Study Abroad in Yokohama City University
As the first port in Japan to open to the world in 1859, Yokohama is a place where the new and the old come together in harmony. While the city is at the cutting edge of technology, it also cherishes its many historic assets. It offers the dynamism and diversity of city life, but also havens of serenity with more quiet locales such as its traditional Japanese garden. In addition, Yokohama is dedicated to preserving urban green spaces and is a pioneer of citywide eco-friendly efforts.
YCU Global News
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- This year, we were unable to invite the lecturer to campus due to COVID-19; however, in commemoration of the 55th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Yokohama and Vancouver, Mr. Ian Burney, the Ambassador of Canada to Japan, delivered a lecture titled “From rocks and logs to AI: Canada-Japan trade relations in a turbulent global environment” on Zoom Webinar on December 16, 2020.
- On November 6th, the School of Medicine successfully held the first International Online Exchange event with Thammasat University. This is the first trial of this activity at the School of Medicine being solely online since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The 11th International Academic Consortium for Sustainable Cities (IACSC) International Symposium/General Assembly was held on November 14th, 2020, online and at Vietnam National University in Vietnam.
International Affairs Office
The International Affairs Office is international students’ first point of contact with YCU. It also provides study abroad opportunities to local students.
Global Cooperation Institute for Sustainable Cities
The Global Cooperation Institute for Sustainable Cities (GCI) was founded in 2011 within YCU for three purposes: (i) to promote the IACSC activities as its Secretariat, (ii) to enhance the cooperation among universities as well as city-to-city collaboration, and (iii) to contribute to nurturing students who can be competitive with leadership roles in the international arena. Students at YCU and other member universities participate in the IACSC activities and interact with each other actively in group work and field studies, where they acquire the abilities to express their opinions, lead discussions, and take necessary actions.
The following are links that you may find helpful in regards to planning your studies with YCU. For more information, please contact us at the International Affairs Office.
Exchange Student Profiles
Exchange Student, France
As an exchange student, I wanted to continue playing sports. I have been practicing judo since my childhood, and therefore, when I arrived at YCU, I immediately looked for the judo club. The Judo club members welcomed me, and they seemed to be very happy to share their activities with an exchange student. I could also explain how I learned judo in France. By joining the club, I could easily make friends. Furthermore, it became really interesting to improve my Japanese language skills. For those reasons, I recommend every exchange student to join a club or a circle.
Exchange Student, South Korea
In the Japanese language classes, we did not just learn Japanese, but also participated in activities such as making videos and presenting them to our Japanese peers, or reading and discussing current issues in Japan. Besides, the Japanese teachers are always ready to answer our questions, and teach us in detail, so we don’t have to worry about our Japanese language abilities.
Exchange Student, Austria
YCU offers a number of courses in English. Most of them are for Global and Asian Studies, but some courses in other subject areas can be found too. The university is relatively small in size, but this also brings advantages. Class sizes are small with a low student-teacher ratio. This also makes it easy to connect with Japanese students, which is also a great encouragement to learn some Japanese during the exchange.