Program Features


ESOP courses taught in English are divided into courses on Japanese society and courses on Japanese language. English Medium Courses about Japan are available to regular HOSEI University students as well, which enables exchanges with Japanese students. Many classes are taught in a seminar-style format and feature small class sizes.

Discover Japan

The objective of this course is to deepen the participants’ understanding of various aspects of Japanese society through collaborative fieldwork assignments. The educational approach offers multilingual and multicultural platforms for students to collaborate and learn in pairs and in small groups. Students are expected to have a strong desire to develop intercultural communication skills both in Japanese and English, and in any other common languages.

Themes in Wood Block Printing

This course will introduce you to the arts of woodblock prints, from ukiyo-e to now. Besides learning how each development in woodblock printing influences the next, you will also get hands-on experience in printing for yourself. This course provides an introduction to the popular and artistic themes of Japanese woodblock printing, and to the traditional materials and processes of the carving and printing of ukiyoe and later prints.

Marketing in Japan

It is the class by six lecturers with company experience. Students will learn actual marketing strategy and management in each of six fields of industry as well as principles and concepts. This is an interactive course which focuses on recent developments in marketing with attention to actual processes and strategies in each industry. It aims to introduce the practical views and opinions of experienced players in the field of marketing.

Culture Tourism and J-Pop

Through tourists’ consumer behavior, we will consider the degree and penetration history of pop culture in Japan. The goal is to give an overview of Japanese pop culture to students. Recently the field of “contents tourism” has been attracting attention. In this course we will address the development of domestic contents tourism in Japan as a new type of tourism industry within the context of regional economic development. Specifically the course will focus on pop culture in Japan and the travel to background destinations by analyzing a number of specific examples.

Japanese Language

Japanese language courses are divided into six levels, with students placed according to their placement test results. Beginner-level students study general reading and writing, listening, and conversation, and intermediate- and advanced-level students study grammar, honorific words and phrasings, academic Japanese and so forth in order to prepare them for continued studies in Japanese higher education, employment in Japan and other such goals.

Target Level JLPT Level
[Japanese Language Proficiency Test]
J1 Basic communication  
J2 Upper beginning level N5
J3 Lower intermediate level N4
J4 Intermediate level N3
J5 Higher intermediate level N2
J6 Advanced level N1

Regular Japanese Faculty Classes

Students with high-level Japanese language proficiency may be eligible to take any of the regular HOSEI University classes taught in Japanese. The University’s courses on specialized subjects in the humanities, social sciences, international relations and others among 15 University faculties enable students to deepen their knowledge in their current fields of specialization and even challenge themselves to explore new academic fields. The permission of relevant instructors is required to take these courses.

Faculty of Global and
Interdisciplinary Studies (GIS)

All GIS classes are conducted in English, and classes provide interdisciplinary education opportunities in fields such as arts and culture, English teaching, society, and international relations. Exchange students work together with GIS students who are highly proficient in English as they pursue their studies.