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IPJS(International Program for Japan Studies/国際日本研究プログラム)

Japan Studies at AGU – Beyond Cool Welcome to AGU! ようこそ!

New! Classes begin FALL 2022 at Aoyama campus!!

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.

New! Classes begin FALL 2022 at Aoyama campus!!

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.

A challenging and diverse range of prospective IPJS courses are:

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…

Interviews with Students:Japanese Culture in our Eyes

A challenging and diverse range of prospective IPJS courses are:

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…

Interviews with Students:Japanese Culture in our Eyes

Just the FAQs…

What is the IPJS program?

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.

  1. Do I need to know Japanese?

    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.

  2. Can I get credit for classes taken at AGU in IPJS?

    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.

  3. Who can apply?

    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.

  4. How do I apply?

    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.

  5. What documents will I need to apply?

    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.

  6. How much does it cost?

    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.

PICK UP LECTURES

Course list

You can find the course list for AY 2022 here

Course Title (English) Lecturer School/College Campus Semester Day Period
History of Japanese Culture Ⅰ SUN, Shih-wei College of Literature Aoyama Spring Mon 2
Introduction to Japanese Studies SUN, Shih-wei College of Literature Aoyama Spring Mon 4
Topics in Japanese Studies Ⅰ ISHIKAWA, Rujirat School of Cultural and Creative Studies Aoyama Spring Tue 3
Game Theory for Beginners BABA, Yumiko College of Economics Aoyama Spring Tue 3
Topics in Japanese Studies Ⅰ ISHIKAWA, Rujirat School of Cultural and Creative Studies Aoyama Spring Tue 4
Organizational Management A YOROZU, Chie School of Business Aoyama Spring Tue 5
Japanese Politics Ⅰ BOYD,James P. School of International Politics, Economics and Communication Aoyama Spring Wed 2
Culture and Society GROFF,David K. School of International Politics, Economics and Communication Aoyama Spring Wed 4
Literature A SUN, Shih-wei General Education Aoyama Spring Thu 2
Modern Japanese Culture MERKLEJN,Iwona School of Cultural and Creative Studies Aoyama Spring Thu 3
English Studies C ISHIKAWA, Rujirat General Education Aoyama Spring Thu 4
Topics in Japanese Studies Ⅰ ISHIKAWA, Rujirat School of Cultural and Creative Studies Aoyama Spring Fri 4
Traditional Industries STOILOVA,Victoria I. School of Cultural and Creative Studies Aoyama Spring Fri 4
Lecture on Japanese Literature B SUN, Shih-wei College of Literature Aoyama Spring Fri 5
History of Japanese Culture Ⅱ SUN, Shih-wei College of Literature Aoyama Fall Mon 2
Introduction to International Literary Exchanges SUN, Shih-wei College of Literature Aoyama Fall Mon 4
Japanology B UCHIYAMA,Yoshihide General Education Aoyama Fall Tue 2
English Studies A SCHIEDER, Chelsea S. General Education Aoyama Fall Tue 2
Topics in Japanese Studies Ⅱ ISHIKAWA, Rujirat School of Cultural and Creative Studies Aoyama Fall Tue 3
Japanology A KNIGHTON,Mary A. General Education Aoyama Fall Tue 3
Market Design BABA, Yumiko College of Economics Aoyama Fall Tue 3
Topics in Japanese Studies Ⅱ ISHIKAWA, Rujirat School of Cultural and Creative Studies Aoyama Fall Tue 5
Organizational Management B YOROZU, Chie School of Business Aoyama Fall Tue 5
Japanese Economy KUWAHARADA, Tomoyuki School of International Politics, Economics and Communication Aoyama Fall Tue 5
Japanese Politics Ⅱ BOYD,James P. School of International Politics, Economics and Communication Aoyama Fall Wed 2
Japanese Studies GROFF,David K. School of International Politics, Economics and Communication Aoyama Fall Wed 4
History of Media MERKLEJN,Iwona School of Cultural and Creative Studies Aoyama Fall Thu 2
Literature B SUN, Shih-wei General Education Aoyama Fall Thu 2
English Studies E ISHIKAWA, Rujirat General Education Aoyama Fall Thu 4
Problems in Modern Society COOP,Stephanie L. General Education Aoyama Fall Thu 5
Topics in Japanese Studies Ⅱ ISHIKAWA, Rujirat School of Cultural and Creative Studies Aoyama Fall Fri 4
Lecture on Japanese Literature B SUN, Shih-wei College of Literature Aoyama Fall Fri 5
Issues in Modern Japanese Education Yoshiy Olivares Rafaela School of Global Studies and Collaboration Sagamihara Spring Mon 3
Introduction to Japanese Culture OGAWA, Tadashi School of Global Studies and Collaboration Sagamihara Spring Thu 2
Japanese Economic Cooperation
with Developing Countries
SHIGA, Hiroaki School of Global Studies and Collaboration Sagamihara Spring Sat 2
War Memory in Modern Japan KUMAGAI, Naoko School of Global Studies and Collaboration Sagamihara Fall Tue 3
Travel and Tourism in Contemporary Japan MIURA, Tomoko School of Global Studies and Collaboration Sagamihara Fall Thu 4
New Frontiers in Geospatial Gaming YAMAGUCHI, Yusuke School of Global Studies and Collaboration Sagamihara Fall/Latter Half後半 Fri 3・4