Japanese Language Course for Beginners

This course is open to the university students/ faculty/ researchers and their spouses. This time, we hold two courses, and they are the same contents. Please apply for your desired course.

<<Course 1>>

Period: December 3, 2018 to January 28, 2019

Day and Time: Mondays and Thursdays   10:15AM~12:15PM

                           *No classes from Dec. 24 to Jan.3

Place: Classroom 1B on the 1st floor of the College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies (Kumamoto University North Campus)


<<Course 2>>

Period: January 11, 2019 to February 8, 2019

Day and Time: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays  2:40PM~4:40PM

                           *No class on Jan. 18

Place: Classroom 1C on the 1st floor of the College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies (Kumamoto University North Campus)

*Course 1 and 2 are the same contents.


Eligibility: Those who satisfy all the following conditions.

(1) Have not learned Japanese before and understand basic English.

(2) Are Kumamoto University students/ faculty/ researchers or their spouses.

(3) Can attend all 12 classes

Fixed Number: up to 10 people (each course)

        *There will be a lottery if the number of application exceed the capacity.

Fee: Free (Textbook (1,700 yen+tax) must be purchased by participants.)

Level: Beginner

Application Deadline: November 21 (Wed.) 5:00 PM

How to apply: Register here:

Contact: Kumamoto University College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies

Tel: 096-342-2138        Email: 




We will hold a new course from February 12, 2019 to March 8, 2019. There will be morning class and afternoon class, and you can choose one of them. In this course, you will learn the contents of the second half of the textbook “Marugoto”.

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Multicultural Understanding and Community, from Kumamoto to Malawi: Global Education Interactive Seminar Series

College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies will hold the following event with Nozomi Tsuji,

the Kumamoto University graduate.  Please see the poster for the details.

Anyone interested from the community is welcome to this event.


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Kumamoto University 2019 Spring Program: Recruiting participants

 The Spring Program offered by the College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies at Kumamoto University was created to provide international students who have an interest in studying abroad in Japan with a chance to experience life as an international student at Kumamoto University.

English Course Theme: Groundwater and Environmental Sustainability
*The English Course will be conducted entirely in English.



English Course:  Tuesday, February 26 – Thursday, March 7 2019 (10 days)

Program Participants
English Course: 80 students


・Participants must be undergraduate students currently enrolled at a university with which Kumamoto University has an agreement for academic or student exchange.

・English language proficiency equal to or greater than IELTS level 5.

・Participants who have been in our Summer Program or Spring Program before are excluded.

・Participants must obtain travelers insurance in their home countries prior to departing for Japan.

・We will cancel the Spring Program if the minimum of 20 participants are not gathered.








Arrive in Kumamoto, have dinner with Japanese Students




Campus Tour & Orientation


Lectures:  “Aso Caldera”

Classroom Lectures & Welcome Party



All Day

Study trip to Volcanic Mt. Aso




Lectures:  “Minamata Disease” , “Amazing Water”


Japanese cultural experience: Yukata Dressing & Tea Ceremony



All Day

Study Trip to Minamata



All Day

Free time (Optional: Home Visit with Japanese Family)




Lectures:  “Japanese Politics” , “Japanese Sweets “Wagashi”


Japanese cultural experience:  Wagashi Making




Lectures:  “Japanese Myths and Legends”,

“The Modernization of Japan”


Japanese cultural experience:  traditional calligraphy

Presentations and exchange event with high school students




Study Trip to Kumamoto Castle


Closing ceremony and farewell party



All Day

Return home

                     Kumamoto University 2019 Spring Program Flyer

Comments from Past Participants

●“I did a lot of new things and had a great experience”


●“I made a lot of great memories. I want to go back to Kumamoto.”


●“I had a lot of fun! Thank you very much.”


Program Fee

Participation fee (Required):  100,000 Japanese Yen
○ includes registration, class fees, accommodation, field trip fees, and breakfast.
× Does not include the cost of transportation to or from Japan, the cost of transportation within Japan, the cost of meals (other than breakfast) during the program, or bank transfer fees.

How to pay
  The Participation Fee must be paid in advance via bank transfer, in general from the home university by December 7, 2018.  Payment details will be announced after participant selection.



 Participants in the English Course of the Spring Program may apply for a scholarship of 80,000 Japanese Yen, provided by the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) . To be eligible for the scholarship, students must meet the following 3 conditions:


  • Only students from the following countries are eligible to apply: Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, Nepal, Cambodia
  • Students must have a GPA greater than or equal to 2.3 or more (based on the JASSO GPA scale).
  • Scholarship recipients may not receive any other scholarships for this program which exceed 80,000 Japanese Yen.


* Please note that there are a limited number of scholarships available, and they will be awarded based on the applicants’ GPA scores. The result will be sent to the person in charge of the partner universities.



 An entry visa to Japan is required for students from certain countries. As soon as selection results are determined, related visa documents will be sent to the responsible persons at your university. Please apply for your visa as soon as possible at the nearest Japanese Embassy or Consulate.


How to Apply
  Please direct your students to inform you of their intention to apply to our program.  The program application itself is to be done online directly by the student.

Applications are to be submitted via the online registration form available at the following link:

*Deadline November 6, 2018

 Up to 10 students from your university may apply for each course.  If more than 10 students from your university wish to apply, please contact us beforehand.  If we receive a large amount of applications, a selection will be held based on the applicants’ GPA scores.
  It is our pleasure to have your students join our Spring Program.
We are confident that your students will enjoy their time at our university
and in Kumamoto, Japan.



College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies, Kumamoto University2-40-1, Kurokami, Chuo-ku Kumamoto 860-8555 Japan

Tel: +81-96-342-2091

Fax: +81-96-342-2130


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KAFS11: The Film OUT of Place: Memories of Edward Said

KAFS11  Flyer【PDF:1,020KB】

Public Film Screening and Seminar With Yuko Ishida(Director)

(College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies )

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Living as a Global Community


Living as a Global Community:Talk show & Discussion

Date/time: Friday November 17, 18:00-20:00
Target: Open event for the public

Admission is free of charge.  No registration required.
*Please see the poster for the details

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KAFS10: The Video Art of Aki Yahata 

KAFS 10 Flyer 【Download PDF (1MB)】

Public Film Screening and Seminar With Aki Yahata, MFA.

(College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies )

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OPEN COLLEGE : Demo lessons for Terms 3 and 4



**The College of Cross Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies will hold

demo-lessons for the Term 3 and 4.**

Kumamoto University undergraduate students including the Short-Term

Exchange students can experience the classes of “Multidisciplinary Studies”

of the general education as the following.

Demo-lessons Information:
Date: September 27, 28 and 29
Time: 12:00-12:40
Place: The College building
Target students: Kumamoto University students enrolled in undergraduate level

**Graduate school students may audit the classes and are welcome to participate

the demo-lessons.

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KAFS 8th Session ’MAGNUM PHOTOS’ Film Screening

KAFS (Kumamoto Anthropology Film Society) holds the 8th session as follows.

Date/time: Friday, April 28 17:30-19:30

Place: Classroom 1A in the College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies

Target: Open event for the community as well as KU students, faculty and staff

See the link below for the details;

Website of the Cultural Anthropology at Kumamoto University

Magnum is a co-operative of elite documentary photographers founded in 1947. Magnum photographers are best known for using powerful imagery of the human condition, conflicts, and major world events and using photojournalism as a tool to tell the stories of others.
This film is about the creative and in-depth documentary work that Magnum photographers engage in to produce some of the world’s most striking images.(Joshua Rickard)

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