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International Program

International Program is an educational program for students in the School of Design that started in 2021. The program aims to develop the stance, attitudes, and communication skills necessary to work independently in international society and to develop human resources with specialized design knowledge and skills and a sense of identity of their own country. By studying abroad or taking equivalent courses, students will learn approaches, methods, and ideas for design that do not exist in Japan to broaden their scope of design. 

Requirements for Program Completion
After enrolling in the international program, students who meet the following three conditions will be issued a certificate of completion. 

(1) Students must take the following four subjects:

– Intellectual Property Rights: Global Perspective(Year 2 Undergraduate Summer Term) 
– Global Design Innovation(Year 2 Undergraduate SummerTerm)
– Design Pitching Skills(Year 2 Undergraduate Autumn Term)
– Start-ups and Global Disruptors(Year 2 Undergraduate Winter Term)

(2) Study abroad (including short-term study abroad) and obtained 4 or more credits in subjects other than languages. 

(3) Must meet undergraduate graduation requirements. 

English Tests
Students must take the English test (TOEFL,IELTs,etc.) in their second year to prepare for study abroad.

Language proficiency levels vary from university to university. For more information, please refer to the list of “Student Exchange Programs – Faculty Level/Studying Abroad Information” or “University Student Exchange Agreements” on this website.

The four international program subjects offered in English and each subject provides 1 credit.

  • Intellectural Property Rights : Global Perspective(Year 2 Undergraduate Summer Term)
    Students will learn the basics of domestic and international intellectual property matters in a way that is useful in practice.
  • Global Design Innovation(Year 2 Undergraduate Summer Term)
    Through specific case studies of overseas social design, students will acquire the ability to participate in projects and propose solutions and prototypes to problems in English.
  • Design Pitching Skills(Year 2 Undergraduate Autumn Term)
    Students will learn presentation, communication and pitching skills to convey their ideas clearly in English.
  • Start-ups and Global Disruptors(Year 2 Undergraduate Winter Term)
    Through case studies and other exercises, students will learn the fundamental theories, knowledge, and methods needed to start up a business as an entrepreneur.

Study Abroad
Students must study abroad (including short-term study abroad) and obtained 4 or more credits in subjects other than languages. Alternatively, a minimum of four credits for participation in an international project conducted in Japan is a requirement for program completion.

Transdisciplinary Project
Upon returning to Japan, students are to participate in the Transdisciplinary Project A, and B offered in Year 3 and 4, and to share the knowledge and experiences that they have gained through studying abroad.

Registration for the International Program
If you are considering taking the International Program, we recommend that you attend a guidance session in the second semester of your first year or in the spring term of your second year to receive information on preparation for the program. A program briefing session will be held in the spring term of the second year, followed by the online application form for registration. Students will be selected at the beginning of the summer semester when the international program begins. 

The number of students enrolled in the International Program is limited to 10. If the number of applicants exceeds this number, a selection will be conducted. 

For more information about the International Program, please refer to the “International Program Guide” and “International Program Application Guide” below. 

International Office, Faculty of Design, Kyushu University
Kyushu University, Ohashi Campus, Administration Building, 3rd Floor
TEL: +81 92 553 4652
E-mail: intl-ofc[at]
Please replace “[at]” in the email address with “@”.