Small-group Learning

The ideal form of learning is education suited to each and every student. Small-group classes will include a communication seminar, an intensive English program and seminars in each student’s major.

General education subjects (main required courses)

Communication seminar (1st year) Students across all faculties will be mixed in 15 classes, each with a maximum of 16 students, for learning fundamental skills required for university life (including communication skills in Japanese, thinking and reasoning skills, self-expression, and academic skills).
English (1st, 2nd years) The intensive English language program “English Program for Global Mobility” covers the four key language skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking) to give students a command of English and communication skills.
Features of English Program for Global Mobility Classes of about 25 students will be held four times per week (two times per week for 2nd year Faculty of Health and Human Development students in their 3rd and 4th quarter) for practical English language proficiency. Students will be provided with a well-balanced curriculum for acquiring a command of English and developing English communication skills.

Students will be required to achieve a minimum level of proficiency equivalent to a TOEIC 600 score by the end of their 2nd year, with courses focusing on English language skills aimed at achieving a high score. A placement test will also be conducted to assign students to classes with students of similar ability.
Zozan Course
(optional for 1st year students, Faculty of Health and Human Development students)
Named after the Edo era scholar Sakuma Zozan (Shozan), this course will consist of lectures by a series of guest speakers including managers of leading companies in Nagano Prefecture. The lectures will give students the opportunity to carefully consider their lifestyle and future aspirations.

Overseas Program

This short-term training program will give all 2nd year students the opportunity to study in their major while experiencing a foreign language.

Leicester, United Kingdom University of Leicester
Uppsala, Sweden Folkuniversitetet Uppsala
Helsinki, Finland Omnia vocational school, private nursery schools
Columbia, Missouri, United States of America University of Missouri,Columbia
Manila, Philippines Ateneo Language Learning Centre
Christchurch, New Zealand Lincoln University
Ara Institute of Canterbury
(Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology)

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Objectives and Features of the Overseas Program

Experience studying specialist fields More than simply studying language, the overseas programs are to build on the skills that students developed in their 1st year, motivate students for study beyond the 2nd year and expand their horizons.
Developing a global outlook and self-assurance The overseas programs aim to provide students with a better understanding of different cultures, English communication skills and self-assurance for facing problems by themselves, through experiencing cultural diversity, giving presentations in English, and interacting with local students. As all students will be required to participate in the overseas program, they will be able to discuss and share their individual success stories and experiences with other students who have experienced the same dormitory life and time overseas. This will benefit all students by giving them a sense independence as they also learn to cooperate with one another.
What students experience overseas
  • ・Lectures covering the basics of business at universities and other institutions
  • ・Company tours and workplace experience, lectures on health and dietary culture
  • ・Interaction with registered dieticians, nursery tours and practical experience with natural childcare methods

Dormitory life for all 1st year students

University Centers

The University of Nagano will provide a comprehensive range of assistance covering aspects including academic learning, international exchange, career planning, and student life. Various seminars will also be organized to contribute to the local community, including government-industry-academia collaboration, regional coordination and open lectures.