Japanese Language Courses

Information for Japanese Language Courses: Spring & Summer 2017

Hokkaido University Center for International Education and Research has announced its Japanese Language Courses for the first semester of 2017. Please see the information below and check the flyers for the General Japanese Course and Business Japanese Class.

General Japanese Course and CMC
Semester Dates

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 ~ Tuesday, August 8th, 2017 (except Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays)


Please refer to the Course Guide First Semester 2017

 Classroom Location Most classes will be taught at the Center for International Education and Research with some classes in one other building on campus. Locations TBA.
Class Times

Period 1  08:45-10:15
Period 2  10:30-12:00
Period 3  13:00-14:30

Period 4  14:45-16:15

Period 5  16:30-18:00


The General Japanese Courses and Co-learning in Multicultural Classrooms (CMC) are open to overseas students enrolled at Hokkaido University with a student visa (research students or “kenkyusei,” graduate students, special auditors, and special research students), and overseas teaching and research staff. Please be reminded that auditors, credited auditors, and Bachelor’s degree program students are not eligible to register.

In CMC, you can study Japanese language, culture, society, and research methodologies through collaborative learning together with Japanese students. Please note that this course does not deal with language skills such as Japanese grammar, pronunciation, reading, writing, and so on. For those who want to study these skills, please take our General Japanese Course.

Applications and Placement Test period

Apply online here and take the online placement test between 3 PM, Thursday, March 16th to 3 PM, Thursday, March 30th 2017  [Japan Standard Time].

You will be informed of the exam procedures via e-mail after making the online application.

All applicants (new and continuing) must complete an online application. Individuals who did not apply during the application period will not be able to take Japanese courses. Please make sure to apply during the appropriate period.

Placement Test

New Applicants:

All new applicants must take a placement test with the exception of the following applicants:
– If you apply ONLY for “Introductory Japanese Grammar 1″ and “Introductory Japanese Communication 1″.

Continuing Applicants:


Continuing applicants must select either one of the following options.

A) Taking a placement test

→ your classes will be decided based on the test scores.

B) Not taking a placement test

→ you will be automatically assigned to the next level classes.

For A), according to the results of the placement test, there are cases in which students may remain in the level they have already finished or they may be placed in a higher or lower level than the one they have applied for.

For B), your classes will be decided on the basis of the previous semester’s level and will be adjusted according to the number of students.

In either case, there is no guaranty that you will get into the course that you desire.

For more information on the course and application procedures, please refer to the “Japanese Language Course Guide” or “Web Course Guide and Syllabus”

Have further questions? See if it’s in our Contact Form.

Intensive Japanese Course

This course aims at helping MEXT Scholarship students at the graduate level and in the teacher training program to develop an understanding and proficiency in the Japanese language before they enroll in a graduate program. Students must be able to attend all 16 weekly classes to register for the course.

If there is room, research students on the MEXT scholarship recommended by the university and privately-financed research students may also be admitted to the course.

Please note as the class is filled with MEXT Scholarship students, this semester we are NOT accepting students in the Intensive Japanese Course.

Updated on   April 25, 2017