Kyoto University does not have any academic department focused on Japanese-language studies. Those wishing to improve their language skills, such as to prepare for university studies, are advised to find and attend a suitable language school.
Japanese language classes at Kyoto University
The Education Center for Japanese Language and Culture of the Institute for Liberal Arts and Sciences (ILAS) offers two types of Japanese language classes: (1) classes in the Liberal Arts and Sciences curriculum, and (2) support classes not included in the regular curriculum.
Both types of classes, (1) and (2), run from April to August in the first (spring) semester, and from October to February in the second (fall semester). Online registration takes place in March and September.
For questions about the registration procedures, please visit the ILAS student inquiry desk on the ground floor of the ILAS building.
Intensive Japanese Language Course for Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarship Students
The Intensive Course is designed for MEXT-sponsored Research Students and Teacher Training Students intending to proceed to graduate school in either Kyoto or Shiga prefecture. To enroll, applicants must have the academic adviser submit a request to MEXT prior to arrival in Japan. Students will be affiliated with ILAS for the duration of this program, which must be completed before admission to a KyotoU graduate school.
Japanese language materials at Student Lounge KIZUNA
KIZUNA's lending service is recommended to those who do not have time for language lessons, or who wish to put in extra hours of study. The available items include language learning books, CDs, and DVDs, as well as other materials of interest to international students.
The service requires a membership card, available by applying at KIZUNA with a KyotoU ID card.
For details, please refer to:
Student Lounge KIZUNA