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Integrated Japanese Language Program

What is the Integrated Japanese Language Program ?

The Integrated Japanese Language Program (IJLP) started in the autumn semester of 1998. We offer supplementary Japanese classes to our undergraduate and graduate students and students in our Japanese Language & Culture Program, part of the ISC, and this program was designed as a Japanese language course to allow students taking the supplementary Japanese classes to study along with students on the Kanazawa University Student Exchange Program (KUSEP), which started at the same time.

In general, all international students enrolled at Kanazawa University are eligible for this course, which is held in the spring (April - September) and autumn (October - March) semesters. It offers a wide range of classes that cater to all levels of Japanese language ability, from beginners to advanced.

The aim of the IJLP is to improve students’ Japanese language ability to help them fit into university and life in Japan. The ultimate goal, of course, is to give them enough language ability to be able to understand lectures in Japanese.

Eligible students

As a rule, any international student enrolled at Kanazawa University (undergraduate, graduate, research, auditor, etc.) whose native language is not Japanese and who falls into one of the four categories below.

(1) Full-time students (undergraduate, graduate)
(2) Research students
(3) Auditors and special research students
(4) ISC students

  • KUSEP students (Program A)
  • Japanese Language & Culture Program students (Program B)
  • General short-term program students (Program C)
  • Semester Program students (Program D)
  • KUEST students (Program E)

However, if there are enough open places, other non-students may also enroll, in the following order of priority.

  1. Visiting foreigner researchers at Kanazawa University
  2. Foreign faculty at Kanazawa University
  3. Those whom the Center Director has approved

Curriculum

This program consists of comprehensive classes, kanji classes and skill-specific classes. Students can select the appropriate level to fit their needs in each area.

  • Comprehensive classes: Seven different levels, from zero (never studied Japanese before) to advanced. Learn Japanese comprehensively in a class that matches your own level.
  • Kanji classes: Divided into difficulty levels, students learn how to read and write kanji, and how to use kanji vocabulary.
  • Skill-specific classes: A range of classes for the four different skills of “talking,” “listening,” “writing,” and “reading.” Students can choose the class that best suits their learning goals and level.

List of class levels

Application method

Please register online through the “Student Information Service” in the Acanthus Portal.

<Enrollment Periods>
Spring semester: March and April
Autumn semester: September and October

* If you are taking the IJLP for the first time, you will need to take the orientation and placement test given at the start of the semester. For details about the orientation and placement test, see the following page.

JAPANESE LANGUAGE PROGRAM FOR AUTUMN SEMESTER 2017 (English follows Japanese)

 

Timetables/Calendars

IJLP Materials

  • Integrated Japanese Language Program leaflet
    (Japanese) (English)
  • Orientation handout (Japanese) (English)

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