The International Student Center offers the following educational programs to international and Japanese students.
Preliminary Japanese Language Training
This is a six-month intensive Japanese language course targeted for international students who are sponsored by the Japanese government and who will matriculate at graduate schools of Yokohama National University or other universities in Kanagawa Prefecture or nearby. The course is also offered to in-service teachers (teacher training students) from regions such as China, Korea, Southeast Asia, and South and Central America who will study for eighteen months in the College of Education. Students are divided into groups to receive appropriate levels of Japanese language training based on their Japanese skills upon arriving in Japan. Although in recent years an increasing number of courses have been offered in English to enable students to use the English language to earn credits, even those who study in such courses must have a certain level of Japanese skills because they must develop their personal networks in Japan, both inside and outside the university, to carry out their studies smoothly. In this regard, this intensive Japanese language course is extremely beneficial to all international students.
The Japan-Korea Joint Science and Engineering Student Exchange Program (Fall Semester)
The Japan-Korea Joint Science and Engineering Student Exchange Program (Japan-Korea Program) is an exchange student course carried out under the "Japan-Korea Joint Science and Engineering Student Exchange Project" in which Korean students sponsored by the Japanese government can develop the Japanese skills required to do their undergraduate studies in Japan. Students on this program first take Japanese language and specialist course classes in Korea for six months and then receive preliminary education provided at the International Student Center for another six months. This course curriculum offers a wide variety of Japanese language learning experiences, such as learning of difficult technical terms, special introductory classes on science and engineering for international students, and opportunities to take English class, attend lectures given by the College of Engineering Science, and so forth in addition to general Japanese language learning.
Japanese Language and Culture Program
This one-year training program is implemented as part of the system for international students sponsored by the Japanese government; the aim is to assist students who specialize in the Japanese language or culture in their home countries to deepen their studies of Japan while improving their Japanese language skills and understanding of Japanese culture at Japanese universities. At YNU, students on this program take Japanese Studies classes alongside other international students and Japanese students while increasing their Japanese language proficiency as well as writing papers on their own study themes in small-group seminars. They also deepen their knowledge and broaden their horizons to conduct studies on Japan by taking courses such as "Multilingual Communication" and participating in hands-on programs and experience-oriented tours provided by YNU.
Junior Year Overseas at Yokohama National University (JOY) Program
In this program, exchange students from international partner universities attend Japanese language classes and specialized courses in English. Students enter one of YNU’s colleges or graduate schools and can take courses from an English language curriculum that covers a wide range of fields, from the humanities to science and engineering. Japanese language classes of different levels, from introductory to advanced, are available. This program offers opportunities to join in activities with Japanese students and local people both inside and outside the classroom. As part of their program, students complete a group project on Japanese Studies to be presented in an end of semester poster session open to the public.
The YNU-Sejong University Exchange Program:
Inter-Faculty Supplementary Japanese Language Courses
This one-year program is conducted under an exchange agreement between Sejong University in Seoul, Korea and Yokohama National University. Each year, around 20 Japanese Language and Literature Major students from Sejong University come to Japan in April and stay until February to experience Japan first-hand. Each student takes many different classes based on his or her Japanese language proficiency. This program aims not only to help them to improve their Japanese language skills, but also to develop promising human resources who have a good understanding of Japan through exchanges with YNU students and volunteers.
YNU Japanese Language and Culture Program
This half-year/one-year program is based on academic exchange agreements with partner universities. Students take Japanese language classes and lectures provided through the International Strategy Organization and may transfer the credits earned back to their home universities. The program aims to instill in students a sense of international role and responsibility and foster mutual understanding. As of April 2017, 20 Taiwanese students from Tamkang University and Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages are participating in this program. Besides courses targeted chiefly at Chinese-speaking students, such as "International Understanding: Taiwanese Culture and Society," "Comparative Cultural Studies between Japan and China," and "Introduction to Translation between Chinese and Japanese," YCCS lectures delivered in English are also available. In addition to exchanges with Japanese tutors, students can also meet Japanese students and other international students from different parts of the world at lectures and foster personal relationships with them. Personal counseling in Chinese is also offered.
YOKOHAMA Creative-City Studies (YCCS) Program and Global Plus ONE Program
Yokohama National University seeks adventurous, world-class students for the YOKOHAMA Creative-City Studies (YCCS) program. The program will offer innovative interdisciplinary courses for future leaders. The classes will be taught in English, but students will also learn the Japanese language intensively during their studies. Through the program, the students are expected to develop key skills for global leaders such as multilingual and cross-cultural communication, teamwork, leadership, project planning and organizing, as well as to acquire professional knowledge in their major subjects.
Safety and Crisis Management for Overseas Travel Program
The International Student Center provides "Safety and Crisis Management for Overseas Travel" training to those who plan to travel abroad soon. This program adopts a hybrid form of training that combines lectures, workshops, and use of online learning materials to not only help participants who have planned journeys to specific destinations but also to give them knowledge that will be helpful in future overseas travel in general by covering all relevant topics, ranging from mental and physical health and hygiene management when travelling overseas to safety and anti-crime measures for staying/living overseas as well as crisis management in emergencies (one general education course credit awarded for undergraduate students). In addition, an intercultural adaptation camp is held twice a year (in June and December) to support those who plan to travel overseas for the first time and/or who wish to improve their intercultural communication skills, global mindset, and so on in order to communicate effectively in English with people from other countries. During this intercultural survival camp (one general education course credit awarded for undergraduate students), participants can only use English while spending two whole days with international students as they work together to complete secret missions from morning till night. We strongly urge everyone who is thinking of travelling abroad to try this program before departure. To apply, please send an email to plus1ynu.ac.jp during the first month of the relevant semester (April or October).