|October 2009||The International Exchange Center, Faculty of Engineering, was established on the Yonezawa Campus as a result of the reorganization and development of the University-wide International Center.
Change in the assignment of Associate Professor Hiromi Nishina.
The Exchange Lounge was temporarily set up on the second floor of Building 5.
|March 2010||The Exchange Lounge on the second floor of the Coop was expanded and relocated.|
|April 2012||Appointment of Assistant Professor Matthew Joseph Zisk|
|April 2015||Relocation of the International Exchange Center to Building 1.|
|August 2020||Relocation of the International Exchange Center to Building 9.|
Japanese language education for international students in the Faculty and Graduate School of Engineering
(1) Extracurricular supplementary classes in Japanese language
In order to ensure that international students do not encounter difficulties in their daily lives and studies in Japan, Japanese language classes are provided for international students in four levels, from complete beginners to advanced learners able to study the basics of language application in their field of specialization, including delivering verbal presentations, introducing their research, and drawing up research proposals.
(2) Support through the teaching of subjects with a view to job-hunting activities
International students who wish to work in Japan are provided with the relevant guidance through business Japanese classes (levels I – IV). Students are taught about Japan matters, basic knowledge about job-hunting activities in Japan, as well as the necessary Japanese language skills for use in job-hunting activities as well as in the workplace.
Activities aimed at enhancing the global capabilities of students in the Faculty and Graduate School of Engineering
English language education
(1) General English lessons for undergraduate students
English A and B classes are conducted, mostly by International Exchange Center faculty, for second year students in the Faculty of Engineering.
(2) Activities to improve English proficiency
Time is set aside for students to improve their English proficiency in an enjoyable way apart from lessons.
Movie Night, Game Night, YU English Chats
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Fostering a global perspective
(1) Summer Program in cooperation with the Faculty of Engineering (Intercultural Communication A, B)
Exchanges with students of partner schools are held every summer, based on engineering-related keywords. During odd-numbered years, Yamagata University students visit overseas schools that the University has partnership agreements with; and during even-numbered years, students from the overseas partner schools gather at the Faculty of Engineering. These exchanges include various activities such as company visits, and camps where students have the opportunity to think about environmental and engineering topics. Guidance is also provided before and after the exchanges.
(2) Practical training overseas
Students whose enrollment in practical training courses has been confirmed are provided with guidance before and after training.
(3) Share your experiences
Students and faculty members share their experiences with everyone to generate greater interest toward the world.
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Support for the Enrollment of Internationanal Students
(1) Orientation for international students
International students and researchers coming to Yonezawa for the first time at the start of the semester in April and October are provided with information and points to note about the learning environment and everyday life. International students’ family and others are also eligible to attend subject courses.
Homestays (two days, one night) with families in the Okitama region are organized for international students twice a year in cooperation with regional support organizations.
(3) Experiencing Japanese culture
Students will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the local culture. Examples of such events previously held include Yonezawa-yaki (pottery), making mochi during New Year, Japanese taiko drumming, and making Japanese sweets.
(4) Support for job-hunting activities
Briefing sessions are held to provide students with the necessary job-hunting information and give them insight into the job-hunting process in Japan. Time is also provided for them to speak to international alumni who are already working in Japan.
Advice is provided through individual counseling sessions about worries or anxieties faced by international students, such as academics, interpersonal relations, housing problems, and more.
(6) Drawing up and distribution of handbooks for supervising faculty
Handbooks are distributed to the supervising faculty of seminar classes that international students take. The handbooks are also available on the website.
(7) Provision of enrolment information
Information is provided through the website about international exchange crisis management, overseas internships, residence status management system, and other topics.
Support for the Overseas Dispatch of Japanese Students
(1) Consultation and provision of information on study abroad programs and overseas matters
The Center introduces students to internally and externally available study abroad programs, and provides consultation services on these matters. It also provides assistance in networking students with others who have experience participating in such programs.
The Center provides support through consultation services for students who wish to study abroad, and encourages them to take a proactive and independent attitude toward studying abroad.
(3) Individual English consultation
The Center provides support for students who do not know how to draft documents or other items in English. Prior reservations must be made.
Local and Social Contribution
(1) Cooperation on international understanding education in elementary, junior, and senior high schools
The Center provides support on activities where international students introduce their home countries in the Japanese language.
(2) Cooperation on English-language activities at educational institutions
The Center provides cooperation on requests for international students to participate in learning and research activities in English at high schools, or in English classes at junior colleges.
(3) Support for disseminating messages/recommendations from international students to Japanese society or the local community
In cooperation with news agencies and other entities, the Center provides support on activities to disseminate views and feelings toward Japanese society from the perspective of international students.
(4) Cooperation on international understanding classes at the Yonezawa City International Relations Association (YIRA) and other organizations
The Center recommends international students who can serve as lecturers to introduce their home cultures.
(5) Implementation of volunteer activities at disaster-struck areas
The Center plans and implements visits to disaster-struck areas, where students introduce their home cultures through dance, songs, and performances, providing the audience with calm and peace.
The Center undertakes active initiatives in line with the following themes:
(1) Research targeted at international students
Research on Japanese teaching methods and curriculum development for international students, international student education, intercultural education; etc.
(2) Research focusing on Japanese students
Research on class activities aimed at enhancing overall English proficiency, research on Japanese writing skills among Japanese students, research on overseas training programs; etc.
Research on collaborative activities between Japanese and international students; etc.