire the skills necessary for their job search activities in Japan.
Job search individual consultants Expert career consultants provide individual consultations and guidance related to job search activities for international students.
Joint multi-company informational sessions “International student joint multi-company informational sessions” are conducted by gathering companies that are seeking to recruit international students.

Member Organizations

The organization is operated through the cooperation of participating institutions of higher learning (universities, junior colleges, colleges of technology, and Japanese language schools) within Hiroshima Prefecture, economic and international affairs related organizations, and local governments.

(Current as of April 1st, 2024.)

Classification Organization name
  • Hiroshima University
  • Eikei University of Hiroshima
  • Onomichi City University
  • Prefectural University of Hiroshima
  • Hiroshima City University
  • Fukuyama City University
  • Elisabeth University of Music
  • Kindai University Faculty of Engineering
  • Hijiyama University
  • Hiroshima University of Economics
  • Hiroshima Institute of Technology
  • Hiroshima International University
  • Hiroshima Shudo University
  • Hiroshima Jogakuin University
  • Hiroshima Cosmopolitan University
  • Hiroshima Bunka Gakuen University
  • Hiroshima Bunkyo University
  • Fukuyama University
  • Fukuyama Heisei University
  • Yasuda Women's University
Junior colleges
  • Sanyo Women’s College
Colleges of technology
  • National Institute of Technology (KOSEN), Kure College
  • National Institute of Technology, Hiroshima College
Japanese language schools
  • IGL Medical and Welfare College
  • Weltech College Hiroshima
  • HLA Japanese Language School
  • Hiroshima International Business College
  • Fukuyama International Academy of Languages
  • Trinity College, Hiroshima Medical Care and Welfare Professional Training College
  • Hiroshima YMCA College
  • Mihara International Academy of Language
Economic organizations and international affairs related organizations
  • Hiroshima Industrial Promotion Organization, a public interest incorporated foundation
  • Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, a public interest incorporated foundation
  • Chugoku Economic Federation
  • Japan Student Services Organization Chugoku-Shikoku Regional Office
  • Japan External Trade Organization
  • Hiroshima Association of Corporate Executives
  • The Hiroshima Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • The Fukuyama Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Higashihiroshima Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Local governments
  • Hiroshima City
  • Fukuyama City
  • Higashihiroshima City
  • Hiroshima Prefecture

Accessibility by Transit

Hiroshima Support Center for International Students
Hiroshima Crystal Plaza 6F, 8-18 Nakamachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima Prefecture, 730-0037
Phone: 082-541-3781
FAX: 082-243-2001
E-mail: office@int-students-hiroshima.jp
Information on Public Transit
Municipal trains

4 minutes walking distance after riding the streetcar by getting on from the south exit of Hiroshima Station (No. 1: Headed toward Hiroshima Port) and getting off at “Fukuro-machi.”

  • 4 minutes walking distance after riding the bus by getting on from the bus station at the south exit of Hiroshima Station and getting off at “Fukuro-machi.”
    • No. 2 platform: Headed toward Hiroshima-Nishi Airport and Hiroshima Kannon MARINA HOP
    • No. 3 platform: Headed toward Miyuki-dori and Bay City UJINA
  • In close walking distance after riding the bus by getting on from the bus station at the south exit of Hiroshima Station on the bus that is headed in a clockwise direction on the “Eki-Machi Loop” and getting off at “Shirakamisha-mae.”