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College of Japanese Language and Culture

Outline

The College of Japanese Language and Culture offers four types of courses specialized for international students: two four-year degree courses and two short-term courses (one semester to one year).

(1) Japanese Language and Culture Studies Course (4-year Bachelor Degree)
This is a four-year course for international full-time students at the University of Tsukuba. In this course, students study the Japanese Language and Culture Major curriculum alongside Japanese students.

(2) Japanese Language Teacher Training Course (Japan-Expert Program, 4-year Bachelor Degree) 
This is a four-year course for international full-time students at the University of Tsukuba. In this course, students study the Japanese Language Teacher Training Major curriculum as part of the Japan-Expert (bachelor’s degree) Program. The entrance examination for the Japan-Expert (bachelor’s degree) Program is scheduled in May, and the information is released on the website in December. Our goal is to equip future Japanese-language teachers with an understanding of Japanese culture and specialized skills for Japanese-language education so that they can teach Japanese to people in their home countries who would like to work in Japan or at Japanese companies.

(3) MEXT Japanese Studies Students (1 year)
This one-year course is offered exclusively to the international students who have received a scholarship from Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT). In this course, you develop your Japanese language proficiency and improve your understanding of Japanese culture and society. The course targets international students who major in Japanese language and culture at their home universities.

(4) Short-term International Students (1 semester - 1 year)
This course is for international students who are sent to the University of Tsukuba under student exchange agreements while remaining registered at their home universities. The length of study ranges from one semester to one year. Those who are interested in this course should apply via the student exchange office of your home university.

Type of Degree

(1) Japanese Language and Culture Studies Course:
Bachelor of Arts

(2) Japanese Language Teacher Training Course (Japan-Expert Program):
Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Language Education

Educational Policy

The College of Japanese Language and Culture fosters the ability to grasp linguistic and cultural phenomena in Japan comprehensively and understand them from a global perspective. Our goal is to train creative individuals who can collaborate with people from other linguistic and cultural backgrounds and future generations in the forthcoming multicultural society.

Students will acquire a comprehensive understanding of Japanese language and culture and develop the ability to appreciate these things from a global perspective. We aim to train students to be cultural creators. With an eye to creating a multicultural society, we want them to address and solve problems together with people who speak different languages, are from different cultures, or are of the next generation.

Looking at Japan from various perspectives

The curriculum is composed of a single major system that allows all students to acquire a broad range of knowledge in linguistics, Japanese language education, cultural anthropology, history and literature. Furthermore, from the third year onward, students have the opportunity to cultivate their abilities further by studying a single matter or issue from a variety of perspectives through seminars taught by multiple faculty members.

Combining skills to identify and solve problems

We offer a curriculum that places an emphasis on practicality, not just the acquisition of knowledge. This includes training here in Japan, where students can learn about real issues through fieldwork, and Japanese language education training that allows students to experience an internship in the field. Students will be able to convert the knowledge they acquire in their daily classes into practical skills for identifying and solving problems. Additionally, the school offers a Japanese language teacher training certificate program. The certificate can be obtained by taking the required credits.

Working together to create a multicultural society

We offer overseas training and many opportunities to study abroad. Through day-to-day collaboration, such as classes where students study and research together with exchange students from all over the world and a tutoring system designed to support exchange students, students will gain an understanding of multiculturalism, discuss issues with people from diverse backgrounds and develop the ability to solve these issues together.

Curriculum

Based on the curriculum targets of the undergraduate courses at the University of Tsukuba, and the student development goals of the school/college programs, the bachelor’s degree (in literature) is awarded to students who have demonstrated that they have achieved the following study objectives.

The student has acquired the specialized knowledge needed to grasp Japanese linguistic/cultural phenomena from a global perspective (linguistics, Japanese language education, cultural anthropology, history, literature and more) and the student has acquired investigative abilities/research skills.

The student has acquired the language proficiency, information processing ability and intercultural communication abilities needed to communicate and solve issues with people of a variety of ages and different languages and backgrounds.

The student has practical experience dealing with many specific measures related to real-world challenges, as presented in international cooperation courses. In addition to international training and overseas internships and fieldwork, we offer information literacy classes in Japan that are designed for students to acquire practical communication skills and problem-solving abilities.

Foundation Subjects (Survey, Practice, Interdisciplinary)

Introduction to Study of Japanese Language
Introduction to Linguistics
Introduction to Japanese Language Education
Introduction to Japanese Literature
Introduction to Contemporary Japanese Society
Special Seminar in Japanese Language Education
Language Studies Abroad
Sociolinguistics and Diversity
Japanese Language Education and Diversity
Anthropology and Diversity
History and Diversity
Japanese Literature and Culture

Major Subjects (Japanese Language)

Japanese Phonetics and Phonology
Japanese Grammar
Japanese Lexicon
Analysis of Japanese Corpus
Japanese Discourse
Japanese Pragmatics
History of Japanese Phonology
History of Japanese Grammar
Japanese Dialects
Linguistic Research Methodology
Language and Culture
Language and Logic

Major Subjects (Diversity, Japanese Education)

Pedagogical Grammar of Japanese
Skill Development in Japanese Language Education
Second Language Acquisition
Education for International Students
Cross‐cultural Psychology
Japanese Language Education Psychology
Japanese Language Education Overseas and Japanese Studies
Multicultural Japan

Major Subjects (Japanese Culture) 

Politics and Society in Japan
Oriental History and Culture
Cultural Exchange in Modern Japan
Religion and Folkart in Japan
History of Japanese Literature
Japanese Literature and Nature
Japanese Language Teaching and Japanese Literature
Chinese Literature and Japanese Literature
Japanese Culture Research Practicum
Practicum on Transmission of Cultures and Complexity
World Literature and Japanese Literature
Studies of Culture and Representation

Major Subjects (International, Co-operation) 

Joint Research on Japanese Language and Culture
Language Education Practicum through Dialogue
Fieldwork Practicum in Japanese Culture


→See the syllabus for the latest course information.

Year 1

Students take common courses and a wide range of specialized basic-level subjects from other colleges. By doing this, students can discover and identify their own areas of specialization from a wide perspective.

Year 2

Through specialized coursework, students aim to acquire a balanced knowledge of linguistics, Japanese language education, cultural anthropology, history and literature. Students engage in fieldwork, joint classes with international students and practical courses such as international training. These studies expose students to different languages and cultures, which helps to develop their problem recognition skills related to the Japanese language and Japanese culture. Specialized English courses train students to acquire language skills (especially English) that facilitate research and communication.

Year 3

Practical courses, such as fieldwork, deepen students’ problem recognition skills. Their application and practical implementation skills are improved. Students take more specialized courses, such as seminars, and acquire more comprehensive and advanced knowledge/research methods. This helps them to identify a topic for their graduation research. There is a general seminar that bridges the studies of specialized courses for writing the graduation thesis. In this course, the instructors’ areas of specialization are used to provide group instruction, and multiple instructors work with the students. This experience trains students to analyze a single phenomenon or challenge from many angles and perspectives.

Year 4

Students write a graduation thesis to advance their holistic/comprehensive analysis abilities, aiming to merge their problem recognition and problem-solving skills.

 

Admissions Policies

Ideal Candidates

An ideal student has a vibrant sense of intellectual curiosity, solid problem recognition skills and must know how to deal with them in terms of the Japanese language, culture and a multicultural society.

How Students Should Prepare before Entering the University

It is expected that students have sufficient reading comprehension skills in Japanese and foreign languages and will work to improve their abilities to express their opinions clearly.

Admissions Selection Methods and Policies
  • Entrance exams
  • Selection policy
Admission based on recommendations
Candidates for admission are assessed comprehensively, based on past studies and activities in high school, their overall abilities and general compatibility with the program. Selected students should have clear problem recognition skills and a drive to study. They should also be adaptable to work in specialized fields, such as the Japanese language, Japanese culture, international interactions and inter-cultural understanding.
Admission Center Entrance Exam (AC Entrance Exam)
Selected students should have key characteristics, such as a unique perspective regarding the Japanese language, Japanese culture, international interactions and intercultural understanding and be able to identify and solve problems independently.
International Baccalaureate Special Entrance Exam
Students who have an International Baccalaureate certification are eligible for this selection route. Selected students should have vibrant intellectual curiosity and clear problem recognition skills, in terms of the Japanese language, Japanese culture, international interactions and intercultural understanding. They should also be able to identify problems independently, using an international perspective, and be able to solve them. Communication skills, including linguistic abilities, will be valued and evaluated.
Japan-Expert (bachelor degree) Program Special Entrance Exam
Students should be broadly interested in the Japanese language and Japanese culture. They should be interested in someday teaching Japanese to those who wish to study/work in Japan, or to work for a Japanese company, inside or outside of Japan.

Admission period/subjects/number of students admitted
  • Entrance exam type
  • Exam date
  • Exam subjects
  • Number of students admitted
First-term schedule
(comprehensive selection)
January:Common university entrance exam
Exam subjects include: Literature, Science I, Science II and Science III
20(to be accepted in the second year)
Recommended entrance exam
November

Exam subjects

Document screening,
interview and oral examination
14
Admission Center Entrance Exam
(AC entrance exam)

Exam date

October

Exam subjects

Document screening,
interview and oral examination

Number of students admitted

3
International Baccalaureate Special Entrance Exam October

Exam date

October

Exam subjects

Document screening,
interview and oral examination

Number of students admitted

A few positions
Japan-Expert (bachelor degree) Program special entrance exam

Exam date

April

May

Exam subjects

Document screening

Interview/oral examination

Number of students admitted

3
Contact Us

College of Japanese Language and Culture University of Tsukuba 
1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8577 Japan
TEL: 029-853-6764 / FAX: 029-853-6839


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