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Connecting language, culture and nature to build a new type of intercultural communication studies for multicultural coexistence in local communities

Graduate School of Intercultural Communication
Graduate Program in Intercultural Communication

Research and Analysis in Terms of Communication

In this global community in which many cultures and languages coexist, communication between people with different cultural backgrounds is the key to humankind’s pursuit of peace and sustainability. This is our perspective at the Rikkyo University Graduate School of Intercultural Communication, where we are ever mindful of the heterogeneity of the many cultures of the world, and include the natural environment as a party in the consideration of how to coexist with one another. Our graduate school provides many different approaches for students to study intercultural communication, which represents a new system of knowledge that provides a framework for considering how to build and sustain a multiethnic, multicultural and multilingual coexistence.

To face the many real problems that exist in our increasingly complicated world, and to contribute to realizing true coexistence and sustainability, we must learn how to analyze and think across disciplines and translate those abstract concepts into action. Our graduate school is a place for students to learn how to make decisions and act independently based on interdisciplinary knowledge of intercultural communication.

We offer four fields of study: Language Communication, Interpreting and Translation Communication, Intercultural Communication, and Sustainability Communication.

Our goal is to create a new, sustainable future-oriented study of intercultural communication by having students combine various approaches in their research in these four fields of study.

New offerings in academic year 2016-17 include a system that allows fall enrollment as well as the conventional April enrollment in an effort to meet the needs of a wider range of students, and a TESOL-J Graduate Program in which students intensively acquire the knowledge and skills needed to work in English education in Japan.

Our Graduate School of Intercultural Communication continues to adapt day by day to retain its position as the Asian hub of intercultural communication studies. As globalization continues to progress, the achievement of multicultural coexistence is a critical issue both in Japan and the rest of the world. In this graduate school, students are sure to learn the theoretical and practical knowledge they need to make a difference in the world.

Ideal Graduates

People Who Contribute to a Sustainable Future through Graduate Research in Four Fields of Study

Intercultural communication as a means toward a sustainable future has only continued to grow more complex in recent years. Situations requiring multiple kinds of communication present themselves everywhere―in corporations, public institutions, educational institutions, media, society in general and local communities both inside and outside Japan. The aim of this Master’s Program is to cultivate advanced professionals―people who use their interdisciplinary knowledge of intercultural communication to make decisions and act independently to contribute in a variety of real-world situations. Each of the four fields of study we offer demands of students the ability to develop clinical (that is, practical) knowledge into theory, and to reconstruct the theory into knowledge that is practical and applicable. Therefore, the intent of our doctoral program is to cultivate researchers who take action―who develop new knowledge through their wealth of real-world experience as well as their abilities to analyze and think across disciplines and to view situations from many angles.

Graduate Program inEnrollment LimitDegree Specialization Field
Intercultural Communication Master’s Program 20 students Intercultural Communication Studies
Doctoral Program 5 students

*This information about the Graduate School of Intercultural Communication is current as of April 2015.
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Graduate School of Intercultural Communication

As globalization continues to progress, the need for multiple cultures and languages to coexist in future societies will increase. Each and every member of communities in those societies will need to work proactively toward peace for humankind and sustainable communities (and a sustainable world).

The Rikkyo University Graduate School of Intercultural Communication aims to cultivate people who can help create a sustainable world through communication with people whose cultural backgrounds differ from their own. This graduate school is ever mindful of the heterogeneity of the many cultures of the world, and include the natural environment as a party in the consideration of how to coexist with one another.

Our goal is to create a new, sustainable future-oriented study of intercultural communication by having students study a combination of the four fields of study we offer: Language Communication, Interpreting and Translation Communication, Intercultural Communication, and Sustainability Communication.

Intercultural communication as a means toward a sustainable future has only continued to grow more complex in recent years. Situations requiring multiple kinds of communication present themselves everywhere―in corporations, public institutions, educational institutions, media, society in general and local communities both inside and outside Japan. We emphasize the abilities to develop clinical (that is, practical) knowledge into theory and to reconstruct the theory into knowledge that is practical and applicable, and our goal is to cultivate advanced professionals―people who use their interdisciplinary knowledge of intercultural communication to make decisions and act independently to contribute in a variety of real-world situations. In sum, our graduate school is a place where students can acquire the skills they need to make meaningful contributions to society in the future.

We also offer a TESOL-J Program to develop better English language educators for the future: educators who can effectively teach English to Japanese people based on their understanding of how things work in Japanese classrooms as well as idiosyncracies of Japanese people and Japanese culture.

In addition, we offer a program for developing interpretation and translation professionals, and are pouring our efforts into developing interpreters and translators who can serve the needs of companies, groups, communities, hospitals, courts and others.

We sincerely expect that students who study in our Graduate School of Intercultural Communication will go on to contribute to the realization of multicultural coexistence and sustainable societies in a variety of social situations.

Dean, Graduate School of Intercultural Communication