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Japan Studies at AGU – Beyond Cool is an exciting new interdisciplinary program balancing the trendy “Cool Japan” with the substance of the “Real Japan.” It is offered at the main Aoyama campus in the heart of Tokyo, with some classes offered at the Sagamihara campus as well. Slated to launch in Spring 2020, the program will accept applications from Fall 2019. The IPJS program is a certificate program that offers international exchange students an opportunity to take academic courses that focus on Japan’s vital role in the world today and its unique contributions to global culture throughout history. Students enroll for a period of from one semester to a full academic year and study at AGU while living in the Tokyo area.
Japanese Language（from beginner to advanced）, Japanology, “Exploring Shibuya,” Introduction to Politics, Gender and the Law in Japan, Classical Japanese Poetry, The History of Media, Intercultural Literacy, “Abenomics,” Manga and Anime in the Media Mix, Resilience in the Wake of 3.11, Issues in Contemporary Japanese Society, Modern and Contemporary Japanese Literature in Translation, Japanese Film, the History of Christianity in Japan, and more…
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IPJS consists of one required course open only to international exchange students, “Japanology,” AGU’s introduction to Japan Studies. IPJS students can then choose from diverse elective courses in three modules that range across the humanities and sciences, and study in classes with other international as well as Japanese students.
Students choose the elective courses that best suit their individual interests and backgrounds and have the option to take up to two courses each semester from anywhere in the university curriculum.
Aside from language classes, which are optional, IPJS courses are taught exclusively in English. Those who wish to take classes in Japanese, it is recommended passing N2 or N1 of the JLPT and obtain instructor permission.
IPJS students earn credits for each course, and upon request, receive a certificate of completion at the end of the IPJS program. Students are required to take a minimum of 14 credits per semester (28 per year) and present their research in a final poster presentation.
International students at AGU’s partner universities are welcome! Since classes are in English, test scores (or the equivalent) of IELTS 5.5 (TOEFL 68) are needed for non-native English speakers. Please be noted that IPJS is offered only at Aoyama campus at this point.
Download the application materials from the link below. Be sure to specify your interest in the IPJS program on the online application form. Attach the required documents to your application, and submit it by the deadline.
Just submit the same documents as any other exchange student. Submit the application form. Other documents, depending on your country, might include language test score reports.
Since you attend as an exchange student, you pay tuition as usual to your home institution only. Extra costs would depend on the kind of housing you choose (off-campus dormitories or other housing options), train commute expenses, books and supplies, as well as living expenses.