Fall Courses

NIU offers a selection of courses for international exchange students who wish to take content courses in English and beginner's Japanese language courses. Under normal circumstances, students follow a set course schedule. Depending on each student's home university credit transfer requirements and Japanese language ability, it may be possible to make slight changes to the schedule. 

Please note that in Japan it is common for courses to be held once a week for 90 minutes. As a result, it is common for students to take 10 or more courses in a semester.



Course Descriptions

Courses Taught in English

History B

The objective of this course is to introduce the students to theories and practices in historical and archaeological studies of Japan, for understanding the global/local relationships in the past through Japanese culture and history. 
*90 minutes / week


Hotel Management

Students will be well acquainted with the following: (1) The specific features of Japanese traditional lodging facilities ‒ “Ryokans” (2) The general perception of “Service” in Japan (3) The history of hotels in Japan (4) Various categories of Hotels (5) Typical hotel management styles in Japan.
*90 minutes / week


Japanese Business Management

This course will introduce you to the concepts and ideas of Japanese business management from a first-hand perspective. The student will learn about the competitive and constantly changing business environment. Students will study and present about Japanese business customs and practices that are used throughout the business world today. Comparisons between Japanese business and international business are also covered.
*90 minutes / week


Japanese Culture A

The aim of this course is to understand the traditional concepts and ideas of Japanese people from a variety of aspects. Through this course, students will study the culture, lifestyle and thinking which traditional Japanese people have formed from ancient times. Some field work will also help students to develop an understanding of such concepts and ideas.
*90 minutes / week


Japanese Culture B

This course helps students develop a basic understanding of elements of modern Japanese culture. Students will study these elements from both an anthropological and historical perspective. Topics will focus on experiences and activities that students may be exposed to during daily life in Japan.
*90 minutes / week


Japanese Economy

This course will review and discuss the history and development of the Japanese economy, and the goal is for students to understand the history and background of Japan’s economic development.  
*90 minutes / week


Seminar 1B

This course provides international exchange students opportunities to learn about aspects of Japanese society and culture through participating in and reflecting on activities involving local people held both on- and off-campus.


Courses Taught in Japanese for Beginners

Basic Understanding of Japan A(日本理解A)

This course introduces students to Japanese words and phrases helpful for living in Japan. Students will also learn how to write Japanese letters and Chinese characters as well as the meaning of useful phrases. Furthermore, students learn how to write texts in Japanese. Activities are based around real-world situations that make use of words and grammar that students have learned and help students improve speaking and communication skills in Japanese.
*90 minutes / week


Basic Understanding of Japan B(日本理解B)

This course introduces students to Japanese words and phrases helpful for living in Japan. Students will also learn how to write Japanese letters and Chinese characters as well as the meaning of useful phrases. Furthermore, students learn how to write texts in Japanese. Activities are based around real-world situations that make use of words and grammar that students have learned and help students improve speaking and communication skills in Japanese.
*90 minutes / week


Comparative Culture (比較文化論)

This course teaches students basic concepts of culture and ways of thinking in Japan. Through discussion activities, students have opportunities to gain a deeper understanding of the content and of their own country as well.
*90 minutes / week


Japanese Affairs I (日本事情 I)

This course aims teach students about the basic concepts related to the country of Japan. Students will develop their understanding through discussion and practical experiences.
*90 minutes / week


Tea Ceremony 1A (茶道文化IA秋季)

This course teaches students the basics of the traditional art of tea ceremony, which is a defining characteristic of NIU. Students are introduced to the all phases of the tea ceremony, from preparation to performance to clean up. From this, students gain a deeper understanding of essential manners and communication skills.
*90 minutes / week


Above course descriptions are translations and intended for informational purposes only. 

Students with intermediate-level Japanese can choose from a wider selection of courses. Please visit the NIU main page for more information on general education and tourism courses.

Updated September 23, 2017