Japanese Language Courses

Information for Japanese Language Courses, 2023

Hokkaido University Institute for the Advancement of Higher Education International Education and Research Division has announced its Japanese Language Courses for 2023. Please see the information below and check the flyers and *course guide for the General Japanese Course.

*Part of the Japanese curriculum will be changed as of the 2023 school year. Please make sure you check the ‘Japanese Language Course Overview’ if you are enrolled in a Japanese course in 2023.

General Japanese Course and CMC
Semester/Quarter Dates

First semester: Monday, April 10, 2023 – Monday, August 7, 2023

Second semester: Monday, October 2, 2023 –Tuesday, February 6, 2024

(Except Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays)


Introductory Grammar and Introductory Communication only

Spring quarter: Monday, April 10, 2023 to Friday, June 9, 2023

Summer quarter: Monday, June 12, 2023 to Friday, August 7, 2023

Fall quarter: Monday, October 2, 2023 to Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Winter quarter: Thursday, November 30 to Tuesday, February 6, 2024

(Except Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays)

Please refer to the Course Guide 2023.
Classroom Location

Most classes will be taught in the Student Communication Station building (Kita 15, Nishi 8.  South of Frontier Research in Applied Sciences Building) with some classes in the Institute for the Advancement of Higher Education building (Kita 17, Nishi 8). Classrooms will be announced at the beginning of the semester/quarter.

*In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, some classes this year may be conducted online (live and on-demand).

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 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.

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 during the application period noted below.

First semester: Tuesday, March 14, 3pm – Tuesday, March 28, 3pm (JST)

Second semester: Tuesday, September 5, 3pm – Tuesday, September 19, 3pm (JST)

Introductory Grammar and Introductory Communication only

Spring quarter: Tuesday, March 14, 3pm – Tuesday, March 28, 3pm (JST)

Summer quarter: Monday, May 29, 3pm – Monday, June 5, 3pm (JST)

Fall quarter: Tuesday, September 5, 3pm – Tuesday, September 19, 3pm (JST)

Winter quarter: Wednesday, November 15, 3pm – Wednesday, November 22, 3pm (JST)

You will be informed about exam procedures via e-mail after completing 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. As the number of student intake in each class is limited, an early application is recommended.

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), according to the results of the 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/quarter’s level and will be adjusted according to the number of students.


(1) If you have completed the Intensive Japanese Course also must take the placement test if it is their first time to take the General Japanese Course.

(2) If you took Survival Japanese before and are applying for Introductory Japanese Grammar or Intermediate subjects this semester/quarter, you are required to sit for the placement test. You also need to take the placement test if you are changing from Introductory Grammar to Survival Japanese.

*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 “Course Guide 2023”.

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

Updated on   March 29, 2023