SIPEC Distinction

Foreign Language Education

Learning a foreign language is just the beginning. What’s important is what happens next.

Enhanced Foreign Language Education: Four Full Years of Intensive Classes

SIPEC seeks to improve international communication skills by developing foreign language instruction that aims to comprehensively develop students listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills through the use of topics such as international issues and current events.

Foreign language education at SIPEC consists of instruction in English and other foreign languages (French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, and Korean), and spans four years from matriculation to graduation. Students choose one foreign language other than English In addition to linguistic skills, students learn culture to develop expansive international perspectives that expands beyond the English-speaking world. The English-language education program focuses on oral communication topics, and most classes are conducted in English. All new students take exams (ITP, TOEFL practice tests) upon admission, and are placed in intensive classes according to their ability level. English instruction is divided into English communication, reading, and writing.

Establishment of the Global Studies Program (GSP) Teaching Specialized Subjects in English

As a pioneer in international education, SIPEC has returned to its origins by launching the Global Studies Program, a program taught primarily in English to offer many students the opportunity to fully demonstrate their abilities on a global stage.
This English-language program is a response to students’ desire to study specialized subjects related to international politics and economics in English. Beginning in the 2015 academic year and geared toward students who had matriculated in 2014 or later, the school currently has over 60 specialized English courses.
In this program, approximately half of SIPEC’s graduation requirements (over 66 of 132 credits) must be completed in specialized courses taught in English, leading to a flood of foreign exchange students and the expectation within the school of increased levels of international exchange.

Refined skills in English, specialized subjects, and communication are major advantages when applying to study abroad programs as well as when searching for employment. While not mandatory, this program seeks students who will dare to challenge themselves by applying. We await students’ bold ambitions to apply independently. The school is currently considering a system that would provide an advantage to program participants when applying to study abroad programs.