Class Schedule

The daily class schedule consists of six periods.

First Period 9:00 – 10:30
Second Period 10:45 – 12:15
Lunch Break 12:15 – 13:00
Third Period 13:00 – 14:30
Fourth Period 14:45 – 16:15
Fifth Period 16:30 – 18:00
Sixth Period 18:15 – 19:45

Japanese Language Courses

The Japanese Language Program of C.I.R. is able to accommodate all levels, from the beginning level to near native level. Students will be placed at appropriate levels on the basis of placement tests taken soon after their arrival at the C.I.R. campus. There are two courses at each level, one which focuses on basic features of grammar, sentence patterns, kanji characters, and oral communication, and another which focuses on more practical applications and the synthesis of all aspects of Japanese language abilities, etc.

Japanese Language Courses for Exchange Students (each semester)

Required

Name/Level of Course Classes/week(90 minutes) Credits
Japanese I (lower beginning level) 2 2
Japanese II (upper beginning level)
Japanese III (lower intermediate level)
Japanese IV (upper intermediate level)
Japanese V (lower advanced level)
Japanese VI (upper advanced level)

Elective

Name/Level of Course Classes/week(90 minutes) Credits
Japanese Language Practicum I (JLPT Level N5) 2 2
Japanese Language Practicum II (JLPT Level N4)
Japanese Language Practicum III (JLPT Level N3)
Japanese Language Practicum IV (JLPT Level N2)
Japanese Language Practicum V (JLPT Level N1)

If the level of your Japanese language is judged high enough on the basis of the Japanese language placement test, you will be allowed to take Japanese language courses offered to matriculated international students. Such courses include:

Required for first-year students

Name of Course Classes/Week Credits
Japanese I (Oral Communication) 2 2
Japanese II (Writing) 2 2
Japanese III (Discussion and Debate) 2 2
Japanese IV (Reading and Writing Essays) 2 2

Electives for sophomores and higher

Name of Course Classes/Week Credits
Japanese for Special Projects 2 2
Business Japanese 2 2
Japanese through Media 2 2

Content Courses in English

There are several non-language courses taught in English in each semester. In addition to these courses, if your Japanese language ability is high enough (i.e., JLPT N1 level or higher), you will be able to take courses taught in Japanese, which is a great advantage of studying at C.I.R.

All these classes are ninety minutes long and meet once a week for two-credit courses and twice a week for four-credit courses.

List of undergraduate courses taught in English (as of March 2016)

Semester 1 refers to the semester starting at the beginning of April, and Semester 2 refers to the semester starting in mid-September.

1st Semester

Course title Times/Week(90 minutes) Credits Instructor
Art 1 2 John L. Tran
Introduction to Intercultural Studies 1 2 Hideaki OKAWA
Introduction to Sociology 1 2 Isao TAKEI
Religions of the World 1 2 Akira TAKAHASHI
Japan Studies III (Cultural History) 1 2 Masako SATO
Japan Studies IV (Japanese Society) 1 2 Isao TAKEI
Japan Studies V (Economy) 1 2 Akio OGASAWARA
Japan Studies VII (Special Lectures) Life Planning 1 2 Seiji KAKEI
Japan Studies VII (Special Lectures) A survey of Photography History and Theory from the mid-19th Century to the Present-day. 1 2 John L. Tran
Japan Studies VII (Special Lectures) Japanese Arts and Culture 1 2 Emi YAGISHITA

2nd Semester

Course title Times/Week(90 minutes) Credits Instructor
Art 1 2 John L. Tran
Introduction to International Relations 1 2 Rikiya TAKAHASHI
International Relations 1 (Theory) 1 2 Rikiya TAKAHASHI
Introduction to Intercultural Relations 1 2 Yukiko KOSHIRO
Intercultural Relations 1 2 Yukiko KOSHIRO
Literature 1 2 Masako SATO
Sociology 1 2 Isao TAKEI
Japan Studies II (Japanese Literature) 1 2 Junko UMEMOTO
Japan Studies III (Cultural History) 1 2 Yukiko KOSHIRO
Japan Studies V (Economy) 1 2 Akio OGASAWARA
Japan Studies VIII (Special Lectures) A survey of Photography History and Theory from the mid-19th Century to the Present-day. 1 2 John L. Tran
Japan Studies VIII (Special Lectures) Japanese Arts and Literature 1 2 Emi YAGISHITA

Syllabi in English for these courses are available through the following Japanese language site.
https://unipa.ir.nihon-u.ac.jp/up/faces/login/Com00501A.jsp
or click on “Universal passport” on the main home page of Nihon University College of International Relations (https://www.ir.nihon-u.ac.jp/)

Grading Scale

The grading scale is as follows:

Letter Grade Score (%) Grade Points
S (Excellent) 90 – 100 4
A (Very Good) 80 – 89 3
B (Good) 70 – 79 2
C (Pass) 60 – 69 1
F (Fail) 59 or less 0