I.What is ISEP?
For a long time, Japanese language proficiency was a major hurdle for overseas students who wished to come to Japan to study Japanese culture and society at the university level. ISEP at the Tokyo Gakugei University is a special program that offers overseas students a wide range of courses conducted in English. These courses look at diverse perspectives of Japan through various academic fields, such as pedagogy, humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences. We also offer field study courses with the primary aim of enriching experiential learning through school visits, corporate tours, field trips, and hands-on seminars in the arts and sports. Students enrolled in ISEP will also conduct an in-depth study of a specialized academic field by carrying out an Individual Study project under the guidance of a supervisory professor. The themes of Individual Study can range from social and cultural issues, arts, literature, education, and science to many other topics of student interest. We invite undergraduate students from overseas partner universities to enroll in ISEP to explore Japan through on and off campus courses and activities. Every ISEP academic year consists of two semesters: Autumn Semester (October-February) and Spring Semester (April - August). Enrollment for half a year program (Autumn Semester only) is also accepted.
ISEP Courses conducted in English are open to all overseas students and to Japanese students. For a list of available courses and course descriptions, please refer to the PDF files below:
Individual Study is compulsory for ISEP students. Students will pursue their own study projects under the guidance of academic advisors throughout their year of study. At the end of the Autumn Semester, students will be required to submit a report of around 1,000 words which describes the aim of the project, methodology, and discussions from their initial research, including a literature review. At the end of the Spring Semester, students are expected to produce a paper of around 4,000 words or other equivalent forms of work, such as a work of art, e.g. a painting. Students only enrolled for the duration of the Autumn Semester are expected to complete the study within that one semester. In this case, the length of the paper would be around 2,000 words. Following the submission of their work, students will give short presentations in the presence of academic advisors and instructors from the ISEP.
3.Japanese Language Courses
Optional Japanese language courses are available for ISEP students from elementary to advanced levels. These courses are divided into five levels, ranging from level 5 (elementary) to level 1 (advanced). Each student is assigned to a level based on a placement test.
(1) Japanese levels 1, 2, and 3
Courses on conversation, reading, composition, grammar, and Chinese character acquisition are offered for each of these three levels. In addition, courses entitled Listening, Pronunciation, Learning Japanese through Manga, and Business Japanese are offered, depending on the semester.
(2) Japanese levels 4 and 5
These are intensive courses offered every semester. Level 4 consists of five compulsory classes per week plus optional classes that students may take if they wish. Level 5 consists of eight compulsory classes per week plus optional classes.
4.Japan Studies Courses
Japan Studies Courses (nihon rikai kamoku) are conducted in Japanese for overseas students who possess advanced Japanese language proficiency. Within Japan Studies, there are three types of courses: Japanese Culture and Society (nihon no bunka to shakai), Japan Studies (nihon kenkyū), and Seminar in Japan Studies (nihon kenkyū enshū). Faculty members specializing in pedagogy, humanities, the social sciences, art, and other areas offer lecture and seminar courses on Japan’s culture and society from the perspective of their specialization. Japanese Culture and Society courses look at broad perspectives concerning Japan, whereas Japan Studies and Seminar in Japan Studies handle more specialized material but are conducted in comparatively simple Japanese for overseas students.
ISEP students are also accepted to enroll in courses offered for undergraduate students of the Tokyo Gakugei University. As these lectures are given in Japanese, enrollment is based on the ISEP students’ Japanese language proficiency. When ISEP students wish to take any of these courses, they are advised to consult their own academic advisors and the lecturer of the course they wish to take.
Students can browse the course timetable and descriptions in the Tokyo Gakugei University Syllabus Search System, accessible at: https://tgulc.u-gakugei.ac.jp/syllabus2/syllabusSearchDirect.do?nologin=on
|Autumn Semester||Spring Semester||Total|
|ISEP Courses||9 units
|Individual Study (compulsory)||1 unit||1 unit||2 units|
|Other(e.g. Japanese Language Courses, Japan Studies Courses, and other courses offered for undergraduates)||Optional||Optional||Optional|
ISEP students are required to earn a minimum of 14 units per semester, including at least 9 units of ISEP Courses and Individual Study, to complete the program.
- ISEP Courses = 1 or 2 units: Please refer to the course descriptions for unit numbers.
- Individual Study = 1 unit per semester
- Japanese Language Courses = 1 unit per course
- Japan Studies Courses = 2 units per course
- Other courses for the Tokyo Gakugei University undergraduate students = 1 or 2 units
Students can search for unit numbers in the Tokyo Gakugei University Syllabus Search System, available at:https://tgulc.u-gakugei.ac.jp/syllabus2/syllabusSearchDirect.do?nologin=on