Japanese Section, Institute for Liberal Arts [Japanese]
Japanese courses for international graduate 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.

Information on this page is mainly for graduate students.
As for undergraduates, please refer to the information on the following page:
List of Study Guides and Student Handbooks

Topics for 2021 3Q/4Q

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

  • Changes in 3Q/4Q curriculum:
    Intermediate Japanese 1/2 (LAJ.J421/2-07): cancelled due to low enrollment
    Basic Japanese 1A in 4Q (LAJ.J411-17): cancelled due to low enrollment
    Basic Japanese 1/2E (LAJ.J411-11/2): schedule changed to Mon. 1/2 and Wed. 1/2
    Japanese Culture 1A (LAJ.T501-04): schedule changed to Thu. 1/2

    Basic Japanese 2A in 4Q (LAJ.J412-08): newly offered!
    -> If you are interested, please make a class reservation through JCOS.
  • Special book sale for Tokyo Tech students
  • Curriculum of Japanese courses
  • Class schedules
  • Reservation and registration procedures
  • Registering for Japanese Culture and Language 1-4 (600-level)
  • Japanese courses will be streamed live using a remote lecture system (Zoom).
    All students, whether they are currently in Japan or not, are expected to remotely attend all the Japanese classes in 3Q/4Q.
  • - Zoom link will be sent to you by the day before (by midnight at the latest) considering the security reasons.
    - Zoom link will be sent to you from your lecturer, not from OCW-i.
    - If you do not receive the Zoom link by the morning of the day of your class, then please contact Japanese section.
  • For those attending classes remotely from home countries:
  • If you are currently not in Japan, please check the availability of textbooks (click here to check the designated textbook for each class) beforehand.
    If the textbooks are not available in your country, please choose and reserve classes from among AOS (Attend from overseas) classes, or the ones for which no textbook is specified.
    Students who are in Japan or will be entering Japan can also take AOS classes.
    We will not distribute any copies of textbooks which are commercially available.

Curriculum of Japanese courses
  • Timetables for 2021: 1Q/2Q 3Q/4Q
  • Course list (syllabus and textbook of each course): Click here!
  • Tokyo Tech OCW: Click here!
  • Course levels and Credits: see below (you can see course descriptions by clicking course names)

->> Download as PDF

Tokyo Tech Japanese Language and Culture Courses
for Graduate Students
Basic Intermediate Pre-Advanced
B1, B2 B3, B4 I1, I2 I3, I4 I5, I6 I7, I8 U1~U4
400Lv 400Lv 400Lv 400Lv  500Lv   500Lv 
Japanese Pre-inter. 1,2
conversation Inter. 1,2 Inter. 3,4
Basic 1,2
Japanese Inter. 1,2
Kanji Inter. 3,4
Japanese seminar 3~6, 9/10 1~10 1/2, 7~10
1: Strategic approach to Japanese and culture
2: Strategic approach to Japanese and culture
3/4: Multi-cultural collaboration
 Japanese culture and language 1, 2, 3, 4   (for registration only)    600Lv 

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. conversation, 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.

Class schedules

  • Class starting date: Oct. 1
  • Schedules to be noted:
    Oct. 29 (No classes due to Tokyo Tech Festival)

  • Class starting date: Dec. 3
  • Schedules to be noted:
    Winter break (Dec. 25 - Jan. 4)
    Jan. 13 (Monday classes will be held)
    Jan. 14 (No classes due to University Admission Common Test and preparation)

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/undergraduate 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.
    • ** When 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 in advance.
      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.

Consultation hours

Consultation hours are held at the beginning of each semester (April and October), and international students can get direct advice from professors of Japanese section.
This kind of consultation must be very helpful especially for new students to choose the most suitable class for them.

Consultation hours for 2021 3Q/4Q will be held online using Zoom.
*Date and time: Sep. 24, 27~30, OCT. 4, 5, 8, 12, 19, 26 (@12:30~13:30)

You need to make a reservation for consultation.
Reservation link is now open! -> Click here!

Online Welcome Coffee Hours
(Finished for this semester)

To all newly enrolled students, congratulations on your entering university!
Is there anything that you want to know about new life in Japan, Tokyo Tech, research, classes and learning Japanese language?

In Online Welcome Coffee Hours, you can have conversation with language partners and senior international students, introduction of international cultural exchange groups, and also consultation on your Japanese learnings with Japanese teachers. Let’s enjoy fun chat with us!
To join/leave in midway is fine. Also you can prepare your foods or drink freely for your lunch.
We hope many of you will come and join us!

  • Date/Time: Oct. 1 (Fri), @12:30 - 14:00
  • Session I: 12:30 - 13:10
    Session II: 13:15 – 14:00
  • Application:
  • Please fill out the Application Form. You will receive the Zoom ID by return.

Inquiry: Nihongo Space / nihongospace♯js.ila.titech.ac.jp (please change # to @ when you email)

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!

Shuji Club (Japanese Calligraphy)

We would like to announce you about a newly coming cultural exchange event, Shuji (Japanese calligraphy) club.
It will be held on every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday @12:30PM – 1:30PM at International Student Lounge, West Bldg. 1, Ookayama campus.
Let’s have fun time through Japanese calligraphy!

-> Click here to find more information about Shuji Club!
-> Click here to visit Shuji Club's webpage!