Japanese universities pioneer undergraduate course taught entirely in English

A new initiative that is being supported by the Japanese Government is aiming to bring 300,000 international students to Universities in Japan. The undergraduate programme called PEAK (Programmes in English at Komaba), is an undergraduate course taught entirely in English.

Since the end of last year, the University of Tokyo is offering two new undergraduate degrees with English as the medium. Students are able to select from the International Program on Japan in East Asia or the International Program on Environmental Sciences.

Tokyo University associate professor and deputy director of PEAK, Yujin Yaguchi said the varsity wanted to remove the language barrier so it could tap the pool of top talent in the world.

The idea behind the initiative is to advance the communication and academic skills appropriate and necessary for foreign and Japanese students to become global leaders.