Today’s global society demands a multitude of skills: the ability to identify challenges and to think and act independently, as well as the logical thinking skills to successfully navigate issues arising among interested parties from diverse backgrounds. Perseverance is essential, even in challenging situations where results are hard to achieve.
Through group-work, the SI Programs train students to maximize the knowledge and skills acquired through their regular university classes. Take this invaluable opportunity, then, to join students from other countries, regions and family backgrounds at Waseda International Student House (WISH) and realize your true potential.
Please be aware that participation to SI Programs is compulsory for WISH residents. The programs are held at WISH from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday to Friday during term time. At the beginning of each semester, residents can select which day of the week they will attend based on their individual schedules.
SI Programs Fee: 20,000 yen/year (tax not included)
※The contents of SI Programs for academic year 2016 is subject to change.
Building a Bright Future
Social Intelligence (SI) Program is an eye-opening opportunity for us to learn about things we would not come across in our daily life. It contains a vast variety of topics such as global issues, world economy, and speeches by companies. These opportunities encourage us to deepen our understanding of the overall job hunting process.
What I have benefited from the SI program is a broadened view of the diverse views amongst people from different backgrounds. I was able to discuss various topics with people that I have never encountered before, regardless that we live in the same dorm. Wherefore, not only do we deepen our knowledge on issues about society, but we can also expand our personal network by interacting with a collection of individuals. There will be times when we face difficulties such as coming across the language barrier as there are people from all over the world. The solution to this issue is viewing this as a chance for us to enhance our communication skills. Studying is a must for every student. Therefore, I believe that through applying these skills we have obtained in the SI program, it helps us to refine our abilities on both academic and social aspects.
SI program also prepares us with the right attitude and mindset as we work on acting independently while we train our logical thinking skills. Through the SI program, we get to deepen our knowledge and exchange ideas and thoughts from different cultures. Therefore, it is significant for the residents of WISH to apply these experiences to make our future even brighter.
Participating in SI Programs is the bridge of my dreams.
Pictured at the Community Kitchen. (Pictured center)
The greatest attraction of SI Programs is that “To maximize my own possibility.” When I studied abroad in high school, I had bad experiences to discuss with students from different nationalities. I could not speak up my own opinion because I was caught up in the active emotion by other students. I could not express my opinion even when I was asked to do so. After this experience, I became to dislike discussion, but then I found SI Programs. In the SI Programs, I can learn not only the method of logical thinking taught by Japanese instructors, but also how to make an assertion in English taught by foreign instructors. In addition, international residents participating in the programs have different nationalities, and also Japanese residents have various backgrounds. To discuss with such residents is very stimulating experience for me. Through the SI Programs, I am able to find discussion interesting. Since I want to play an active role internationally in the future, participating in SI Programs is bridge of my dreams.
(School of Political Science and Economics, S.M.)
Attractive points of Career Seminar
Pictured with resident(Pictured left)
When it comes to SI programs, the most interesting program would be the career week visits. Different companies come in and ask the students to think about the problems that they face as a company. I think it is very important for students to experience this, because it can either direct them towards or deter them from certain career paths. As college students we are, for the most part, we do not one-hundred percent decide on what we want to do in the future. The more we experience in regards to professional work, the more we are able to focus on what we like. In addition, because the selection of companies is across a wide spectrum, each student is likely to be interested in at least one of the companies visiting. Also, because Career Seminar is separated from the normal weekly SI programs, you can have the opportunity to meet residents who normally attend the programs on a different day than you do.
(School of International Liberal Studies, V.T)
※Residents can select which day of the week they will attend based on their individual schedules.
SI Program participants who achieve outstanding results will be given the valuable opportunity to experience overseas business firsthand, something not possible through tourist travel. Aside from costs such as insurance, the University will fund these overseas ventures. Set your sights on receiving this award and fully apply the skills acquired through the SI Programs to expand your horizons.
Various excursions will also be widely available, including factory tours and work experience opportunities.