Japanese Language Courses
Students are required to take Japanese language as part of the JSP core curriculum. Japanese Language courses are intensive, and focus on accurate and culturally appropriate use of the language. All levels are offered, from beginner to advanced. Please see our Japanese Course Descriptions for course-specific details.
Students are placed into the appropriate course level through a placement test and an evaluation from their previous Japanese instructor. Classes meet four days a week for three hours a day for a semester total of 168 hours of instruction. Class sizes are small, with 4-12 students per class, allowing for strong student-teacher interaction.
Semester hours: 168
Please note, beginning Japanese will only be held if a minimum of three beginning-level students attend the program. Beginning-level students (students with no Japanese ability) are encouraged to apply to the Fall semester.
Elective Courses at the Japan Studies program are taught in English. Electives a drawn from a variety of academic fields (sociology, politics, religious studies, economics, etc) and their main focuses on Japan and Asia. Students are required to take a minimum of four credits of elective courses each semester while at the JSP. Please see our Elective Course Descriptions for course-specific details.
Students with advanced Japanese ability may replace their JSP electives with Tokyo International University elective courses which are taught in Japanese.
Semester hours: 28 or 56 (depending on course)
Credit: 2 or 4
All JSP students: A small number of Tokyo International University courses may be taught in English each semester, and be targeted at a JSP-TIU student cohort. JSP students may enroll freely in these courses, which will be list in the JSP Elective Course Descriptions when held.
Advanced language students: Tokyo International University consists of five undergraduate and graduate schools: The School of Economics, The School of Business & Commerce, The School of Language and Communication, The School of International Relations, The School of Human & Social Sciences. Courses at these schools are taught in Japanese. JSP students with advanced Japanese ability may enroll in these normal TIU courses in place of their JSP language or elective courses, subject to the approval of the JSP academic coordinator. Students wishing to pursue this options should email the JSP at the time of their application.
Semester hours: Depends on course
Credit: 2 or 4