WWU Exchange in Japan:
Seikei Gakuen started out as the Seikei Jitsumu Gakko, established in 1912 by Haruji Nakamura, based on educational principles aimed at the development of character and respect for each individual’s unique personality. He opposed the regimented education system of his time, and in order to realize his educational principles, he focused on education in small classes, which encourages close interaction between teachers and students. Seikei University has inherited and maintains the founding spirit by continuing to require intensive small-sized seminar classes, where students receive individual guidance from faculty members.
The Seikei Institute for International Studies (SIIS) provides several Japanese language and Japanese culture subjects for foreign students enrolled in Seikei University. Foreign students from various countries are divided into small classes by their proficiency level, and learn reading, grammar, conversation, report preparation, etc., in a balanced way. In addition, Japanese culture subjects help foreign students to understand various aspects of modern Japanese society, including its circumstances and various problems. Foreign students can associate with Japanese students and learn through a system in which classroom learning and practice are integrated.
- Small class size
- Cost of Housing (excluding utilities) covered through scholarships from Seikei University
- Live and study in Tokyo
Seikei Univeristy is located in Kichijoji, about 5 minutes by bus from Kichijoji station. Even though it is located close to downtown Tokyo, only 20 minutes by train from Shinjuku and Shibuya, an abundance of nature still remains. Inokashira Park, where the zoo is located, is just one spot where you can enjoy that abundant nature. From the front gate of Seikei University, rows of zelkova trees continue for about 500 meters.
Academic Program and Courses
Exchange students will take a placement test for their Japanese proficiency on their arrival (Scheduled in early September for fall students and in late March for spring students). Based on test results, they will placed in the appropriate Japanese courses. Students who are fluent in Japanese (Native speakers or have proof of N1 proficiency) can apply for any courses in any faculty. In addition, students are required to attend the Cross-Cultural Communication course for at least one semester.
Fall Semester: Mid- September to late January – note that students will be registered for Fall and Winter quarters at Western.
Spring Semester: Late March to late July
Students will be allocated in a single room in the International Student Residence Hall. Furnishings include the following; Bath, single bed, wardrobe, desk and chair, drawers, chest, bookshelf, trash can, shoe box, air conditioner, interphone, rental telephone, TV outlet, computer outlet (connected to campus LAN), utility meters. There is a community kitchen shared by five other students. Please note that Dormitory Rules apply. For more information, please contact IPE’s exchange coordinator.
Exchange program participants will pay WWU in-state tuition and mandatory fees. All other costs associated with participation in the program (including transportation, room and board, personal expenses) are the responsibility of the individual student. Check the budget sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.
The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-program activities.
There are two applications for exchange students to complete. The first application is the International Programs & Exchanges (IPE) application. After students are selected for nomination, they must complete the Seikei application.
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