Degree Programs

Outline of Graduate Program

Brochure Graduate 2018

2018 Graduate School of
Global Communication and Language Brochure

The major purpose of AIU Professional Graduate School is to nurture highly specialized professionals who are capable of performing work in multiple languages in a globalized society with advanced international communication theories and practical knowledge and skills. The program is comprised of three pathways: English Language Teaching Practices, Japanese Language Teaching Practices, and Global Communication Practices.

Graduate School of Global Communication and Language
Graduate Program in Global Communication and Language Practices

Youichi ITO, Dean and Director
Practice Head Standard Period of Enrollment Annual Enrollment Quota Total Enrollment Capacity
English Language Teaching Practices (ELT) Hiroki UCHIDA 2 years 30 students 60 students
Japanese Language Teaching Practices (JLT) Hiromi SANO
Global Communication Practices (GCP) Youichi ITO
Admission Policy

The AIU GSGCL accepts students who understand the educational goals of the graduate school; who possess the academic strengths to successfully complete the GSGCL curriculum; who wish to acquire the knowledge and practical skills needed to become highly specialized professionals able to play active roles in the international community; and who enjoy competing and collaborating with their peers in learning and research activities.

In addition, students are expected to have strong motivation for independent study and keen interest in global issues.

With a lens through which they see and discuss global issues critically, English Language Teaching Practices students should possess a strong desire to be skilled in teaching English for international communication.

With a deep interest in Japanese culture and society as well as its language, Japanese Language Teaching Practices students should possess a strong desire to teach Japanese internationally to students from around the world.

With strong interest in comprehensive observation of the world, Global Communication Practices students should possess a strong desire to work internationally in areas such as journalism, public relations and business communication.

In order to accept excellent students from all over the world, the screening of applicants is carefully conducted on the basis of submitted documents and, where necessary, interviews.

Degrees Granted

The following degrees are granted to those who are enrolled in our graduate school and successfully complete the necessary courses.

  • English Language Teaching Practices : Master of English Language Teaching (Professional)
  • Japanese Language Teaching Practices : Master of Japanese Language Teaching (Professional)
  • Global Communication Practices : Master of Global Communication Practice (Professional)
Additional Qualifications Granted

Those who complete the required courses and earn the necessary credits in the English Language Teaching Practices can obtain an “Advanced Class Certificate for Lower Secondary School Teachers (English),” or an “Advanced Class Certificate for Upper Secondary School Teachers (English).” However, possessing a “First Class Certificate for Lower Secondary School (English)” or “First Class Certificate for Upper Secondary Education (English)” is a precondition for obtaining either of the “Advanced” licenses.

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Characteristics of the School

As a professional graduate school with degree-granting authority, AIU places a great deal of emphasis on practicality in its courses with special attention to theoretical and academic features. Conducted interactively , classes involve discussions that elicit students’ opinions on various subjects. Depending on the chosen subject area, students are required to take specialized courses in English Language Teaching Practices, Japanese Language Teaching Practices, or Global Communication Practices. All students learn theory in the classroom and then apply it in the real world through internships and teaching practice, thus deepening their theoretical knowledge and its process to application. In order to achieve a successful integration of both the theoretical and practical aspects of courses, the curriculum features the following five program characteristics, and a unique system is provided to meet various needs with students from different backgrounds.

1.Advanced Professional Education in English

Except for select Japanese Language Teaching Practices courses, all lectures, seminars, courses and practice are conducted in English, with the goal of advancing students to a high level of English performance. For native speakers of English, of course, this is a skill “in hand” they bring to the program.

2.Development of Education with a Close Link between Theory and Practice

With acquisition of theories related to actual work situations in mind, classes are conducted with a focus on issues that students may encounter in their respective workplaces.

Graduate faculty members enrich classes with their experience as prominent leaders in foreign language education, international collaboration, media and simultaneous interpretation.

3.Common Courses in Global Communication Practice

In addition to courses that deal with basic theories and knowledge of international society and culture in each program, common courses are offered to acquire practical global communication skills.

4.Refresher Courses for Working Adults

The importance of new knowledge, information, and technology has been increasing exponentially as a foundation of activity in every sector of society. This situation requires a readjustment of knowledge and skills needed for each profession. We offer recurrent education for experienced students through specialized course work where knowledge and practice is systematically integrated.

Each program provides a unique curriculum that is designed to enhance students' expertise depending on their needs.

5.GPA: Grading System for Global Higher Education

Our graduate school has adopted the GPA system and a strict grading policy to ensure a high quality of education. The criteria of assessment are described along with the teaching methods and course schedule on each syllabus. At the time of program completion, students must satisfy the GPA requirement of 3.0 or above, as well as the credit requirement.

6.April and September Matriculations and Pre-Graduate-Student System

The ELT and GCP programs of AIU Graduate School allow new students to start in April or September, with JLT students accepted in September only. However, JLT students are eligible to participate in the “Pre-Graduate-Student System.” Participation in this system allows JLT students to take advantage of their time (April through July) before official enrollment in September. In addition, the Pre-Graduate-Student System also helps lighten their future course workload. The system is applicable to Screening I and II, which is designed for students admitted during the October or January screenings. Pre-Graduate Students can choose to either to take courses at AIU’s Graduate School during Spring Semester [up to 2 courses (6 credits)] or conduct Gap Year Activities* (which they can receive credits toward graduation).

*Gap Year Activities
Participants of Gap Year Activities must register for “GCS 610 Professional Experience Reflection”which requires reflecting on and examining professional experiences to write academic papers. The activity needs to be proposed and approved in advance, and the activity may include teaching Japanese at overseas institutions. Non-Japanese citizens who wish to be pre-graduate-students must obtain proper visas issued by the Government of Japan by April 1.

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