Affiliate Programs

IARU Global Summer Program - The University of Tokyo, Japan

  • Summary

    The Global Summer Program (GSP) is an exciting learning experience that connects students from IARU universities with their peers from around the world. GSP participants have the unique opportunity to come together to explore and discuss critical issues in a global perspective that require multidisciplinary approaches.

    GSP courses are fun, but intense. Days are full as the classes are rigorous, requiring full-time commitment for the whole duration of the course.

    IARU universities include:

    The Australian National University
    National University of Singapore
    Peking University
    UC Berkeley
    University of Cambridge
    University of Cape Town
    University of Copenhagen
    University of Oxford
    The University of Tokyo
    Yale University

  • Eligibility

    TOK 1 - Introduction to the Japanese Language
    25 June 2018 – 6 July 2018
    Hosted by the University of Tokyo

    Bachelor students
    Master students
    PhD students
    All students are welcome to take the course as long as they understand that this course is aimed at total beginners.

    Prerequisites TOK1 is not a stand-alone course. Only available to those enrolled in one or more of the other courses (TOK 2/TOK3/TOK4).

    Also, this course is aimed at total beginners with no previous knowledge of the Japanese language. However, students are required to be able to read Hiragana before the course begins by using an e-learning website provided by the Center for Japanese Language Education at UTokyo. Students should study how to read Hiragana (the Japanese phonetic character system consisting of 46 characters) and numbers up to 100 before coming to Japan.

    TOK 2- Sustainable Urban Management
    25 June 2018 – 6 July 2018
    Hosted by the University of Tokyo

    Bachelor students
    Master students
    PhD students

    Primarily aimed at undergraduate students, although graduate students may apply on the understanding that the program is basically designed for undergraduates. Students from non-engineering fields are also welcome.

    TOK3 - Japan in Today’s World
    5 July 2018 – 13 July 2018
    Hosted by the University of Tokyo

    Bachelor students
    Master students
    Ph.D. students

    The course is open to any student who has a strong curiosity and the will to acquire new knowledge. This program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students who share strong curiosity in Japanese society. No specific background on Japan studies or political science is required, but participants must be prepared to complete assigned readings that are provided prior to the course.

    TOK 4 - Nanoscience 5
    July 2018 – 18 July 2018
    Hosted by the University of Tokyo

    Bachelor students
    Master students
    PhD students

  • Courses

    Course: TOK1 - Introduction to Japanese Language
    (2 July 2018 – 27 July 2018)

    The University of Tokyo provides an introductory course for those new to Japan which will both facilitate participation in Japanese society and introduce characteristics of the Japanese language such as the Japanese writing system, elementary grammar, and communication patterns. With the Japanese language learnt in these classes we hope our students will be able to experience a wider range of Japanese culture by themselves. To improve students' Japanese literacy, "practical" lessons, such as the use of dictionaries, will also be included in this course to enable students to continue their study of the language when they return to their home country. For more information on the course, please visit the course page on the IARU GSP website.

    Course: TOK2- Sustainable Urban Management
    (25 June 2018 – 6 July 2018)

    The course provides basic knowledge of civil engineering, architecture and urban engineering in the context of sustainable urban management. Planning and management are taught on the building, urban and national scale. A half day excursion related to the lectures will be organized for GSP students as part of the course. In the process of urban development in the 20th century characterized by urban expansion and redevelopment, a huge and advanced complex of urban structures was formed in the industrialized countries. However, with the conventional technologies focused on the construction of structures, it has become difficult to keep urban space adaptable to environmental constraints and economic, social and cultural changes; that is, those conventional technologies can no longer meet the social demands for upgrading social capital in a sustainable manner and regenerating attractive urban space not only safe and highly efficient but also conscious of historical, cultural and local identities to guarantee a high quality of life for all. Therefore, what is needed is to find a new approach that is able to reorganize the existing social capital and the technologies to implement it. That is neither a mere planning approach nor a mere engineering approach, but a comprehensive approach. For more information on the course, please visit the course page on the IARU GSP website.

    Course: TOK3- Japan in Today’s World
    (25 June 2018 – 6 July 2018)

    This course will give an overview of modern Japan with emphasis on the works of the political system, including political parties, civil service, elections, and foreign relations with China, US, Korea, as well as Japan’s role in international political economy.Along with those introductory classes, we will hold two workshops, one on Risk Management and another on Territorial Disputes and Nationalism, where participants are encouraged to make contributions in the discussion with invited specialists. There will be no field trips, but we expect the workshops to offer a different kind of excitement. For more information on the course, please visit the course page on the IARU GSP website.

    Course: PKU4: Silk Road: A Global History
    (5 July 2018 – 18 July 2018)

    This lecture series provides a general overview of nanoscience, which has grown very rapidly in the last few years. This course is comprised of three sub-courses of lectures (Biotechnology, Biomedicine and Nanobiotechnology and Nanotechnology). Each sub-course will include visits to active laboratories in the University of Tokyo. ; For more information on the course, please visit the course page on the IARU GSP website.