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The University of Tsukuba has established the Japan-Expert (bachelor degree) Program to train international students who possess a Japanese outlook to further Japan’s culture and society, and hope to find employment at relevant companies in Japan or in their own countries.
Having our university selected for the Top Global University Project by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) in Japan was the impetus for putting this program together. Four courses of study have been established―Agricultural Science, Healthcare, Art and Design, and Japanese Language Teacher Training. Each course is designed for international students interested in Japan, aimed to provide them with the expertise and critical thinking skills they need in Japanese to detect and solve local and global issues related to their respective fields. This includes acquiring specializations in agriculture, healthcare, Japanese art or Japanese-language teaching after acquiring advanced Japanese-language skills and understanding Japan’s culture and society.
We have expanded opportunities to take the university entrance examination for this program to students unable to do so up to now because of their lack of Japanese-language skills by easing the Japanese-language requirement and focusing on Japanese-language training for half a year after enrollment. We look forward to receiving applications from people who want to serve as intermediaries between their home countries and Japan.
1. Acquiring specializations in four courses
The Japan Expert Program offers four special courses, which are Agricultural Science, Healthcare, Art and Design, and Japanese Language Teacher Training to develop expertise of international students. Normally, most of the bachelor degree programs in Japan require applicants to pass the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) competence level of N1. However, this program accepts students who have JLPT competence level of N3 or higher (i.e., N2 or above for applicants of the Japanese Language Teachers Training Course).
2. Intensive Japanese Language Instruction
Japanese language classes are conducted intensively to enhance Japanese language skills in order to understand major subjects. In an effort to acquire comprehensive Japanese language skills, classes in grammar, Kanji, listening, speaking, reading and writing are conducted by full-time instructors.
We offer not only intensive Japanese classes, but also specialized Japanese language in the major for each course in order to provide students easier transition to learning their major subjects.
3. Internship Program to foster practical abilities in the field
We provide internship as a required subject for each course in order to foster abilities of students in the field.
The internship program provides field experiences for each course in cooperation with external organizations and companies to support finding employment in Japan.
Agricultural Science Course
Art and Design Course
Our goal is to provide students with agronomic expertise related to biological resources―the foundations of human existence and safe, affluent lifestyles―while they acquire specialized expertise with local as well as global perspectives pertaining to agriculture and forestry, as well as the communication skills and ability to understand different cultures required for overseas cooperation related to agriculture and forestry. Further, we provide training that imbues people with broad, rich character, particularly the ethics related to agriculture and forestry, and foster individuality and enthusiasm for learning.
Bachelor degree：Bachelor of Agricultural Science
Our goal is to give students an academic grounding in healthcare so that in addition to their understanding of their own countries’ cultures, manners and customs they can take on roles as planners and administrators, as well as healthcare technology developers or engage in education or research. Note that this course is not designed to provide nursing qualifications, but rather to train people to be leaders in medical care policy in healthcare-related sectors.
Bachelor degree：Bachelor of Science in Healthcare
Our goal is to create and equip specialists with an interdisciplinary and international outlook and solid academic skills, as well as a flexible imagination and abundant expressiveness, training personnel such as teachers who transmit Japan’s traditional arts to other countries and highly inventive artists and designers who specialize in Japan’s traditional and distinctive arts.
Bachelor degree：Bachelor of Arts and Design
Our goal is to equip Japanese-language teachers with an understanding of Japanese culture and the specialized skills required for Japanese-language education so that they can teach Japanese to people in their home countries who want to work outside the country or at Japanese companies.
Bachelor degree：Bachelor of Japanese Education