In the Bekka (Japanese Studies Center for International Students) you can study Japanese language and culture together with foreign exchange students from over 20 countries across Europe, north and south America, Aasia, and Oceania. This unique environment is sure to make your foreign studies in Japan a fulfilling experience.
Entrance ceremony conducted at Morita Memorial Hall
In the spring and fall semesters, all new foreign students are invited to a welcome dinner hosted by Dr. Yoshikazu Morita, Chancellor and Chair of the Board of Governors.
Foreign and Japanese students communicate in Japanese or other languages here over coffee or a meal.
This is a photo of the Graduation Ceremony. Please come back to visit Japan again in the near future!
In addition to Japanese language classes divided by proficiency levels and lessons on traditional Japanese culture such as tea ceremony, calligraphy, and Noh-Kyogen, project curriculums centered around hands-on experience together with Japanese students in the university also offer an enriching experience. Depending on Japanese proficiency level, students may also participate in other courses in the University.
By writing carefully in big letters with a calligraphy brush, students learn the importance of composition and the relationship between lines and points in writing beautiful kanji characters.
Students deepen their understanding of Japanese culture through the Japanese tea ceremony, which has come to encompass many artistic elements throughout its development.
The project based learning class "Japanese Culture" offers lectures on Japanese Culture, like knowledge of kimono, including practical lessons on how to wear the summer kimono called "yukata." Through cooperation between Japanese & foreign students, they raise their understanding on Japanese Culture.
Foreign students will also have many opportunities to learn about Japan outside the classroom. Joining clubs, going on study tours twice a year, observing the Gion and Jidai festivals, cultural exchange programs with elementary schools in the area… these are just some of the cultural exchange activities that will deepen your understanding of Japan and Japanese people.
There are two school trips prepared for students: an overnight trip in the spring and a day trip in the fall. Foreign students can get to know each other better, and also gain hands-on experience with traditional Japanese culture.
Students go on a field trip to see the Gion Festival, one of Kyoto's three main festivals.