SIUC in Niigata, Japan
In May 1988, Southern Illinois University Carbondale initiated an off-campus academic program in Nakajo, Niigata, Japan, underwritten by and in cooperation with the Municipality of Nakajo. The program offers one year of intensive English and two years of pre-major general education classes to Japanese and other students from the Pacific Rim. The courses are taught by SIUC instructional staff and by instructors approved by SIUC's academic departments. Students completing this program may matriculate to SIUC or other U.S. universities at the junior level. Transcripts and credits for the students are generated by SIUC. This program also offers a semester or academic year of study in Nakajo, emphasizing Japanese language and culture, to SIUC and other U.S. students.