A Curriculum Blending the Humanities with Science
Cutting across the existing disciplines of the humanities, social sciences, and natural science, the curriculum will instill in students both humanities-based and scientific thinking, along with a diverse array of methodologies, and will feature learning based on practical challenges.
Collaborative Learning (PBL/TBL*)
The curriculum will incorporate collaborative learning in which students discuss themes in groups and learn by working in partnership with others, thereby cultivating a broad outlook, flexible thinking, and multifaceted insight that will enable students to look at things from a variety of angles.
* PBL: Problem-Based Learning; TBL: Team-Based Learning
Classes in English and Japanese
The curriculum will provide classes in both English and Japanese. In addition, intensive language courses that are tailored to each student’s proficiency level will be offered. Through this multilingual curriculum, students will be able to improve their language skills to a practical level.
Japanese Academic Courses(JACs)
Sharing Classes
Building classroom environments in which Japanese and international students study together and promoting active interaction between students, staff and faculty members will help to develop Kyushu University as a Global Hub Campus that generates synergistic and collaborative outcomes.
Learning beyond the Classroom
The classroom is not the only place you can learn. Our dormitory provides opportunities for international interaction, through which you can acquire multicultural perspectives. Fukuoka is also an excellent place to learn; the campus is situated in rich natural surroundings, and the city center provides exciting urban experiences. Also, our curriculum offers a chance to participate in internship programs where you can get firsthand experience at Japanese companies.
Lecture series
For our Lecture Series, we invite Japanese and international researchers, government officials and practitioners active in the field in question, and creators to talk about their experiences in order to broaden the horizons of our students. These guest lecturers active on the front lines of each field explain from both academic and practical perspectives what is actually happening in the world at present and how people are responding to those developments.
Lecture Series



Degree Project

A degree project is ISI’s equivalent of a graduation research project. Each and every student chooses an issue for themselves and uses various techniques to explore the roots of the problem and solutions to it.

Fourth-year undergraduate students are generally required to write a graduation thesis, but the deliverables of a degree project can include not only a thesis, but also copyrighted material, policy proposals, performances, a startup company, and social practice within the framework of a nongovernmental/nonprofit organization (and a report on such activities). Students are expected to undertake initiatives of a kind that could only be achieved because of ISI’s unique nature and which would not be possible at a conventional undergraduate school.

Solving the complex problems of modern society requires students to demonstrate interdisciplinary problem-solving skills, which involve mobilizing all the skills acquired during their university career to date, namely creative task-framing skills, practical teamwork skills, and international communication skills. As the degree project is a subject designed to put these skills into practice, one could describe it as a subject that assumes the shape of each student’s efforts over their four years at ISI.

Another distinctive feature of this subject is the multi-supervisor system, in which faculty members with expertise in a variety of fields provide supervision. Not only do faculty members provide advice concerning the issue being tackled by each student from their own specialist viewpoints, but also the principal supervisor works with the sub-supervisors to explore interdisciplinary approaches. As such, students cooperate with faculty members to solve the issues being tackled.

The degree project has three stages: Degree Project 1 (DP1), Degree Project 2 (DP2), and Degree Project 3 (DP3). Accordingly, students steadily progress step by step to reach their goals.

DP1 is undertaken during the third year, with students working with their principal supervisor and sub-supervisors to identify an issue and draw up a research plan. DP2 is undertaken during the fourth year and involves writing academic papers, conducting experiments, and producing material in accordance with the plan. DP3 involves presenting the outcomes, with the presentation given in English.

We want students to go beyond the boundaries of conventional disciplines and think about demonstrating the distinctive features of ISI with unique output based on unfettered thought.


All graduates’ impressive skill-sets are highly sought after by employers and you will have a very wide choice of careers. This is important because it means you can confidently choose the course you really love, not the one which you think will give you the best career prospects.

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