Japanese Language Education Program

Overview

The Japanese Language Teaching offers Japanese language classes for international students at Hitotsubashi University.

1. Students who take Japanese language classes are divided into five categories as follows:

  1. Undergraduate Students

    Students can take Japanese A and B (required classes) and upper advanced Japanese language skills classes. The classes teach high-level Japanese language skills mainly to 1st- and 2nd-year students and prepare them for academic lectures and seminars conducted in Japanese.
  2. Graduate Students

    Students who conduct research in Japanese can take advanced Japanese language skills classes. The goal is to master the academic Japanese needed for graduate level research in Japanese. Students who conduct research in English can also take basic and intermediate intensive Japanese language classes (J1-J5) and intermediate Japanese language skills classes. The goal is to master practical Japanese language skills such as business Japanese.
  3. Research Students

    Students who have never learned Japanese or learned only for a short time can take basic intensive Japanese language classes (J1). Students who have previously learned Japanese can take intermediate intensive Japanese language classes (J4-J5) and intermediate and advanced Japanese language skills classes. Through these classes, students acquire the skills needed to conduct graduate level research in the social sciences.
  4. Japanese Studies Students (Nikkensei)

    Students can take upper advanced Japanese language skills classes. The goal is to acquire the Japanese language skills needed to write a 20,000-character report and to give a presentation about the report as the outcome of one's study in Japan.
  5. Exchange Students

    Students who have never learned Japanese or learned only for a short time can take basic intensive Japanese language classes (J1-J3). Students who have previously learned Japanese can take intermediate intensive Japanese language classes (J4-J5) and intermediate and advanced Japanese language skills classes. The goal is to acquire the Japanese language skills needed to live and conduct research in Japan.

2. Other Programs

  1. Japanese Studies Student (Nikkensei) Program

    Students learn Japanese language and culture in this program, and also receive guidance on writing a final report. There is also the opportunity for an internship during the summer vacation.
  2. Japanese Teaching Program

    This is a graduate program in teaching Japanese as a second language in the Graduate School of Language and Society. Offered jointly by the Center for Global Education, the Graduate School of Language and Society, and the National Institute for Japanese Language, the objective of the program is to attract international students to Hitotsubashi University by training effective Japanese language teachers who can play an active role in Japanese language education in Japan and overseas.

In addition to the programs above, the section supports students' job hunting through a class teaching Japanese culture and affairs and promotes research in Japanese language and language education through undergraduate and graduate seminars. The teaching faculty provide their own expertise and offer a variety of classes.

Course Descriptions and Class Schedule

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