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Graduate School

We have a graduate school that pursues the ideals of learning
The Graduate School at NUFS aims to provide world-class practical research


Outline of the Graduate School

Name of Graduate SchoolGraduate School of Global Communication Studies
Name of MajorGlobal Communication Major
Program/Enrollment CapacityMaster’s Programs / 2 years / 20 students
Doctoral Programs / 3 years / 5 students
DegreeMaster’s ProgramsEnglish Communication CourseMasters (in English/English Education)
French Communication CourseMasters (in French/French Education)
Chinese Communication CourseMasters (in Chinese/Chinese Education)
Japanese Communication CourseJapanese Communication Course Masters (in Japanese/Japanese Education)
International Relations CourseMasters (in International Relations)
Global Business CourseMasters (in International Business)
Global Governance CourseMasters(in Multilingual and Multicultural Management)
Masters (in Public Interpreting and Translation)
Master’s in TESOL CourseMasters (in English/English Education)
*For qualified professional English teachers
Doctoral ProgramsEnglish Language Studies and English Language PedagogyDoctorate (in English Linguistics/English Pedagogy)
Japanese Language Studies and Japanese Language PedagogyDoctorate (in Japanese Linguistics/Japanese Pedagogy)
International Cultural StudiesDoctorate (in International Culture)

Master’s Programs

The master's programs at NUFS are designed to offer graduate school curricula for the School of Foreign Languages and the School of Global Business and Economics. Taking into consideration the school level, the curriculum is based on English, French, Chinese and Japanese, encompassing a diverse range of fields, from international relations, international business to multilingual and multicultural governance. To further clarify the research orientation and areas of employment, the following eight courses have been put into place:
1) English Communication Course, 2) French Communication Course, 3) Chinese Communication Course, 4) Japanese Communication Course, 5) International Relations Course, 6) Global Business Course, 7) Global Governance Course, 8) Master’s in TESOL Course

The courses are designed to develop professionals with advanced research skills based on the ability to demonstrate profound expertise and excellent communication skills.

Doctoral Programs

The doctoral programs at NUFS comprise three specialized areas: English Linguistics/English Pedagogy, Japanese Linguistics/Japanese Pedagogy, and International Cultural Studies. The doctoral programs are designed to train sophisticated and professional business people, educators and researchers through thorough an individual research framework.
The doctoral programs place importance on the comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach, which is the feature of this course. Graduate students are expected to gain professional research skills in specific areas and acquire skills to apply their extensive knowledge in society based on the broad perspective developed in the Master's Programs. In particular, English Linguistics/English Pedagogy and Japanese Linguistics/Japanese Pedagogy place importance on fostering senior professional educators and researchers.
In English Linguistics/English Pedagogy and Japanese Linguistics/Japanese Pedagogy, the curriculum is systematically organized by each school and department for the master through doctorate programs to encourage students to earn a doctor's degree. In this context, to fulfill the strong demand of international students to obtain a Ph.D., the field of Japanese Linguistics/Japanese Pedagogy has organized a system in order to serve as a training institution for researchers and educators.
It is also possible for TESOL graduate students to seek to obtain a doctorate degree in English Language Studies/English Language Pedagogy. The International Cultural Studies program was established so that students who have completed French or Chinese courses in the Master’s Programs will be able to further their research.

As globalization progresses rapidly, Japanese staff are in demand to work in the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), the Japan Foundation, the Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund (OECF), the United Nations, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and other organizations. The field of International Cultural Studies aims to develop professional personnel with Ph.Ds that can work actively in these international organizations or international-related sections of national or local governments.

A support system has been developed to support students in the doctoral program. The tuition fee and the educational enhancement fee will be exempted if students, who have been doing their doctorate for a certain period of time and are recognized as PhD candidates, decide to continue study beyond the original duration of study of three years. Furthermore, the graduate school has its own substantial scholarship system and tuition fee exemption system, and is equipped with facilities including joint research laboratories for graduate students.

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