What is the Dual Language Pathway Program?
Rikkyo University currently offers two undergraduate programs taught in English particularly catered to international students. One is the the Global Liberal Arts Program (GLAP), an article for which can be found on our Schoolynk media page (Link: https://schoolynk.com/media/articles/093acb96-ef2e-482d-867f-765a08688a19). The other is a little less generic and titled the Dual Language Pathway (DLP), hosted by the College of Intercultural Communication (CIC). The CIC accepts around 140 students each year, 15 of whom are international students though their goal is to increase this figure in the years to come. Their goal is to educate both students in international studies with a focus on Japanese and English language skills.
The College of Intercultural Communications emphasize four elements that their students must complete in order to finish their program. Firstly, students must master both Japanese and English. Ideally, prospective students will already have an adequate grasp on at least one of these languages. Nonetheless there is always room for improvement even for native speakers. Secondly, students must study in a third language as the very goal of this college is to create international connections and understanding. Languages available for study at this article’s point of publication are German, Spanish, French, Chinese and Korean. Thirdly, experience abroad is a requirement, and students are recommended to finish a semester abroad via Rikkyo’s Oversees Study Abroad Program. Most students complete this in the Fall Semester of their second year, and unlike many other study abroad programs in Japan, the credits are pre-guaranteed. Lastly, students must take courses in international relations, going over such topics as international cooperation, linguistics, communication, art & culture, and so on. The emphasis here is on practical knowledge focusing on addressing real world problems as the program aims to teach beyond theory.
In Search of Interpreters and Translators
Japan and Japanese companies have, as has most of the rest of the world, understood that globalization is a key to economic success. However, no longer is the East Asian market on the periphery as recent trends have shown that the Asian market is set on continuing to grow. What is vital for expansion to continue is adequate amounts of professional interpreters and translators. No longer is fluency in Japanese and English enough and Rikkyo’s program reflects that.
If an adequate command of English and Japanese can be proven, students can apply for either the Interpreter/Translator Training Program or the Japanese Language Teacher Training Program (though it would be safe to assume that those already sufficiently proficient in Japanese would only be able to apply for the Teacher Training Program). For those interested in the Interpreter/Translator Training Program, be aware that Rikkyo recommends that one continues their studies to the graduate level, but upon completion of the undergraduate program a specialized certificate will be issued.
Rikkyo also offers what it calls a Five-Year Integrated Program, in which both an undergraduate and master’s degree can be completed in five years. This program is targeted specifically for those who wish to go through the interpreting or translating route, or those who wish to enter into the world of international relations with some of Rikkyo’s graduate school graduates having gained post in prestigious posts such as the United Nations. Those who wish to apply need not have to do so immediately, as undergraduates who wish to pursue this line of study can choose to do so by their third year.
Details Regarding Housing, Tuition Reduction, and Rikkyo Society
Application for the Dual Language Pathway Program is not much different than from any other Japanese university with an English-language program. What is essential is that students show a willingness to become fluent in Japanese and English at least at a business level.
Housing is provided for all students that are accepted to Rikkyo with a choice between three different dormitories all at about a 30 minute commute away from the Ikebukoro Campus (which is where all DLP classes will be held). For those who would prefer to live alone in a rented apartment there are sponsored services which Rikkyo can introduce applicants to. There is also a tuition reduction program that is quite easy to apply for and is pretty basic as all one needs to receive up to a 30% reduction are evidence of good grades and social activity at the school.
Aside from that, applicants should understand that Rikkyo is one of the larger and higher ranked universities in Tokyo, let alone Japan. Expect that most social aspects of Rikkyo will be that of a typical Japanese university. That is by no means a bad thing, but this school would be well designed for those who wish to integrate themselves into Japanese university culture.