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.

Japanese Classes Guidebook” Fall semester 2021 (in English)  


Kumamoto University Japanese Class levels

Inquiries for Japanese Language Classes and Courses

Japanese Language Classes

Undergraduate students, including students in the Short-Term Exchange Program and students in the Japanese Studies Program students may enroll in most of these classes for academic credits. Although the classes are also available to audit for graduate students, special auditors/special research students in graduate schools, research students, and researchers, these classes are non-credit for these students.

Please see the details for “Japanese Classes Guidebook.”

Japanese Language Course Application (Moodle)

※You will need KU portal ID&PW to log in. If you do not have one or do not know your Id due to your new registry to KU, please inform us via web inquiry form above. * If you are a new student yet do not know your ID and PW, please ask the timing of receiving them to your faculty office in a meantime.


Registration information by student status


Intensive Japanese Course  *Intensive for 2021 Fall

This non-credit course is for “Intensive Japanese Course for Japanese Government Scholarship students”, “Teacher-Training students”, and “Japan-Korea Joint Government Scholarship students.”

*Other students from above and graduate students with K1-K3 level are eligible for this course only if the Director of  Center for International Education permits.


      *Only for K1-K3 level graduate students. Intensive Japanese Course for Japanese Government Scholarship students, Teacher-Training students, and Japan-Korea Joint Government Scholarship students will not need to apply. The instructors will contact directly.



Japanese Language Course for Beginners

This non-credit course is designed to help obtain the basic Japanese language skills required in daily lives for Kumamoto University students, researchers and their spouses.

Application is available from “Japanese Language Courses for Beginners Application” Moodle course, and the schedule is available here at “Japanese Language Courses for Beginners Calendar”
*If you are a non-registered person as such as student’s spouse, please inform us via inquiry form first.


For the application information, it will be also posted on “Japanese Language Course News & Event” in the Center of International Education webpage.



Learning Commons (Communication + Japanese)

Kumamoto University Learning Commons provides learning supports such as practices of Japaneses language communication, understanding Japaneses culture and habits, preparation for JLPT, and job hunting methods, for the international students by Global Student Assistant (GSA) with CDP+K Office.  Mainly it opens during weekdays in the late afternoon, and there are 1371 participants in 2019 academic year and 359 participants by Zoom in 2020.