Japanese Language Courses

Information for Japanese Language Courses, Fall & Winter 2019

Hokkaido University Institute for the Advancement of Higher Education International Education and Research Division has announced its Japanese Language Courses for the second semester, 2019. Please see the information below and check the Flyers and Course Guide for the General Japanese Course.

General Japanese Courses and Co-learning in Multicultural Classrooms (CMC)
Semester Dates Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 ~ Thursday, February 6th, 2020  (except Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays).

Please refer to the Course Guide Second Semester 2019.

Classroom Location Student Communication Station (former Institute for International Collaboration)
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 Classroom (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), overseas teaching or research staff and office workers who work in the university. Please be reminded that auditors, credited auditors, and Bachelor’s degree program students are not eligible to register. (Bachelor’s degree program students can take only  “Business Japanese” class.)

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 3:00 PM, Tuesday, September 10th  through 3:00 PM, Tuesday, September  24th  2019. [Japan Standard Time]

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

All application (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“), and/or “Introductory Kanji & Vocabulary 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), accourding 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 guarantee 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 Second Semester 2019“.

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

Intensive Japanese Course

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

*In the case of vacancies, research students on MEXT scholorships recommended by university and privately-financed research students may also be admitted to the course.

*Please note this semester we are accepting students in the Intensive Japanese Course.

Updated on   September 05, 2019