Japanese Section, Institute for Liberal Arts [Japanese]
Japanese courses for international students
Japanese Language and Culture Courses are basically designed for international graduate students, providing programs designated to build up Japanese communication skills and cultural understandings.

The Japanese Language and Culture Courses can be recognized as equivalent to Humanities and Social Science Courses, corresponding to 400, 500, and 600 level courses. Credits are given upon successful completion of the courses.
Topics for 2020 1Q/2Q

**Important notice**
The course schedules described below might be changed suddenly.
Please check this page frequently to ensure you have the latest information available.
Also, please refer to the information on the following page: COVID-19 updates for all new students and current students

Consultation hours for new students

Finished for this semester.
Consultation hours are held at the beginning of each semester (April and October), and new international students can get direct advice from professors of Japanese section.
For 2020 1Q/2Q, consultation hours were held online on Apr. 30 (Thu), May 1 (Fri), and May 7 (Thu).

Tokyo Tech "Nihongo Space"
Nihongo Space is held on Wednesday and Thursday (12:30-14:00), offering you an oppotunity to brush up your Japanese skills.

->Click here to find more information about Nihongo Space!

Class starting date and schedules to be noted
  • 1Q class starting date: May 11
  • 2Q class starting date: Jun. 22

Timetables, levels, and syllabi of Japanese courses

Japanese Language and Culture Courses consist of 2 types of courses, which are regular courses and optional courses. Optional courses include specific skill courses and Japanese culture courses, and are designed to improve students' comprehensive Japanese skills (i.e. conversaion, Kanji, etc.) , depending on their needs.

Considering the learning efficiency, Japanese language classes are designed as small-size classes of about 20 stundents.

If you want to proceed to the next level, you have to take a regular course (Basic 1-4, Intermediate 1-8). You may obtain credits by taking optional courses as well, however, you cannot proceed to the next level. When taking an optional course, you have to choose the course which corresponds to your regular course level. As for the level of optional courses, refer to the figure above.

(Note1: Students who already have high Japanese language skills cannot attend Japanese courses.)
(Note2: The maximum number of specific skill courses a student can take per quarter is 2 (plus one regular class), considering the learning efficiency.)

Reservation and registration procedures

**Please read the instructions carefully.

Japanese Class Online System ("JCOS") is used for reserving Japanese classes: https://cuckoo.js.ila.titech.ac.jp/~yamagen/regist-h/

Web Services for Students and Faculty ("KYOMU Web System") is used for credit registration: https://www.titech.ac.jp/english/enrolled/life/applications.html

Flow chart of procedures:
Reserve class(es) suitable for your level using JCOS
Attend the first class and get lecturers' approval
Register on the Kyomu Web System if you need credits
You need to reserve your place in the class before the first day of the class, prior to credit registration. Reservations will be processed on a "first-come-first-served basis".

  1. Create an account on “JCOS.
  2. [Notes]
    • * Once your account on JCOS is created, a confirmation email will be sent to you.
    • * All new students including master/doctoral students, exchange students, and research students: You will be assigned with a Tokyo Tech student ID which can be used for creating your JCOS account. Students must not apply for Visitor ID.
    • * If you are assigned with a new student ID (i.e. your status at Tokyo Tech changed from a research student to a master student, or a master student to a doctoral candidate), you have to send a "Request for student ID change" through JCOS.
      You must not create another account using a different email address.
    • * Visitor researchers / visiting fellows: You need to have a JCOS ID so as to create an account. Send a "Request for JCOS Visitor ID" prior to reservation procedures.
    • * We recommend that you create your account with your “titech.ac.jp” email for further correspondence.
  3. If you want to check your current Japanese level, create an account on "JCOS" first, and then select the following menu from the JCOS top page :
    "Take a placement test" -> "Go to test site"
  4. Login to “JCOS”, and reserve class(es) which are suitable for your level.
  5. [Notes]
    • * If you would like to secure your place in the following quarter, you can reserve the classes for the next 2 quarters (i.e. the first/second and the third/fourth quarters).
    • * Waiting list: the number of seats is limited, and you will be put on the waiting list when the class of your choice is full. While you are on the waiting list, you cannot attend the class.
    • If your status is "waiting"
      When there is a vacancy, an approval notice will be sent to the next candidate on the waiting list. Once you receive the approval notice, you may attend the class.
  6. Attend the first class you have reserved.
  7. [Notes]
    • * Do not miss the first class. If you miss the first class, your status might be changed to “waiting” so as to give a chance to the next person on the waiting list.
    • * During the first class, the class lecturer will assess your Japanese proficiency level. If your language skills are not suitable for the class you have chosen, you may be advised to change to another class that is more suitable for you, or may not be allowed to attend the class.
  8. Register on the KYOMU Web System if you wish to obtain credits.
  9. [Notes]
    • How to register for Japanese Culture and Language 1-4 (600-level):
      If you wish to take Japanese Culture and Language 1-4 (600-level), reserve a Japanese class that is suitable for your Japanese level.
      On the reservation page of JCOS, select "600-level" from a pull-down menu of "credit".

      Attend the first class and ask the lecturer for permission to take the class as 600-level. Once you are allowed to take the class, register for Japanese Culture and Language 1-4 (600-level) on the Kyomu Web System: do not register for the class you are actually attending.
      Only one class per quarter is allowed for this procedure.
  10. Priority rules
    Status Priority Credits
    Graduate (master/doctoral) students *** OK (See conditions below)
    Exchange students ** Depends on the type of program
    (See conditions below)
    Research students * NO
    Visitor researchers and visiting fellows
    * -
    Conditions for obtaining credits:
    1) Credit registration on the KYOMU Web System
    2) Successful completion (both attendance and test score)
    • * Graduate (master/doctoral) students are most prioritized, and can obtain credits.
    • * Exchange students are prioritized next.
    • * Research students / visitor researchers / visiting fellows will automatically be put on the waiting list at first. If the class is not full, an approval notice will be sent to you before the class starting date.
**Cancellation (when you decide to drop the class)**
  • Cancel your reservation on “JCOS” as soon as possible.
    Login to "JCOS", press “Clear,” and then press “Submit". It will give a chance to other willing students on the waiting list.
  • Cancel your class registration on the “KYOMU Web System" at the same time. You have to cancel the class during the registration period of the KYOMU Web System.

Others, FAQs
  • How to proceed to the next level
  • If you successfully complete the regular class, you are allowed to proceed to the next level (details of levels; see figure above). You cannot proceed to the next level just by taking optional courses (specific skill courses).

  • When you think that your Japanese class is too difficult
  • We recommend that you take some specific skill courses before you proceed to the next level.

  • How to confirm your exam results
  • You can check your test scores on “JCOS”.

  • If you forgot your ID or password
  • Your ID and password are considered to be personal information, and we cannot disclose them through email.
    You have to come to Prof. Yamamoto's office or Japanese language inquiry room (Room#208 at West Bldg. 1) in person with your student ID.

Contact information

Please clearly state your name and your student ID when you send an email.
  • Coordinator for beginner courses: basic#js.ila.titech.ac.jp
    Related courses: Basic Japanese 1 to 4
  • Coordinator for intermediate courses: intermediate#js.ila.titech.ac.jp
    Related courses: Intermediate Japanese 1~8 / specific skill courses
  • Coordinator for Japanese seminar and 600-level courses: advanced#js.ila.titech.ac.jp
    Related courses: Japanese Culture and Language 1-4, Japanese seminar
  • About Japanese Class On-line System: system#js.ila.titech.ac.jp
  • Web Services for Students and Faculty: kyo.dai#jim.titech.ac.jp
    (Graduate Group, Student Division)
  • * Please change # to @ when you email.