Kokusaika, kokusaijin and international programs: A pilot study

Niculina Nae & Soonhee Fraysse-Kim

The paper presents the results of an empirical study which examines the effectiveness of the international programs offered by Nagoya University of Commerce and Business (henceforth NUCB) against the background of a growing demand for globalization and internationalization in higher education. Currently NUCB offers five international programs. The present study aims at identifying the impact of these programs upon the participants’ general knowledge as well as upon their perception of themselves, their country, and foreigners or foreign countries. The study is based on a questionnaire administered before the participants’ departure and after their return. The questionnaire sheds light on the changes in the students’ knowledge and perception as a result of their international experience. Surprisingly, overall results indicate a renewed appreciation of Japan rather than an increased openness towards other countries and cultures.