Education Curriculum

International Program

International Program (for students taking the Five-year Integrated Course)

The Five-year Integrated Course offers a robust curriculum coupled with thorough guidance to equip doctoral students for a career in academia or industry on the world stage. For their coursework, students attend classes according to their particular requirements, and they are supported in their research projects by instructors and top-notch researchers. All students on the course get hired as research assistants, making them eligible to receive financial assistance.

1. General English Language Programs

Test of English for International Communication—Institutional Program (TOEIC IP) You must take the TOEIC IP in every January.
Learning content First- and second-year students take at least two of six elective modules (e.g., Professional Communication I & II) according to their requirements. Students in years 3 through 5 can choose to attend modules according to their requirements.
Self-study throughout the five years: Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) Students are welcome to use Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL), an online English language learning program that supports self-study. By using CALL in their free time, students can continuously brush up on their English.

2. International Bio-seminar (first- and second-year students) / International training III (third-, fourth- and fifth-year students)

This is a two-day intensive seminar that students attend along with visiting international academics who engage in cutting-edge research. The seminar offers an opportunity to learn and discuss the field of study in English, including the basics of that field and its specialized areas.

3. Bio Summer Camp (second-, third-, and fourth-year students) / Project management II (fourth-year students)

Every summer, students on the Five-year Integrated Course attend a camp at which they practice presenting and discussing research in English-an ability that will help them become globally fluent researchers.

4. Overseas Internship / Overseas English Training I or II (third-year students)

This is a one-month internship at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis), or an overseas language school.

5. Bio International Student Workshop / Seminar for International Workshop Planning (fourth-year students)

Students attend this workshop along with students from the US and China. Attendees present and discuss research in English and board in the same seminar house.

6. UCD Retreat / International Training (fourth-year students)

The two best performing attendees at the Summer Camp and Bio International Student Workshop (those who presented their research and handled questions the best) will earn a place being dispatched to the MCB Training Grant Retreat intended for graduate school students of the College of Biological Sciences of UC Davis.

7. UCD Online Seminar / International Training (third-, fourth-, and fifth-year students)

This is an online journal club series provided by connecting NAIST with UC Davis. Graduate students of both US and Japan attend the course remotely and read papers in turn.

8. Oral presentations at international conferences / International Training I (third-, fourth-, and fifth-year students)

Students who have delivered a presentation at one of the approved international conferences may be credited for International Training. This accreditation is intended to encourage students to hone their English-language presentation skills to enable them to communicate their research internationally. Students can apply for the accreditation by submitting the designated NAIST form.