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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 a one-year 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.

Duration: 1-year
Intakes: April and September each year

Video introducing Hokuriku University can be be viewed here: EnglishChinese

日本語・日本文化研修留学生コースガイド / Japanese Studies Program Course Guide

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) offers scholarships to foreign students to study for a period of one year at designated Japanese universities in order to deepen their understanding of the Japanese language, Japanese affairs and Japanese culture.
Please visit the MEXT homepage for more information.
The course guide can be downloaded here (Japanese) 
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:
Faculty of International Communication
Faculty of Economics and Management

  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.













 & Listening


 & Listening


 Grammar &

  Grammar &

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Grammar &
 Writing, JLPT Preparation (Listening)

 JLPT Preparation (Grammar)


■Vocab & Kanji
■JLPT Preparation
■JLPT Preparation (Grammar)

■Vocabulary & Kanji

■Research Proposal Preparation




■Specialised Seminar,
■Research Proposal Preparation

Specialised Seminar (Language & Culture)

Specialised Seminar (Economics
& Management)


Admission is April or September each year.
Students can enroll from a minimum of one year to a maximum of two years depending on the study objectives of the student. Please enquire with staff to determine your appropriate length of study.

One-year enrollment:
September 2024 to August 2025
April 2025 to February 2026

Enrollment Fees:
Examination Fee: JPY 10,000 (To be paid when submitting the application forms)

Admission Fee:  JPY   50,000
Tuition Fee:       JPY 700,000 (One-year)
Personal Accident and Injury Insurance: JPY 1,000
Total:                JPY 751,000 (To be paid in full after having been accepted onto the course)

The Japanese Language Course for International Students course outline can be downloaded here: Japanese Language Course at HU

Application Requirements and Dates can be found here.
Application Forms can be downloaded from here.

Career Path:
The majority of students who have completed the Japanese Language course at Hokuriku University further their studies by entering a Japanese university at both the undergraduate and graduate levels:

70% of students entered undergraduate studies
6% of students entered graduate studies
6% of students entered a specialised training college
18% of students were either exchange students or returned back to their respective universities

Below are some of the universities students entered after completing the Japanese Language Course:

Private Universities:
Hokuriku University, Waseda University, Ritsumeikan University, Jobu University, Tokuyama University, Kanazawa Gakuin University, Seiryo University, Japan University of Economics, Nara Saho College, Traditional Arts Super College of Kyoto etc

National and Public Universities:
Nagoya University, Hitotsubashi University, Gunma University, Ishikawa Prefectural University, Shizuoka Prefectural University, Tohoku University, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Nagoya City University etc

Graduate Schools:
University of Tokyo, Osaka University, Kyushu University, Kobe University, Kanazawa University, Saitama University, Chiba University, Hyogo Prefectural University, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Hiroshima University, Toyama University, Aoyama Gakuin University, Doshisha University, Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics, Okayama University, Kanazawa University, Kanazawa College of Art, Meiji University, Waseda University

Japanese Language Course for Non-Degree and Auditing Students
 Students who are interested in studying the Japanese language for half-year or one-year without requiring to undertake the full course may enroll as an auditing student. Students can enroll in individual subjects depending on the requirements of the student. Tuition fees are calculated per subject. However, students are not eligible to receive a Certificate of Completion but will receive a transcript of their results. 

More information about this mode of study can be found here: Auditing Student at HU


Please contact the Japanese Language Course at Hokuriku University for further details:
1-1 Taiyogaoka, Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan 920-1180
Tel: +81-(0)76-229-2626
Fax: +81-(0)76-229-2626
Email: International Exchange Centre
Web: Japanese Language Course for International Students (Japanese)