One-year study program in economics, management and Japanese language
in English (and optional courses in Japanese) at Otaru, Japan.
The YOUC Program is a one-year program taught in English, based on an agreement for credit transfer between Otaru University of Commerce and foreign academic institutions on four continents. The program offers an opportunity to study business and economics subjects related to Japan and Asia-Pacific. We also provide three levels of Japanese language instruction as well as other liberal art subjects. Most of the classes in the YOUC Program are small, typically numbering 20 or fewer students. Out high professor to student ratio in this undergraduate program provides MBA-like opportunities for classroom interaction.
Other Otaru University of Commerce classes taught in Japanese: Any student with sufficient skill in Japanese has the option to attend classes taught in Japanese.
The YOUC Program school year begins in late September and extends to the beginning of August the following year.
Fall semester: October 1 - Mid-February (optional elementary Japanese language head-starter begins in mid-September)
The Fall semester also includes a break beginning just before Christmas until about January 9.
Spring semester: April 1 - End of first week in August
Students are requested to remain until the graduation ceremony, second week in August.
Students who elect to participate in an internship usually remain until the end of August or beginning of September.
Fields of study
The YOUC Program is designed for economics majors, management majors, and business majors in their junior year, although sophomore and senior students may also enroll.
Completion of the YOUC program is based on successfully completing 30 credits, including 10 credits from core subjects. A certificate of completion will be issued to the students who fulfill YOUC program requirements. Japanese language classes can be counted as core subjects up to four credits. Students are expected to register for at least 10 hours of classes per week in each semester.
Proficiency in English, elementary knowledge of economics, business, and calculus are required to enroll in the YOUC Program. Some YOUC classes require the use of the internet and the World Wide Web. Students in the YOUC Program are expected to have well-developed computer skills and be able to use computers to write papers, search for research material, and prepare presentations.
With the exception of intermediate and advanced level Japanese language classes, all lectures are conducted in English and require English language proficiency (TOEFL score 550 is recommended). No prior knowledge of Japanese is required. Nevertheless, although the YOUC Program is not a program for language training, it provides a wonderful opportunity to acquire Japanese proficiency.
Credits for YOUC Program classes are transferable to partner universities based on the university to university agreement. Credits can also be transferred via the UCTS (University Credit Transfer Scheme) as agreed by UMAP (University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific). Please consult the Study Abroad Program office in your university for details. The UCTS points of credits obtained at Otaru University of Commerce are as follows:
|Otaru University of Commerce||UCTS|
|1 credit||1.94 UTCS points|
|2 credits||3.87 UCTS points|
|4 credits||7.74 UCTS points|
|6 credits||11.61 UCTS points|
Arrival and orientation
New YOUC students must arrive in Otaru no later than September 26. Orientation for students will be held in September 29. Placement tests for Japanese courses and other necessary procedures will be conducted in late September.