Shigakukan University's mission is to nurture talented and reliable individuals who can meet the needs of the society they live in by acquiring Individuality, Knowledge and Skills and putting their ideas and what they have learned into Practice.
Shigakukan University is a private co-educational four-year university founded in 1979.
The university has two faculties: the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Law. The Faculty of Humanities has two departments: the Dept. of Clinical Psychology (consisting of five coursesfor medicine, welfare, education, society and industry, and general psychology) and the Dept. of Humanity and Culture (which is composed of three courses: Japanese and Japanese literature, English language and British and American culture, and history and geography). The Faculty of Law also has two departments: the Dept. of Law and the Dept. of Applied Legal Studies. Moreover, the university has a Minor Course for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language which trains students (non-native speakers and native speakers) to be Japanese Language teachers, and a Graduate School of Clinical Psychology.
The major courses taught are as follows:
The Faculty of Humanities
Dept. of Clinical Psychology:
Psychology; Learning Psychology; Developmental
Psychology; Clinical Psychology; Educational Psychology;
Social Psychology; Mental Health; Philosophy of Education; Gender Studies
Dept. of Humanity and Culture:
Introduction to Japanese Linguistics; Japanese Ancient/Modern Literature; Introduction to
English Language and British and American Culture; Debating Skills, History of British Literature;
Introduction to British and American Literature. Introduction to History and Geography;
Introduction to Japanese Culture; Topography, Japanese History; Asian History; Western History
The Faculty of Law
Dept. of Law:
Introduction to Legal Studies; History of Legal Thought; Law and Women; Philosophy of Law;
Civil Law; Criminal Law
Dept. of Applied Legal Studies:
History of Business; Business Ethics; Legal Research; Marketing Management;
The student population as of 1 March 2014 is 1208 (1203 undergraduates, of which 738 are males and 449 females, and 21 postgraduates).
There are 22 overseas students (Chinese, Taiwanese and Korean) as well. The number of full-time teaching staff is 54, and that of clerical staff is 33. There are over 70 part-time teaching staff as well. And therefore class sizes are small, communications between students, teaching and clerical staff are very close, establishing a very friendly relationship between them.
The university has student exchange agreements with four universities: Anglia Ruskin University (ARU, formerly Anglia Polytechnic University (APU)) in England, The University of Macau (MU) and Changchun Normal University (CNU) in China, Silla University (SU) in South Korea and Wenzao Ursuline University of International Studies(WUUIS) in Taiwan. Furthermore nearly 500 students have enjoyed three-week to one-month home-stay and English study in England in the past 25 years.
The number of exchange students so far. (As of April 2014.)
The university also provides a number of extracurricular coursesfree of charge and helps students obtain high scores on the TOEIC and EIKEN tests, qualifications for financial planning, registered real-estate brokers, administrative/judicial scriveners, and so forth.
Standing on a hill commanding a panoramic view of the City of Kagoshima, and Kagoshima Bay with an active volcano Mt Sakurajima in its midst, the university enjoys both an urban and beautiful natural environment.
Kagoshima has the southernmost station on the Shinkansen Bullet Train, taking approximately 80 minutes to Fukuoka, 4 hours to Osaka and 6.5 hours to Tokyo. It is also 30km to the Kagoshima International Airport by car, and takes only 1.5 hours by plane to Seoul in South Korea or Tokyo. It takes approximately 2 hours to Taipei or Shanghai, and 3 hours to Hong Kong. It is about 8 hours to Singapore via Fukuoka.
The Prefecture of Kagoshima, situated at the southernmost tip of mainland Japan, boasts 2,632 km of coastline and 28 inhabited islands. In the north are mountain ranges with volcanoes and hot springs, and in the south lie islands with unspoilt nature and a delight of foods from a large variety of fish to tropical fruits.
In the middle of the Kagoshima mainland, sandwiched by two peninsulas, lies Kagoshima Bay inhabited by an abundance of sea life which includes sea breams, yellowtails, and dolphins. In the centre of the bay, approximately 4 km from the City of Kagoshima, stands Mt Sakurajima, an impressive and beautiful volcano, regularly erupting and changing colour every day. With such landscape, Kagoshima has been called 'the Naples of the Orient.'
Kagoshima City has a population of 600,000 and boasts a large aquarium, many shopping centres, cinemas and places to eat and drink. Among its special products are satsumaage fried fish cake, karukan sweet cake, dried bonito, beef and pork, and Satsuma porcelain ware.
At the end of the Tokugawa Shogunate, Kagoshima produced a number of promising youth who served as the driving force for the modernization of Japan. Among such men were young samurai students who broke the Tokugawa ban on foreign travel and went to Britain to study Western science and technology.
With four clearly separate seasons, Kagoshima is a very hospitable place to live in and study. A big welcome to you, or as the locals would say, ojattamonse.
Shigakukan University's annual events include: Freshmen Welcome events in April, Freshmen Welcome Sports Festival in June, University Festival 'Icho-sai' (Gingko Festival) in November, and a Graduation Party in March.
Among the student clubs are sports clubs for Kendo, Rugby Football, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Track & Field, and Tennis, all of which have members with skills of national standard, and culture clubs, which include E.S.S (English Speaking Society), three volunteer clubs: Anchor Club, Kataguruma (Piggyback) and Shuwa (Sign Language), JONIKK (international exchange club), Calligraphy, Rock Music, Sounds, and others. Nearly 70% of the students belong to one or other of the clubs. The university has a special overseas students support society which supports students from overseas financially, and a sports clubs support society which financially supports students who compete in regional and national competitions.
The university has a dormitory for girl students located within walking distance (10 minutes) from the university. Most of the overseas students stay here and enjoy international exchange. The university provides assistance for boys' accommodation.
Shigakukan university graduates are active in such various fields as public services, the teaching profession (English, Japanese, Social Studies, and Japanese language as a foreign language both at home and abroad), social and medical welfare, financial services, legal services, transport, mass media, and private companies.
Japanese companies which have employed overseas graduates from Shigakukan University include: Renesas (NEC), Kagoshima Park Hotel, Iwasaki Hotel Groups, Nansatsu Kanko (tourism) Co., Ltd.
Some graduates continue to study and research at law schools and post-graduate schools for psychology, literature, linguistics, etc.
The School of Clinical Psychology makes full use of the education and research provided by the Department of Clinical Psychology, which helps students to gain an understanding of human nature and learn practical skills in mental health care. The school has two affiliated centres: Psychological Counselling Centre and Child Development Support Centre, where the post-graduates can have practical training in such fields as counseling and psychotherapy and put what they have learned into practice.
Completing the two-year studies at the graduate school provides the route to qualify as a clinical psychologist. 51 have successfully acquired the qualification and work at hospitals, universities and other institutions.
The university provides a free lunch time extracurricular program called 'Eigo Dojo' every day, which is taught by all the instructors in charge of English education. The Dojo's purpose is to help students score over 650 on TOEIC exams and/or pass EIKEN (Test in Practical English Proficiency) Pre-Ist exams.
The highest scores taken so far by Dojo students are 845 and 810.
The university provides free extracurricular courses (every day after regular classes and during the summer, winter and spring holidays) for those who wish to acquire legal qualifications. The qualifications obtained by students are: judicial scrivener; administrative scrivener; registered real-estate broker; financial planner, etc. The number of students who obtained qualifications mentioned above is (as of April 2014) : judicial scrivener (2), administrative scrivener (7), registered real-estate broker (49), financial planner 2nd grade (3) and financial planner 3rd grade ( 21).
The Minor Course for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language in SU began in 1988. More than 30 graduates who completed this course, including overseas students, have taken Japanese language teacher jobs in Japanese language institutions in Japan and overseas.
Every full-time student in SU can take this course. This course curriculum is based upon the Required Educational Content in Training Japanese Language Teachers as a Foreign Language published by the Agency for Cultural Affairs in 2000.
The students who take this course gain credits (32+) and will receive SU certification when they graduate.
This certification is recognised when applying for a job as a professional teacher of the Japanese language as a foreign language in Japanese language schools approved by the Association for the Promotion of Japanese Language Education, and overseas Japanese language schools. Japanese students may teach university students the Japanese language as an intern at the University of Macau in China for one or two years.
This is our first English website, which gives you a glimpse of our university. Having moved the campus to the centre of Kagoshima City in 2011, building a new gym in 2014, and evolving new and interesting programmes of study, our university is continually developing. I hope this website will help overseas students to better understand our university.
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Shigakukan University welcomes students who are motivated, enthusiastic and forward-looking.
Affiliated Schools (all located in the City of Kagoshima)
Kamome Nursery School, Nadeshiko Primary School, Nadeshiko Nursery School
Shigakukan Junior and Senior High School
Kagoshima Women's Junior College (Department of Child Education, Department of Domestic Science, and Department of Liberal Arts)
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Total fees in
the first year
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Total fees in
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The following scholars are selected by the applicant's examination results in SU and others.
1-59-1 Murasakibaru, Kagoshima City 890-8504 Japan
Phone: +81-(0)99-812-8501 Fax: +81-(0)99-257-0308 URL: http://www.shigakukan.ac.jp
(As of 1 March 2014)