Tackling Problems Facing Humanity through Learning and Thinking in English


The Faculty of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies (GIS) offers a liberal arts education for the 21st century, where the students acquire knowledge by studying the latest theories from an interdisciplinary standpoint. GIS students learn from over 200 specialist courses taught in English which cover 30 different fields, from humanities, to social sciences and business. Such cross-sectoral analysis and communication in English are essential tools for considering global challenges and important cultural phenomena. GIS is committed to nurturing the next generation of highly-skilled leaders who can add their voices to discussions in the global community. With this enhanced understanding and interdisciplinary viewpoint as a foundation, our graduates go on to utilize the knowledge and communication skills they developed at GIS at foreign-affiliated companies in Japan, companies with overseas operations, and world-class graduate schools.

What the Faculty of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies (GIS) Offers

Small classes in a global community

An average class size of just over 20 students, from a pool of GISinstructors and students from over 50 countries, means GISoffers an intimate yet diverse learning environment, entirely inEnglish. The interactive education style features discussions,presentations and exchanges designed to expand horizons andfoster critical thinking skills.

Supporting academic development

Structured assignment feedback plus academic support fromdedicated staff helps students fulfil their potential. GraduateSchool Application Support (GSAS) then aids continued study; GISgraduates have received postgraduate offers from prestigiousuniversities like Stanford University (USA), University of Oxford(UK), University of Chicago (USA) and University College London(UK).

A stepping stone to an international career

From working at global-minded Japanese companies to foreignaffiliatedorganizations, the liberal arts education at GIS is a provenfoundation for success in business. Students graduate with skillswhich translate from the classroom to the multinational arena.










In this video, the Dean of GIS, Professor Yu Niiya, provides a detailed explanation of the admission system and entrance exams for GIS.

Interested in learning more about GIS? In this introductory talk, Professor Diana Khor (founding member and former Dean of GIS) will present a detailed look at our pioneering faculty.

Introduction to GIS

Faculty of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies

Thinking Outside the Box through a World-standard Curriculum

GIS (Global and Interdisciplinary Studies) does not have any “general education” courses. Instead, students all take specialized courses to deepen interdisciplinary and cross-sectional knowledge centered on the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Management Sciences. Students can choose classes which suit their interests, making a schedule which suits them best. In the process, they develop the ability to express themselves freely, learning to think critically through engagement with a world-standard curriculum.


GIS(Global and Interdisciplinary Studies)には、「一般教養」と呼ばれる科目はありません。


Systematically study a variety of subjects classified into 100-400 levels

Develop basic skills necessary for global learning

Scholarships paid for all participants in our independent study abroad program OAS




Sample Classes


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