The Toyama University of International Studies (TUINS) mission is to cultivate the spirit of co-existence and symbiosis along with students' intellect, with a sound mind in a sound body, and their personalities and potentials. In nurturing these facets of life, we aim to contribute to our local communities as well as the global society in the age of internationalization, digitalization of information, aging and falling birthrate, and the need for symbiosis with the natural environment.
The purpose of the exchange program with Toyama University of International Studies (TUINS) is to provide PSU students with a highly immersive study abroad opportunity. As TUINS does not offer any coursework taught in English, PSU students who choose this program will be taking all of their coursework in Japanese. This allows for a direct experience with the Japanese university environment. Additionally, PSU students will be able to enroll in Japanese language coursework. This program is ideal for a student who is prepared for a direct enroll experience within a Japanese university context, with limited support from English speaking staff or students. The ideal student will be pro-active and prepared for an intensive language and cultural learning environment.
At the Faculty of Contemporary Society Studies, one seventh of the student body are international students. Most of them are from Asian countries, but there will likely be a few other European students studying at TUINS. International students in their first year will live nearby campus in small, yet modest, apartments. The university is located in the southern edge of Toyama City, a somewhat more rural and isolated environment, so students should be prepared for quiet days and nights.
Because TUINS is a small private university, students will likely get to know the other students, staff, and faculty quite well. There may be opportunities for local community service or work options, depending on interest. Exchange students from the U.S. can work also as a tutor in the TUINS English major program to help Japanese students improve their English. Additionally, there may be an option to join in on a trip to famous places in Toyama (no costs), world heritage sites around Toyama, Kyoto and Osaka, and/or Fuji and Kamakura (a small cost of close to $200 will pay for this trip).
Students who choose to be engaged in the local university and community culture will find the environment to be ideal for an immersive stay in Japan. However, this will require the student to be quite pro-active and dedicated to creating such an experience.