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.

Fall Semester 2023 Japanese Classes Guidebook (English version)

2023後期 日本語クラス案内” 

↑ Click here to download the full PDF for the second semester (fall semester) of the 2023 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.



♦ 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.


A guide for selecting Japanese classes according to your students status


 ・Undergraduate Students ・・・Pages 7 to 8 of the Japanese version

 ・Special Undergraduate Auditors ・・・Pages 9 to 10 of the Japanese version

 ・Japanese Studies Program Students ・・・Page 11 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 13 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.

*Japanese language course for the fall semester is scheduled to begin in November. Information will be available in October.



For inquiries, please contact us:

Inquiry for Japanese Classes @ Kumamoto University