Japanese Language Courses

Information for Japanese Language Courses, 2024

Hokkaido University Institute for the Advancement of Higher Education International Education and Research Division has announced its Japanese Language Courses for 2024. 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 2024 school year. Please make sure you check the ‘Japanese Language Course Overview’ if you are enrolled in a Japanese course in 2024.

*【New】We will use new placement test system TTBJ from 2024. Also, please note that the placement test period and the online application period are not in the same schedule from 2024. Please click here for further information about the test.

General Japanese Course and CMC 
Semester / Quarter Dates

First semester: Monday, April 8, 2024 – Monday, August 5, 2024

Second semester: Tuesday, October 1, 2024 –Friday, January 31, 2025

(Except Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays)

Introductory Grammar and Introductory Communication only

Spring quarter: Monday, April 8, 2024 to Monday, June 10, 2024

Summer quarter: Tuesday, June 11, 2024 to Tuesday, August 6, 2024

Fall quarter: Tuesday, October 1, 2024 to Wednesday, November 27, 2024

Winter quarter: Thursday, November 28 to Friday, January 31, 2025

(Except Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays)

Please refer to the Course Guide 2024.
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 via e-mail by the day before the classes begin.

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.

Placement Test and Applications period








Test-taking period

Application periods

1st semester

Fri. March 1 – 
Thu. March 28

Fri. March 15, 3pm – 
Fri. March 29, 3pm

*Spring quarter

Fri. March 1 – 
Thu. March 28

Fri. March 15, 3pm – 
Fri. March 29, 3pm

*Summer quarter

Wed. May 1 – 
Sun. June 2

Mon. May 27, 3pm – 
Mon. June 3, 3pm

2nd semester

Sun. September 1 – 
Mon. September 23

Tue. September 10, 3pm – 
Tue. September 24, 3pm

*Fall quarter

Sun. September 1 – 
Mon. September 23

Tue. September 10, 3pm – 
Tue. September 24, 3pm

*Winter quarter

Tue. October 1 – 
Tue. November 19

Wed. November 13, 3pm – 
Wed. November 20, 3pm

*Introductory Grammar and Introductory Communication only
Placement Test

New Applicants:

New applicants who have never taken the General Japanese Course must take a placement test. However, except those who have not previously studied Japanese, please DO NOT take the placement test as you will be automatically placed in Introductory 1.

Continuing Applicants:

Continuing applicants must select either one of the following options.

A) Taking a placement test

→ Choose your classes based on the test scores.

B) Not taking a placement test

→ Apply for a class one level higher than the one you took before

In either case, admission is ultimately regulated on the basis of the number of students. There is no guaranty that you will get into the course that you desire.

Please check this website and see how to take the test.


(1) Please note carefully that all students must apply online, whether taking a placement test or not. If you do not apply online, you will not be allowed to attend classes.

(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.


All applicants for the General Japanese Course should submit an application from here. Please complete and submit the application during the appropriate period. As the number of student intake in each class is limited, an early application is recommended.

For more information on the course and application procedures, please refer to the “Course Guide 2024”.

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

Updated on   February 15, 2024