Programs Held During Summer Break 【for 2nd year or above】

Programs Held During Summer Break 【for 2nd year or above】

Learning Fields of Interest

French Studies Abroad (4 weeks)

Students enrolling in French Studies Abroad (FSA) will participate in a four-week program of studying French language offered to international students at the University of Toulouse II-Jean Jaurès, located in the southwest of France. Grades are given after a comprehensive assessment taking into account class attendance, evaluation by university faculty, Certificate of Test de connaissance du français (TCF), and a feedback report for ICU professor, and students may receive four credits for French Studies Abroad offered by ICU.

Upon arrival, a placement test for French language classes will be conducted and students will be divided into three to four levels. Students are placed in the classes suitable for their respective language skills together with participants from various countries. The program also includes extracurricular activities and field trips. At the end of the program, all the students take a TCF and the result is incorporated in the grade. During the program, the students also stay with local host families, giving them an opportunity to experience French culture and life.

Overseas Teaching Teaching Practicum in Japanese (3weeks)

Students prepare for teaching practicum outside Japan in a course held once a week in the spring semester and actually practice teaching those who are studying Japanese at a school in the vicinity of Melbourne for three weeks during summer vacation.

Leadership for Change Programme in South Africa (held irregularly)

"Leadership for Change Programme," a short-term program hosted by the University of the Free State (UFS) in South Africa, aims to improve diversity in globalization through nurturing of future campus leaders who promote exchange beyond race. The participants engage in fruitful intercultural exchanges and international experience through interactions with students of UFS and its partner universities.

Voice from Student

Leadership for Change Programme: Ms. Maki Nakamura

The program can be divided into three parts - "the lectures and discussions," "entertainment and cultural experiences such as ceremonies and outings"and "the hidden curriculum-like interactions and friendship with fellow students". The main theme of keynote lectures were "Leadership and Citizenship," "Complex Societies," "Global Identities," "Sustainable Development," and "Social Justice" We sat in the lecture hall and listened to lectures and passed around questions. Each topic had several days, and different lecturers talked about many different things.

The highlight of my stay was the friendship that I gained and the exposure I got to foreign college students. The cultural and societal ways of South Africa, the ways that UFS is trying to reform itself, and the enthusiasm of students - the ownership they have towards their learning, campus, and society - were simply eye-opening.

Lastly, I would end with saying that I would recommend this program to everybody. One must put a lot of effort in it, but if s/he does, it will become an irreplaceable experience. I believe these kinds of programs that are intended on exposing students to different ideas and allowing them to talk to each other, truly works when a golden balance between academia and entertainment are achieved. GLS2015 had that perfectly.