Center for International Education and Research (CIER)
The International Student Center was established by Oita University in May 2000 and it was formally recognized by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in April 2003. However, the Center has been reconstructed as the Center for International Education and Research since 1 April 2007.
The purpose of CIER is to promote the exchange activities of Oita University through the organization and provision of courses in the Japanese language and Japan-related subjects (which are given mainly in English). Exchanges are promoted between international and Japanese students not only on campus but also within the wider local community. In addition, information and advice is offered by the Center on course structures and living arrangements to both international students wishing to study in Japan and Japanese students intending to study abroad.
The Center also conducts researches on the Japanese language, Japanese studies, international exchanges and international education. Finally, at the Faculty level, it promotes academic activities such as international seminars and symposia between the Center and world partner universities.