What is in SIJ for you? SIJ offers participants five categories of resources for their academic and experiential learning of contemporary Japanese society and culture. Each resource category also contributes to supplementing the effectiveness of the other categories as illustrated in the diagram below:
Academic Course – Introduction to Contemporary Japan (ICJ)
SIJ offers a standard academic course titled Introduction to Contemporary Japan (ICJ). As a quality, theme-based course taught in a traditional classroom setting, the ICJ course challenges participants to acquire, or further develop, their knowledge of key issues and perspectives on contemporary society, culture, politics, and economy of Japan (and other countries in Asia relevant to the themes).
The ICJ course is co-taught, in a relay manner, mainly by a group of faculty members at Kyushu University’s International Student Center, who are experts of international education for exchange students from all around the world.
- SIJ requires that all participants enroll in the ICJ course.
- Over the course of the program the ICJ course runs 15 sessions, including lecture-centered
sessions, field studies and sessions for participants’ in-class presentations of their learning
- Participants may earn 2 credits upon successful completion of the ICJ course.
- SIJ 2019 Syllabus
- Language Course – Japanese Language (JL)
Another in-class learning activity that SIJ offers is a language-instruction course titled simply Japanese Language (JL). The main objective of the JL course is to help participants develop their Japanese language skills as a pivotal cultural skillset that is essential to effectively enhancing their immersion experience into Japanese society and culture through their daily social interactions and communication.
SIJ offers four levels of the JL course: Beginner, Elementary 1, Elementary 2 and Intermediate. Participants are required to take a placement test to determine the level of JL course in which they should enroll, based on the level of their Japanese proficiency at the time of participating in SIJ.
- SIJ requires that all participants enroll in the JL course.
- Over the course of the program the JL course runs 15 sessions.
- Participants may earn 1 credit upon successful completion of the JL course.
Field Studies – Off-Campus Experiential Learning –
SIJ conducts various field studies in and around Fukuoka City. These activities aim to provide participants with valuable opportunities to substantiate and deepen the knowledge they have gained from the ICJ course through direct observation and experience with diverse aspects of Japanese culture and society beyond the classroom and off campus.
SIJ also provides a pre-field study lecture prior to each activity, which helps to prepare participants for effective and dynamic experiential learning onsite.
SIJ arranges homestay opportunities for all participants: one host family for each participant. Daily interactions with host families in community settings help facilitate participants’ immersion experience into Japanese social life and daily-life communication, which further enhances their learning outcomes of the ICJ course. These homestay experiences also aim to help substantiate and deepen knowledge that participants gain mainly from their respective JL courses.
- Homestay for 2 weeks.
- Host families are recruited in Fukuoka City and Itoshima City, a town neighboring Fukuoka.
Student Tutors – One-on-One Interaction and Friendship –
SIJ also assigns student tutors to all participants: one tutor for each participant. Those tutors are fulltime local students at Kyushu University, mostly at the undergraduate level, who are enthusiastic about helping and are seeking opportunities to interact with international students on campus. Tutors aim to assist participants in smooth adjustment into campus and social lives, as well as helping you develop your circle of friends.
The one-on-one partnership with a student tutor provides participants with opportunities to practice and hone their Japanese language skills and to broaden their knowledge of Japanese society and culture today from cross-cultural perspectives.