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2021.09.15

【イベントレポート】英語学位プログラムや海外大学を完全解剖!現役生の語る大学生活のすべて(国内大学 文系)

本記事はEDUBAL夏祭り企画第2弾「英語学位プログラムや海外大学を完全解剖!現役生の語る大学生活のすべて」のイベントレポートです。2日目に開催された国内大学(文系)座談会にてご説明した内容についてレポートします。各大学の現役大学生による学生生活の話や、Q&Aセッションの様子も掲載します。

Unviersities attended

Political Science and Economics

  • 早稲田大学 政治経済学部(EDESSA)
  • 慶應義塾大学 経済学部(PEARL)

Liberal Arts Education and other fields of research

  • 早稲田大学 国際教養学部(SILS)
  • 国際基督教大学(ICU)
  • 慶應義塾大学 総合政策学部(GIGA)

 

Life as a Student at Each Univeristy

Waseda University EDESSA
Why EDESSA
  • only English-degree program in Japan for Politics and Economics
  • later specialisation of your major
  • guest lectures by Waseda alumni or other experts
  • diverse community – can still enjoy Japanese univeristy culture
Personal Thoughts on EDESSA
  • top faculty in waseda university
  • clean building and facility
  • having an option of exchange program
  • can take some classes from other disciplines
  • classes from other disciplines may be limited to take

 

Keio Unviersity PEARL
Why PEARL
  • One of the most prestigious Economics programs in Japan
  • high quality English degree course
  • study in a diverse environment
Personal Thoughts on PEARL
  • connection with other students from non-English program
  • esay acess from the station
  • beautiful dorms
  • small class size

 

Keio University SFC
Why GIGA
  • carry out my own research
  • study different subjects outside of my interest
  • no japanese class requirement
Personal Thoughts on GIGA
  • open-research with graduate students
  • flexible curriculum
  • surrounded by nature
  • access to the latest technology and variety od resources
  • courses may be challenging with courseworks and assignments
  • may not be able to take courses you like since you may have to submit the essay aboutwhy you want to take the course
  • difficult to participate in club activities held outside of SFC
  • incovenient access from the station

 

Waseda University SILS
Why SILS
  • Study in a global environment
  • Maintain your mother tongue (English) and learn new languages
  • Want to have a major while taking a range of different classes
  • Want to take courses where your efforts will be rewarded
Personal Thoughts on SILS
  • Small classes (20-30)
  • Liberal Arts education
  • International environment
  • Large campus and resources
  • Majority of the classes are larger than you think
  • Japanese and international students have little interaction
  • Focused mostly on economics and international relations
  • Introductory classes are very demanding

 

International Christian University
Why ICU
  • Unsure what to major in university
  • Like to learn from multiple disciplines
  • High quality English program in Japan
Personal Thoughts on ICU
  • Prestigious liberal arts program
  • International environment
  • Small classes with multiple group discussions and presentations
  • Located far from other universities
  • Buildings are old compared to other universities
  • It is a Japanese university and does not provide a full English program (Must take some lectures in Japanese)

 

Q&A

EDESSA, PEARL and GIGA

Q1) Did you need to submit your TOEFL score?
EDESSA No, it wasn’t required but I did take one and submitted it just in case.
PEARL I took one and my score was 91.I took one and my score was 91 though my friends seem to have scores higher than me.
GIGA Yes, I scored around 110. It was said to submit either TOEFL or IELTS. My friends scored between 95 and 100.
Q2) During Covid-19 period, was the classes mostly online?
EDESSA For me, it was mostly online. But the facilities at my department have been renovated to make more classes face-to-face.
PEARL Since many PEARL students were still outside of Japan, classes were mainly online. In my case, my seminar and some classes from other disciplines were face-to-face.
GIGA A lot of students were still overseas and the campus access was not great forcing students to travel far, classes were mainly online.
Q3) How many people move on to graduate school?
EDESSA Not answered during the session. *1
PEARL I’m not sure but I feel like many choose to take a job. *2
GIGA Continuing to masters is quite familiar for GIGA students because SFC is next to the graduate school and students have seminars with grafuate students.*3

*1 27% of the 2019 students continue to study after graduation of EDESSA (sited from Waseda Univeristy webpage: https://www.waseda.jp/fpse/pse/en/applicants/career/).

*2 Keio university has not issued an official statistics as the PEARL is a newly established program.

*3 25% of the 2021 graduates have reported to move on to schools in both Japan and foreign countries (sited from Keio university webpage: https://giga.sfc.keio.ac.jp/career-development/giga-program-graduates/).

 

SILS and ICU

Q1) What is the average score for IB/SAT/TOEFL? *4
SILS
  • IB: 36-37/42
  • SAT: 1300-1400
  • TOEFL: N/A
ICU
  • IB: 34
  • SAT: 1332
  • TOEFL: 101
Q2) How many people move on to graduate school? *5
SILS About 10% go on to graduate school.
ICU About 20% move on to graduate school.
Q3) Which industry do the students work in?
SILS The common industries include Information and communications, banking and insurance, manufacturing industries.
ICU The graduates find employment in wide range of industries, particulary with global companies; The top three industries are information and communications, scientific research, manufacturing industries.

*4 Data taken from the offical website of the university.
(SILS: https://www.waseda.jp/fire/sils/en/applicants/data/)
(ICU: https://www.icu.ac.jp/en/admissions/undergraduate/faq/)

*5 Data taken from the offical website of the university.
(SILS: https://www.waseda.jp/fire/sils/en/students/support/career/#anc_5)
(ICU: https://www.icu.ac.jp/en/campuslife/career/index.html)

 

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