Japanese Language Courses

Information for Japanese Language Courses, Winter Quarter 2020

Hokkaido University Institute for the Advancement of Higher Education International Education and Research Division has announced its Japanese Language Courses for the winter quarter, 2020. Please see the information below and check the flyer and *course guide for the General Japanese Course.

*Part of the Japanese curriculum will be changed as of the 2020 school year. Please make sure you check the ‘Japanese Language Course Overview’ if you are enrolled in a Japanese course in 2020.

Introductory Japanese Courses (Grammar and Communication)
Quarter Dates

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 ~ Friday, February 5, 2021. (except Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays)


Please refer to the Course Guide Second Semester 2020.

Classroom Location Classes will be taught in Student Communication Station building (Kita 15, Nishi 8). Classrooms will be announced at the beginning of the quarter. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, classes this quarter 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


The introductory level classes are open to overseas students enrolled at Hokkaido University with a student visa (research students or ‘kenkyusei’, graduate students, special auditors students, 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.

Applications and Placement Test period

Apply online here and take the online placement test between 3 PM, Tuesday, November 17 through 3 PM, Tuesday, November 24 2020. [Japan Standard Time]

You will be informed about 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 guarantee 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 Second Semester 2020“.

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

Updated on   November 09, 2020