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Interaction between people of the world has become more and more tightly linked, thanks in part to the explosive progress in communication technology. As a result, the world seems to be have grown smaller. Mutual interaction between all regions of the world has a direct effect even on Niigata. It can be said that now it is necessary to have a broad range of general knowledge of global society in order to function as a member of that society and build a career. The Faculty of International Studies’ fundamental goal is to bring up people right here in Niigata who challenge this global age head-on and try to learn with a sincere effort.

The Faculty of International Studies is built on the two pillars of understanding global society and learning foreign languages in order to meet this goal. The department rests on these two pillars, offering international English focusing on face-to-face communication, practical information processing training on computers so that graduates are ready to compete in the business world, and small-group seminars and guidance. The Faculty of International Studies is, so to speak, a department that combines the elements of an International Relations Department and a Foreign Language Department.

Department Characteristics

Students in this department will learn about the fundamentals about the structure and workings of modern global society from political, legal, economic and other different angles. They can study in a balanced manner without bias toward a specific field.

International English

Native speakers of English teach courses that focus on communication in International English, which is usable in many countries, rather than on the English of a specific region. This is called the Communicative English Program (CEP) in the Faculty of International Studies. This class is mandatory for first-year students and is held five times per week, but classes are separated according to competence, so it is possible to study at different levels. We have also established an elective course, Advanced CEP, for students who wish to continue to cultivate their International English proficiency at a higher level from their second year on.

Learning Foreign Languages

NUIS languages that could lead to opportunities to study abroad in four countries. Students choose one language from amongst Chinese, Korean, Russian or Intensive English and work on practical proficiency in reading, listening, writing and speaking. They study a wide range of topics about their chosen country’s society and culture.

Information Processing (Computer) Training

Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are important study tools for writing seminar reports, graduate theses, and other various situations that students will encounter in university. Skilled use of this business software is a fundamental skill that will definitely be required at work after graduation. The Faculty of International Studies incorporates computer training, including support for computer-related proficiency examinations, into its classes so that its graduates are ready to compete in the business world.


A seminar is a traditional type of class unique to universities. Seminars are not classes with one-way communication from educator to student but are places for collaborative learning that include mutual learning with fellow students and workshops. The word “seminar” comes from the German language and means “nursery bed” if you plumb the depths and trace the word back to its origin. It implies growth with plenty of time under the care of a loving hand before being exposed to the harsh elements. It is the very venue of education. The Faculty of International Studies has adapted a system where students select seminars themselves upon meeting the instructors. This begins from the first year. One instructor will continue to give guidance to each student for his or her graduate thesis in the third and fourth years of university.