I am going to study at Hitotsubashi University as an exchange student. What do I need to do in order to take a Japanese language course?
Please ensure that you take the placement test which is held before the start of term. We will use the results to assess your Japanese language level, enabling you to take courses at the appropriate level. Please check the test date in the Orientation Schedule, which you can access via the link below.
I have never studied any Japanese before. Can I take a Japanese language course?
Yes, you can. Rather than taking the placement test, please ensure that you attend the guidance session that will be held for you. Please check the date of the guidance session in the Orientation Schedule, which you can access via the link below.
Can I take courses as an auditor?
In principle, you can do so if you are a degree-seeking international student (a degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate student), an exchange student (at undergraduate or graduate level), or a foreign research student of Hitotsubashi University. However, this will depend upon your level of Japanese language proficiency. Courses at Beginner level (Basic Japanese 1, Basic Japanese 2, Survival Japanese) are not open to auditors. For courses at Intermediate to Advanced level, please check with the instructor in charge of the particular course.
I would like to take a course in the Hitotsubashi University Japanese Language Education Program during a short period only. Is this possible?
It is possible if you are a degree-seeking international student (a degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate student), an exchange student (at undergraduate or graduate level), or a foreign research student of Hitotsubashi University. However, please take the course for the full duration of the Spring-Summer term or the Autumn-Winter term.
Is there a summer school held as part of the Hitotsubashi University Japanese Language Education Program?
Unfortunately, we do not offer a summer school or any other courses during the summer break period.
For courses consisting of five periods per week (from Monday through Friday), such as Basic Japanese 1 and Basic Japanese 2, is it obligatory to attend all five periods? Or is it possible to select a certain number of periods per week to attend?
Please make sure to attend all the periods scheduled. Where courses consist of five periods per week (from Monday through Friday), it is necessary to attend all five periods. If your schedule cannot accommodate five periods per week, we recommend taking Survival Japanese, which consists of three periods per week. Please consult the syllabus on Mercas for details.
- Japanese Language Education Program
- Hitotsubashi University Global Education Program
- Short-term Study Abroad Programs