Global Studies Consortium

Hitotsubashi University : Institute for the Study of Global Issues

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Established 1996
Key features

Our program aims to be:

Number of faculty: 15

5 core faculty members

4 shared with another graduate program

6 visiting professors (1 full-time on a 6 or 12 month appointment), 5 part-time)

Backgrounds of faculty
  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Psychiatry
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Geography
  • Environmental science
  • Television production
  • Media studies
  • Astronomy


Degrees awarded
  • MA
  • PhD
Time to complete MA

Four semesters

Academic schedule

The academic year starts in April. The summer semester runs from April to late July, and the winter semester runs from October to January.

Students can enter program in:
  • April
Practical education is part of the curriculum.
Language(s) of instruction

Courses are taught in:

  • Japanese
  • English

Most courses are taught in Japanese. Japanese language tuition is available for students on Japanese government scholarships.


Global Studies Consortium meeting participation:
  • Santa Barbara 2007
  • Tokyo 2008
  • Leipzig 2009
  • Shanghai 2011
  • Moscow 2013
  • Roskilde 2014
  • Cairo 2015
  • Pittsburgh 2016

Contact details

Institute for the Study of Global Issues

Graduate School of Social Sciences

Hiotsubashi University

2-1 Naka, Kunitachi

Tokyo 186-8601 JAPAN

Program email address:
Yoshiko ASHIWA