There are a lot of highly socially conscious people in this department, such as students who start their own projects and Japanese students who even speak with each other in English. Inspired by my active friends, I decided that I wanted to challenge myself in many areas. I've been interested in global engagement since I was a high school student, and my dream is to work as a bridge between those who provide help and those who need help. Starting with Community Engagement, I'd like to take various opportunities to attempt to solve issues by offering support overseas.
Courses in specialized subjects are taught all in English. Groupwork and discussions are also conducted in English.
Before I enrolled, I was worried about taking courses all in English, but I got more used to it as time went by. Being brave and saying what's on your mind leads to self-confidence.
I enrolled due to my interest in learning in an international environment. This department features a lot of courses in which you conduct groupwork and discussion together with students from various countries, and the fact that each day is full of new experiences and challenges really excites me. It's also interesting to work together with Japanese students, as it gives me exposure to the Japanese way of thinking and ideas that I wouldn't otherwise be able to understand. I'd like to work at a global company in the future.
You often see international students and Japanese students talking together on campus.
During my Community Engagement course, I'd like to participate in a program to help local regions within Japan. I'm looking forward to the new challenges I'll face and the people I'll meet there.
I had always felt that teachers were strict and difficult to approach, but the professors in this department are different. Even professors with an advanced level of specialized knowledge and practical experience interact with students on an equal footing, making it easier for us to say what's on our minds or consult with them. There are also plenty of unique professors, and the classes have a very light atmosphere, making learning fun. The Japanese students are also friendly, and I've made many friends. After I graduate, I want to take what I've studied back home with me and apply it toward solving poverty, health and hygiene issues.
A course taught by a professor with practical experience as a U.N. worker. He has some very interesting stories to tell!
As a student leader, I gather opinions from other students in the department, such as the activities in which they'd like to get involved, and how they would like to improve the environment. The focus on student autonomy is another thing that attracted me to this department.
For the longest time, I've wanted to become someone who can change those around me, rather than just growing myself. The faculty slogan, "Be a Changemaker," really resonated with me, and I decided to enroll. This department includes people from various countries, and being able to speak in English and work together is really interesting. As long as my actions can make someone happy, I'd like to challenge anything. Community Engagement will give me the chance to put that into practice inside and outside Japan, and I'm really looking forward to the future.
In the "Model United Nations" course, students consider policies for their assigned countries and deepen their understanding of international society.
Have you heard of TED? It's a global event in which anyone with an idea can make a speech. I'd really like to do that! I'd like to achieve my goals while getting advice from Professor Jay Klaphake, who founded TEDxKyoto.
You might feel a little lost at first, but I think you'll get used to it quickly. Even if you aren't that great at English, spending four years here should certainly improve your ability. I think it's actually a very fascinating environment!
Feel free to ask someone about anything you're having trouble with, whether you didn't catch something during a class, are having trouble with writing a report, or want some tips on presentations. I'm always happy to be approached by Japanese students.
You choose your course from your second academic year. In the "International Cooperation Course" you'll consider solutions for issues on a global scale, such as poverty, human rights, peace, and the environment. I'd recommend it if you're interested in working at an international organization.
The "Global Business Course" involves thinking of ways to contribute to society through business. It's the perfect choice if you're interested in economics or want to work at a global company.
Some professors have worked at international organizations like the U.N., while others were active in global companies. They have plenty of very interesting stories from the field, such as how to get into that kind of work, and what they felt made their work worth doing.