International Educator - January/February 2013 - 47
Two international students taking a class taught in English about exercising basic chemical experiments at Tohoku University.
the English-based curriculum, I am able to attain my degree without worrying about understanding advanced Japanese.” Japan, she says, “is a great place to be for an international student,” rich in culture, safe, and with many conveniences and even jobs available for international students, who are allowed to work up to 28 hours a week. Japanese universities charge the same tuition to domestic and international students and the government provides scholarships for 14,000 students who come to Japan to pursue undergraduate or graduate degrees.
majority of Japan’s international students— almost 94 percent—come from non-English speaking countries in Asia. China and South Korea alone accounted for three quarters of the 138,075 international students the ministry of education tallied in its May 1, 2011, census. That annual snapshot of enrollment, taken just weeks after the disasters, was down just 2.6 percent from the record of 141,774 set the year before. The ministry will not reveal the May 2012 enrollment figure until January , but it likely will be impacted by a sharp drop in the 2011 enrollment at Japanese language institutes, which serve as the pipeline for many universities. The ranks of those Japanese learners were thinned from 33,000 to 26,000, according to Michiko Suzuki, executive director of JASSO. At the same time, the number of students on short-term exchanges in Japan fell from 11,800 to 9,100.
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Growing Numbers of Programs in English Attract Students
Offering more programs and degrees in English is one of the principal strategies the government has been encouraging in the drive toward the 300,000 goal. But the vast