New! Classes begin SPRING 2020
International Program for Japan Studies
Aoyama Gakuin University(AGU)
Japan Studies at AGU – Beyond Cool
is an exciting new interdisciplinary program balancing the trendy “Cool Japan” with the substance of the “Real Japan.” It is offered at the main Aoyama campus in the heart of Tokyo, with some classes offered at the Sagamihara campus as well. Slated to launch in Spring 2020, the program will accept applications from Fall 2019. The IPJS program is a certificate program that offers international exchange students an opportunity to take academic courses that focus on Japan’s vital role in the world today and its unique contributions to global culture throughout history. Students enroll for a period of from one semester to a full academic year and study at AGU while living in the Tokyo area.
A challenging and diverse range of prospective
IPJS courses are now under construction:
Japanese Language (from beginner to advanced), Japanology, “Exploring Shibuya,” Introduction to Politics, Gender and the Law in Japan, Classical Japanese Poetry, The History of Media, Intercultural Literacy, “Abenomics,” Manga and Anime in the Media Mix, Resilience in the Wake of 3.11, Issues in Contemporary Japanese Society, Modern and Contemporary Japanese Literature in Translation, Japanese Film, the History of Christianity in Japan, and more…
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Just the FAQs…
- What is the IPJS program?
- IPJS consists of one required course open only to international exchange students, “Japanology,” AGU’s introduction to Japan Studies. IPJS students can then choose from diverse elective courses in three modules that range across the humanities and sciences, and study in classes with other international as well as Japanese students. Students choose the elective courses that best suit their individual interests and backgrounds and have the option to take up to two courses each semester from anywhere in the university curriculum.
- Do I need to know Japanese?
- Aside from language classes, which are optional, IPJS courses are taught exclusively in English. Those who wish to take classes in Japanese need to pass N2 or N1 of the JLPT and obtain instructor permission.
- Can I get credit for classes taken at AGU in IPJS?
- IPJS students earn credits for each course, and upon request, receive a certificate of completion at the end of the IPJS program. Students are required to take a minimum of 14 credits per semester (28 per year) and present their research in a final poster presentation.
- Who can apply?
- International students at AGU’s partner universities are welcome! Since classes are in English, test scores (or the equivalent) of IELTS 5.5 (TOEFL 68) are needed for non-native English speakers.
- How do I apply?
- Go to the International Center at AGU website, and download the application form. Be sure to specify your interest in the IPJS program. Attach the required documents to your application, and mail it by the deadline to the address on the application form.
- What documents will I need to apply?
- Just submit the same documents as any other exchange student. Submit the application form. Other documents, depending on your country, might include language test score reports.
- How much does it cost?
- Since you attend as an exchange student, you pay tuition as usual to your home institution only. Extra costs would depend on the kind of housing you choose (dormitories or off-campus), train commute expenses, books and supplies, as well as living expenses.