Japanese Language Courses

Information for Japanese Language Courses, Winter Quarter 2019

Hokkaido University Institute for the Advancement of Higher Education International Education and Research Division has announced its Introductory Japanese Language Courses (Grammar and Communication) for the winter quarter, 2019. Please see the information below and check the Course Guide for the General Japanese Course.

Introductory General Japanese Language Courses (Grammar and Communication)
Semester Dates Monday, December 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


The introductory classes 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.

Applications and Placement Test period

Apply online here and take the online placement test between 3:00 PM, Monday, November 18th  through 3:00 PM, Monday, November  25th  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“).

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“.

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Updated on   November 08, 2019