Japanese language classes offered by the Education Center for Japanese Language and Culture

International students who have come to study in Kyoto and who are already in a Japanese-language environment probably have a reasonable knowledge of the Japanese language. At Kyoto University, we have many international students from a wide range of backgrounds. The degree to which a student requires Japanese language ability varies: there are cases in which English is sufficient as the primary language used in a department, while in other cases everyday Japanese is necessary, and in some academic fields a high level of Japanese proficiency is called for. There is also a broad range in terms of the level and length of students’ prior Japanese study—from those who are absolute beginners to those who have experienced living in Japan and can understand everyday conversation, to those undergraduates who have already studied for a considerable length of time in their home country.

According to our surveys, however, almost all of our international students—whether they be in the humanities/social sciences or science/engineering, in undergraduate or graduate programs, or whether they be regular degree-seeking or non-regular students are aware that Japanese language study is essential and aim to improve their own working knowledge of Japanese. However, the various limitations that arise from being in an environment where you are removed from your native language can at times make it difficult to convey your intentions or gain access to needed information, and this can easily lead to anxiety and stress. In order to ensure that you can concentrate on your studies and research activities while in school, it is vital that you first take an objective look at where your own strengths and weaknesses lie in terms of your Japanese language skills and then select the classes that will let you steadily improve.

The Education Center for Japanese Language and Culture of the Institute for Liberal Arts and Sciences (ILAS) of Kyoto University offers the following two types of Japanese language classes: (1) Japanese language classes in the Liberal Arts and Sciences curriculum, and (2) Japanese language support classes not included in the regular curriculum. The Japanese language classes in the Liberal Arts and Sciences curriculum are divided into five levels: Elementary I, Elementary II, Intermediate I, Intermediate II and Advanced levels. The Japanese language support classes not included in the Liberal Arts and Sciences curriculum consist of Introduction to Japanese I/II, Intermediate Japanese Course I/II, Advanced Japanese Course, and Business Japanese.

(1) Japanese language classes in the Liberal Arts and Sciences curriculum Five levels: Elementary I, Elementary II, Intermediate I, Intermediate II and Advanced levels
(2) Japanese language support classes not included in the regular curriculum Introduction to Japanese I/II, Intermediate Japanese Course I/II, Advanced Japanese Course, and Business Japanese

The academic year consists of two semesters. Classes are held for the first semester from April to August and for the second semester from October to February. Class registration takes place twice a year in March and September online. Consult the pages listed below to complete the required procedures. If you have any inquiries about the procedures, please inquire at the Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses Student Desk (1st floor of the Institute for Liberal Arts and Sciences building #87)

Registration flow by student status Timeline of the Registration Procedure

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Registration procedure for Japanese language classes

Study Japanese on Your Own

For students who are unable to attend Japanese classes due to their busy study/research schedules or who wish to pursue additional Japanese studies, we offer SAMIDORI, an online Japanese learning system. The Japanese Study Room is also available.