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Kanda University of International Studies

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Kanda University of International Studies
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The Kanda University of International Studies is a private university in Makuhari, Chiba, Japan.[1]

History[change | change source]

Kanda Institute of Foreign Language (KIFL) was built in 1963 before Kanda University of International Studies (KUIS). After then, it was established in 1973 as fraternity school. Crosscultural Communication Institute was also transferred to KUIS at the same time. Language Teaching Institute was established in KUIS at one time.

Japanese Language Institute was set up in 1992. KUIS was chosen as Center of Excellence from Ministry of Education, Outline, Sports, Science and Technology in 1996.

Department of overseas student and Millennium House were established in 2000.

Department of International Communication was set up in 2001. In addition, Department of International Language and Culture was also established in the same time.

SACLA (Self-Access, Communication, Learner Autonomy) was built in 2002.

Buildings[change | change source]

Kanda University of International Studies has six buildings: Millennium House, cafeteria, and gym.

Building 6 (SACLA)[change | change source]

Building 6 is called SACLA. "SACLA" means "Self-Access, Communication, Learner Autonomy" and SACLA is divided into two departments. It has electronic devices like computers and printers that are used by the students.

Second floor is SALC. "SALC" means "Self-Access Leaning Center" and SALC has various materials. In TV and DVD Area, students can watch movies which they borrowed from SALC counter. There are also listening stations and speaking booths to help students to improve their listening and speaking skills. Speaking booths have recorders so students can record their speaking and check it by themselves. Listening stations offers students CDs that they can listen to improve their listening. There are some convenient rooms called Multi-Purpose Rooms. In these room, students can use computer and enjoy watching and listening CD's and DVD's.

English Language Institute Lounge (ELI Lounge) is available for use freely. It is a place where people can talk in English.

Building 7 (Library, MULC)[change | change source]

Building 7 has three stories and contains the library,"MULC", and cafe. The first floor is the library which contains over 160,000 books, including books written in English and other languages. It also deals in more than 400 academic journals, magazines,and newspapers from all over the world. Students can research books and materials easily by using computers. Those computers have search function and give users detailed information about where the book is in library, what genre the book is, and whether or not it may be borrowed. There are sofas and desks so students can study by themselves or read books. In the library, students can also use audio-cassettes and video-cassettes for classes and personal studies. Computer rooms are available for use computers and printer if the rooms has any vacancies.

The second floor is called "MULC". It stands for "Multilingual Communication Center". MULC has eight different booths: China, Spain, Korea, Brazil, Portugal, Vietnam, Indonesia, and International Area. Each booth is decorated with each countries' colors and these booths have some books and traditional clothes that is connected to the country's culture. Students can learn about the country by touching those things.

The third floor is cafe. Students can eat foods, and some dessert. Cafe has over 200 seats and those seats are composed of indoor and outdoor. When it's fine day, students can enjoy having foods with landscape on outdoor seat.

Millennium House[change | change source]

Millennium House is a multipurpose hall made in 2000. This hall offers students opportunities to take various workshops, for example,a lecture to learn how to act Japanese Drama, a lecture to learn how to play the shamisen: three-stringed Japanese instrument. This building is used by students to take place some concert. Jazz club and dance club sometimes do their event.

Department[change | change source]

Kanda University of International Studies has six departments. English department is the largest. The other departments are Chinese, Spanish, Korean, Language and Culture, and International Communication. All students in the department of English have to study other languages besides English. They chose at least one language as elective subject within twelve languages: Chinese, Spanish, Korean, French, German, Russia, Italy, Arabic, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Indonesian, and Thai.

Department of English set up "Interpretation and Translation course" in 2009. This course was made for students who aim to become a translator or an interpreter.

Events[change | change source]

There are many events in a year at KUIS. In May, the international friendship soccer tournament is held. Many foreign soccer teams come to KUIS to play soccer. In July, wafuku day is held at SALC. ELI teachers and students wear yukata. In October, the English conversation for children is held. Many children come to KUIS to learn English. Moreover, Halloween party is held. ELI teachers and students disguise. The contest of disguise is also held. There are many food like pizza, snacks and so on. In November, Hamakaze festival is held. There are many stalls outside. KUIS has many international departments, so there are national foods, national music lives, shows of national clothes and so on. In December, a Christmas party is held at SALC. A smorgasbord of food is served. ELI teachers and students enjoy playing games.

Other websites[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. Japanese Colleges and Universities. Maruzen Company. 1993.