Josai University Educational Corporation

International Center for the Promotion of Art and Science (JICPAS)



Welcome to JIU’s Global Program (GP), offering an interdepartmental program with a variety of courses taught entirely in English at international standards. The aim is to equip students with knowledge, critical thinking, communication skills, and research experience that will help them thrive in their careers and lives as global citizens.

GP is designed to respond to the academic interests and career goals of overseas students in Japan, while at the same time satisfying the needs of Japanese students wishing to have an international educational experience at home. In a typical Global Program class, a student from the University of Warsaw may be working on a presentation with a student from Ateneo de Manila and a Japanese student who has just completed a year at University of California Riverside. Many JIU students take part in exchange programs at one of the university’s many overseas partner institutions, and their experiences abroad become part of the global academic environment.

International students proficient in English can choose from a variety of Japan-related courses taught in English while upgrading their Japanese language skills in JIU’s fully articulated five-level Japanese language program. Field trips to museums, historic sites, and cultural events complement Japan-related course work. Internships at Japanese corporations and non-profits take students inside Japanese society, reinforcing skills acquired in language classes.


GP offers a vide variety of classes to choose from for students coming from different areas of the world. Please note that while one course offers transferable creditunits the other might not, based on the agreements with our partner institutions.

The core curriculum consists of courses in humanities (animation, film studies, literature, popular culture), business, language and linguistics (including translation), and the social sciences. Instructors from JIU and its sister institution Josai University, are joined on occasion by guest professors from universities outside Japan. All instructors regardless of affiliation hold advanced degrees from leading universities in North America, Europe, and Japan.
  Please note that the following lists show representative courses, but the programs evolve to suit student interest and maintain academic currency.

1. Exchange students of the V4 region (1 year)/Erasmus+ students (6 months)
2. Global Program for ASEAN Young Women Leadership Program (AYWLP)
3. Exchange students of the University of Burgundy (France) (6 months)
4. GLOBAL PROGRAM at Josai University, Sakado Campus

GP offers a 20-unit (for the 6 month period) and a 40-unit (for the full year period) interdepartmental program. Students are required to take up a minimum of seven courses from the course list, however the maximum units that can be transferred back to the home university is 20 units per semester. The units can be transferred towards the degree and graduation requirements of students’ home universities in keeping with agreements between JIU and its partner institutions. Upper limit of units that can be obtained in a one-year period is 49 based on the regulations of JIU. Please note, that the maximum numbers of units that can be transferred towards the degree is 40 units for the full year period. For more on the unit and grading system at Japanese universities please visit:  GP Website_On the unit system at Josai International University

Academic Calendar:
  Fall semester:
September 15 to February 5 (Acknowledgement of credits at the beginning of March)
New Year break: December 23 to January 5
  Spring semester:
April 6 to August 5 (Acknowledgement of credits at the end of August)

*please note that semester starting dates may vary.

Selection of Courses
  GP courses can be selected from the Faculty and the Department to which the student belongs. Based on the Ministerial Ordinance to Provide for Criteria Pursuant to Article 7, paragraph (1), item (ii) of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act the number of courses can be from ten class hours (seven courses) per week which consist of the lectures of the Department (A to Z) selected by the student and the courses held by the Department. Upper limit of units that can be obtained in a one-year period is 49. If the student wishes to choose a second GP course, it could be possible after a consultation but changing the Faculty where the student belongs is not allowed.
  *The maximum number of Language Education Classes a student may take during one semester is limited to eight units.


Living Assistance
  Students enrolled in our university are assisted by the Center for International Education and the International Student Center. Every student is assigned to an Advising Professor who they can consult with. Regarding housing during the students' stay, please contact the CIE. (See: Inquiries)

Tuition and other expenses
  In keeping with agreements between JIU and partner institutions, tuition is free for exchange students. With regard to living expenses, JIU offers a stipend for living expenses along with lodging at one of our accommodation facilities.

Safety Management
  For the Manual regarding the Required Safety Measurements during a disaster at JIU Togane Campus, please refer to the files distributed during orientation after arriving to Japan.
  Concerning illness for which medical treatment is required, after consulting with the doctor’s office on campus (both Togane and Kioi-cho) and confirming the list of hospitals, students should seek medical treatment at the nearest medical institution. Students can consult with the Student Affairs Office and the Center for International Education for further information. (See links above.)


International students are strongly encouraged to participate in the many extracurricular activities on JIU’s campuses. GP faculty members regularly organize extracurricular events, such as field/study trips, film screenings, poetry readings, academic symposia, and more. Opportunities are announced throughout the semester.

Student circles also provide international students with the chance to build relationships with Japanese students while participating in a wide variety of activities. One of the most popular circles focuses on Japanese tea ceremony: JIU has a fully equipped traditional tea room on the 8th floor of the main administrative building in Togane.


Students can count on JIU staff, both academic and administrative, with introductions to internship host organizations. Past internships have included Japanese media/news companies, banks, marketing firms, and environmental NGOs. JIU students can apply for international internships in industries such as tourism, entertainment, and design.


For questions about curriculum or academic student support, please contact:
  Visit us on Facebook at: @JIUGlobalProgram
  For questions about international student support, please refer to the following:
Center for International Education
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Tel.: +81-475-55-7193
Fax: +81-475-55-7193

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