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School of International Cultural Relations

Key features

  1. Strong emphasis on providing real-world learning opportunities through fieldwork activities in Japan and overseas.
  2. Develop personnel with skill sets needed in regional communities, using those communities as training sites.
  3. Comprehensive support for obtaining qualifications in areas such as sports training, English and architecture.

Message from the Dean

Professor Takayuki Hiraki

  • Department: International Communications
  • Specializations: Global economics and international cooperation

The School of International Cultural Relations comprises three departments: the Department of Community Development, which focuses on sports as a means of tackling common issues in society; the Department of International Communications, which teaches advanced linguistic skills and cross-cultural understanding; and the Department of Design and Culture, which teaches design theory and techniques for creating new lifestyle approaches and transmitting them globally. Sports, language and design are more than skill sets to be acquired; they can also serve as bridges that connect students with people around the world. The School of International Cultural Relations teaches students how to foster international relations through these three avenues, with the ultimate aims of creating lasting bonds of friendship between nations and equipping students to welcome and accommodate diversity in its myriad forms.

Admission criteria

Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to self-motivated study and a desire to achieve the learning objectives of the School of International Cultural Relations as follows. The ultimate aim of the School of International Cultural Relations is to encourage the emergence of “leaders without borders" who are motivated by the desire to create peaceful and friendly relations that transcend differences between nationalities and cultures. This requires, in addition to the procurement of knowledge, the development of communication skills along with the type of competencies needed to function in modern society. To this end, the School of International Cultural Relations seeks to create leaders without borders who have skills that they have gained through overseas fieldwork and internship programs that earn credits towards the undergraduate degree, in line with the philosophy “from the classroom to the real world."

Department of Community Development

Key features

  1. Sports and Health Course
  2. Community Development Course
  3. Practical Learning

Learning how to use sports as a vehicle for community-building, through a combination of classroom learning and fieldwork

Department of Community Development

These days we often hear talk of the vitalization of regional economies and communities. The Department of Community Development equips students with skills to enable them to contribute to regional communities primarily through economic revitalization. In the Sports and Health Course, students learn the basic theory of how sports and good health can improve quality of life (QOL). The Community Development Course, meanwhile, provides a comprehensive exploration of the structure and evolving nature of regional communities in the context of history, culture, industry and economics. By linking classroom learning with practical exercises, students develop a broad outlook and a theoretical and practical understanding of the important role of sports in vitalization of regional communities and industry.

Department of International Communications

Key features

  1. English Career Course
  2. International Understanding Course
  3. Wide range of practical activities

Turning theory into practice. A unique approach that provides the skills to navigate the era of globalization.

Department of International Communications

The English Career Course develops real-world English language and general communication skills through linguistics classes delivered by native English speakers. The International Understanding Course teaches students to appreciate the unique characteristics of countries such as China, South Korea, and the regions of Europe and North America, with a particular focus on cultural, historical and economic aspects. Students undertake intensive English language study and have the opportunity to obtain two degrees upon graduation. The Department also offers a wide variety of practical programs such as overseas exchanges and cross-cultural events. Through a combination of these three components, students develop the skills and competencies to succeed on the world stage.

Department of Design and Culture

Key features

  1. Graphic media design
  2. Product and merchandise design
  3. Building and interior design

Learn all about design and planning processes and become an all-round designer

Department of Design and Culture

In addition to design skills, the Department of Design and Culture develops planning and execution skills for creating a better and brighter future. Design subjects involve both theoretical and practical studies. Discover your future direction from among the four specialist fields (Graphic, Media, Product and Architecture and Interior). Planning and Conception subjects are designed to develop design skills for use in actual society, while Comprehensive and Practical subjects involve a variety of fieldwork components where learning is applied in the real world. Design provides a medium for developing comprehensive skills for performing in society.