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Departments and Courses at Beppu Mizobe Gakuen College Beppu Mizobe Gaken College has four departments under which exist various 2-year courses. Two of the departments, the Department of Contemporary Life Design and the Department of Food and Nutrition, have devised special courses for international students as described below. Come experience all that we have to offer you and invest in your future at Mizobe! Department of Contemporary Life Design: A fulfilling two year… [+] program with a content-rich curriculum combined with “hands on” experiences, and strong support from faculty as students work toward getting certified in their respective fields. Students are able to take classes that interest them from other course curriculums which makes it possible for them to obtain specialized information in their own course, but to also study a wide range of topics. Department of Food and Nutrition: This department aims to produce culinary professionals and nutritionists who are well schooled in specialized knowledge regarding nutrition, food and food preparation, and health. Students are able to obtain various certifications and skills that are beneficial when job hunting while they are enrolled without any extra costs beyond the designated tuition payments which is most likely related to why the employment rate of this department’s graduates exceed 90% each year. There is one “International Student Course” within this department. Department of Early Childhood EducationThis is a two-year training program for students whose goal is to become instructors at day care facilities or nursery schools. There are other certificates and licenses that students may obtain through their studies such as “Recreation Instructors” and “Peer Helpers.” Department of Certified Care WorkersThis department serves to foster certified care workers who are able to communicate smoothly with the elderly and handicapped and who possess the skills to provide housework and everyday life support while respecting individual rights. International Exchange and Activities for International Students Beppu Mizobe Gakuen College is a relatively small junior college, however, we are realizing the importance of expanding globally and relish the vibrancy that international students bring to our campus. Although international students may have difficulties at first with their Japanese studies and other academics, there is abundant support from faculty and staff that will aid in overcoming the initial challenges. Proficiency in Japanese is of course important, especially in terms of seeking employment in Japan. However, knowledge of Japanese culture and etiquette is just as important. Despite the rigor of the academics, Beppu Mizobe Gakuen College also wants international students to have fun and provides many activities and experiences that will allow them to observe and try their own hand at Japanese traditional arts such as flower arrangement, tea ceremony, dressing in kimono, Japanese cooking, and many others. There are field trips throughout the year, visits to Japanese elementary schools, participation in local festivals, involvement in volunteer work, and plenty of opportunities for exchange with local people. There are student run cultural clubs (Tea Ceremony Club, Chinese Cultural Club, etc.), sports clubs (Japanese archery, swimming, basketball, etc.), on campus that international students are welcome to join. Location The Beppu Mizobe Gakuen College campus is located in Kyushu, the southern-most island of the four islands that compose Japan. To be more specific, Beppu Mizobe Gakuen College is located in Beppu City in Oita Prefecture. Beppu City is a mid-size city of roughly 120,000 and is the neighboring city to Oita Prefecture’s capital city of Oita City. Beppu is known for its hot springs, roughly 2,700 springs in Beppu alone, and for its “hot spring tourism” that brings many people to this city each year to relax and enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings of the area. Many international students picture the larger cities of Tokyo or Osaka when they picture Japan in their minds, however, we pride ourselves in being able to offer students what those cities cannot – a glimpse at the “true” Japan. Kyushu is especially known for holding on to Japanese traditions and local flavor which can be harder to find in the urban centers of the country. Beppu’s safe environment and cheap living costs in addition to its location and proximity to other Asian countries, make it an ideal place for international students to begin their lives in Japan.