School of Global Communication and Language, College of Global Communication and Language

(English + Chinese) x Studying Abroad = Development into Professionals Who Are Capable of Succeeding Throughout the World

Educational Goals

Developing Communication Skills in English and Chinese that are Useful throughout the World

Global expansion has become a trend for companies and organizations in recent years, and the ability to secure personnel who are capable of communicating effectively in different countries has become crucial to success.*

The School of Global Communication and Language strives to assist students in attaining strong communication skills in English and Chinese, so that they may have the potential to become successful internationally.

* Based on the results from “Expectations of Industries towards University Education and Student Development” published in 2011 by the Japanese Business Federation (Keidanren)

Attaining the Three Key Elements for International Success

Cultural Awareness

The school aims to allow students to be capable of interacting and communicating with individuals from various cultural backgrounds who speak different languages, and also be able to break through traditional values to create new perspectives and ways of mutual understanding

Global Knowledge

In a world where governments and economies are no longer limited by traditional borders and boundaries, it is important for students to be knowledgeable in politics, economics, social issues, and other topics from not only their home country, but also from around the world

Fundamentals for an International Career

In addition to developing communication skills in English and Chinese, cultural awareness, as well as global knowledge, it is also important for students to learn how to solve problems, work in a team, and have proper attitudes and mannerisms when they are working internationally.


Traits of the Curriculum

The School of Global Communication offers a curriculum that is described below.

First Year: Intensive English and Chinese skills development

First year students start with classes that allow them to become accustomed to university level academics, learn about global trends and patterns, and also improve their English and Chinese skills.

Second Year: Participating In a One Semester Study Abroad Program

Building upon the language skills that students developed in first year, it is required in principle that students study abroad for one semester in an English speaking environment. and also study abroad for one semester in a Chinese speaking environment.

Studying abroad in second year allows students to refine their language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, experience life in foreign countries and cultures, challenge themselves to breaking through traditional values, and also discover new perspectives and ways of understanding earlier than other university students.

* It should be noted that it is necessary for students to have sufficient academic and language skills prior to participating in a study abroad program

Third and Fourth year: Deepening Understanding about Economics, International Relations, And the World

Training classes and study abroad programs prepare students for their studies in third and fourth year, where a project-based learning approach is taken and seminars are held to significantly deepen student understandings of subjects including but not limited to economics and international relations. The intensive classes and seminars are provided to allow students to attain the knowledge and the skills required to start working in relevant fields immediately after graduation.


A Look at the Curriculum: Progression through Four Years

Overview of Learning Objectives of the Four-Year Curriculum

* It should be noted that it is necessary for students to have sufficient academic and language skills prior to participating in a study abroad program.


Content of the Curriculum

In order to reach our educational goals, the School of Global Communication and Language provides the following categories of classes.

Specialized Mandatory Classes

Specialized Mandatory Classes are designed to guide students in improving their English skills while also learning in general fields and liberal arts. The Advanced English Studies Program (AES) is part of this category. It is composed of ten classes that allow students to gain strong and practical English communication skills, and also develop a firm base of global knowledge. Students are enrolled in five AES classes per semester and attend the classes eight times a week in total during their first year. The classes allow students to reach a good balance between their listening, speaking, reading, and writing abilities, and prepare them for their study abroad program in second year.

Specialized Elective Classes

Specialized Elective Classes provide the means through which students can deepen the skills and knowledge that they have attained in Specialized Mandatory Classes. Topics that are covered include but are not limited to Japanese culture, cultural awareness, international relations, international business, and foreign languages in addition to English and Chinese. By studying in Specialized Elective Classes, students can become more specialized in fields that they are interested in, and also develop strong cultural awareness and a rich foundation of global knowledge.

[International Communication Classes]

Students are trained in English, Chinese, and Japanese in order to improve their practical communication skills, and also in social studies and cultural studies so that they can communicate with and also understand individuals who are from different backgrounds and cultures.

[Global Career Classes]

Global Career Classes concentrate on international relations as well as global trends, and aim to increase the global knowledge of students, as well as their ability to critically analyze and think theoretically about current world issues.

General and Liberal Arts Elective Classes

Students learn deeply about humanities and social studies in General and Liberal Arts Elective Classes, and develop general understandings of behaviors in society that are beneficial when they attempt to build an international career.

A Look into the Curriculum : Click here to enlarge the image


Example of a Class Schedule

* The schedule serves an example with only main classes listed.

In first year, students concentrate on improving the English and Chinese language skills that prepare them for studying abroad in second year. After returning to Japan, students continue to improve their language skills in third and fourth year, and also study in fields – such as economics, management, and international relations – that they are interested to learn about how societies are composed and operate.

Example Course Schedule

* A maximum of 20 credits will be approved
The number of approved credits from study abroad programs is to be determined based on student grades and total lecture hours participated in at the host university.

One special trait of the School of English and International Studies is the one semester study abroad program that focuses on language studies. The example above shows the typical pattern of students participating in one semester of studying abroad in an English speaking environment and another semester in a Chinese speaking environment. For third year students who have applied to for a one year study abroad program and were unsuccessful, it is possible for them to participate in an addition one semester study abroad program that focuses on language studies.
* It should be noted that it is necessary for students to have sufficient academic and language skills prior to participating in a study abroad program


A Variety of Options after Graduation

The School of English and International Studies is dedicated to assisting students in becoming professionals who are capable of understanding different cultures, communicating with individuals from other countries, and also challenging themselves in various parts of the world. After earning their degree, students will have the skills and knowledge required to work in global companies and organizations around the world, in various companies and organizations within Japan, and also in the field of education as junior high of high school English teachers.

Global Enterprises around the World

Individuals who succeed in global companies and organizations must not be limited by boundaries and traditional ways of thought, but have the ability and the will to challenge themselves in communicating with others, developing new perspectives, and finding better methods for mutual understanding.

Other Companies and Organizations in Japan and Abroad

Approximately 70% of Japanese companies and organizations are considering the option of global expansion or have already expanded overseas, and such companies and organizations are on the lookout for professionals with cultural awareness and strong communication skills in different languages.

English Teacher

English teachers are required to possess not only strong English and management skills, but also extensive international experience with foreign cultures.