How courses are conducted

Academic year and semesters

The academic year begins April 1 and ends March 31 of the following year. The academic year is divided into a first semester (April 1–September 30) and a second semester (October 1–March 31). Each semester consists of fifteen weeks of instruction.


One academic year
First semester Second semester
April 1 – September 30 October 1 – March 31

It should be noted that these schedules may change for subjects taught at specific schools due to circumstances affecting those schools only.

Terms

Because the duration of study is normally four years (six years for the Department of Medicine, School of Medicine), the period of study is eight semesters (twelve for the Department of Medicine, School of Medicine). Starting with the academic year a student enrolls in, academic years are labeled in the following manner.


It should be noted that Roman numerals are used to denote terms.

First year Second year Third year Fourth Year
First semester Second semester First semester Second semester First semester Second semester First semester Second semester
Terms Ⅰ Terms Ⅱ Terms Ⅲ Terms Ⅳ Terms Ⅴ Terms Ⅵ Terms Ⅶ Terms Ⅷ

Student-free days

Days on which classes are not held are called student-free days. Nagoya University student-free days are as follows.

Regular student-free days Single student-free days
  • Sundays
  • Saturdays
  • Public holidays stipulated in Japan's National Holidays Act
Periods of more than one student-free day
  • Summer vacation
  • Winter vacation
Special student-free day
  • Nagoya University Festival (Meidai-sai), etc.

Class times

At Nagoya University, classes normally continue for two hours (90 minutes of actual instruction). However, classes for some courses such as physics labs, chemistry labs, biology labs, and earth science labs are three hours long (135 minutes of actual instruction).


The time classes begin and end are given below. Classes are labeled in the following manner starting with the first class of the day. These times are fixed throughout the entire year. They apply to classes at all schools.


Three-hour classes (135 minutes of actual instruction) continue across two normal class times.

First period Second period Third period Fourth period Fifth period
8:45 a.m. –
10:15 a.m.
10:30 a.m. –
12:00 p.m. (noon)
1:00 p.m. –
2:30 p.m.
2:45 p.m. –
4:15 p.m.
4:30 p.m. –
6:00 p.m.

Class form (style) and unit type

In some cases both courses and open lectures are simply referred to as courses. Courses can be divided into the following types of classes according to the course format.


At Nagoya University a credit system is used to quantitatively indicate the amount of course work a student has completed. To complete a university curriculum program a student must earn a required number of credits in prescribed liberal arts and sciences courses and a required number of credits in courses prescribed by their university school. This is handled in accordance with the standards set by each school.

Class form (style) Content For classes held once per week, the number of credits per semester Course category
Lecture

Classes that mainly consist of lectures by instructor teaching the course.

2 hours (90 minutes of actual instruction) x 15 weeks 2.0 credits
  • Health and Sports Science: Lecture
  • Basic Courses in Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Basic Courses in Natural Sciences
    (excluding laboratory classes)
  • Liberal Education Courses in Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Liberal Education Courses in Natural Sciences
  • Liberal Education Courses in Interdisciplinary Fields
Seminar

Classes that a limited number of students can enroll in and that consist mainly of student-driven study.

2 hours (90 minutes of actual instruction) x 15 weeks 1.0, 1.5, or 2.0 credits*
  • First Year Seminar
  • Language and Culture
Practical training

Classes that principally involve students participating in hands-on practical activities, examining items or materials, or practicing techniques or special procedures.

2 hours (90 minutes of actual instruction) x 15 weeks 1.0 credits
  • Health and Sports Science: Practical Class
Laboratory

Classes comprising lab work or the like.

3 hours (135 minutes of actual instruction) x 15 weeks 1.5 credits
  • Laboratory in Physics
  • Laboratory in Chemistry
  • Laboratory in Biology
  • Laboratory in Earth Science

Grading standards

In the past, Nagoya University used a four-level evaluation system of "superior," "good," "passing," and "fail," but starting with students who entered in the 2011 academic year, the university has used a five-level system of S, A, B, C, and F. (S, A, B, and C are passing grades, while F is a failing grade.) However, courses for which the five-level grading system is deemed unsuitable are graded on a pass/fail basis.


The university has also introduced a using grade point average system (GPA) for undergraduate education.

  • GPA is calculated using the formula below.
    GPA =(4.3 × number of units completed (credits earned) with an S grade awarded) + (4 × number of units completed with an A grade) + (3 × number of units completed with a B grade) + (2 × number of units completed with a C grade)
    number of units completed with an S grade + number of units completed with an A grade + number of units completed with a B grade + number of units completed with a C grade + number of units completed with an F grade
  • Courses that students register for but do not attend are not included the GPA.
  • Courses graded on a pass/fail basis are not reflected in the GPA.
  • Credits for courses taken at another university and transferred to Nagoya University are not used in calculating GPA.
  • Optional courses that are graded using the five-level system but fall outside the graduation requirements are not reflected in the GPA.
  • If a student receives an F for a course, but retakes the course and earns either an S, A, B, C, or F, the F for the previously taken course will not be included in the GPA.
  • Grades are assigned at the end of each semester, and are reflected both in the semester GPA and cumulative GPA.
    • Semester GPA: GPA calculated using the grade points earned divided by the number of units the student completed and the number of units attempted for which the student received an F in during a particular semester.
    • Cumulative GPA: GPA calculated using the number of grade points the student has earned divided by the number units the student has completed plus the number of units the student has attempted for which an F grade was received since he or she enrolled in the university.

It is hoped that this system will increase all students’ awareness of the courses they are taking and support the student’s own efforts to learn.


Examinations and grading

It is important to be aware of the following points regarding examinations for liberal arts and sciences courses (excluding open courses).

  • Regular examinations are held at the end of the semester.
  • As a general rule, tests are written tests, but there are situations when a report, oral exam, experiment report, etc., is used in place of a written test.
  • Students must place their student ID on the desk when taking an examination.
  • Students are not allowed to enter the examination room if they are more than 20 minutes late.

    Students are permitted to leave the examination room 30 minutes or more after the start of the examination. However, students are not allowed to leave the examination room 5 minutes or less before the end of the examination.

    Students who leave the examination room should do so quietly so as not to disturb other students.

  • The examination time is determined by a standard electric clock or the proctor’s watch set to the standard electric clock.
  • Students must not cheat during examinations.

    If students are caught cheating, the dean of the school they study at will be notified by the Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Disciplinary measures, such as losing all credits for courses taken that semester, will be decided upon at the school’s faculty meeting based on the “Nagoya University Student Disciplinary Rules .”

  • Examinations for Open Courses follow the rules of individual departments, such as the Lecture Department.

Handling of classes and examinations with regard to natural disasters

In the event of a typhoon, earthquake, or other natural disaster or when a warning or notification has been issued, all classes and examinations (including regular, supplementary, and re-examinations: referred to below as ‘classes’) are handled as indicated below.


In the event a storm warning is issued for Nagoya City due to a typhoon

If a storm warning is issued for Nagoya City because of an approaching typhoon, classes scheduled to begin after the warning is issued are canceled. If the warning is subsequently lifted, classes are held as outlined in the table below.

Times when classes start after a storm warning has been lifted
Time when warning is lifted (after an official announcement of a return to safe conditions) Period when classes start
Before 6:45 am From first period
Between 6:45 am and 11:00 amFrom third period
Important information
  • If you are already at school when a strong wind warning is issued, return home before the situation becomes dangerous.
  • If you are on your way to school when a strong wind warning is issued, return home.
  • If you are in the middle of a class when a strong wind warning is issued, return home immediately after the class ends.

In the event of an earthquake

If an earthquake occurs during a class, stay calm, consider the scale of the earthquake and its effects, and consider your own safety first. If the university's Disaster Control Headquarters or the Institute of Liberal Arts < Sciences subsequently orders all faculty members to quickly halt classroom instruction and to proceed with secondary disaster prevention and evacuation measures, follow the instructions of the faculty member, and go to the designated evacuation area.

In the event a Tokai Earthquake Warning is issued

In the event a Tokai Earthquake Warning is issued

If a Tokai Earthquake Warning is issued while classes are in progress, the University Disaster Control Headquarters will order all faculty member teaching classes to immediately stop classes and evacuate in order to avoid damage and injuries. Follow the instructions of the faculty member and go to the designated evacuation area or return home. If you are on your way to class, return home. If you are still at home, stay home and wait for instructions.

When safety information is announced after a Tokai Earthquake Warning

Please note that, when an “All Safe” announcement has been issued because earthquake data has returned to normal, classes scheduled to begin after the “All Safe” announcement will be held as scheduled.

In the event a different disaster occurs or may occur

When it is expected that holding classes will be difficult for reasons other than those discussed above, the Institute of Liberal Arts < Sciences will decide whether or not to cancel classes. In such cases, notices on cancellations, etc. will be posted on the website and notice boards.

Rescheduling canceled classes or examinations

Announcements of rescheduling of classes canceled due to the above situations will be posted on bulletin boards.


Enacted February 6, 2018 Approved by the Institute of Liberal Arts & Sciences General Administration Council

Operating Policies for the Nagoya University Institute of Liberal Arts & Sciences Official Twitter Account

1. Purpose

In order to circulate information related to the Nagoya University Institute of Liberal Arts & Sciences (hereinafter referred to as “ILAS”), as well as information on events and other matters for freshman and sophomore students, we have obtained an official Twitter account below. We take as our purpose the prompt and accurate delivery of necessary information to those concerned by posting from the account.


2. Fundamental Operating Policies

The official Twitter account will be used solely for disseminating information from ILAS, therefore, we will not reply on the account in principle. If students, etc. have any questions for ILAS, they should come to the ILAS Administration Office as before in principle.


3. Intended Uses

To further expand and develop its liberal arts and sciences program in a manner appropriate for a university that stresses liberal arts and sciences education, the Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences began operating as a strong headquarters organization to oversee the administration of liberal arts and sciences education. The Institute is responsible for devising plans, overall planning, and conducting, and evaluating this educational program. Although the traditional committee format worked well as a means of inspecting and ensuring proper management of the general education program, it had only functioned as a coordinating body. The Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences was established as an independent organization to manage liberal arts and sciences education in order to improve and invigorate the program.


  1. Information to be posted
    1. Information on Liberal Arts & Sciences courses (class cancellations, etc.)
    2. Information on the handling of courses and final examinations in the event of a natural disaster
    3. Among highly needed information targeting freshman and sophomore students, those matters deemed as appropriate to circulate among students by the Director of the Institute of Liberal Arts & Sciences (hereinafter referred to as “the Director”)
  2. Response in the event of an emergency
  3. Beyond matters related to ILAS, any information received from the Risk Control Office shall be posted.
  4. Information not suitable for posting
  5. If an individual can be identified by the content of a post, such as one which calls upon students, such a post shall not be permitted in the name of safeguarding personal information.
  6. Account Operations Supervisor
  7. The Account Operations Supervisor shall be the Director, to be assisted by the Administrative Office of the Institute of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

4. Disclaimers

  1. While we are making every possible effort to ensure the accuracy of information posted by the official Twitter account, ILAS does not assume any responsibility for any actions carried out by users who make use of information on the official Twitter account.
  2. ILAS does not assume any responsibility for the replies, retweets, comments, etc. posted by users on the official Twitter account.
  3. ILAS does not assume any responsibility in the event that any trouble or disputes arise between users or users and third parties related to the official Twitter account.
  4. Copyrights associated with comments and other posts shall belong to the users who posted them, however, the users shall be deemed to have agreed to give ILAS the right of non-proprietary use of the contents of their posts worldwide without compensation, and moreover, and to have agreed to not exercise their copyrights, etc. against Nagoya University.

5. Deletion of User Posts

When user posts fall under any of the following items, they may be deleted without prior notice and blocking accounts or other action may be taken.

  1. Those which violate laws, etc., or are at risk of doing so
  2. Those which infringe upon the rights, or interests protected under law, of ILAS or third parties
  3. Harmful programs, etc.
  4. Those which alter contents posted by ILAS in part or in its entirety
  5. Those unrelated to the contents posted by ILAS
  6. Those in which users pose as other users or third parties
  7. Those which violate the privacy of others by specifying, disclosing, or otherwise leaking personal information without the consent of these individuals
  8. Those which discriminate in terms of human rights, views, beliefs, etc., or otherwise foster discrimination
  9. Those which slander specific individuals or groups, etc.
  10. Those which include obscenities or are otherwise inappropriate
  11. Those which contents are false or different from facts, as well as those which are merely rumors or otherwise encourage the spreading of rumors
  12. Those which take as their aim political or religious activities
  13. Those which take as their aim advertisement, publicity, solicitation, business or other profit-making activities
  14. Those which run contrary to public order or morality
  15. Those which ILAS otherwise deems inappropriate, as well as those which link to the information including any of the content mentioned above

6. Reproduction and Quotation

Reproduction or other use of the contents posted on the official Twitter account, except for personal use, quotation, etc. permitted under the Copyright Act, is prohibited, unless ILAS has given permission to do so. When quoting, the source of the content must be explicitly stated using the appropriate methods.


7. Circulation of the Operating Policies and Future Changes, etc.

The contents of these Operating Policies will be published on the ILAS website. Furthermore, these Operating Policies may be changed as necessary without prior notification.