Why is GIS Special?

Problems occurring in today’s world have all became interconnected, making it impossible to solve dilemmas with only one specific knowledge. Aspiring to prepare global leaders of this era, GIS has a curriculum centered on liberal arts. It has five main disciplines, including Arts and Literature, Linguistics and Language Acquisition, Culture and Society, International Relations and Governance and Business and Economy. Its central Tokyo location and low teacher to student ratio makes GIS experience even more valuable. 

Sakura blossoms at Hosei University


GIS courses are divided into four levels: 100, 200, 300 and 400, designated for each year of study. From five main disciplines mentioned above, students are required to fulfill area requirements by taking at least one compulsory elective course from each area in the 100 and 200 levels. There are also seminars that students can elect according to their interest: Writing and Magazine production, British Culture and Literature, The Diversity of English, Self and Culture, International Relations, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Global Strategic Management and Tourism Management.

The Curriculum Structure of GIS Program
View link to see a clearer image : http://gis.hosei.ac.jp/pdf/GIS2019.pdf

Fees and Scholarship

The tuition fee for the first year (including admission fee etc) is 2,434,500JPY. Onwards, from second year, the tuition fee is 1,303,000JPY.

You can see the list of scholarships available from here (the last page).

Study Abroad

GIS students have three routes to academic study abroad: the GIS Overseas Academic Study (OAS) program, Outgoing Student Exchange Program (OSEP), and the study abroad accreditation system. Students may earn up to 60 credits from undergraduate courses and it can be counted toward the 124 credits required for graduation. Participation in a study abroad program is optional and not required for graduating from GIS.

GIS Overseas Academic Study (OAS) program

Location: United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and New Zealand

Students must fulfill the Hosei GPA qualification and host university English language requirements. There are two options available for the duration, either one semester or two semesters. The costs for study abroad are separate from the tuition fee for Hosei University.

Outgoing Student Exchange Program (OSEP)

Selected third and fourth year students are awarded Outgoing Student Exchange Program for study at overseas partner universities. These students are exempt from overseas university tuition, and receive a stipend of from ¥700,000 to ¥1,000,000 for living expenses. Currently, Hosei is affiliated with 49 universities in 18 countries worldwide.

Study abroad accreditation system

Second year students and above who wish to study at an overseas university that has no affiliation with Hosei may do so at their own expense. These students, however, may apply to receive an accredited study abroad scholarship from Hosei and its support association.

A drawing of Hosei University Campus

After Graduation

As GIS graduates carry great wealth of leadership skills, problem solving mindset and English language abilities, various career paths are open. Many students choose to go to graduate school, work at Japanese/Foreign affiliated companies, public sector, educational institutions or start their own startup companies. Over the years, GIS graduates have been employed at many renowned companies, including PWC UK, Ernst&Young Advisory UK, Air Canada, Qatar Airways, NHK, Mitsubishi UFJ, Morgan Stanley Securities, KDDI, Softbank and more.