1st Edition

International Student Mobility in Japan Higher Education in the Era of the New Normal

Edited By Sachihiko Kondo, Yu Sengoku, Ryoko Nakano, Akito Okada Copyright 2025
    224 Pages 42 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In light of the COVID-19 crisis, this edited volume explores the changing landscape of International Student Education in Japanese universities and the impact on global student mobility.

    Through analysing a wide range of data, the book engages historical, cultural, linguistic, and pedagogical contexts relating to higher education in Japan. With a particular focus on Japanese tertiary education, the chapters provide comprehensive analysis from surveys and interviews conducted since 2020 amongst Japanese and non-Japanese Higher Education institutions (HEIs) on leadership styles, decision making behaviours and perspectives on higher education practices in Japan. The authors also examine the challenges and impact on student mobility and international student education, and present future directions for the internationalisation of higher education in post-pandemic Japan.

    This book will appeal to researchers, educators and anyone with an interest in higher education development, international student mobility and language learning.

    1. Internationalization, Hierarchization and Galapagos-ization of Japanese Higher Education

    Sachihiko Kondo

    2. History of studying abroad in Japanese universities (inbound and outbound)

    Akito Okada

    3. Internationalization at Home and Intercultural Collaborative Learning

    Kazuko Suematsu

    4.  The Post-2010s Transformation of Japanese Study Abroad: A Particular Focus on Outbound Programs

    Yusuke Sakurai

    5. Japanese Language Education for Short-Term Exchange Students: How it adopts the C.E.F.R.?

    Yuki Nabeshima

    6. Impacts of COVID-19 on higher education institutions in Japan

    Yukiko Ishikura

    7. How Japanese universities prepared to resume international educational exchanges during the Pandemic

    Yu Sengoku

    8. Study Abroad as Cultural Capital?

    Kaeko Chiba

    9. Survey of Inbound Students Waiting to Enter Japan: Exploring Students’ Voices

    Ryoko Nakano

    10.  Future of the International Student Education

    Sachihiko Kondo, Yu Sengoku, Ryoko Nakano


    Sachihiko Kondo is Professor at Osaka University Center for International Education and Exchange. He also serves as the president of JAISE, Japan Association for International Student Education.

    Yu Sengoku is Senior Assistant Professor at Shinshu University Center for Global Education and Collaboration, Japan.

    Ryoko Nakano is a lecturer at Tohoku University, Graduate School of Dentistry, Division for Globalization Initiative, Japan.

    Akito Okada is Professor at Graduate School of Global Studies, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Japan.