Hiroshima University in Japan Department of Integrated Global Studies

Hiroshima University in Japan Department of Integrated Global Studies 写真:人物


Hiroshima University.

Hiroshima University is a national institution founded in 1949, incorporating many different institutions of higher education.
HU has been growing ever since; adding new schools, research institutes, and centers. Today it is counted among the national universities and consists of 12 schools and graduate schools, a research institute, research facilities, and affiliated hospitals.
HU was selected as one of the Top Global University Projects by Ministry of Education, Japan in 2014. HU is making steady progress as a global university,
taking on worldwide challenges and strengthening its global educational network by signing international exchange agreements with universities around the world and opening overseas bases at strategic locations.




Department of Integrated
Global Studies (IGS)

The Department of Integrated Global Studies (IGS) is Hiroshima University’s undergraduate program taught in English which provides a liberal arts and sciences curriculum. We develop a diverse approach to exploring and solving current global issues by utilizing an integrative perspective incorporating humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.



IGS Promotion Video


Message from
the IGS Department Head

Carolin Funck
IGS Department Head

“Everything that I thought was obvious or normal, wasnʼt really obvious or normal.” Thatʼs what Japan taught me when I came here as an exchange student from Germany many years ago. New discoveries in the world start from questioning your own beliefs and opinions. All of you who are curious about the world, why donʼt you come to IGS? Let us build the capacity to search for new ways of thinking, to connect with other people, to think in an integrative manner and to imagine the world together in order to start acting!


  • アイコン:吹き出し

    Full-time 4-year undergraduate English program, which leads to Bachelor of Arts and Sciences.

  • アイコン:地球儀

    Language competence: Students will be competent in English and Japanese.

  • アイコン:人物

    Interdisciplinary arts and sciences education: Students will have a wider perspective when solving problems related to global issues in society.

  • アイコン:人物

    Integrative perspectives and cooperative skills: Students will be able to think beyond nationality, region, religion, culture, and language.

  • アイコン:卒業帽子

    Careers after graduation: Students will be ready to work in Japan or abroad, or pursue academic careers at graduate schools.



Students will study in three fields: culture and tourism, peace and communication, environment and society.
IGS provides a liberal arts and sciences curriculum to develop a diverse approach to exploring and solving current global issues. Consequently, knowledge and skills learnt through the curriculum should guide students to the exploration of and possible solutions to issues that modern society is currently facing around the globe. To tackle these issues, all students will learn some basic natural sciences.



This is Elahe Nassr!

This is Elahe! I am a student in IGS and I am Iranian. I know that these days, many of you have been busy thinking about your future career and the right major to study. I want you to know I’ve also gone through this and I completely understand how you feel. But I also have to say that I’ve never been this satisfied before and I really do love my major. I truly believe that many of you want to make a change in our world, like me and my other IGS fellows. If you are interested in subjects such as cultural studies, human rights, peace building and environment, IGS is the best option for you.
One of many great advantages of IGS is that you can study a wide range of topics. I always thought that college life is going to be a very nice time in one’s life. But what I experienced in IGS was much greater and better than my expectations. And now I am so happy and grateful to be a part of it.
IGS is an international family. The atmosphere here is very supportive, friendly and warm. You can easily make great friendships with all other fellows and of course, staff members. So, I can assure you that you will feel like at home here, and you will find an awesomely kind family.
I really hope that you join our family one day. And I can’t wait to see you here. Let’s make great memories together! I know you all have many great goals and dreams, and I wish you the very best.

This is Mikael Kai!

My name is Mikael Kai, a pioneer student of School of Integrated Arts and Sciences, Department of Integrated Global Studies (also known as IGS). This course is the first ever undergraduate program taught in English at Hiroshima University. My dad is a Filipino while my mom is a Japanese, making me a Japinoy. I decided to enter IGS because 18 years of my life, I’ve been studying at the Philippines, and I think that it was time for me to explore the other half of myself.
It’s really different here in IGS. In your first year, you are free to choose your own subjects and manage your own class schedule. The degree is quite unique as well. It is not Bachelor of Arts nor Bachelor of Sciences, it’s Bachelor of Arts and Sciences. In your second year, you would choose from three different fields. You could check out more information about this at the website. Studying at a new country is a different experience as well. New culture, new food, and new kinds of fun. Of course, I’m sure that you’ll learn how to speak in Japanese at IGS! You will really learn a lot of new things when you are different.



This is Professor Kawamoto!

IGS is an undergraduate program taught in English. You don’t have to study Japanese before coming to Japan. In the classes, you will discuss and work together with students from many countries. Studying with students who have different backgrounds enables us to overcome differences in values, take an unbiased look at ourselves, understand diversity, and have flexible thinking. IGS students do internships and have an option to study abroad other than in classes. Through them, you can develop your interests to study fields at university and get a job after graduation.

IGS aims to develop students to have specialized knowledge and contribute to the global society. Curiosity and passion for learning are the keys to success!

This is Professor Taferner!

Welcome to IGS!

My name is Robert Taferner. Currently I am an Associate Professor teaching within the Integrated Global Studies Program.

Currently we are in the second year of IGS. As we are expanding our experiences through many challenging courses, study abroad and internship opportunities, the study of a third language, and the development of Academic Study Skills.

Our exciting new international Program offers students an excellent opportunity to study a variety of contemporary academic subjects in English. IGS is divided into 3 Fields of Study: Culture and Tourism, Peace and Communication, and Environment and Society.

My research is in the area of Peace and Communication. I research Intercultural Sensitivity (within the field of Pragmatics) as a means to facilitate peace between individuals as they engage in problem-solving activities, workplace interactions, and general communication within and between cultures.

Furthermore, I am very interested in Psycholinguistics. Within this field, I am consolidating the notion that when there are differences in first and second language pre-linguistic conceptualizations, learning the second language will be more difficult. This hypothesis is particularly interesting when applied to the learning and acquisition of spatial and temporal prepositions (e.g., in, on, and at) and adpositions of other languages throughout the world. I call this the Cross-linguistic Image Schema Differential (CISD) Hypothesis where image schemas and schematic integrations are investigated.

Other IGS Professors also offer a variety of stimulating topics for you to study in English. We hope you join us in expanding our global reach into the future at Hiroshima University.




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