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Orientation Program

The JISPA offers the Orientation Program (OP) to newly accepted scholars under the partnership track. The OP aims to ensure that scholars entering the JISPA are well prepared to commence their master’s programs in economics at the partnership universities and to adjust to life in Japan through intensive courses in English, math/computational skills, and Japanese. This program is held from mid-July to late-September (2.5 months), prior to commencing studies at the partnership universities. The OP is conducted at the International University of Japan (IUJ) in Niigata prefecture.

The OP comprises:

  1. a four-week course in academic English (reading, writing, listening, and oral communication skills) and writing tutorial sessions during the subsequent four weeks;
  2. a four-week course in mathematics for economics and introductory econometrics (including statistical software);
  3. a one-week course in introductory economics; and
  4. a one-week course in the Japanese language (including lectures on cross-cultural understanding and field visits).

All of JISPA incoming scholars are requested to participate in the OP. Scholars from countries where the official language is English are exempted from taking the English component, but are requested to participate in the remaining components of the OP.

In addition to the courses mentioned above, the IMF staff will offer lectures on the IMF to introduce its role and functions, as well as contributions made by the Japanese Government to the IMF. Some extracurricular activities are organized by the IUJ to facilitate interaction among the OP participants. The OP aims to develop leadership, organizational, and interpersonal skills through social and cross-cultural communication activities.

Message from the Scholar:

Mr. Sina KheavParticipating in the summer intensive Orientation Program (OP) in IUJ was a valuable opportunity, which allowed me to obtain a great deal of benefits for my master studies and experience for living in Japan.

One essential benefit is that the OP helped me build and strengthen my academic foundation in relation to English proficiency and computational skills such as Mathematics and Econometrics that I am heavily and usefully currently applying in my master courses. Furthermore, it offered me a good chance to make new friends, who are participants from other countries and Japan, with and from whom I shared and exchanged my culture, and learned about various cultures. More importantly, building and extending friendships and professional network with all the participants, professors, and my JISPA colleagues were a long-lasting asset and memory. Ultimately, attending the OP has helped me improve my academic and professional capacity, acquire new useful experience, and make new friends.

Mr. Sina Kheav
GRIPS 2014-2016
Ministry of Economy and Finance, Cambodia