Throughout the year, Tsukuba University offers a variety of courses that are open to the public. These Kokai Koza are divided into three categories: general education courses in such things as gardening, literature, psychology and computers; sports courses in golf, archery, volleyball, etc.; and art courses in such things as painting and pottery. Those involving lectures would require a fairly high level of Japanese to really get your moneys worth, but as many of the courses are hands on type courses in sports and the arts, even rudimentary Japanese skills will get you by, and foreign residents of Tsukuba are welcomed.
The general process for joining a class is to first make an application by the deadline, which is approximately one month before the class is to begin. You can apply either by mail or in person at the office on the 7th floor of the main administration building. The address is Tsukuba University Gakumu Dainika Kyoiku Kokai Kakari, Honbuto 7F, 1-1-1Tenodai, Tsukuba 305-8577, tel. 53-2216. You will need to provide the name of the course, your name, sex and age, your address and tel. no., your occupation or school and contact number. You also need to provide them with a self-addressed, stamped (90 yen) envelope. If there are more applicants than space, then they choose by drawing. They will inform you either way by mail.
Several of the courses have already started or are beyond the application deadline, but many opportunities remain. Those coming up soon or later in the year include: beginning golf, 5/26, 29, 31, 6/5, 7, 8, 9, 8 to 11 am (except 6/8, which is 1 to 4 pm). Cost is 8500 yen. There is a similar course from Aug. 9 to 18. An intermediate golf comes up in October, from the 16 to 24, and an advanced course October 30 to November 10. Other sports include kendo from Oct. 14 to Dec. 2 and Kyudo (archery) from Oct. 7 to 29. There will also be a triathlon training course from Aug. 1 to 4, a scuba diving course on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th weekends of September, a mini handball course for elementary school-age children from Nov. 18 to Dec. 17, and a volleyball course for women from Jan. 6 to Feb. 24. In the arts, there will be an oil painting course (beginning and intermediate) on Thursdays from 5 to 8 pm from Oct. 12 to Jan 21, as well as pottery classes the dates of which have not been determined. The costs vary from course to course, but are generally around 7000 - 10000 yen total. For more information, call 53-2216.
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