• Application Dates and Procedures

Application Dates and Procedures

Hokuriku University Japanese Language Course Admission Procedure

**A PDF copy of the Admission Procedures can be downloaded here**

1. Qualifications

⑴ A person who is not a Japanese citizen, and who satisfies one of the following requirements:

① has completed in a foreign country an equivalent to 12 years of formal education as recognized by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan; 

② with consideration to the applicant's age, is recognized by the University to be  academically equivalent to at least a high school graduate. 

⑵ A person whose Japanese language ability is at least equivalent to passing Level N5 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), or at least Level 5 of the NAT Test, or at least Level E of J-TEST, or having completed at least 150 hours of Japanese studies. 

⑶ A person who is at least 18 years old at the commencement of the course.

2. Admission Periods

Students can commence in April or September depending on the applicant's Japanese language level. Please enquire for further information.

3. Enrollment Schedule



Test Period

of Results


Sept. 2023

26 May 2023

Early 〜 Mid
June 2023

Within 2 weeks of
having taken the test

28 June 2023

April 2024

29 Sept.  
27 Oct. 2023

Early 〜 Mid
Nov. 2023

Within 2 weeks of
having taken the test

4 Dec. 2023

April 2024*

1 Nov.  
25  Dec. 2023

Early 〜 Mid
Jan. 2024

Within 2 weeks of
having taken the test

4 Feb. 2024

*Additional admission will be held if there are places left on the course.

4. Application Requirements and Documents

(1) Please send all forms to the International Exchange Centre at Hokuriku University by registered express mail.

Application Form for Admission (Form A).

Certificate of Guarantee (Form B)

The guarantor must be willing to take full responsibility for the personal conduct and financial obligations of the student during his/her enrollment at the University (a non-Japanese citizen can be a guarantor however a student cannot be a guarantor).

Certificate of Health (Form C).

Certificate of graduation of highest level of education completed (high school or above) or a document proving that an applicant is a student at the moment.

Transcript of results of highest level of education completed (high school or above).

Certificate of Japanese language ability: JLPT N5 or above, NAT-Test Level 5 or above, J-TEST Level E or above. Or a certificate stating you having carried out formal Japanese language studies.

Resume (Prescribed form)

Fee payment form (Prescribed form). The fee payer must sign this form.

Proof of relationship between fee payer and student. For e.g. Official family register. 

Certificate of employment (fee payer). Management of business certificate (self-employed). 

Certificate of income (fee payer). For e.g. certificate of income for last 3-years or tax payment certificate.

Certificate of Bank Balance of fee payer (Certificate of outstanding balance).

Certificate of current deposit/Copies of bank book (Linked to certificates in )

Copy of passport

Three ID Photos (upper body, no hat, 4 cm high x 3 cm wide, taken within the last 3 months, applicant's name written on the back of each photo). 

Address card (Form D). Please write an address to which the examination results and other documents can be sent.  

1 Applicants who do not meet the above requirements or applicants who provide false information within submitted documents will not be able to apply for admission.   

2 Any submitted documents and paid examination fees will not be returned to the applicant under any circumstances.  

3 Any documents submitted in a language apart from Japanese or English will require a Japanese or English translation to be submitted as well.

4 Photocopies of Forms A to D may be used when submitting documents. The application forms may also be downloaded from here. 

5 Please make a photocopy of all submitted documents for your record.

(2) Examination Fee    

Please pay the examination fee of JPY10,000 yen by bank transfer (or directly at the examination test site).
Deadline for payment corresponds to the application period deadline.

Bank Name:              Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation  
Branch Name:           Kanazawa Branch
Bank Address:           7 Shimotsutsumi-cho, Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan 920-0917
Account Name:          Hokuriku University
Account Type:           Savings Account

Account Number:       3

SWIFT Code:             SMBCJPJT
University Address:    1-1 Taiyogaoka, Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan 920-1180

University Tel:          +81-(0)76-229-2626    

5. Examination Results    

The examination results will be sent to an address or e-mail written in the application form. The applicants can make inquiries by e-mail. Inquiries made by phone will not be accepted.    

6. Admission Procedures

(1) Successful applicants should submit the following documents by the specified deadline.

① Written Oath (Prescribed form) 
Personal Information Form (Prescribed form) 

An official graduation (completion) certificate from high school or university.

*Students from outside mainland China are not required to submit this.
An academic transcript from high school or university.
*Students from outside mainland China are not required to submit this.

Any other documents requested by the Department of Immigration, Ministry of Justice of Japan.

Any forms submitted in a language apart from Japanese or English must also contain a Japanese or English translation.

(2) Course Fees

Admission Fee: 50,000 yen (to be paid together with tuition fees)
Tuition Fee:    700,000 yen (One-year course)
Total:            750,000 yen

※ All course fees will be refunded (less bank transfer fee) in the case of the student's application for Certificate of Enrolment (CoE) or visa has been denied.

7. Admission Denial
(1) Admission may be denied if the fees are not submitted in full by the deadline.
(2) Admission will be denied if any submitted forms contain false information.

8. Cancellation Procedure
If a successful applicant decides to withdraw his/her admission, please carry out the required procedures by the prescribed deadline. Any paid fees (minus bank transfer costs) will be refunded in full.

9. Application Submission and Enquiries

Hokuriku University, International Exchange Centre
1-1 Taiyogaoka, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture, JAPAN 〒920-1180
TEL: +81-76-229-2626  FAX:+81-76-229-0021
E-mail: Hokuriku University International Exchange Centre



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