Greetings from the Dean
The Graduate School of Foreign Languages was established in 1999 with master's programs in Chinese, English and Japanese. A doctor's program was subsequently added to the English Studies Program in 2005, and the Japanese name for the English Studies master's program was changed to "the first half of the English Studies doctor's program." In 2007, the Japanese Language and Culture doctor's program was established (the Japanese name for the Japanese Language and Culture master's program was changed to "the first half of the Japanese Language and Culture doctor's program"). Then, in 2011, the Chinese Language and Culture doctor's program was established (the Japanese name for the Chinese Language and Culture master's program was changed to "the first half of the Chinese Language and Culture doctor's program").
The Graduate School of Foreign Languages sets linguistics studies, language education studies, and language and culture studies as the three pillars of each program, and forms a curriculum with practicums focusing on interpreting and translation for developing high-level language proficiency in these fields of studies. Furthermore, common courses covering multiple programs are arranged to allow students to acquire a broad knowledge that will become a foundation for research. This structure is built because one of this graduate school's main objectives is to develop high-level professionals based on foreign language skills.
The Graduate School of Foreign Languages keeps on exchanging ideas and information with researchers active at the forefront of language studies, and disseminates cutting-edge research results through activities such as holding international symposiums and publishing its journal "Gaikokugo Kenkyuu (Foreign Language Studies)." Recently, the graduate school is actively accepting not only students from Japan but also international students from abroad in order to provide international academic exchange and research and education opportunities. In addition to an examination for international students, the graduate school provides an examination for adult applicants already working after graduating university, and holds courses on Saturday and in the evening as well as intensive courses during summer holidays in order to respond to the needs of working adults. Students who have completed the programs are actively working in various fields, at including many at institutions of higher education inside and outside Japan.
For those who are thinking about applying for admission, feel free to contact the Graduate School Office. Students are also welcome to take a campus tour and consult with us on an individual basis at graduate school admission briefing sessions.
Minoru Ohtsuki, Dean of Graduate School of Foreign Languages