Japanese Language as an Organizational Barrier for International Students to Access to University Services: A Case of Aoyama Gakuin University

  • Hiroyoshi Hiratsuka Aoyama Gakuin University, Japan
Keywords: International Student Services, Internationalization of Japanese Universities, Managing Diversity, Organizational Analysis

Abstract

In 2011, Aoyama Gakuin University (AGU) started a government-funded degree program (taught in English) to accept international students with limited or no Japanese language proficiency. However, the students faced obstacles in accessing all of the university resources provided. In this article, I investigated Japanese language as an organizational barrier for students accessing to campus resources. I utilized the case study methodology through participatory observation on campus and face-to-face interviews.

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Author Biography

Hiroyoshi Hiratsuka, Aoyama Gakuin University, Japan

HIROYOSHI HIRATSUKA is an assistant professor at Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo, Japan. Professor Hiratsuka focuses his studies on intercultural education, intercultural conflict resolution, and managing diversity in a context of global academic mobility. 

Published
2016-10-01
How to Cite
Hiratsuka, H. (2016). Japanese Language as an Organizational Barrier for International Students to Access to University Services: A Case of Aoyama Gakuin University. Journal of International Students, 6(4), 956-966. Retrieved from https://www.ojed.org/index.php/jis/article/view/328
Section
Research Articles