Japanese Language Education

Kyoto University does not have an independent faculty for the study of the Japanese Language. If you wish to prepare for admission to the university, please study at an appropriate Japanese language school.

Supplemental Japanese Language Course for Students & Researchers at Kyoto University

The fifteen-week supplementary Japanese courses start in April and October.  The first (spring) semester is from April to July and the second (fall) semester is from October to February. Applicants will be given an interview or a placement test at the beginning of each semester.

One day a week classes are offered at roughly three levels: elementary, intermediate and advanced.

The three days a week course, consisting of 6 classes (9 hours) a week, is a beginner's level course designed for those who wish to concentrate on studying the Japanese language. Once registered, participants must attend all classes. It is necessary, therefore, for participants to first obtain permission from their academic advisor/host professor before registering.

Distance learning classes for intermediate Japanese are also offered at the Uji and Katsura Campuses.

A course catalogue and a registration packet are available twice a year, around late March and late September. Course catalogues are also available at your faculty/graduate school office and the International Education and Student Mobility Division. Please note that hard copy registrations cannot be submitted at the office. Also, be aware that from spring 2014, registrations must be made online at the address below.

It is not possible to enroll after the registration deadline, and the classes are not open to students' and researchers' family members.

The center also offers a short "Japanese hiragana" course before the beginning of each semester. It is a preliminary 3-day course (3 hours per day) designed to teach beginners the Japanese hiragana characters. No application is required. For further information, please check the bulletin board of the relevant faculty/graduate school office or International Education and Student Mobility Division.

Course Description of Japanese Language Classes at the International Center (external link)

Business Japanese Classes

Students seeking employment in Japan may learn Japanese and business etiquette through the classes offered by the International Center of Kyoto University.

The first (spring) semester is from April to July and the second (fall) semester is from October to January. The course catalogue and registration are available online twice a year, around late March and late September (at the address below). Course catalogues are also available at your faculty/graduate school office and the International Education and Student Mobility Division. Please note that hard copy registrations cannot be submitted at the office. Also, be aware that from spring 2014, registrations must be made online at the address below.

Course Description of Japanese Language Classes at the International Center of Kyoto University (External Link)

Intensive Japanese Language Course for Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarship Students

Intensive Course is designed for MEXT-sponsored students and teacher training students who will proceed on to study at graduate schools in the Kyoto and Shiga prefectures. The course is offered only when a student's academic advisor applies for the program through MEXT before the student arrives in Japan. The student is affiliated to the International Center while taking the Intensive Course, and the completion of the course is considered part of the requirements for entering a graduate school.

Intensive Japanese Language Course for Monbukagakusho Scholarship Students

Japanese Language Materials at the Student Lounge 'KI-ZU-NA'

A lending service at the Student Lounge 'KI-ZU-NA' is available for those who are too busy to attend Japanese language classes, or for those who wish to put in extra hours of study. There are Japanese language materials (books, CDs, DVDs, etc.) as well as books on various other topics.

If you wish to use the lending service, please visit 'KI-ZU-NA' with your Kyoto University ID card and apply for KI-ZU-NA's borrowing card beforehand. For further information, please refer to the website below.

Student Lounge 'KI-ZU-NA'