As part of the university’s undergraduate curriculum in international studies, this seminar promotes exchange and understanding through the study of Japanese and Korean languages and cultures.
In a global era, international joint classes have been held since 2007 by video conference to learn about Japan’s multifaceted culture from various perspectives. Video conference international joint classes are conducted with the following universities: Pusan University of Foreign Studies (South Korea), Vassar College (USA), University of Bonn (Germany), Dalian University of Technology (China), Chiang Mai University (Thailand).
The aim of the international education symposium is to bring together foreign and Japanese students, for two days and one night, and to facilitate a greater understanding of cultural differences that go beyond distinctions of nationality and values. The report of the international seminar can be reviewed at the Center.
TEA (Transcultural Exchange Association), founded in September 2002, is an exchange group for international and Japanese students studying at Ochanomizu University. TEA’s main activities include: arranging a welcome party for new coming international students and organizing the international exchange education symposium. In addition, TEA also participates in the international orientation, KIN-SAI event (student festival) and other activities, such as daily outings and lunch-time meet up. For more information, please contact the Center directly.
Vassar College Summer Language and Culture Program at Ochanomizu began in 2006. A group consisting of 10-20 students including male participants come together to experience cultural immersion in Tokyo during the summer starting in early June and continuing through the end of July. Monday through Friday, intensive Japanese language training classes are provided in the mornings. During the afternoons, the students engage in conversation sessions with Japanese student tutors and participate in university activities such as circles and other classes.
This is the program for the students who are studying Japanese language at our partner universities. This 3-week Japanese intensive program combines "Comprehensive Japanese"(general language course) and "Project Work" which indlude field work and presentation towards improving academic skills.
Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS) hosts the seminar for Japanese language and culture each year. In 2008, Ochanomizu University co-sponsored the Japanese language education programme and the Japanese culture experimental project.
Starting on February 26, 2012, the joint international consortium was held over the period of one week and was attended by students from Ochanomizu University (Graduate School of the Department of Japanese Language Education) and Ewha Womans University (Graduate School of International Studies of Korean Studies, and Graduate School of Education).
The international student forum “Rebuilding after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Us - Thinking locally and globally” was held from March 10 to March 18, 2012. Students from the following overseas universities participated in the forum: Vassar College (USA), Pusan University of Foreign Studies (South Korea), Dalian University of Technology (China), University of Warsaw (Poland), Charles University (Czech Republic), Chiang Mai University (Thailand), and University of Bonn (Germany). Participants discussed how the Great East Japan Earthquake had been reported in each country, and how they had responded. At the end of the forum, students presented a proposal about what the youth of the world could do in the event of another such worldwide disaster.
*This program was based on the “Multilingual and Multicultural Cyber Consortium” consisting of 8 universities from 8 countries which began in 2009.