We entered into a sister-school relationship with Sangmyung University of Korea in 1989, and have been expanding and deepening our friendship and exchange ever since.
Students enrolled in the University's Japanese-Language Teachers' Course are dispatched under this program for a one-week visit to Sangmyung University in Korea, generally in October.
Every year, the University accepts students for about one week of exposure to Japan and Japanese people and language, and sends a number of students to Korea.
We signed a formal agreement on credit exchange and collection of tuition fees with Sangmyung University in February 1997, making student exchange possible, and now students are exchanged for one-year periods.
To improve English language capabilities and communication in keeping with our objectives of imbuing students with skills needed for international society, we signed a student exchange agreement with the Billings and Bozeman campuses of Montana State University in September 1997.
Montana State and Kumamoto Prefecture have already entered into a sister-state agreement. Our students are now able to experience living and studying in an English environment.
To assist students in learning practical English and deepening their understanding of other cultures, students are dispatched to Montana State University Billings Campus for about three weeks. In addition to English language, they also enjoy sightseeing, such as Yellowstone Park, and a homestay.
Student exchange is now possible with the Billings and Bozeman campuses of Montana State University, with credit and tuition fees exchange included.
Since 2002, a number of students from Bozeman Campus have visited PUK annually.
|Sangmyung University, Korea||2||0||1||1||0||2|
|Montana State University, USA||0||3||3||2||1||3|
Undergraduate students at PUK can apply for a year or nine-month study abroad program. This program allows the students to study abroad for a year or nine months and earn transferable credits either at a Korean university or at an American university. Students choosing a Korean university can have their tuition fees waived, according to our institutional agreements. Students intending to study at an American university are required to submit an official TOEFL® score of 525 or above.
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|Montana State University, USA||12||-||13||-||12||-|
PUK has accepted homestay study groups from sister schools in Korea and the U.S. PUK students can apply to be host families. Many PUK students have served as homestay hosts for overseas students and taken part in international exchanges at home.
|Sangmyung University, Korea||15||15||10||9||15||15|
|Montana State University, USA||9||14||12||16||8||7|
PUK has sent groups of students annually to participating institutions in Korea and the United States, particularly for the purpose of foreign language learning. The length of the program ranges from one week to three weeks. The students can learn foreign cultures and customs through homestay programs.
The university has exchange agreements with Korea Maritime and Ocean University, Walailak University (Thailand), Guangxi University (P.R.C), National Taipei University of Technology (Taiwan), Kainan University (Taiwan), and University of Seoul (Republic of Korea) enabling various education and research exchanges.
The Department of Japanese Language and Literature at PUK offers a program in which students aiming to become teachers of the Japanese language can carry out their teaching practice at Sangmyung University, Korea, Guangxi University, China, or Walailak University, Thailand. After graduation, the students are expected to become professional instructors of Japanese outside, as well as inside, of Japan. Through the teaching of Japanese, PUK has hence contributed to international exchanges with neighboring Asian countries.
PUK has accepted overseas students since 1988, from China, Korea, Brazil, Mongolia, and other countries. In each undergraduate, graduate, and research program, language classes such as Chinese and Korean have been taught by some overseas students. They have played an important role in our international exchange programs.
(figures for academic year 2011)
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|Republic of Korea||0||0||0||0||3||3|