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School of International Relations
Graduate School of International Relations

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Introduction to the Graduate School of International Relations

Multidisciplinary approaches to international relations and diverse cultures
based on sure fieldwork and full sensitivity to locality

In this age of globalization, our superficial lifestyles and socio-economic institutions are increasingly homogenized while, at the same time, almost unlimited variety of ethnic, national, religious, regional or local identities and insistences are enthusiastically contested day by day and various types of localization of ‘universal’ values and practices are taking place all over the world, making our way of life and existence far more complicated and multi-layered than ever.

That is why our graduate school regards multidisciplinary, multi-faceted and comparative approaches to any matter related to contemporary human phenomena as essential and indispensable. That is also why our school highly encourages students to explore any local or regional realities based on sure fieldwork by making full use of their own five senses at any locale concerned.

Our graduate school consists of two major divisions, namely, the Division of International Relations and the Division of Comparative Culture. Our common educational fundamentals are composed of such academic disciplines as cultural studies, linguistics, history, anthropology, sociology, social psychology, political science, economics, jurisprudence as well as multifarious area studies. No matter what research topic a student might challenge, a flexible combination of effective methods and appropriate approaches relevant to the problem is so important and much recommended. In this way, our school provides the student with a wide range of methods and approaches to be properly selected to pursue his or her own research initiative.

Furthermore, we have three research centers attached to our school, namely, Center for Korean Studies, Wider Europe Research Center, and Center for Global Studies, all of which are effectively and energetically functioning as catalysts to respond to students’ diverse research interests and needs.

Through our graduate program founded on the above-mentioned multidisciplinary and comparative approaches and intensive fieldwork focusing on any locale, we hope the students will surely grow creativity, originality as well as flexible applicability backed by a solid academic foundation and practical training.

Ryokichi Maeyama, Dean of the Graduate School of International Relations

The Graduate School of International Relations offers a Japanese examination for international applicants beginning from the year 2017.

Starting from our fall examination in 2016, international applicants for the International Politics and Economics Program, the International Behavior Program, the Asian Culture Program, and the European Culture Program have the option of choosing a new foreign language examination in Japanese as a second language among a wider variety of foreign language examinations.

  • All applicants besides international students have the same options of foreign language examinations as have been offered previously.
  • International applicants have the option of an English as a foreign language examination.
    Applicants for the European Culture Program have the option of any one of the English, French, German, and Spanish as a foreign language examinations.
    Applicants for the Japanese Culture Program are required to take a Japanese language examination.
  • Applicants for the British and American Culture Program as well as international students are required to take an English examination.
Research field Foreign language examination options
International Politics and Economics English. International applicants have the option of choosing Japanese.
International Behavior English. International applicants have the option of choosing Japanese.
Japanese Culture English, but international applicants are required to choose Japanese.
Asian Culture English. International applicants have the option of choosing Japanese.
British and American Culture English.
European Culture Any one of English, French, German, and Spanish. International applicants have the option of choosing Japanese.

For further details, refer to our guidelines for applicants.

  • Introduction to the Graduate School
  • Graduate School Features
  • Introduction to the Research Fields

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