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Japanese Language and Culture Studies Program

Exchange Programs in Japanese (JLCSP)

The Japanese Language and Culture Studies Program (JLCSP) is a “junior year abroad” type program for undergraduate students majoring in Japanese language and culture. Each year international students from our partner universities and government-sponsored students come to Japan to take this enriching program. The JLCSP is renowned nationwide and provides classes of varying levels of difficulty (intermediate to advanced) to students of the Japanese language. You can also choose courses from our English curriculum or courses from the standard curriculum taken by Japanese students. If you would like to deepen your understanding of your particular field of independent study, or learn business Japanese, this course can help you achieve your goals. Also, Hokkaido University’s Sapporo campus is commonly thought of as the most beautiful campus in Japan.

Objectives of the Program:

The objectives of this program are:

  1. to improve students’ Japanese language proficiency to enable them to interact with Japanese speakers and conduct research in Japanese;
  2. to acquire basic knowledge and methodologies for Japanese studies particularly relating to general Japanese and applied linguistics;
  3. to gain a deeper understanding both of Japanese language and culture.

Outline of Program:

The program consists of two types of courses: courses in Japanese language and courses in Japanese linguistics, culture and society.

Program Length:

One year: October 2023 – Mid-August 2024

Half year (2023 Fall Semester): October 2023 – Mid-February 2024

Half year (2024 Spring Semester): April 2024 – Mid-August 2024


Entry Requirements:

  • Applicants must be a Japanese language and/or culture major enrolled in an undergraduate degree course at a university–wide agreement partners of Hokkaido University. First-year students are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants should have N3 (or higher) on the Japanese Language Proficiency Test or the equivalent or higher proficiency in Japanese at the time of application. In particular, applicants should know 500 or more kanji and have the skill to understand conversation spoken at natural speed and read/write simple sentences.
    Applications from students whose proficiency in Japanese does not meet the requirements will not be accepted. Any students who are found to be at the introductory level by the placement test which is conducted by Hokkaido University after arrival may not be able to complete the program.
  • Applicants must possess a good academic record at university level.

Conditions for Completion:

A certificate of completion will be given to students who satisfactorily earn 20 credits (10 credits for the half year program) or more throughout the period of the program.

 Appication Materials:

Please download the following JLCSP Application Guidelines and other required documents.

Where to Apply:

The application form for the next intake is available now. Please submit the application form and any additional documents to the office responsible for student exchanges at your university. Application documents must not be sent directly to Hokkaido University. The deadlines for submission are as follows:

One year: February 3, 2023

Half year (2023 Fall Semester): February 3, 2023

Half year (2024 Spring Semester): October 20, 2023

Half-Year (2024 Spring Semester) applicants should submit their applications in October, not February.

Number of Students Accepted:

One year: 40

Half year: 20


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