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Grow through experience, flourish through challenge | 世界中の地域社会で課題解決に取り組む“全員参加型”の学び

Community Engagement Programs

The following programs are provisional and subject to change.

Department of Global Studies

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U.S.A.

Try participating in fieldwork conducted entirely in English

You will participate in a program offered by Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale, Illinois. You will be conducting fieldwork at organizations including community service organizations, senior residences, and animal welfare organizations. Factory tours at a Japanese corporation are also scheduled. During the stay, students will reside at a student dormitory inside the SIU campus and get to know students from all over the world, which is one of the program's key highlights.

Canada

Consider issues from a global perspective and get involved with editing at a publishing company

One of the unique features of this program is that you will build your own itinerary and accordingly conduct onsite fieldwork and research. The key to an unforgettable experience is your pre-training before you travel, in which you will learn about Toronto, Canada, and develop a plan for the activities to conduct according to your theme. You will stay with your host family at Toronto, and visit various communities, participate in events, and carry out research activities while receiving support from institutions including our partner university.

Japan

Propose ways to revitalize local regions from local industry and agriculture sites

After studying the current state of Kyotango in the San-in region, you will visit local industry and agriculture sites (including traditional industries), and then consider and propose regional revitalization plans.

Australia

Boosting your practical English skills and conducting contribution activities for the local community

You will participate in a practical English program offered by a university either in the populous city of Sydney or Brisbane, Australia. You will then engage in social contribution activities for the local community, through conducting field research with local students according to your research theme.

Malaysia

Learning in depth about the state of Malaysia and its people, and engaging in social contribution activities

You will be attending lectures on relevant subjects and the Malay language (all in English) at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). You will then conduct fieldwork in establishments such as the local social welfare facility. Students will study about Malaysia's social structure as well as issues that are unique to the country.

Department of Global Tourism

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Vietnam

Get involved in the travel business, survey tourism needs, and conduct marketing

You will get a hands-on business experience, survey tourism needs, and conduct marketing in Ho Chi Minh City. You will participate in tours to investigate tourist spots and study the content of the tour. Then, in addition to experiencing what it is like to work in the travel industry at a local office (land operator) in Vietnam, you will conduct a survey to find solutions to your assignment. You will wrap up your assignment and give a presentation on the last day.

Guam

Experience working at a travel company while helping to create regional tourism policy

You will be participating in a language program at the University of Guam (UOG), and while boosting your English language skills, you will also learn about the history and culture of Guam through activities provided by UOG students. Then, you will be working at a local hotel, and experience a variety of real business tasks, including those at a ground operator's office within the hotel. During your stay, you will learn about the travel industry and its challenges, and at the same time acquire knowledge about various travel-related tasks. The goal is to put together solutions for your assignment related to tourism policies.

Japan

Consider how to operate a tourism business at a site providing hospitality to foreigners

At Kinosaki Hot Spring in Hyogo Prefecture, a popular tourism spot for foreigners, you will deepen your understanding of local development and tourism management from a global perspective, at a site providing hospitality to visitors.

Japan

Observing inbound tourism through challenges from the frontline

In this program, you will work at a traditional ryokan (Japanese-style inn) in Yudanaka-Shibu Onsen, Nagano Prefecture. You will observe the way the hot spring resort shapes itself as a tourist destination targeting foreign tourists and how various services are offered.

Japan

Discovering the tourism industry with a main focus on an internship at a ryokan

While getting a hands-on experience with actual tasks at a lodging facility, you will also research about tourists' needs, and suggest ideas to invigorate tourism.

Japan

A project to effectively use regional resources at Mio, the "American Village"

The Mio village in Mihama-cho, Wakayama Prefecture, is where many villagers immigrated to Canada in the mid-Meiji period, and hence its nickname, the “American Village”. You will be working on a project that will effectively use the region's diverse local resources.

Malaysia

A program that combines university lectures with work experience in Penang, offered in collaboration with University of Science, Malaysia

You will take courses (all in English) at the Kyoto University of Foreign Studies Japanese Cultural Centre, located in University of Science, Malaysia.In addition, you will visit George Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Through fieldwork and internship, you will research about the way people of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds have coexisted over the course of history.

Australia

Polishing your practical English skills and conducting field research at tourism attractions

You will be taking a practical English program to improve your language skills at a university in Melbourne. During your stay, you will also tour around world-class tourism attractions in the nearby suburbs and conduct field research.

Japan

Learn about traditional industries in Kyoto and acquire skills to communicate about culture

You will cover the history of Kyoyuzen dyeing and other traditional industries in Kyoto, and will gain the ability to effectively communicate about Kyoto culture. You will gain a deep understanding of the traditional industies in Kyoto. You will also consider Kyoto cuisine and festivals, which are of high interest to foreign tourists.

Japan

Discovering new values, enhancing local charm, and proposing the formation of new communities

You will take on the challenge of conducting fieldwork for the purpose of invigorating a town called Echizen-cho, Fukui Prefecture. You will work with the locals on finding solutions for challenges such as growing organic rice and reviving the style of ceramics called Echizen-yaki, and propose ideas to create new values for the region.

Application Timeline / Fees

Schedule

Participation fee (actual costs for AY 2019)

50,000 to 400,000 yen

  • Fees vary depending on the program.
  • Fees include transportation and accommodation.
  • For students with foreign citizenships attending an international program, there will be an additional cost to fulfill the prerequisite of obtaining a visa.

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