About the "Japan in Today's World" Program    

  JTW Brochure 2014-15

  JTW Leaflet 2014-15

Whatever your major or special field, JTW gives you the chance to study at one of Japan's most prestigious universities here in Fukuoka, a friendly and culturally fascinating city located halfway between Tokyo, Seoul and Shanghai. Language is no barrier! As long as you have the motivation, JTW has the flexibility to allow you to plan your own course of studies for an experience of living in Japan you will never forget.

Founded as one of Japan’s seven imperial universities, Kyushu University has a proud tradition dating back to 1911.  Over the decades it has grown into a prestigious institute of higher education, playing today a leading role in numerous fields of research.  At Kyushu there are now more than 18,000 students taking a wide variety of courses offered by some 2,200 academic staff.  In 1994, as part of our constant efforts to encourage open cultural exchange, we created “Japan in Today’s World” (JTW), an innovative short-term living/learning experience that allows international students to study in Japan using English as the medium of instruction.  The first program of its kind to be introduced at a national university in Japan, JTW has evolved to meet the diverse and changing needs of a growing number of participants from around the world.

The JTW program gives English-speaking students access to academic life in Japan and also offers a full range of Japanese language courses.  Beyond developing their communicational skills, JTW provides students rich, first-hand cultural exposure to Japan through a variety of courses, study trips, and other participatory opportunities, including home visits and extra-curricular activities, each designed to broaden understanding and appreciation of Japanese society.  Moreover, program components such as independent study projects and individually tailored laboratory research enable students to build expertise in specialized areas.  They will find themselves stimulated, challenged, and deeply gratified, no matter what their field of concentration, both by the intellectual experience and by the experience of adapting to everyday life in one of Japan’s fastest growing and friendliest cities.  JTW invites applications from highly motivated, academically successful international students with the foresight to take advantage of its unique and exciting promise.

Is JTW for you?

“Japan in Today’s World” (JTW) gives you the opportunity to experience life and study at a major Japanese university without requiring proficiency in the Japanese language.  We provide an integrated, multi-disciplinary program with flexibility of choice across a broad range of courses.  Regardless of your major, special interests, or level in Japanese, you can assemble a portfolio of study suited to your needs.  You can also stay for a full academic year (10 months) or just one semester.

JTW offers a culturally diverse environment in which you can meet and exchange ideas with people from around the world.  You will be part of a group of about 40 students drawn from leading universities of all over the world.  Classes are conducted primarily in English, but they are open to our Japanese students as well.  Those with the needed Japanese skills may take regular University courses.  You will be assigned your own “tutor,” a Japanese student who will be on hand to help you settle in.

JTW plays a key role in Kyushu University’s wider efforts to enhance inter-cultural understanding and communication skills.  Our aim is to enable you to gain a deeper appreciation of modern Japan so that you can better meet the challenges of living and working in today’s global environment.

If you are an undergraduate student majoring in Japanese Studies and are ready to take classes offered in Japanese at Kyushu University, you have another short-term program option, the Japanese Language and Culture Course. For details of the program, please visit: http://www.isc.kyushu-u.ac.jp/jlcc/

Asia in Today’s World (ATW):ATW is a 6-week summer program for undergraduate and graduate students from abroad. Courses are offered in Japanese language and area studies, and held between late June and early August. See the ATW website for further information: http://www.isc.kyushu-u.ac.jp/atw/

Asean in Today's World (AsTW):AsTW is a 2-week international program focused on ASEAN studies and Asian languages & cultures, and is designed for university students from around the world. Kyushu University (Japan) and Mahidol University (Thailand), two of most prestigious universities in Asia, have co-organized the program with the strong support from the ASEAN Secretariat. The medium of instruction is English.
See the AsTW Website for further information: http://www.isc.kyushu-u.ac.jp/astw/


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