Preparation for the Selection Examination (during the first and second year)
During their first and second year of studies, students acquire a high-level of global knowledge as well as communication skills, especially in English and basic levels of local languages. Based on the assessment results, 20 students from the applicants are selected for the program. The selection exam is held in February during the second year of academic study. Students are asked to take the TOEFL exam and also acquire three credits in a basic level of a local language before the selection exam.
Program Students (the third to fourth year)
Early in the third-year, students are required to select a region as well as academic advisors. During their third and fourth year, students intensively study the local language and subjects related to their region. During this time, students also begin taking master’s level classes for ten credits. Students then submit a graduation thesis. In July of the fourth year, students take the recommendation entrance assessment for the master’s program in International Area Studies at the Graduate School of Humanities & Social Sciences. Successful candidates who completed the course earlier will enter the master’s program in the coming October. All other candidates will enter the program in the following April.
Program Students (the first to second graduate year)
The early bird students will possibly go study abroad right after entering the graduate course: They may, depending on the partner university, have to wait until next April to go abroad. During the one-year study abroad period, students are required to attend lectures and receive at least ten credits. Research and fieldwork will be conducted under the support of academic advisors together with local advisors at partner universities. Additionally, students are expected to work as interns at either local Japanese companies or government-affiliated organizations in order to gain real world experiences. Afterwards, students will return home to finish and submit their master’s thesis so that they can leave school as a high-level regional expert ready to go out into the real world.