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Japanese Language Course for International Students


Japanese Language Course at Hokuriku University

 The Japanese Language Course at Hokuriku University was established in 1994 with the purpose of teaching practical Japanese language and culture, and foster internationally minded scholars. It is an intensive course designed for those who wish to improve their Japanese language skills with the purpose of entering a Japanese university or graduate school, or who simply want to brush up on their Japanese and be able to experience life in Japan.

Japanese Language:

 Equal emphasis is placed on the four skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Specialist classes such as grammar, composition, conversation and hearing, and test preparation are also included in the curriculum.
 Classes are held five days a week from Monday to Friday with an average class contact time of 21 hours/week.
 Advanced students can also attend faculty subjects as auditing students. In addition, we assist students who are in interested in studying at a Japanese graduate school to prepare their research proposal and dissertation.

Faculties which students can audit subjects from:
- School of Future Learning
- Faculty of International Communication
- Faculty of Economics and Management

Homeroom
  Seminars explaining the procedures required to live in Japan and consultation sessions are also provided to help students settle in as quickly as possible. Each student is assigned a personal teacher who they can consult with on matters such as study progress as well as issues concerning daily living.

Elective Subjects
  Elective classes such as Kanji reading and writing, information processing and special elective subjects are also offered at no extra cost for students wishing to pass Level N1 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), or for those preparing to sit the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students. Students wishing to enter a Japanese university at the undergraduate or graduate level may be required to have sat this exam.

Japanese Culture:
 The city of Kanazawa, often referred to as "Little Kyoto," is the ideal place for one to gain a deeper understanding of the essence of Japanese culture. During the 16th and 17th centuries, the Maeda Clan of Kanazawa invited artisans from all around the country primarily Kyoto to promote the cultural arts and crafts thus creating the rich, vibrant city as it is known today.

  Students participate in various cultural activities such as the tea ceremony, gold leaf craft, flower arrangement, kimono and study tours to various cultural and historical establishments located throughout Kanazawa to help them acquire the knowledge and deepen their understanding of Japanese society and culture.