Established in 1973, the International Division offers a one or two semester program running from August to May the following year, through which students earn transferable credits required for graduation. The course content concentrates on Japan, including Japanese language, culture, history, tradition, business and politics, with all courses except the Japanese language taught in English.
Most of the admitted foreign students are exchange students from universities that have entered into mutual exchange agreements with SGU, bringing in approximately 60 students per year, and SGU currently accepts foreign students from 32 institutions in the U.S., France, Italy, the U.K., Norway, Finland, China, Taiwan and Korea. We are one of the few Japanese universities to offer courses on Japanese culture in English, with credits that can be applied to graduation.
The classroom is richly international, with students from many lands present, so that while studying Japanese students also learn about the world.
Students in the International Division earn a minimum of 14 to 28 credits over one or two semesters upon completing the program. Transcripts of completed coursework are sent to home institutions in early June. Students must confirm transfer of credit with the appropriate department of their home institution.
Students may select courses they are interested in from the wide variety SGU offers. Four levels of Japanese language instruction are available, with students placed into beginning, pre-intermediate, intermediate or advanced courses based on pre-admission testing. Students can join the beginning class level with no prior knowledge of Japanese. Except for advanced Japanese, language classes meet for 90-minute periods per week. In addition to classroom study, off-campus activities such as trips to museums and cultural and government facilities are also common, helping foreign students gain a deeper understanding of Japanese culture
Special Topic and Independent Study (Auditor System)
Students interested in regular university courses outside of those offered within the International Division, can select courses and earn credits through the International Division. Under the Special Topic program the student must be able to adequately understand the language of instruction, and may earn up to 50 credits per academic year. In addition to Japanese, a number of courses offered in the regular university are taught in English.
The Independent Study program allows students to engage in academic research into course subjects outside those offered within the International Division, under guidance from a professor. While there is no restriction on language, the professor must be able to effectively evaluate and direct the research. A student may take up to four credits of Independent Study.