Undergraduate education at Kyushu University

Subjects taught as part of the education offered on bachelor’s degree courses at University (in other words, education at undergraduate level), can be broadly divided into “KIKAN Education subjects” and “departmental education subjects.” KIKAN Education and departmental education exist within an organic relationship, to provide consistent education throughout the four years of undergraduate studies at the University (six years in the case of students in the Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, School of Dentistry, and Department of Clinical Pharmacy, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences). Departmental education is implemented by faculties and departments, with the intention of developing specialist knowledge, while KIKAN Education is intended to combine the function of the University as an integrated place of learning with the cooperation of teaching staff across all graduate faculties, research institutes, Centers for Common Education and Research, and Centers for Leading Scientific Research, etc.(Please see the information about KIKAN Education for further details).

Each undergraduate school and department decides which subjects should be studied, both in KIKAN Education and departmental education, and how many credits are awarded.

Up until 1993, students took general education courses (preliminary courses in the case of students in the Schools of Medicine or Dentistry) within the College of General Education, before moving onto specialist courses within their own undergraduate schools. Subsequent to the closure of the College of General Education, however, undergraduate education has been integrated into the current system, in order to ensure consistency.

Changes to educational courses