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By the Numbers: Ten Years of the Global Studies Major

Students who learn in a global environment before heading out into the world

Ten years have passed since the establishment of the Global Studies Major. On this page, we look at a range of data to reveal the unique features and track record of the Global Studies Major, including our highly diverse learning environment and the activities of our alumni working both in Japan and abroad.


Countries and regions where Japanese students have studied abroad

Using overseas experience to develop a global perspective

Japanese students in the Global Studies Major have studied abroad in 27 countries and regions to date. The most popular destinations are the United States, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Some of our students have taken paths less chosen and studied in countries such as Georgia, Switzerland, Poland, Mexico, Kenya, Senegal, and Hong Kong.


Number of alumni

Empowering each and every student through small-group education

We put our energy into providing excellent education focusing on a finite number of students. The intake capacity for each year level was set at 60 when the Global Studies Major was established and raised to 100 in April 2018. Our alumni, who have experienced learning in small groups, are an elite corps that now work on the front lines throughout Japan and around the world.


Rate of Japanese to non-Japanese alumni

Studying with people of various nationalities and cultures

The ratio of Japanese to non-Japanese alumni is about 4:6, and a large number of non-Japanese alumni is a characteristic feature of the Global Studies Major. While many of our students come from Asia, we also have students from almost every continent, including North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and Oceania.


Percentage of classes taught in English

Realizing an international learning environment without leaving Japan

One of the major attractions of our GS major is that 100% of our courses are taught in English. In addition to lectures conducted in English, students can also take curriculums taught in Japanese based on their aspirations and interests.
As a whole, about 35.5% of the syllabus in the College of International Relations are offered in English.


Number of non-Japanese faculty

The diversity of our faculty members' backgrounds is one of the most attractive aspects of the Major

The non-Japanese faculty members in the College of International Relations, including those in the Global Studies Major, hail from many different countries, including not only English-speaking countries such as the U.S. and the U.K., but also countries and regions like Hungary, Moldova, Madagascar, South Korea, and Taiwan. Their areas of expertise are also wide and varied, and we promote international human resources by honoring diversity.

Globally active alumni in a variety of fields

Many of our alumni are working in a variety of fields, including foreign ministries, embassies, foreign-affiliated companies, and major Japanese corporations. They make use of the advanced language skills and international sensibilities they have acquired from studying in this major. In addition, some students go on to graduate schools in Japan, including Ritsumeikan University, or abroad in order to further develop their knowledge and skills in their respective specializations.

Main Place of Employment

Ministry of Foreign Affairs/ Borderless Japan/ MUFG Bank/SAP Japan/ Emirates/ Canon/ The P&G Japan/ Robert Walters Japan/ Rakuten /Kyocera / ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS /Sojitz / Nissan Motor /Microsoft Japan /Accenture Japan/Amazon Japan /China Construction Bank/ Embassy of Estonia Tokyo (Estonian Embassy in Tokyo)/ Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting/Bloomberg LP/Uber Japan

Main Place of Education

University of Hawaii (USA) /University of Manchester (UK) /Université Libre de Bruxelles(ULB)(Belgium) /University of Oxford (UK) /University of Sydney Master of commerce (Australia) /The Chinese University of Hong Kong Master of Global Political Economics(Hong Kong) / Graduate School of International Relations, Ritsumeikan University/ Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University

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