Admission Policy

Admission Policy of the Graduate School of International Cultural Studies (GSICS)


Today, most of the problems facing our society have been revealed to be complex entities, in which various factors such as regions, borders, ethnic groups, religions, race, and gender have become intertwined, if not entangled. In order to solve such problems, it is essential not only to have academic research based upon traditional frameworks, but also new, fresh educational approaches and research paradigms based upon synthetic and interdisciplinary ways of seeing; ones aimed at complementing already established perspectives.

Tohoku University’s Graduate School of International Cultural Studies offers such a dualistic program of research and education. It consists of three divisions: (1) “Area Studies” ? which illuminates cultures in every region of the world, and details the characteristics of societies contained therein; (2) “Intercultural Relations” ? which explores the ways in which language, economy, and technology contribute to societal and cultural development and exchange, from a point of view that fuses the humanities and natural sciences; and (3) “Language Studies” ? which strives for profound understanding of the multiple, complex relationships between language, culture, education and society, utilizing an advanced level of foreign language ability. GSICS, in short, features a comprehensive, interdisciplinary and pioneering educational research organization which transcends the bounds of traditional academic disciplines in the humanities, social and natural sciences.

GSICS interdisciplinary education and research seeks comprehensive understanding of a variety of issues associated with language, culture and society in every region of the world; GSICS pays particular attention to international exchange between all regions and emphasizes the multiple processes of globalization worldwide; GSICS is also committed to understanding and working to solve various problems of contemporary human society. Via these educational and scholarly practices, GSICS pursues the following research/educational goals. First, it aims at nurturing students who can move out into the world armed with high ideals, assisting them in contributing to the successful development of human civilization and culture. Associated with this, and secondly, GSICS seeks to merge highly professionalized knowledge with a sense among students and faculty of “internationality”. Finally, GSICS seeks to instill a spirit of activation among the professionals and researchers who walk its halls, assisting graduates to solve the many complex problems of contemporary internationalizing society, both here in Japan, and abroad.

GSICS seeks talented individuals who would enthusiastically embrace and embody this philosophy. Our graduate school is proud of its “open-door policy”: it is an institution not only for those young women and men who have graduated or will graduate from Japanese Universities; it is also for people of all ages and ethnic backgrounds, from countries all around the world. GSICS is especially for those exceptional people who are or wish to be active in the front lines of society, no matter their nation of origin, gender or age. This institute seeks students who possess an open, objective consciousness, who wish to become creative researchers or highly specialized professionals, who yearn to be active on the international scene, and who possess flexible thinking, a broad point of view, and not inconsiderable language abilities.

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