English programs are highly sought after at the moment, with a growing interest in mastering the language before entering the workforce or to utilize it daily as more foreigners are finding themselves visiting or, in more and more cases, settling in Japan for school or work. Many Japanese universities are improving or creating English programs, and one such institution with a fully functioning and recognizable one is the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.

Students studying by herself in the classroom

School of Language and Culture Studies

Its Curriculum is well known for being devoted solely to foreign language, foreign studies, and international affairs. The Tokyo University of Foreign Studies prides itself in its successful mission to “conduct research and instruction, both theoretical and practical, on the world’s languages and the cultures that rooted in them. Their goal is to provide the cultural refinement necessary to engage in international activities, and to deepen the understanding of regions around the world through the study of their languages.” TUFS is increasingly driving further down the road to becoming a “base university” for education and research by “developing social collaboration inside and outside Japan” and “promoting more sophisticated education and research through collaboration among domestic and foreign universities,” for example. Not to mention, through international networks and a diverse research environment, TUFS clearly positions itself as a globalized institution.

There are three schools in the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, which are the School of Language and Culture Studies, the School of International and Area Studies, and the Graduate School of Global Studies. There is also the Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa and the Japanese Language Center for International Students. If one is interested in studying English at TUFS, enrollment at the School of Language and Culture Studies is a must. At the School of Language and Culture Studies, “emphasis is placed on language-based subjects and, over the four years of this undergraduate program, it is possible for students to master their chosen major language, English, and other foreign languages to a high level.” Through this unique method of study, students begin to adopt a way of thinking that involves believing language and culture are deeply connected to human actions.

Overview Of English Program

In order to gain admission into the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, an entrance examination must be taken and passed in the case of undergraduate applicants. For potential postgraduate students, in addition to taking a similar exam, specific eligibility requirements must be met, and particular application forms must be filled out. Therefore, applying to TUFS is a relatively simple, straightforward process.

If one chooses to study English at TUFS as an undergraduate during his or her first year of this program, they will have to declare English as their chosen major language. This makes it necessary for the students to gain basic knowledge of the regions relevant to this language and to go over “Global Liberal Arts Subjects’” as part of the “Global Liberal Arts Program.” (A curriculum that every single department at TUFS follows) The School of Language and Culture Studies focus heavily on the acquisition of language. In this case, English and as one would expect, most of the credits earned and counted for graduation will be gathered from taking English language-based subjects. Students will remain to study languages for the remainder of their undergraduate career, including the primary one, English, and other foreign words, but they will be given individualized and specialized education regarding the English language and elective subjects on the topic from the third year onward as well.

Campus Life

TUFS has numerous extracurricular activities that students studying English can voluntarily participate in to help them interact with their fellow English-speaking peers and polish their English language skills through real-life practice. These activities, which take part outside of the classroom, include organizations and circles that are either athletic, cultural, intellectual, or social in nature. TUFS claims that these activities, “together with academic research through the regular curriculum, play an indispensable and important role in the campus life of students” because “experience gained through extracurricular activities and friendships cultivated beyond the study of major subjects are quite useful after students graduate and go out into society.” Overall, TUFS has an impressive total of 51 cultural and 49 athletic circles and clubs.

Students hanging out together after class

International students make up a noticeable portion of the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies’ student body, and one very common language spoken by international students in English. There are plenty of accommodations made by TUFS to make international students feel at home and comfortable, especially if there is a language barrier involved. The English Speaking Society (E.S.S.) is a circle in which English speakers from native speakers to new learners can engage in casual English conversations. International students who speak English can feel at ease at such circles that make them feel at home while also having the opportunity to help their classmates hone their English abilities.

If studying English is on one’s to-do list, the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies is the institution that one should take a closer look into. From its in-depth curriculum to its active campus life which provides many opportunities to learn English, there’s no reason why one would not master the English language by the time graduation rolls around.