Current state of activities

Japanese language education department's activities.
(1) Japanese language preparatory education. (Japanese training course)

This course is Mainly aimed at embassy recommended and government funded international students (including those who are scheduled to be taken in as teacher training students) who will progress to the Hiroshima University graduate school and commences intensive Japanese language education in order to develop the Japanese abilities needed in life and research at post graduate level. The period of commencement is two terms, April to September and October to March with each term being 18 weeks (540 hours) and The number of students on the course each term being 90.

(2) Japanese, Japanese affairs (Japanese language units)

We are running Standard academic units in Japanese for the international students belonging to the regular departments of Hiroshima University. The taking of these units is allowed to all government and personally funded international students (Including researchers and masters students and extending to guest researchers) for their support and the numbers of students taking these units every year always far exceeds 100. (There were 128 registered in the first term of Heisei 15 and the total number of participating students was 445). Currently we are running classes in 5 different tiers (levels) of Japanese language proficiency.

(3) HUSA (short-term international exchange programme) Japanese classes.

We are opening these (accredited) units to students received from cooperating overseas universities with approximately 40 students taking them every year (There were 34 registered in the first term of Heisei 15 and the total number of participating students was 132).

(4) Japanese, Japanese culture studies and research international student programme

Aimed at 12 to 16 or so students of undergraduate level specialising in Japanese and Japanese culture studies who have been recommended by and rigorously selected as government funded international students by the embassies in their various countries.

To raise Japan experts, a kind of connecting bridge between Japan and their respective countries through attempting to develop deep understanding towards Japanese culture and improve Japanese language ability is the main aim of this programme "Japanese language studies", "Japanese literature", "On site study visits" and other such lectures and field study, which make up the core, compulsory units (the Japanese, Japanese culture special lecture and field study programme) and Individual interest units based on ones specialisation selected from the top level regular student units (Japanese and Japanese affairs) make up the classes for this course. What's more, the culture studies and research students receive personal tuition from an individual academic advisor and bring together the results of their research and studies in a report which is then published in a compendium.

(5) Japanese/ Korean science and engineering department students undertaking. (Japanese language and other preparatory education)

Based on the Japan/ Korea cooperation announcement agreed in Heisei 10, started in the latter term of Heisei 12 and aimed at "Japanese/ Korean cooperative international students in science and engineering departments" (at present 5) this course is in charge of 6 months of preparatory education (Japanese language, Japanese affairs and specialty subject units, total 190 hours) for those about to enter the engineering, science and combined arts and sciences and other similar departments.

(6) Special additional Japanese language classes and the additional short-term intensive Japanese learning course.

When we can secure the budget we have up to now provided special additional Japanese language classes (beginner, intermediate and advanced) outside of regular classes in term time and even in periods of extended holiday in order to answer the desires of those students who wish to learn Japanese and also for supporting the study and everyday life of those who have come to Japan late and couldn't attend classes held during term time.

(7) Research and development of teaching materials

-Research, development of curriculum and teaching materials (Including multimedia teaching materials) for Japanese language and Japanese culture.
-Research, development of Japanese language lesson methodology
-Research, development of Japanese language education assessment methodology and standardised testing.

Activities of the international student tuition section

(1) Guidance and support activities

We consider things like target and level and run various orientations for international students who have newly arrived at Hiroshima University.

Two of our teaching staff are available at any time to take consultation on everyday matters and provide counseling and a part time psychological counselor with medical psychiatrist qualifications is available once a week for such psychological consultations.

As for social interaction and support of activities, we assist social interaction activities with international students on campus through the Japanese student international exchange volunteer system (approximately 350 registered members) and run support for such activities happening on and off campus through the international student international exchange volunteer system (approximately 170 registered members). Apart from that we also provide international student support through an emergency medical care English interpretation volunteer service (10 registered members). What's more we are aiming for effective and efficient support and information exchange through the on campus network connecting the international student officers in each department extending to the health centre. We also participate in the Hiroshima district international student group raising assistance conference and are engaging in discussion on problems related to international students such as supporting the Hiroshima prefecture international student association, promoting international exchange, providing Job seeking guidance and explanation of advancement to higher education encompassing consultation meetings.

(2) Research and development activities

We run a survey of the levels of satisfaction with Hiroshima University twice a year (In the first and second terms) aimed at all international students. With this survey we make clear international students learning, lifestyle situation, understanding of other cultures, levels of adaptability to other cultures, linguistic understanding of Japanese and English, and relationships including cause and effect relationships. Also, we regularly gather and examine information for the purpose of dealing with any new problems that have arisen with international students studies or in their everyday life made clear through guidance and counseling. Based on this survey and research we plan to solidly provide quality advice and plentiful information to international students and develop suitable orientations, pamphlets and inter net pages.

Educational exchange section activities

(1) Hosting of short term exchange students

As examples of our activities for the hosting of short term exchange students we do things like negotiating with and adjusting to cooperating universities, activities to do with advertising the programme (creating information packs for those wishing to study abroad, Hp management etc), selection of and preparation for the short term receiving of exchange students (Securing accommodation, selecting academic advisors, requesting student tutors), syllabus building and lesson adjustment, sorting out contact with academic advisors, staff in charge of teaching the course units , student tutors, conversation partners, the orientations that run through the 5 weeks between October and November, Japanese culture field trips (Miyajima study visit, Farming experience, school liaison meeting etc), the hosting off various events ( family home stay programme, mud volleyball competition, Zen temple learning experience etc ). In addition we also run classes (Japanese, Japanese culture, Internships, and a short programme implementation meeting "Peace and human rights" etc). It also acts as guidance for those desiring to research Japan.

The universities student dispatches

As for our activities for the short term sending of our students to study abroad, for example we do things such as the renewal of agreements and binding of new exchange agreements, holding a fair to do with studying abroad, selecting of the students who will be sent abroad (twice a year in October and January), running orientations for the international students before they depart (June and January), negotiating with cooperating universities about the dispatch of international students and organizing things to do with the exchange of academic credits.

Investigative research of educational exchange

In order to promote educational exchange across the whole country in line with Hiroshima University we are conducting research and surveys into student interaction and university internationalisation. Major topics of surveys conducted in the past have included things such as investigating into the awareness of Japanese students towards being sent to study abroad in Asia, investigating Europe's "Erasmus" activities and academic credit exchange systems, following on and proceeding the planning of our own international centre we visited British public universities, American State universities and Japanese private universities and investigated the situation of international centre administration and internationalisation. In addition, recently we have surveyed the needs of companies to do with the employment of Japanese students with experience studying abroad aimed at 300 companies.

Other activities

As a link in further activities to promote the interaction of international and Japanese students we are also

- Holding various meetings and symposia
- Investigating, researching and assessing short programmes
- Undertaking international relations (negotiations about student exchange, observational visits by cooperating universities and dealing with such schools and other visitors).