The Tokyo University of Science (TUS) has established itself as one of the key players in the expansion of Japan’s world-renowned reputation of scientific and technological advancement. Originally founded in 1881 as The Tokyo Academy of Physics, the institution grew from a principle of building ‘a better future with science’.
Springing from a fundamentally transformative moment in national history, when Japanese society was beginning to shift towards a democratic future, these founding principles have remained central to the TUS ethos. This embedded sense of ethics guides the scientists and engineers at TUS to engage with the global challenges of today and attempt to make the world a better place through science. Despite this long history, it was only in 1949 that TUS was granted university status, and was renamed The Tokyo University of Science. Although this is much later than some of its rival institutions, TUS has managed to make its name as one the nations leading universities of science and technology. Proving it to be a highly relevant and influential force in its field, the research undertaken at TUS has gone on to produce initiatives adopted by a number of Japanese governmental departments. The innovative and dynamic atmosphere that these accomplishments stem from provides students at TUS an inspiring environment in which to complete their studies.
As part of their forward-looking approach, TUS aims to provide students with an integrated and intellectually progressive education, and so alongside their studies, students have the opportunity to improve and develop their Japanese ability. Made up of four campuses spread across Tokyo, the main site is located in the Kagurazaka district of Shinjuku. As one of the cities most vibrant hubs, the Shinjuku area provides the perfect setting for international students looking to experience the Japanese culture and embrace the unique opportunity of their study abroad in Japan.
Japanese Language Courses
All students at TUS, international and domestic, are enrolled on Japanese-taught degree programs, meaning that Japanese language proficiency must already be at level that allows for classroom participation. Overseas students are required to take the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) in order to enroll, which ensures they have reached the appropriate standard. However, acknowledging that education and development is a continual process, many of the undergraduate programs at TUS offer classes on Japanese language and Japanese society, politics and culture. The courses and credits available to international students are dependent on the faculty they are enrolled in. There are classes focused on language improvement (Japanese A, B, C and Japanese Expression 1, 2), as well as those with a more empirical approach to the study of Japan (Japanese Affairs 1, 2). These classes are designed to supplement student’s studies, and allow them to continue to learn Japanese during their time at TUS.
Exchange Program Language Opportunities
The exchange programs introduced in recent years provide students from overseas the opportunity to experience not only the best of Japan’s science and technology institutions but also of more traditional Japanese culture and language. Alongside their tours of the University facilities, two of the latest exchanges with Xian Jiaotang University and Kunming University of Science and Technology were also given classes on Japanese language and history. These language classes and cultural experiences (tea ceremony, Japanese archery etc.) allowed students to explore the concept of Japan as a nation, and how integral this is to maintaining its scientific and technological advancements.
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