Post-program Paths

Take Your Career To A Higher Level With Japanese Language Program At Reitaku University

Seonhye Hwang, a graduate of Reitaku University Japanese Language Program, works all over Asia developing cutting-edge TV programs. She is an international television producer who has over 100 documentary titles credited to her, including programs on NHK. The Japan Cable TV Program Grand Prix and the Sky Perfect TV Awards are just a few of the many award organizations that have recognized her excellent works.

After graduating from university in Korea, Seonhye was so impressed by the large impact that broadcast media has on society that she starting working for a Korean TV channel. It was around this time that she became interested in the Japanese language. While Seonhye was working on producing a program about Tibet, she came across a collection of resources in Japan that could not be matched by anything in American or Korean databases. Her newfound interest in Japan led her to enroll in Reitaku University Japanese Language Program in 2002.

"Unlike other language schools, Reitaku's program is part of the university, so there's a campus, there’s a library, and I was glad to have an environment that let me concentrate on school from 9 to 4 every day," says Seonhye about the time she enjoyed as a student. "The students are from all over the world, we were all brought there together with the same goal, and it was so fun getting to know everyone. It was so great talking about everything from everyday stuff like local restaurants, to things that impressed us about Japanese people and culture. I still keep in touch with the friends I made at the program, we send holiday cards and message each other on SNS. We'll be friends forever.”

After finishing the language program, Seonhye enrolled in the Graduate School of Social Sciences of Hitotsubashi University via Chikuro Hiroike School of Graduate Studies, Reitaku University to complete a Master's degree. Later, she was hired by Sony to produce a number of TV programs for Sony Network Communications (formerly Sony Communication Network).

“I hope that everyone who joins this program goes beyond studying the Japanese language... I hope they get out and have authentic experiences and have fun living in Japan. You’ll have more opportunities to learn if you’re enjoying yourself, and your passion will have a good influence on your friends. Then, your friends will inspire you in the same way, too.”

Seonhye credits her career boost in Japan with starting at Reitaku over other college programs or language schools. “I still think I got lucky,” she says. Currently Seonhye serves as CEO of the production company SR & Produce Inc., which she founded in 2013, in addition to working on a Doctorate degree at the Graduate School of Media Design at Keio University, with a research focus on the creators of internationally produced television programs. We look forward to seeing more great things from Seonhye in the future.

Cooperation by Korean Cultural Center / Korea Creative Content Agency

High Education Continuance Rate

Reitaku University Japanese Language Program has supported students who wish to go to Reitaku University, Reitaku Graduate Schools, and other colleges and graduate schools located in Japan, and has been successful to assist more than 95% of them to enroll in their preferred schools such as Tokyo University, Kyoto University, Chiba University, Waseda University and Keio University, etc.

Case I: Ms. Lin

Ms. Lin graduated a home-town college in 1999 and became a high school teacher of the Chinese language to the minorities for six years. In her career in Xinjiang Uygur, she has seen many problematic behaviors of minority adolescent students such as lowering of motivation to study, academic failings, school refusal and social withdrawals. She knew this kind of problems would foment further issues in racial clash because the violence usually comes from economical reasons, and economical reasons come from educations.

She decided to go back to school, and started to study educational psychology in a graduate achool near workplace soon. After she finished her Master there, she decided to master it in Ph. D level.

She arrived to the Japanese Language Program at Reitaku University in April 2003 to possibly enter to Kyoto University. She knew some basic Japanese for daily conversation, but in terms of academic studies, her Japanese ability was quite next to nothing when she arrived to Reitaku. However, after one year of intensive Japanese studies with us, she passed the entrance examination of the Graduate School of Human and Environmental Sciences, Kyoto University in September 2004. Without her endeavor, nothing could ever take place, but we are confident our education services really worked well for her needs.

Ms. Lin is now teaching educational psychology courses in her home city, Xinjiang Uygur.

Promised Career Path

Those who enrolled in our Japanese Language Program for business communication skills have also been the majority recently. They chose to leave thir jobs for one year to study the Japanese in order to get promoted in Japanese companies, running business with Japanese counterparts, or selling their products in Japan. They have also been successful to step up in their business.

Case II: Ms. Sara

She studied business in the University of Hong Kong and graduated in 2009. She has been interested in, and studied Japanese language step by step, and arrived to the Japanese Language Program, Reitaku University in April 2010. She started to study from our elementary program, but stepped up to higher levels soon, and passed N2 of the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test in December 2010.

She went home after Reitaku in 2011, and joined a Japanese company in Hong Kong. She is now promoted to a vice president of the Hong Kong office and has the world before one.

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