International Area Studies

Our program aims to develop experts on a specific region with broad perspectives and high-level professionals, who are capable of playing an active role in the arena of global contribution and international cooperation. We try to realize this goal through area studies, which requires an intrinsic and comprehensive understanding of a specific country and regional community. Our faculty members and students include more than 25 nationalities, and we offer more than 70 subjects conducted in English.

Our program consists of seven specific major courses as follows: East Asian Studies, Southeast Asian and Oceanian Studies, Central Eurasian Studies, Middle Eastern and North African Studies, European Studies, North American Studies, and Latin American Studies. We provide flexible curricula to facilitate comparative and interregional research in response to the changing concept of the region in a globalizing world as well as problems on a global scale. Our program encourages students to
conduct fieldwork and research abroad, and welcomes students from abroad. Upon completion of the program, students will be conferred a M.A. in Area Studies, or Master of Arts.

Our program manages a special program, ‘Area Studies Innovation Program (ASIP)’, which aims to develop human resources who are qualified to work in certain developing countries with special knowledge and understanding of the area by studying there for one year. In addition to the standard two-year program and ASIP, we are managing four special English programs for young officials and young leaders working abroad. To further their studies, students who complete the program may apply to Doctoral program in the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Tsukuba.

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