The Education Center for International Students offers the following courses in Japanese language.
1. University–Wide Japanese Language Programs
University-Wide Japanese Language Programs are open for all international students, including non-degree students, researchers and faculty members of Nagoya University who want to learn Japanese.
(1) Standard Courses in Japanese / Intensive courses in Japanese
These courses are for international students, researchers and faculty members, including exchange students. The Standard Courses meet for five 90-minute sessions every week, and are offered at eight different levels, and the Intensive Courses meet for ten 90-minute sessions every week, and are offered at four levels. Semesters for these courses are 12 weeks long. Details will be sent to departments. Prospective students must register during the registration period, and some need to take the placement exam.
(2) Online Japanese Courses
The course is for those who cannot attend classroom sessions due to time constraints. The materials are to be distributed on the net. Only those who have access to the campus network, and who can use Japanese on their terminals can enroll. Registered learners will be issued passwords for access. No placement exam is required. Details can be found on the ECIS website.
Kanji classes are for those learners who are not unsure how to go about overcoming the kanji roadblock by themselves. Learners may enroll in 100, 300, or 1,000 kanji-level courses irrespective of their placement in Standard/Intensive Japanese courses.
(4) Introductory Lectures in Japanese Studies
Introductory Lectures are beginning level content courses. Issues in Japanese culture, international relations and linguistics are discussed in Japanese mostly in the lecture format. The classes aim at developing Japanese proficiency in addition to learning about Japan, its culture and language. These courses are conducted in Japanese. Students need to have the proficiency comparable to Level Two certificate (Nihongo Noryoku Shiken).
(5) Business Japanese Course
This course is aimed for students who want to find work at a Japanese company. It also caters for students who want to deepen their understanding of Japanese business communication. The participants in this course will acquire Japanese business manners and learn expressions used in Japanese business world. Ways of doing business in Japan, business ethics as well as codified professional behavior will be also covered by the course.
2. Special Japanese Programs
The ECIS offers four types of Special Japanese Programs. Enrollment in these courses is limited.
(1) Intensive Course in Elementary Japanese
Intensive Program in Elementary Japanese is for state-funded international students (embassy-sponsored and university-sponsored). Students with no prior knowledge of Japanese will learn the basic Japanese they need for daily life, including the written language.
(2) Intensive Course in Advanced Japanese
Intensive Program in Advanced Japanese is for state-funded students of Japanese major (embassy-sponsored and university-sponsored). The program starts in October and meets for 30 weeks. Classes on Japanese language, society and culture are taught exclusively in Japanese. The students will write a thesis as a part of the course requirements.
(3) Japanese Language Classes for International Undergraduate Students
These classes are for undergraduate degree students and count toward the foreign language requirement. The classes aim at developing proficiency in Japanese. The focus will be on learning skills needed for communication with Japanese-speaking students and faculty members, and on understanding the Japanese society and culture in depth.
(4) Introductory Program for Korean Engineering Students
This is a six month program on Japanese and engineering for incoming Korean undergraduate students on their Japan/Korea joint scholarship. The program aims at developing advanced proficiency of Japanese that is demanded in starting an undergraduate career at this university, and at acquiring the basic knowledge of the fields of the students’ specializations.