NEWS & EVENTS

Kumamoto University 2017 Spring Program

The Spring Program offered by the College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies at Kumamoto University was created to provide international students who have an interest in studying abroad in Japan with a chance to experience life as an international student at Kumamoto University.

 

The Spring Program offers two courses to participants: an English Course (conducted in English) and a Japanese Course (conducted in Japanese).

 

Dates

English Course:  Tuesday, February 14 – Thursday, February 23 2017 (10 days)

Japanese Course:  Tuesday, February 28 – Thursday, March 9 2017 (10 days)

 

Place

Kumamoto University, with educational excursions around Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan

 

Theme

Each course of the Spring Program has its own study theme.  For the English Course, the theme is “Kumamoto Groundwater and Environmental Sustainability.”  For the Japanese Course, the theme is “Japanese Language and Culture.”

 

Eligibility

Participation in this program is open to students who:

・are undergraduate students studying at universities with which Kumamoto University has agreement for academic or student exchange

・have English language proficiency equal to or greater than IELTS level 5

・have Japanese language proficiency equal to or greater than JLPT N4

*Please note that participation in this program is limited to 40 students.  If we receive more than 40 applications for the program, a selection will be held based on Grade Point Average (GPA).

 

Contents

The following are tentative schedules for each course of the Spring Program. Please note that the contents are subject to change.

※ A Certificate of Completion will be awarded to all students who successfully complete the contents of the program.

 

English Course:

Day

Time

Content

1

PM

Arrive in Kumamoto, have dinner with Japanese Students

2

AM

Program Orientation

PM

Lectures: “Kumamoto Earthquake” , “Aso Geopark”

Welcome Party

3

All Day

Study trip to Mt. Aso

4

AM

Lectures: “Kumamoto Waterworks” , “Minamata Disease”

PM

Study trip to Kumamoto City groundwater facilities

5

All Day

Study Trip to Minamata

6

All Day

Individual exploration and study

7

AM

Lectures: “Environmental Sustainability” , “Japanese Sweets

PM

Study trip to a traditional Japanese sweets confectionary

8

AM

Japanese cultural experience: traditional calligraphy

PM

Presentations and exchange event with high school students

9

AM

Information about studying abroad in Japan

PM

Closing ceremony and farewell party

10

All Day

Return home

 

Japanese Course:

Day

Time

Content

1

PM

Arrive in Kumamoto, have dinner with Japanese Students

2

AM

Program Orientation

PM

Japanese classes and welcome party

3

All Day

Study trip and traditional hot spring experience in Yamaga

4

AM

Japanese classes

PM

Lesson and experience making traditional Japanese sweets

5

All Day

Study trip to Mt. Aso

6

All Day

Individual exploration and study

7

AM

Japanese Classes

PM

Lectures: “Japanese Culture” , “Kumamoto Earthquake”

8

AM

Japanese Classes

PM

Cultural experience: traditional Japanese calligraphy

9

AM

Prepare for “Project Work” presentations

PM

Project Work presentations

Closing ceremony and farewell party

10

All Day

Return home

 

 

2016 Participant Comments

“This is really an unforgettable memory.”

 

 

“This program was good for me to practice my English skill and learn more about the culture in Japan.”

 

“Thank you for the awesome experience.”

 

Program Fee

English Course: 80,000 Japanese Yen

Japanese Course: 80,000 Japanese Yen

○ includes accommodation, class fees, field trip fees, and breakfast.

× Does not include the cost of transportation to or from Japan, the cost of transportation within Japan, or the cost of meals (other than breakfast) during the program.

 

The program Fee will be collected in cash after arriving in Japan.

 

Scholarship

Participants in the Spring Program may apply for a government scholarship of 80,000 Japanese Yen, provided by the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO).  To be eligible for the scholarship, students must have a GPA greater than or equal to 2.3, and not receive any other scholarships for this program which exceed 80,000 Japanese Yen. 

 

Please note that there are a limited number of scholarships available.  Scholarships will be awarded based on Grade Point Average (GPA).

 

Language

The English Course will be conducted entirely in English, whereas the Japanese course will be conducted entirely in Japanese.

 

Application

Please request the international office of your university to submit your application by email (PDF format) or by FAX by December 1, 2016. Please be sure to include a copy of your passport and your academic record from your previous year.

※The Japanese Course application deadline has been extended until Friday, December 9th!

 

Visa

An entry visa to Japan is required for students from certain countries. As soon as selection

results are determined, related visa documents will be sent to the responsible persons at your university. Please apply for your visa as soon as possible at the nearest Japanese Embassy or Consulate.

 

Contact

College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies, Kumamoto University

2-40-1, Kurokami, Chuo-ku

Kumamoto 860-8555, Japan

Tel: +81-96-342-2091

Fax: +81-96-342-2130

E-mail: gji-ryugaku@jimu.kumamoto-u.ac.jp

 

Download

  1. Program Flyer
  2. Application

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Film Screening and Discussion

The Cultural Anthropology Laboratory of the Faculty of Letters along with the College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies at Kumamoto University will hold a special event of the Kumamoto Anthropology Film Society (KAFS),as follows:

 

Title

  • Firekeepers  (57 Minutes)

Director

Rosella Ragazzi

  • Kids Got a Song to Sing (37 Minutes)

Director

Itsushi Kawase

 

Date

Thursday, November 17, 17:30-20:00

 

Venue

Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto

 

Other Information

There is no need to make reservations, people who are not affiliated with Kumamoto University are also welcome. We look forward to sharing good discussions with you! 

※There will be discussion with the films’ directors after the screening.

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University of Bordeaux (France) Delegate Visits Kumamoto University

On September 16, 2016, Prof. Dr. Vincent Dousset, Vice President for International Relations, Dr. Reiko Oda, and Dr. Kentaro Mori of the University of Bordeaux paid a courtesy call on Kumamoto University President Shinji Harada and Professor Kazuki Takashima, Vice President for International Affairs.

 

The University of Bordeaux is one of the top-level universities in education and research in France, and was established on January 1, 2014 by the merger of three universities: the University Bordeaux 1, the University Bordeaux Segalen, and the University Montesquieu Bordeaux IV.

Since the establishment of a university-level exchange agreement with the Pole University of Bordeaux including the University of Bordeaux in 2007, we have maintained a close relationship through exchanging students and researchers.

In March 2015, the Sciences and Technologies Department of the University of Bordeaux and the Graduate School of Science and Technology of Kumamoto University established an agreement for the double degree program. Additionally, a French-Japan joint laboratory for chiral nanostructures was established at Kumamoto University in October 2015.

 

President Harada and Vice President Dousset shared their views on the possibility of future academic and student exchange and agreed to promote exchanges in the field of medical sciences, which is the special field of the Presidents of the two universities, as well as Vice President Dousset.

During the meeting with Vice President Takashima, both sides introduced the university to each other and exchanged views about future collaboration in the field of natural science, and the courtesy call ended on a good note.

 

This visit is expected to promote further exchanges between the two universities.

 

 

 

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From left to right: Dr. Mori, Dr. Oda, Vice President Dousset, President Harada, Prof. Ihara

 

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From left to right: Assoc. Prof. Takafuji, Dr. Mori, Vice President Takashima,
Vice President Dousset, Dr. Oda, Prof. Ihara

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