Toward a better society where global and local perspectives live in harmony with diversity

We live in an increasingly borderless world where people, goods, and information flow seamlessly across national borders,so it is crucial that we are able to comprehensively understand the “local” environment in which we live (Japan and Kyoto) and to communicate on a “global” level.
The Faculty of Global Culture at Kyoto Seika University has two departments: the Department of Humanities and the Department of Global Studies.Through fieldwork-based learning, the faculty provides an education that enables students to acquire practical skills that connect them  as individuals with the wider world around them.
Fields of study
Literature, History, Sociology, Cultural Anthropology, Japanese Culture Studies, Liberal Arts, Tourism Studies, International Relations, International Cultural Studies, Languages (English), and Languages (Foreign Language Other than English)

Course Highlights


In order to experience different cultures and gain new perspectives, students leave campus in their third year to carry out long-term research in the field.They decide on a research theme based on their own interests and concerns.
Their destinations are based on their research themes: the Department of Humanities deals with issues in Japan while the focus of the Department of Global Studies is often overseas.The Department of Global Studies also offers the Overseas Field Programs in the first year. Students participate in a short-term overseas study program (approximately two weeks) in an Asian country. This allows them to gain experience of studying overseas in preparation for the third year.

About the Faculty of Global Culture


  • TASAKA Umi Current Student

    I chose Kyoto Seika University because I was attracted by the atmosphere of freedom here.In high school, the rules were strict, and I felt suffocated, like I couldn’t really do what I wanted.That’s why having the freedom to be able to do what I wanted was such an important factor in choosing a university.
    I was particularly attracted to the fieldwork program, since students are given free rein to choose their own research locations and topics to explore.“This is exactly what I've been looking for!” I said to myself.I chose Vietnam and its food culture as my topic of research.I was the only student who chose to go to Vietnam. I found it quite tough until I’d actually made up my mind to go, but this decision has given me opportunities to take on all sorts of challenges that I would never have otherwise.
    My studies are wide-ranging, with topics including politics, religion, gender and international relations, which give me a multifaceted view of society.They led me to question things that up till now I’ve taken for granted.I conducted research in the field in Vietnam for a month. It was such a stimulating experience, exposing me to different cultures and giving me a flexible mindset.