Japanese language support courses not included in the regular curriculum

Overview

In addition to the Japanese language courses in the Liberal Arts and Sciences curriculum, the Center offers Introduction to Japanese I, Introduction to Japanese II, Intermediate Japanese Course I, Intermediate Japanese Course II, Advanced Japanese Course, Business Japanese as Japanese language support courses.
Students are not eligible to acquire credits for these Japanese language support courses.
These courses are offered to meet the diverse needs of international students studying at Kyoto University, such as follows.

  • Students who have limited time due to the demands of their study and research, but want to learn enough Japanese to facilitate student life.
  • Students who study primarily at Katsura, Uji Campus or Inuyama and hence cannot come to Yoshida Campus, but need Japanese language proficiency to carry out their studies and research.
  • Students who aim to develop Japanese language abilities applicable in business situations and who are interested in working for Japanese companies or Japanese-affiliated companies.

The Center aims to help students achieve their goals by providing opportunities to study Japanese that are suited to their varying needs.
The Introduction to Japanese I/II and Intermediate Japanese Course I/II are designed for students to be able to study the language efficiently and progress to the Japanese language courses in the Liberal Arts and Sciences curriculum.
International students and researchers who do not need to obtain credits for Japanese language study are eligible to take these courses. However, note that family members of international students and family members of researchers are not eligible to take these courses.

Courses offered in 2022

Introduction to Japanese I, Introduction to Japanese II, Intermediate Japanese Course I, Intermediate Japanese Course II, Advanced Japanese Course, Business Japanese are offered as Japanese language support courses as below.

  • Introduction to Japanese I is for students who need to study the minimum Japanese necessary to help facilitate their daily studies and research. Introduction to Japanese II is for students who have finished Introduction to Japanese I.
  • Introduction to Japanese I/Ⅱ and Business Japanese courses are conducted as face-to-face.
  • Intermediate I course is offered as face-to-face course as well as online course.
  • Intermediate II and Advanced Japanese course are conducted online.
  • Students should take the online courses with their own devices.

Timetable of the courses offered in 2022

※You can check the syllabus for each course here .
※For Introduction to Japanese I, two courses are offered, but the content is the same for both courses.
Textbook for Japanese language support courses not included in the regular curriculum

Class title Campus Class/week Day &Time Place Credits

Introduction to Japanese I ①
Yoshida 1 Wed.
15:00 - 16:30
Room 4, Basement, Yoshida International House None

Introduction to Japanese I ②
Yoshida 1 Thu.
13:15 - 14:45
Room 2, 1st floor, Yoshida International House None
Introduction to Japanese Ⅱ Yoshida 1 Fri.
15:00 - 16:30
Room 5, Basement, Yoshida International House None
Intermediate Japanese Course I A ① Online 1 Fri.
13:15 - 14:45
●Online None
Intermediate Japanese Course I A ② Yoshida 1 Fri.
15:00 - 16:30
Room 2, 1st floor, Yoshida International House None
Intermediate Japanese Course Ⅱ A Online 1 Thu.
13:15 - 14:45
●Online None
Advanced Japanese Course A Online 1 Fri.
10:30 - 12:00
●Online None
Business Japanese A Yoshida 1 Thu.
15:00 - 16:30
Room 1, 1st floor, Yoshida International House None

●Students take the class with their own devices.

Registration procedures

Regarding the registration procedure

Please be sure to complete Registration (STEP1) through the “Japanese language course registration webpage” below.

Japanese language registration webpage

Regarding the placement test

Class title Placement test/Test period
Introduction to Japanese I Not required
Introduction to Japanese II
Intermediate Japanese I, II
Advanced Japanese
Business Japanese
Required
March 16(Wed)9:00 ~ March 18(Fri)17:00

Select one course to take based on the result of the online placement test. Students are not allowed to take different level courses at the same time. However, it is possible to take the Advanced Japanese Course and Business Japanese at the same. Furthermore, only advanced level students are allowed to take Business Japanese.

Notices

Registration Information

  1. Please refer to the academic calendar for the schedule of Japanese language courses.
  2. Applicants must register for their courses online during the registration period.
  3. After the registration deadline, students are not permitted to attend courses they have not registered.
  4. Applicants are only allowed to register for the courses which are suited to their Japanese language ability.
  5. Students who want to take Introduction to Japanese II course and above level need to take a placement test.
    If you wish to register for Japanese language courses in the Liberal Arts and Sciences curriculum as well as Japanese language support courses not included in the regular curriculum, you must complete registration STEP1 separately for each of two types of courses through their respective web pages. You should only take the placement test once, however. Following the instructions sent via-email, you must then complete Courses Registration STEP2 separately as you did in STEP1.
  6. The level from which a student will be allowed to choose his/her courses is determined based on the results of the placement test. We will let you know how to check for your placement test results by email. You may not be able to take some of the courses you opted to take, depending on your test results.
  7. If you want to consult about registration (cases where the result of the Placement test differs from the level you chose in Registration (STEP1), the Japanese language coordinators are available for consultation during the online advisory service days. If you wish to take the Online advisory service, make an online reservation in advance following the instructions given in the E-mail announcing the results of the Placement test.
  8. For all courses, including online courses, when a course is oversubscribed, its participants are selected by a lottery.
  9. If you choose Introduction I of Japanese language support courses in Regitration(STEP1), you do not need to complete Course Registration (STEP2).

Reminders about Taking Japanese Language Support Courses

Dropping a class
Withdrawal from a course is not allowed after the finalization of class registration but if you cannot continue attending a class, you must inform the instructor and the office of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses Student Desk (1st floor of the Institute for Liberal Arts and Sciences building #87) that you are dropping the class.
Information on class cancellations
All information on class cancellations and other class-related issues are informed in class, by email, or via the bulletin board at the Yoshida International House. Inquiries by telephone will not receive a reply.
Cancellation of classes and make-up exams
Classes may be cancelled in the case of weather warnings and suspension of transportation services. Information regarding make-up classes in the event of cancellation of classes is informed in class, by email, or via the bulletin board at the Yoshida International House.
Office Hours for Japanese Language Studies
If you need advice concerning your Japanese language studies, you may contact us during office hours.
Monday KAWAI, Junko 15:00-16:30
Tuesday IEMOTO, Tarou 10:30-12:00
Wednesday YUKAWA, Shikiko 15:00-16:30
Thursday PALIHAWADANA, Ruchira 15:00-16:30
Friday AKUZAWA, Koyo 15:00-16:30

Schedule

The schedule for registering courses of the first semester in 2022 is as follows.

Mar. 7 (Mon.) 9:00 Online Registration (STEP1) opens
Mar. 13 (Sun.) 17:00 Online Registration (STEP1) closes
Mar. 16 (Wed.) 9:00
~ Mar. 18 (Fri.) 17:00
Online Placement Test
Mar. 28 (Mon.) 13:00 Placement test score is sent by e-mail
Mar. 29 (Tue.) 13:00 Online Course Registration (STEP2) opens
Apr. 4 (Mon.) 13:00 Online Course Registration (STEP2) closes
※When a course is oversubscribed, its participants will be selected by a lottery. (1st lottery)
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Apr. 5 (Tue.) 18:00
~ Apr. 6 (Wed.) 9:00
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<If a lottery is held>
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Students who are not selected at the 1st lottery can apply for other courses with vacancies.
※When a course is oversubscribed, its participants will be selected by a lottery. (2nd lottery)
Apr. 8 (Fri.) Classes begin
Apr. 8 (Fri.) 8:30
~ Apr. 14 (Thu.) 18:45
Japanese language course registration adjustment ①
During this period, students who have completed STEP2 are allowed to add or change their preferred courses only within their assigned level.
Apr. 18 (Mon) Online Advisory service
If you wish to consult about registration (cases where the result of Placement test differs from the level you chose in STEP1, etc.), the Japanese language coordinators are available during the advisory service days.
Apr. 18 (Mon.) 8:30
~ Apr. 20 (Wed.) 13:00
Japanese language course registration adjustment ②
During this period, students who have completed STEP2 are allowed to add or change their preferred courses only within their assigned level.
Apr. 20 (Wed.) 13:00 Finalization of course registration
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