Division for Multilingual and Cultural Education

 The Division for Multilingual and Cultural Education consists of the faculties of English, German, French, Chinese, Korean and Japanese language from the departments of Literature, Law, and Education. All the faculties of this division are united as one to deal with problems and future prospects regarding the foreign language education of Kumamoto University. The division is trying to achieve sophistication and optimization of Kumamoto University’s foreign language and global education and to strongly propel the globalization of the University by the synergy of these two improvements.


Japanese Language

The Division for Multilingual and Cultural Education offers Japanese classes as below for our students and researchers depending on their Japanese level and status.



♦ Japanese Language Classes (Foreign language subjects in General Education Courses):  Japanese level  K7 to K3


Undergraduate students, including students in the Short-Term Exchange Program and students in the Japanese Studies Program may enroll in most of these classes for academic credits.

・The classes are also available to audit as non-credit for graduate students, special auditors/special research students in graduate schools, research students, and researchers.


“Spring Semester 2024 Japanese Classes Guidebook (English version)”  

↑ Click here to download the full PDF for the first semester (spring semester) of the 2024 academic year!


*Please check your Japanese level first by referring to p.2 and p.4 of the Japanese Classes Guidebook (English version).

  Japanese language levels are assigned based on JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) N1 to N5, Kumamoto University Japanese level K7 to K1.



A guide for selecting Japanese classes according to your students status


 ・Undergraduate Students ・・・Page 7 of the Japanese version

 ・Special Undergraduate Auditors ・・・Pages 8 to 9 of the Japanese version

 ・Japanese Studies Program Students ・・・Page 10 of the Japanese version

 ・Graduate Students/Research Students/Others・・・Pages 7 to 9 of the English version


*A student ID is required when registering for courses at SOSEKI. If you are a new student and do not know when your student ID will be distributed, please contact your faculty to confirm when it will be distributed.



♦ Intensive Japanese Course:  Japanese level  K3 to K1


This non-credit course is for “Intensive Japanese Course for Japanese Government Scholarship students”,and “Teacher-Training students”. Other international students who are regular graduate students may audit classes. Please make sure to inquire before registering.


 ・Japanese Language Trainees ・・・Pages 9, 10 and 18 of the English version 



♦ Japanese Language Course for Beginners:  Japanese level  K1


This non-credit course is designed for Kumamoto University students, researchers and their spouses to help obtain the basic Japanese language skills required in daily lives. The course begins at the introductory level of hiragana and katakana.


    ・JLC for B ・・・Page 14 of the English version 



【Information about Japanese Language Course for Beginners

*We are planning to announce the Japanese language Course for Beginners for the spring semester of 2024 in late April or early May. Please wait for a while.




Registration and schedule information for “Japanese Language Courses for Beginners” for the Fall Semester 2023 is now available!

*This course is open to Kumamoto University students, faculty members, researchers and their spouses.


Center for International Education HP (News & Events) ← Related information.

Flyer for JLC for B 2023 FL ← Click here to view the course flyer.

Schedule of JLC for B 2023FL ← Click here to check the JLC for B schedule.

Inquiry Form ← If you are a spouse of a Kumamoto University member who does not have a “Moodle account”, please apply for a guest ID here.

Application Form(Moodle) ← If you are a student, faculty member or researcher of Kumamoto University and already have a “Moodle account”, please click here to apply.



For inquiries, please contact us:

Inquiry for Japanese Classes @ Kumamoto University