The Japanese Language and Culture Studies Program (JLCSP) is a “junior year abroad” type program for undergraduate students majoring in Japanese language and culture. Each year international students from our partner universities and government-sponsored students come to Japan to take this enriching program. The JLCSP is renowned nationwide and provides classes of varying levels of difficulty (intermediate to advanced) to students of the Japanese language. You can also choose courses from our English curriculum or courses from the standard curriculum taken by Japanese students. If you would like to deepen your understanding of your particular field of independent study, or learn business Japanese, this course can help you achieve your goals. Also, Hokkaido University’s Sapporo campus is commonly thought of as the most beautiful campus in Japan.
Objectives of the Program:
- to improve students ' Japanese language proficiency in order to enable them to interact with
- Japanese speakers and to conduct research in Japanese;
- to acquire basic knowledge and methodology for Japanese studies especially relating to Japanese general and applied linguistics;
- to gain a deeper understanding of Japanese language and culture through various courses
- Applicants must be a Japanese language and/or culture major enrolled in an undergraduate degree course at a partner university of Hokkaido University. First-year students are not eligible to apply.
- Applicants should have N3 (or higher) on the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) or the equivalent at the time of application. Specifically, applicants should know 500 or more kanji and be able to understand conversation spoken at a natural speed. They should also be able to read and write simple sentences. Any students who are found to have inadequate language skills after arrival will not be able to complete the course.
- Applicants must possess a good academic record at the university level.
- Applicants must be between 18 and 29 years of age on April 1, 2021. (For Scholarship)
Conditions for Completion:
A certificate of completion will be given to students who satisfactorily earn 20 credits (10 credits for the half year program) or more throughout the period of the program.
Here are detailed JLCSP Admission Guidelines 2021 -2022 for your reference
The MEXT scholarship is available only for the One-Year course applicants who will be 18 years
old to 29 years old on April 1, 2021 and have the Certificate of passing N2 or above of Japanese
Language Proficiency Test and equivalent. The application form and the guidelines will be available
at the website in the end of January. Please read the guidelines carefully before the application. The
application form shall be submitted in both side printing. Please note that the scholarship is highly
competitive. The result would be announced in the middle of July.
(1) Term of scholarship: from October 2021 to August 2022
(2) Monthly stipend: ¥117,000 (expected amount)
The JASSO scholarship is available only for the Half-Year course applicants who meet the JASSO requirements. If you hope to apply for the scholarship, please check the designated part of the checklist of application package. Please note that the scholarship is so competitive that you cannot always be chosen as a grantee of the scholarship.
How to Apply:
Please submit the application form and any additional documents to the office responsible for student exchange at your university. Application documents must not be sent directly to Hokkaido University.
The application form for the next intake is available now. Please submit the application form and any additional documents to the office responsible for student exchanges at your university. Application documents must not be sent directly to Hokkaido University. The deadlines for submission are as follows:
- One year: February 12, 2021
- Half year (2021 Fall Semester): February 12, 2021
- Half-year (2022 Spring Semester): October 29, 2021
12 February 2021