A boarding house, where people live, talk, challenge, and share together – these are the foundations of a liberal arts education.
By re-creating this environment, HLAB creates a chance for participants to find a place of peer mentorship.
A “Peer” is a close role model around your age that you can use to reflect upon.

University students from all over the world. Senpais from various fields.
High school students from various schools, regions, and backgrounds. HLAB: a summer school where everyone can become mentors for each other.

Learning not from “classes”, but from “people”.

Sample timeline

(Past Programs)

Programs Conducted in all Four Regions


The Liberal Arts Seminars make up the core of the HLAB program that aims to encourage high school students to find their interests from a wide variety of fields. Students from universities all over the world, such as Harvard University, take on the role of Seminar Leaders to teach the Japanese high school participants seminars on various topics of their interest. The entire seminar, including the lectures, essays, and assignments are conducted in English. Each Seminar Leader is paired with a Japanese college student (House Leader) that is fluent in both Japanese and English; the House Leaders help the Seminar Leaders construct the outline of the seminars, and also support the high school students throughout the program. To encourage participation and deep understanding, all the seminars are conducted in small groups.


Throughout the program, a speaker was invited every afternoon to present their life stories and answer questions from the participants. Each speaker came from various backgrounds, such as politics, management, physics, and arts, and was an expert in their field. Through their passionate talks on their past experiences and messages to the high school students, HLAB aims to give an opportunity for the participants to expand their views and think about their future.

Free Interactions

Free Interactions are an opportunity for the high school and college school students to talk with guests and workers from various fields. The guests come from different professions and backgrounds, and provide a chance for the high school students to think about their future interests from a wide perspective. During Free Interactions, students are able to talk to people of different expertise in a close and casual manner.


Workshops are activities where the participants get to actively contribute to the group and learn together. Most workshops aim to strengthen ties between the participants and encourage understanding of Japanese culture, and take in the unique traditions and colors of the regions.

Other notable programs in the past

Autoanalysis workshop (2015 Tokyo)

The workshop is a moment when paticipants think of themselves looking back to their past experiences. With autoanalysis work-sheet, they pair up and talk to each other. In the end, the other speaks about you and you do an objective analysis about yourself. Not only is this a chance for them to dicover something new about themselves, but they also create a strong bond by having a deep and dense chat.

SHOKU Workshop (2015 Obuse)

In this workshop, 8 experts from various fields were invited to each set a theme/proposal for the participants to work with. The participants discussed and worked on the given topic in groups, and came up with a presentation on what it meant to “work” in the world outside their schools. After the event, many high school students were heard saying “I didn’t know there were such unique jobs” and “I feel like I got a glimpse into my future career.”

Talent Show (all regions)

In the talent show, the participants get to share their unique talents and deepen mutual understanding. Performances range from piano, comedy, recorder, and pantomimes, and very often the college students will put on a show as well. The talent show is also a time for the students to get to know each other better.

myHLAB (2015 Tohoku)

myHLAB was an event for the high school and college students that was hosted in a local elementary school in the Onagawa region. The aim of the event was for the participants to talk about their future goals and careers and realize the importance of learning from one another. During the event, many stories about previous experiences and current worries were shared; although the event was originally scheduled for two hours, it ended up lasting for three.

State of the past

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