Study Abroad and Exchange (Incoming)

FWU is engaged in international education through various incoming study abroad and exchange programs. We offer four programs as follows.

  The World of Japanese Contemporary Culture Program
  (for exchange students studying in English)
  Student Exchange Program (for exchange student studying in Japanese)
  CASEUF Summer Program (Summer Program in English)
  Asian Food Culture Program (Summer Program in English)
 
  WJC: The World of Japanese Contemporary Culture Program
WJC is a short-term study abroad program designed to provide a unique educational experience focusing on Japanese culture and society. Its medium of instruction is English. Students have the choice to attend the program either for one semester or for a full year. The curriculum for the Fall Semester (September-February) focuses more on Japanese contemporary culture, while the Spring Semester (April-August) offers more subjects relating to Japanese traditional culture. Japanese language classes are available at various levels and students are able to take classes depending on their level.

Various excursions and events such as field-study trips, special lectures by guest speakers, and symposia are organized. The home visit program to local Japanese families and the Japanese student “buddy” program (JD-Mates) provide WJC students with good opportunities to socialize with students and residents of Fukuoka.

WJC grants a scholarship to exchange students from our partner universities, based on each university's exchange agreement.

To apply for WJC, you must be able to provide evidence of your spoken and written command of the English language (TOEFL-PBT score 500+). For the Japanese language and Culture (JLC) track, the level N2 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) or above is required.




WJC offers three elective tracks as below. WJC students will sign up for one of the three options.
      JLC: Japanese Language and Culture
      JCS: Japanese Contemporary Society
      JCC: Japanese Contemporary Culture

All courses in JLC are taught in Japanese, while all courses in JCS and JCC are taught in English. Each course is for 2 credits (30 hours) The following courses are planned to be offered. (Couses are subject to change.)

JLC Courses 2021-2022
・日本文化・博多学入門 ・ポップカルチャーが表象する現代日本社会
・宮崎駿の世界−日本アニメの文化人類学的考察
・観光人類学で見る日本の観光−地方都市の可能性
・アートとグローバリゼーション−地方発信型アーティストの事例
・日本文化と余白

JCS & JCC Courses 2021-2022
・Introduction to Japan and Hakata* Studies: History and Culture
・Introduction to Japan and Hakata Studies II: Summer Festivals in Fukuoka and Japan (Ichiki)
・Food and Environment in the Modern Japanese Society
・Topics in Food and Health in the Globalized Society
・Global Issues in the Contemporary World
・Environmental Issues and Policies in the Globalization
・Contemporary Japan through Popular Culture
・Reading and Writing Japanese Stories
・Modern Architecture in Japan: Intersection of Tradition, Regionalism, and Internationalism
・Introduction to Japanese Cinema: Silent Era to Bubble
・“New” Japanese Cinema: 1980s to Present
・Reading Japanese legends and stories by Lafcadio Hearn/Koizumi, Yakumo
・History of Japanese Art
   *‘Hakata’ is the old name of the central area of Fukuoka City.

Independent Study Project (ISP)
All WJC students take an ISP to research in depth a topic in Japanese culture of their own choosing under faculty supervision. Students are required to submit a written report and give an oral presentation each semester. (2 credits)


  Course Description (Fall 2021)
  Course Description(Spring 2022)
  General Information(Fall 2021 - Spring 2022)
  Application Form
  Independent Study Project (ISP) Proposal Sheet
  WJC Brochure




Various study/field trips, providing exposure to Japanese contemporary and traditional cultural sites, are organized by WJC. Destinations include museums, Shinto shrines, a Kabuki theater, Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament, Hakata doll painting experience, etc.


Credits and grades earned by WJC students may be transferred to their home universities. Each case of credit transfer needs to be authorized by the home university.


WJC students are guaranteed accommodation in the University’s Nadeshiko Dormitory. Each unit of the dormitory has four single bed rooms, one dining area with kitchen, one lavatory, and one bathroom. WJC students will live together with Japanese students in one unit.

Monthly charge: 9,900 yen (for utility expenses)
Room cleaning: 14,300 yen for moving into the dormitory
Linen rental: 16,700 yen for 1 year / 9,900 yen for 6 months


WJC students may be granted a scholarship funded by the Japanese Student Service Organization (JASSO) and Fukuoka Prefecture. A scholarship includes a monthly stipend of 80,000 yen and reimbursement for a round-trip airfare between your home and Fukuoka up to 100,000 yen.


Japanese FWU students participating in the WJC buddy program are called JD-Mates-WJC. JD-Mates-WJC provide one-on-one assistance to WJC students and help them to settle in and find ways to be actively involved on campus. JD-Mates-WJC can also offer linguistic support and cultural guidance.


international1@fwu.ac.jp

The World of Japanese Contemporary Culture Program
Fukuoka Women’s University International Center
1-1-1 Kasumigaoka, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka, 813-8592, Japan
Tel: +81 92 663 4005
Fax: +81 92 692 3208


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 Student Exchange Program (studying in Japanese)

FWU welcomes exchange students from our overseas partner universities. You can stay for one semester or a full academic year, to study from a range of modules taught on our undergraduate and graduate programs. (All courses are taught in Japanese.) Further information for exchange students at FWU, please contact an office for study abroad at your home university.

Academic Calendar

  Spring  Fall
 Arrival Date  Late March  Mid-late September
 Orientation  Late March  Late September
 Beginning of Semester  Early April  Late September
 End of Semester  Late July  Mid February
 Examination Mid-late July  Early-mid February

Language requirement
You must be able to provide recent evidence that your spoken and written command of the Japanese language is adequate for the programs taught in Japanese for which you have applied.

(FWU offers an exchange program taught in English, The World of Japanese Contemporary Culture Program (WJC). WJC requires no Japanese language proficiency (except the Japanese Language and Culture Course module). Please see above.

Accommodation
Exchange students are guaranteed accommodation in the University’s Nadeshiko Dormitory. Each unit of the dormitory has four single bed rooms, one dining area with kitchen, one lavatory, and one bathroom. Exchange students will live together with Japanese students in one unit.

Monthly charge: 9,900 yen (for utility expenses)
Room cleaning: 14,300 yen for moving into the dormitory
Linen rental: 16,700 yen for 1 year / 9,900 yen for 6 months

"Buddy" Program
Japanese FWU students participating in the buddy program are called JD-Mates-ExS. JD-Mates-Exs provide one-on-one assistance to exchange students and help them to settle in and find ways to be actively involved on campus.

Contact
international2@fwu.ac.jp

 

  CASEUF Summer Program (Summer Program in English)

The CASEUF Summer Program is designed to provide students from the CASEUF member institutions with an introductory course to understand contemporary issues in ASEAN, EU, and Japan, as well as think about the relationship of those regions in the era of a global society.

Period of Session
4 August 2020 - 17 August 2020

Number of Students
30 students (20 from ASEAN and EU; 10 from FWU)

Eligibility
Undergraduate/graduate female students enrolled in any of the CASEUF full member universities.

Course Offerings
Understanding Contemporary Society and Law in ASEAN, EU, and Japan
*2 FWU credits (30 credit hours)

[Module 1] (The titles are subject to change.)
Introduction to criminal law and society in Japan
Dimitri Vanoverbeke, Ph.D. (University of Leuven) Professor, Faculty of Arts, University of Leuven

[Module 2]
Introduction to Law and International Law
Masaharu Yanagihara, LL.D. (University of Tokyo) Professor, Open University

Participants will be required to attend both Module 1 and Module 2.

  CASEUF Summer 2019 Flyer

  EAT: Asian Food Culture Program (Summer Program in English)

EAT is a joint program organized by Ewha Womans University, Mahidol University, and FWU. A two-week program for students from those three universities to extensively reflect upon Asian food cultures.

Overview
A specialized summer study program that explores traditional and modern Asian cuisine and culture through field trips and special lectures all taught in English in Bangkok, Thailand and Fukuoka, Japan, home to both centuries-old and modern avant-garde culinary styles. Over the course of two weeks, students will immerse themselves in history and contemporary culture to learn and reflect on the complexities of modern Asia. Students will gain a clear understanding of the role of culture and history in shaping Asian societies and what is currently driving them forward.

Eligibility 
Undergraduate/graduate female students enrolled in Ewha Womens University, Mahidol University or FWU. No Thai, Korean or Japanese language skills are required.

Duration
4 August - 18 August 2019
    Bangkok Program (hosted by Mahidol University): 4 August - 11 August
    Fukuoka Program (hosted by FWU): 11 August - 18 August

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