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I've been reading about their PEAK program but I'm confused about the courses they offer, which are Japan In East Asia and Environmental Sciences. What does this mean? Do they not offer undergraduate courses like Physics, Chemistry or Mathematics in English?
"PEAK students study liberal arts for their first two years in the Junior Division and then advance to the two years of specialized studies (Japan in East Asia or Environmental Sciences) in the Senior Division. The majority of courses in the Junior Division are also open to regular Japanese students (non-PEAK students), who can opt to enroll in either one of the programs in the Senior Division. PEAK and non-PEAK students interact daily in many settings. PEAK is building bridges between international and Japanese students."
The "liberal arts" model tends to be closer to what's offered at universities in the US where you kind of do a large mix of subjects before specialising in your major subject. The way I interpret this is that they only offer two specialisations through the PEAK program: Japan in East Asia (not exactly sure what this is but I'm thinking something like what studying Japanese or Asian Studies would be like in the UK) or Environmental Science. I suspect this will be because they won't be able or willing to teach every subject they offer twice (once in Japanese and again in English).
You tend to find in general that a university in a country where English is not the first language will predominantly teach in that countries' dominant language. If they do offer courses in English then they tend to be in subjects like business and finance rather than pure sciences or it's limited to postgraduate courses. The university of Tokyo almost certainly offers an undergraduate degree in Physics but it will be entirely in Japanese and you would be expected to sit the entrance exams and whatnot like normal Japanese students do.