Program Overview

What is the Discovery Program for Global Learners?

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The Discovery Program for Global Learners is a four-year undergraduate program that can be completed entirely in English. Alternatively, students with advanced Japanese proficiency have the option of taking courses in Japanese and even conducting their senior project in Japanese. Intensive Japanese language courses are also offered to help students adapt to life in Okayama.


The program offers courses from a wide range of disciplines, including social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences. Its open curriculum allows students to develop a personalized study program that combines courses from different disciplines and fits their individual academic interests and future goals.

Subjects you can study in English

Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Cultural Diversity & Communities
Transdisciplinary Sciences 

“Participating Faculties” where Discovery students can study in Japanese


Language training in Japanese and English

Japanese Language Program

The Department of Japanese Language at Okayama University offers seven levels of Japanese classes to help international students develop the language ability and skills they need. Students can select Japanese classes that suit their levels and goals. Discovery Program students who take coursework in Japanese and who wish to work in Japan may also take academic Japanese classes (academic Japanese, career Japanese) offered through the Discovery Program.

English Language Program

The Discovery Program offers English classes to help students develop the language ability and academic English skills needed to complete coursework in English. Students can receive advice on taking English classes that suit their levels. Discovery Program students may also take Advanced English classes offered through the Center for Liberal Arts and Language Education at Okayama University, subject to permission of the course instructors.