Monday, January 19, 2009

Kyushu University Hakozaki campus

I did a little exploring of the Kyushu University campus on the weekend. I usually just stick to the part of the campus around the law building, but the rest of the campus is kind of interesting too. Its got some nice older buildings like these ones:

And some palm trees:
And the main gate:

A sign of things to come though is this nice old building, which sits abandoned with its windows broken, weeds growing everywhere and its doors boarded up:

Our campus is in the process of slowly closing down. They are building an entirely new campus in another part of town and as each new building there is completed another one on our campus closes down for good. In about 6 or 7 years or so the whole place will be abandoned to its fate (not sure but I've heard they are going to turn it into a park). So parts of the campus have the look of a ghost town, which is kind of eerie and a bit sad. This building has some nice architectural elements that are rare, but its probably going to be torn down in the near future. I thought I'd take some pictures of it for posterity's sake while it was still standing!


susanne said...

I am a lawyer from Norway, very interested in the LLM program at Kyushu. While browsing for info I ramdomly found your blog. Looks like a great place to study!?=)

If you dont mind I have a few questions...

Do you know the entrance requirements for this program? grades/gpa? And the requirements for the scholarship? How many are admitted every year?
How is the academic level? workload?
Does most of the students have work experience? Whats the avarage age?


Sean said...


I'm not too sure what the GPA requirements are for the program. I guess because they accept applications from graduates around the world (whose schools may have different grading systems) they never really specify what kind of GPA they are looking for. Having a good research plan that is relevant to the program is very important though.

There are about 15 people admitted to the LLM program each year and 10 of them are supported by the government scholarships. The requirements for the scholarship are basically the same as for the program itself.

Most of the students have work experience and the average age is probably 28 or 29. The workload is reasonable, though it gets busier at exam times, etc.

Let me know if you have any other questions!