“In GIS you can learn across a range of subjects and acquire a kind of mental strength, which you can put to practical use in the outside world.”
“GIS is a great place to challenge yourself as you experience its diverse environment. I really enjoy my life in this exciting and stimulating department.”
“I've learned how to think critically in English. Since the whole learning process involves English, I can look at issues from a new perspective, one so different from what I would get if I were studying only in Japanese.”
“Every day, I look forward to meeting my friends. Each has a unique personality, and it is fun to share ideas, as we often have distinct points of view.”
“Student life here at GIS is about meeting many creative people from all sorts of backgrounds, and learning how they perceive the problems of the world. We are a small community, but one big family.”
“GIS is really competitive to enter, but if you do succeed, it is really worth it. Once you are in, a great experience is there for you to enjoy.”
“GIS supports us with English classes to improve our reading, writing and speaking. However, your success really depends on whether you put those skills to use in class.”
“I have become more responsible. Since we have many presentations and a lot of group work, you a duty not just to yourself, but to others, too.”
“The effort that you have put in so far in school, what you have learned to this point will be put to good use in GIS, the place where you can follow your curiosity.”
“In GIS, people gradually acquire the skills to balance everything going on in their lives, such as school work, part-time job, and social life.”
“It is really fun to study in English. By using English, you have access to a wide array of resources that can help you study.”
“I look forward to having conversations with my friends and professors. They have experienced a lot, and hold interesting opinions. Speaking with them, I can expand my knowledge and better understand what we are studying.”
In this seminar we study to increase our knowledge and understanding of the United Kingdom. In particular, we work to cultivate an appreciation of the UK, its people, its centuries-long history, and of the culture they value. We explore each area through an examination of both written texts and video clips. Each week, students give a presentation, after which we discuss the issues brought up in the presentation. Reflecting on some of the topics we covered, I enjoyed analyzing them from the texts and video clips, and speculating on thought and feeling of British people. In addition to going over the course materials with us, Professor Somura is always willing to answer our questions. Thanks to him, we could easily broaden our perspective and appreciation of the UK.
Motivation to learn a foreign language varies from person to person. My motivation to learn English came when I travelled abroad and discovered that English was not just a subject of study, but a communication tool used by people around the world. In our seminar we research why people take an interest in a foreign language, as well as the class environment that best would motivate language learners. Many of the seminar members hope to be English teachers someday; so, learning what inspires interest in foreign languages is really important. I chose this seminar in order to research L2 motivation needed to turn the English language classroom in Japan into a place where students can learn the language in a fun way, but also as a necessary tool of communication. Beyond the educational benefit, I also feel an understanding of how people become interested in any subject can be usefully applied to other aspects in general.
Writing attention-grabbing English – taking eye-catching photos – composing articles and stories – designing layouts and advertisements: those are just some of the skills practiced in this seminar. Critical thinking is used in researching a topic and writing it up, in evaluating and editing work, and as for creativity, something everyone has, this course offers many opportunities to put it to use. Personally, as one of two student editors, I have learned that this class is not only about writing; it is also about a journey we take together. We work hard, week in, week out, and writing and rewriting is the cycle we ride to improvement. Once the work is completed, you just know it was totally worth it.
Intersectionality, as an academic approach, deals with the “intersection” of various issues and conditions crossing each other, based primarily on a sociological view. In other words, because it is difficult (or may be impossible) to analyze complex social issues constituted by multiple causes, such as race, class, and gender, from a singular point of view, it requires an approach sensitive to various views. As a seminar, we not only read academic articles, but also discuss, present on a variety of topics, and ultimately, complete an individual research using skills acquired through the seminar, such as collecting reliable data from surveys, interviews, or even visual images. In this seminar, I am currently working on a research on cultural diversity in Hawaii, taking an approach sensitive to culture, race, and also history.
While staying in the USA as an exchange student, I had many chances to interact with other international students from countries around the world. They spoke English fluently, but most of them had distinctive accents, which were sometimes hard to understand––but fun to listen to! Since then, I have been interested in variations of English, particularly in their phonetic differences, and it is that subject, along with others, that we study in this seminar. Because course work is based on presentations and discussions, the class members are very active and enthusiastic in exchanging their views, perspectives, and personal experiences with accents and dialects from around the globe. The professor's supplementary lectures, delivered with a variety of materials that include YouTube video clips, are always informative and stimulating.
In this seminar we as linguists examine English words: we use online corpora that each provide relevant data of as many as 14 billion words; carry out surveys about how frequently particular affixes, words or phrases occur within a corpus; and make tentative inferences. In addition, every week we are supposed to read materials on genres of linguistics, present their ideas and discuss what we can get from them. Through this seminar, beyond extending my horizons in the English language, I am acquiring analytical and logical thinking skills by first making hypotheses and then testing them, which may be useful in my future career.
This seminar offers a great environment to think about ourselves deeply by examining how our personal experiences map onto the various psychological research and theories. We read two to three research articles every week and spend a lot of time discussing a variety of topics, such as how self-esteem relates to our happiness, and how this association between self-esteem and happiness might differ by culture. When I lived in the United States I met a lot of people from different cultural backgrounds. This experience got me interested in how culture influences our minds/our thinking. In our seminar, each of us conducts his or her own research, in addition to designing an experiment, collecting data, performing statistical analyses, and writing up the final report. In my research, I examines how prior investment in a relationship would influence one’s decision to maintain or leave the relationship. Though challenging, this seminar is definitely worth the effort. It is an excellent class for those who want to actively engage in and explore their shortcomings and strengths, to deepen their understanding of cultural differences, and to build analytical skills.
In this seminar we tackle the various international issues which we face in this globalized age. Each student pursues their own research topic for their final thesis. The topic varies from student to student: some are interested in the political field/the field of politics, and others in the ecocimic/political/social development of less advanced countries. Every week, the seminar members discuss updates to their papers, give comments on each other’s progress, and ask questions. This process helps us to make our papers both attractive and logically persuasive to readers. In addition, I personally find that our discussion has been useful in broadening my perspective on the subject of international relations, because I have learnt about a variety of research fields from my classmates. And this seminar will give you the opportunity to pursue your interest in a particular international issue.
Since we are in a ‘globalized’ world, I think we should get a better picture of international relations (IR) by doing more than just reading newspaper reports on the subject. International Relations B exposes us to a wide range of global issues, while helping us to develop our own abilities to analyze and comprehend the topics raised. By engaging in various activities every week, seminar members not only cultivate knowledge about IR, but also develop such skills as critical thinking, information gathering, and time management. This seminar requires us to spend a lot of time in preparation for the class, but we are enthusiastic to take part in the activities, and we are able to grow both individually and as a group.
Entrepreneurs are the leaders of industry, because they create new opportunities and introduce new ideas into the world. In this seminar, we learn the concepts of entrepreneurship and innovation, which we can use to build our future careers. We use case studies to understand the complexity of innovations, and work in groups to present what we have learned from these studies. Even though I have been an entrepreneur for five years, I am still learning new concepts and ideas every week from this seminar. Furthermore, the atmosphere between the students and professor is quite friendly, but also serious in the way it keeps everyone sharp and pushing their knowledge to the next level.
This seminar offers an academic learning environment for strategies and management in international business. The course focuses on three core academic fields: cultures & communication, business models, and marketing & PR. In groups, we are asked to give presentations, and facilitate the discussion based on the topics we present. We also refer to case studies – also used in the Harvard Business School – and discuss in an academic manner the best solution for each of the problems that the companies are facing. Besides studying in class, we also have the chance to participate in a marketing competition. Last year, two teams from our seminar group managed to win 1st and 2nd prize at the MCJ (Marketing Competition Japan) 2017. Communication is essential in our seminar and we enjoy the group interaction. We feel that this seminar group is one of the most important experiences in our university life. Our motto is “work hard, play hard”!
This seminar allows us to widen our perspective and to develop critical thinking toward our understanding of tourism. In each class, we look at different case studies and analyze issues behind what seem to be examples of successful tourism. In addition, we read challenging academic papers and also practice discussion and presentation skills. As the students play an active role in delivering presentations and leading discussion, we develop close relationships with other class members, so we can respect and encourage each other. Although the seminar is consecutive classes that have us concentrate for an intensive 200 minutes, the seminar that we make together is an enjoyable and valuable experience.
My time at the University of Sussex gave me confidence and exposed me to new ideas. Spending time with peers from around the world, I could improve my English skills just by making friends. People and culture there helped me appreciate diversity and think more globally.
At the University of Leeds, I studied Politics, Religion, and Business. While lectures and discussions were tough (motivating me to study!), days spent with friends were fruitful. The scholarship and the experience had a big impact on deciding my future career.
It helped me spend one year at the University of Copenhagen studying Psychology, Economics, and Medicine. The experience expanded my horizons,connected my studies at GIS, and propelled me toward my long-term academic goal.
Low student-professor ratio makes GIS stand out. It encourages you to express your own opinion, work in a team and challenge the status quo. Those skills helped me a lot working with clients as a business consultant.
GIS made me see the importance of social responsibility. I learned the causes of disparities and possible solutions. Now I’m working for a plant engineering company, trying to make the world better through energy.
GIS gives you a competitive advantage. I gained necessary skills for working effectively in the steel industry. With a wide range of knowledge, I could understand recent trends and find market opportunities.
Supporting sales for Epson America, Inc., my work requires communication skills, and GIS helped that. As most classes have discussions and presentations, they taught me how important working with other people is.
Four years in GIS has you rethink what it is to acquire English language. Class interaction and opinions from different perspectives all helped me in becoming a teacher.
In grad school I have to do many readings and think critically. I couldn’t manage my studies if not for previous experiences in GIS. It taught me how to best engage with class material and to not fear being inquisitive.
GIS’s uniqueness not only comes from the all-English curriculum but also from a sophisticated environment that encourages critical thinking. It paved the way to graduate school in the UK, helping me get a master’s degree.