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USD Direct in Otaru, Japan
The YOUC program (Year at Otaru University of Commerce) is a specially-designed program for international students to pursue business and Japanese language and cultural courses in English. The program is intended primarily for upper-class business students as the majority of courses, including Japanese Companies in Global Business, Marketing Strategy in Asia and Pacific, and International Economics Seminar will be upper-division courses. Students also have the option of pursuing Japanese language and culture courses as well as exercise and sports classes.
All lectures are conducted in English and no prior knowledge of Japanese is required. Even though the YOUC Program is not a program for language training, it provides a good opportunity to acquire Japanese proficiency.
In order to complete the YOUC program, students must register and earn 30 credits in total including 10 credits from core subjects in a year. A certificate of completion will be issued to students who fulfill the above requirement. Japanese classes can be counted as core subjects up to four credits.
Students can choose to live in a single or a double room in the International House located 10 minutes from the university campus. USD students will be living with the other international students who are participating in the program; these students come from a variety of different countries, including Germany, Iceland, China, France, Spain, New Zealand, Australia, and Vietnam. The rooms within the International House come equipped with a kitchen and bathroom. Students have access to local grocery stores and inexpensive student cafeterias; the university does not offer meal plans.
Otaru University is a USD Direct program, which means students will continue to pay USD tuition and fees. Students will continue to receive any federal financial aid (with the exception of federal work/study) and most USD scholarships (Coyote Commitment, Mickelson, Presidential-Alumni, SD Opportunity, and Ullyot).
In the past, there have been two scholarships offered to qualified students interested in this program. These scholarships are intended to cover the tuition cost of this program; one scholarship comes from the Japanese government (JASSO) and the other is a matching scholarship from the USD Business School. These scholarships are not guaranteed every year.
USD students must complete the Study Abroad application before being nominated to Otaru University. Students will work in conjunction with overseas staff to coordinate their arrival in the Japan, course registration, and housing.