GLOBAL JAPAN PROGRAM
Participating students are required to enroll in at least 7 classroom hours per week (1 classroom hour = 90 minutes = 2 credits) from JLC, GJSC, or a combination from both courses to obtain student visa status. (We do not, however, recommend that you enroll in more than 11 classroom hours per week.)
IJLE offers two types of Japanese language courses, namely the JL core courses and the JL elective courses.
JL Core Courses:
JL core courses are intensive courses with the main objective of enabling students to acquire communication skills in speaking and writing. The students will be acquiring four major skills of the language (speaking, listening, writing and reading with Kanji). If you are planning on taking any Japanese language courses, you must enroll in one of the core courses. Upon your arrival, you will take an online placement test to determine to which level/core course you belong. The details of the JL core courses are summarized below as an example. These core courses are all offered in the morning from Monday to Thursday.
|Level||Equivalent level of CEFR||Core Class||Intensiveness||Number of classroom hours/week (90 minutes each)||Number of credits||Textbook|
|A1||J100||Intensive||8||16||Genki 1 (3rd edition) Lessons 1-12|
|J111||Semi-Intensive||4||8||Genki 1 (3rd edition) Lessons 1-6|
|J112||Semi-Intensive||4||8||Genki 1 (3rd edition)
|A1/A2||J200||Intensive||8||16||Genki 2 (3rd edition)
|A1||J211||Semi-Intensive||4||8||Genki 2 (3rd edition) Lessons 13-18|
|A1/A2||J212||Semi-Intensive||4||8||Genki 2 (3rd edition) Lessons 19-23|
|B1/B2||J511||Semi-Intensive||4||8||『話す・書くにつながる！ 日本語読解 中上級』 他|
- Availability of the JL core courses is subject to change without notice.
- All the courses must have enrollment of four or more students at the time of registration; otherwise, they will be cancelled.
- Your level/core courses are solely determined by the placement test result, not by your Japanese learning experiences. Even if you studied and finished the same textbook in your home country, when your placement test result does not meet the required criteria, you must repeat the same content at IJLE. Thus, we highly recommend that you bring the same textbooks (of the same edition) if you have them in your home country.
- All the students who intend to take JLC must take the placement test, except for true beginners who only know Hiragana and Katakana or those who are planning on taking GJSC only.
- All the students who are true beginners and intend to take JLC must master Hiragana and Katakana on their own before the course starts. On the first day of the course, they are given the Hiragana and Katakana tests and must show mastery of these characters.
- Based on the placement test result, some students may have choices of the core classes if the classes have the same starting point- J100 (intensive) or J111 (semi-intensive) and J200 (intensive) or J211 (semi-intensive)
- Once your level/core class is determined, you can select JLC elective courses and/or GJSC classes to make your timetable (*7-11 classroom hours per week). Note: J100, J200, J300, and J400 already have 8 classrooms hours, so you do not need to take JLC elective and GJSC classes if you do not wish.
JL elective courses are offered in the afternoon for those who are enrolled in JL core courses. Each JL elective course meets one classroom hour per week and carries 2 credits. Admittance to these courses is based on the level of the JL core course. Once your Japanese language level and the JL core course have been determined by the placement test, you can select JL elective courses and/or GJS courses to make your timetable. (Keeping it to 7 to 11 classroom hours per week is recommended).
List of JL Elective Courses
JLPT N5 Preparation (Canceled)
JLPT N4 Preparation (Canceled)
JLPT N3 Preparation
JLPT N2 Preparation
Introduction to Business Japanese (Canceled)
Business Japanese (Canceled)
*For details of JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test), please refer to its official website.
**All the courses must have enrollment of 4 or more students; otherwise, they will be canceled.
- In GJSC classes taught in English, both international and domestic students enroll in classes to deepen their understanding of the global society from two angles- Japan from the world perspective and the world from Japan’s perspective. Students can enroll in any GJSC classes regardless of their JLC level. Each class meets once a week for 90 minutes and is worth 2 credits.
- The GJSC classes explore a wide range of topics related to contemporary and traditional Japan and are categorized into three blocks:
- Classes focusing on business and society (JSC 101-120);
- Classes focusing on language and culture (JSC 201-223);
- Special classes with hands-on experiences (JSC 902-904): ① at a Japanese newspaper publishing company; ② with leading performers of Japanese traditional arts (dance and music); ③ oriental traditional writing culture- calligraphy.
|Class Code||Class Title||Class Subtitle||Spring||Fall|
|JSC101||Japan Studies 101 (Business)||Introduction to Global Business in Japan||〇|
|JSC102||Japan Studies 102 (Business)||Issues in Global Business in Japan||〇|
|JSC111||Japan Studies 111 (Sociology)||Service Learning across Cultures: Volunteering in Japan (Theme II)||〇||〇|
|JSC113||Japan Studies 113 (Sociology)||Japanese Education System and Society||〇||〇|
|JSC114||Japan Studies 114 (Sociology)||Philosophical and Religious Traditions of Japan||〇|
|JSC116||Japan Studies 116 (Sociology)||Introduction to Japanese Culture and Hospitality||〇|
|JSC118||Japan Studies 118 (Sociology)||Philosophy in Modern Japan||✘||✘|
|JSC201||Japan Studies 201 (Cultural)||Contemporary Issues in Japan: Pop Culture||〇|
|JSC203||Japan Studies 203 (Cultural)||A Cultural History of Medicine and Diseases in Modern Japan||✘|
|JSC204||Japan Studies 204 (Cultural)||The History of Japan||〇|
|JSC207||Japan Studies 207 (Cultural)||Japanese Pop Culture through Media: Focus on Commercials (ThemeⅡ)||〇||〇|
|JSC209||Japan Studies 209 (Cultural)||Introduction to Japanese Literature||〇||〇|
|JSC211||Japan Studies 211 (Cultural)||Studies in Japanese Popular Culture: A Look at Manga/Anime||〇||〇|
|JSC212||Japan Studies 212 (Cultural)||Introduction to Modern Japanese Literature||〇||〇|
|JSC213||Japan Studies 213 (Cultural)||Intercultural Competence for College Students in Japan||〇||〇|
|JSC214||Japan Studies 214 (Cultural)||Japanese Culture through Film||〇||〇|
|JSC221||Japan Studies 221 (Language)||Japan and China: Language||〇||〇|
|JSC222||Japan Studies 222 (Language)||Introduction to Community Interpreting and Translation in Japan: Focus on the Legal Setting||〇||〇|
|JSC223||Japan Studies 223 (Language)||Introduction to Japanese Linguistics||〇||〇|
|JSC902||Japan Studies 902 (Special Course)||Japan through Japanese Traditional Performing Arts||〇||〇|
|JSC903||Japan Studies 903 (Special Course)||Japanese Society and World through Media||〇||〇|
|JSC904||Japan Studies 904 (Special Course)||Oriental Traditional Writing Culture - Calligraphy||〇||〇|
- Click to see the timetable of GJSC 2022 spring semester.
- Click to see sample syllabi of the GJSC courses.
- The Global Japan Program offers day trips and excursions for its international students several times a semester. The international students who belong to the GJP can participate in these excursions to deepen their understanding of Japanese culture, especially the culture of the Tokai region. Most of these excursions are selected and arranged in such a way that the students can have hands-on experiences which they can rarely experience in commercial tours.
- Each excursion has limited spaces, and small fees are required to participate (these excursions are subsidized by Nagoya University of Foreign Studies).
- Below are some of the excursions in the past:
- Workshops: Ikebana (flower arrangement), tea ceremony, pottery making, and soba (buckwheat) noodle making
- Excursions: Ninja Village, Ise Grand Shrine, sumo games, visits to museums and galleries
- Overnight study tours: Kyoto, Nara, Shirakawa Village, Kotohira Shrine and Kompira Mountain in Kagawa