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About FSS

Objective
The FSS aims to develop those who are working in foreign service positions in Asia and beyond into high-level professionals with the ability to analyze, formulate, and implement foreign policies in their respective countries.

Overview
The FSS was established to accept mid-career students from abroad. Students in this sub-program can complete the master's program in the School of International and Public Policy, (IPP), Hitotsubashi University, by taking courses taught in English only. Students enter the sub-program in mid-September and are expected to complete their studies in two years. For details, please refer to the FSS Guidelines for Course Registration and the list of courses offered in 2016-2017.

Features
Flexibility: The academic interests of FSS students are diverse, reflecting differences in policy priorities across the countries of origin. In comparison to other students in the Global Governance Program, FSS students enjoy more flexibility in curriculum requirements, although the number of credits required for graduation remains the same.
Small classes: Most of the classes are offered in a small group, and emphasize discussions and presentations over lectures. It makes it possible for students to have candid and thorough discussions. It helps instructors well grasp needs of each student.
Action oriented: The courses in the FSS also emphasize group works. These courses help the students acquire sense of team work, importance of communication, and true friendships. These qualities are essential to establish good working relationships.

Core Faculty Members
Please visit here for the list of the core faculty members for the FSS. The FSS students can also attend courses offered by other IPP faculty members to fulfill their graduation requirements.

Facilities and Accommodation
Access to the University Library, IPP PC Room, IPP Reference Room, and Health Center, among other facilities, is available to FSS students. Further, FSS students are eligible to apply for housing in the International House (dormitory). However, acceptance is subject to availability and a drawing.


Program

Academic Schedule of the Foreign Service Sub-program

Date
Events
Late September Academic guidance for new students
October 1 Winter semester begins
December 27-January4 Winter vacation
Early February (1 week) Winter semester final examinations
Mid February (1 week) Intensive courses
Mid February- March 31 Spring vacation
April 1 Summer semester begins
Late July 1st (Summer) semester final examinations
Mid July Deadline for submission of graduation theses
Early August (1 week) Intensive courses
Early August Oral examination for theses
Mid August -September 30 Summer vacation
September Graduation ceremony


Guidelines for Course Registration

[Requirements for graduation]
The requirements for graduating from IPP are attendance for two or more years and completion of at least 44 credits.

[Semesters]
The semesters of IPP are the winter semester from October 1 to March 31 (including intensive courses) and the summer semester from April 1 to September 30 (including internship and intensive courses held in the summer).

[Curricula]
Curricula and credits provided for the IPP are described in the appendix.

[How to register for courses]
Students should meet with the academic advisor in charge of the applicable program and choose courses according to his/her advice.

A. In accordance with registration requirements, there are two types of subjects in the Global Governance (GG) program: compulsory subjects and elective subjects.
  1. (1) Students are required to complete the designated "compulsory subjects" (i.e., subjects that everyone must complete in order to graduate).
  2. (2) Students should successfully complete 10 credits in compulsory subjects and more than 34 credits in elective subjects for a total of 44 credits.

B. In accordance with the course objectives, subjects are divided into five groups, as shown below:
  1. 1. Basic subjects: Through the basic subjects, students will be able to obtain a clearer image of the current situations in international politics and international relations.
  2. 2. Core subjects: These subjects relate to essential policy issues, impart knowledge, and provide students with practice in the technique for thinking critically about specialized issues.
  3. 3. Applied subjects: Students will learn how to apply the knowledge that they have learned and will become familiar with complex aspects of current issues in international relations.
  4. 4. Case studies: These subjects are designed to develop the ability to analyze and evaluate actual cases.
  5. 5. Workshops: Subjects of workshops will promote effective communication skills that students need when working in real world situations.

C. Students may take subjects offered by the other two Kunitachi programs in IPP at Hitotsubashi University (excluding seminars) as elective subjects for up to four credits, and they may also take the subjects offered by other graduate schools at Hitotsubashi University as elective subjects for up to eight credits. The subjects may be substituted for elective subjects and included in the credit requirements for graduation. Students may choose subjects for graduate courses from the Hitotsubashi University Global Education Program (HGP). Refer to the URL at here

D. Special Seminar for Research Paper Writing
1. With the approval of the academic advisor, students may take the Special Seminar for Research Paper Writing (four credits) in the second year. Students who take this special seminar should submit a research paper.
2. The credits for this special seminar are not considered as credits required for graduation.

Course Registration

(1) Notification of course registration
Students should notify the school of the subjects they plan to take within the designated period. They may cancel subjects by the end of November for the winter semester or by the end of May for the summer semester.

(2) Credits limit
The upper limit for the number of credits a student may take in a year is 36. However, this limit does not apply if the dean approves more credits as necessary for academic reasons.

(3) Restrictions on duplicate registration
Students may not register twice for the same subject given by the same lecturer (excluding internships).

[Grade assessment]
(1) Grades are strictly assessed for each subject based on a student's performance on the examination at the end of the term, attendance, overall class contribution scores, and other factors. Grades for assessment are listed below; students with a C or higher are regarded as successful (except for Public Policy in Asia):
A+ (Distinguished)
A (Excellent)
B (Good)
C (Satisfactory)
F (Fail)

(2) In general, the total number of grade A+ and A designations given to students should be one-third or less than that of all As, Bs, and Cs combined. The total number of grade A+ designations given to students should be one-third or less than that of all combined A+ and A designations. However, this guideline does not apply to classes with 10 students or less.

(3) For the Public Policy in Asia course, P (Pass) or NP (Non-pass) designations are given for assessment.

[Judgment on completion and awarding of degrees]
Students who have been enrolled for two years or more and who have taken the prescribed number of credits are recognized as having completed the program. A master's degree in International and Administrative Policy will be awarded to a student who has successfully completed the GG program.

[Course evaluation questionnaires]
To contribute to the development of education offered by the IPP, course evaluation questionnaires are given to students at the end of each semester.


Hitotsubashi University Global Education Program (HGP)

The Hitotsubashi University Global Education Program (HGP) provides a variety of courses conducted in English. Moreover, FSS students can attend any of the courses offered by the HGP. However, please note that they can count only the credits from "graduate level courses" in the HGP to fulfill the FSS requirements for graduation. For more information, visit here.


[Appendix]

IPP Course Offerings and Number of Credits

*Types of subjects:
Basic,Core,Applied (Appl.), Case Studies (C.S.),Workshop (WS)

Course Title
Credits
Semester
Type
Notes
History of International Order
2
Winter
Basic
 
History of Cold War
2
N/A
Basic
 
Global Governance Theory
2
Winter
Basic
 
Presentation for English Interaction
2
Winter
Basic
 
English Writing for Researchers
2
Summer
Basic
 
International Security Policy
2
Summer
Core
Compulsory
US-Japan Security Relations since 1945
2
N/A
Core
 
International Political Economy I
2
Winter
Core
 
International Political Economy II
2
N/A
Core
Intensive course
UN and NGOs
2
N/A
Core
 
Regional Studies I
2
Smuuer
Core
Intensive course
Regional Studies II
2
N/A
Core
 
Human Security I
2
Winter
Core
 
Human Security II
2
Summer
Core Intensive course
Community Interests and International Law I
2
N/A
Appl.
 
Community Interests and International Law II
2
Winter
Appl.
U.S. Foreign Policy and East Asia since World War II
2
N/A
Appl.
 
Gender and International Relations
2
N/A
Appl.
 
International Political Economy of Asia-Pacific
2
Summer
Appl.
 
Peace Studies
2
N/A
Appl.
 
New Approaches to International Law and Relations I
2
N/A
Appl.
 
New Approaches to International Law and Relations II
2
N/A
Appl.
Intensive course
Public Policy in Asia
2
Summer
Appl.
 
Contemporary Public Policy I
2
Winter
Appl.
Intensive course
Contemporary Public Policy II
2
Winter
Appl.
Intensive course
Contemporary Public Policy III
2
N/A
Appl.
Intensive course
Contemporary Public Policy IV
2
N/A
Appl.
 
Japan's Foreign Policy Making I
2
Winter
C.S
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Japan's Foreign Policy Making II
2
N/A
C.S
 
Japan-Europe Relations
2
N/A
C.S
 
Special Seminar Ⅲ(International Nuclear LAW)
2
N/A
C.S
Intensive course
Policy Communication I(Basic)
2
N/A
WS
 
Policy Communication II(Basic)
2
N/A
WS
 
Policy Communication III(Advanced)
2
N/A
WS
 
Policy Communication IV(Advanced)
2
N/A
WS
 
Global Governance Seminar I
2
Winter
WS
Compulsory
Global Governance Seminar II
2
N/A
WS
Compulsory
Global Governance Seminar III
2
N/A
WS
Compulsory
Global Governance Seminar IV
2
Summer
WS
Compulsory
Special Seminar for Research Paper Writing (GG)
4
All-year
(2nd year)
WS
Not counted toward graduation

* Please check up an updated schedule. The schedule is subject to change and some courses not listed here may start in the middle of a semester.
* Courses of Summer Semester 2017 will be announced later.

Admissions


Admission

The FSS announces its application guidelines annually in December for enrollment in September of the next year. Applicants should read the guidelines carefully, pay the application fee, and submit the application documents to the IPP office via mail during the application period set for each year. The application period for 2016 admission was from March 30 to April 5, 2016.
The application guidelines for enrollment in September 2017 will be available on this page in early December 2016. You can download the guidelines for submission in September 2016 for reference.

Application Guideline for Enrollment in 2016
- Application Guideline
- Application Form
- Application Fee: Payment Procedure

Selection of program candidates will be made based on the application documents submitted. In the selection process, we will take into consideration not only the expertise of the applicants but also their ability to detect problems accurately, analyze data skillfully, think theoretically, and write well-informed and thoughtful reports and documents.


Scholarship

Applicants for the FSS from the following countries may be eligible to apply for the JDS offered by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA): Bangladesh, Cambodia, Kyrgyz Republic, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam. Note that JDS's partner university is subject to change every academic year. Please contact JICA for details.
Please note that applicants for the JDS should first apply for this scholarship before applying for the FSS. The application period for the JDS usually closes before the FSS's announcement of its Application Guidelines. For details, visit the JDS website.