Academic info
Japanese Language Courses

Updated on: June 23, 2011|  PrintPrint


Starting in April 2010, the Rikkyo University Japanese language courses range from J0 (Beginner) to J8 (Advanced) for special international students.


If you have never studied Japanese or do not have experiences to learn Japanese and wish to be enrolled in above J1 level, we recommend you to do self-study using the website below. You need to be able to write and read at least Hiragana and Katakana, in order to take J1 classes.


You will be tested for your Hiragana and Katakana reading/writing skill during placement exam. (Anyone can take J0).


Hiragana Writing Practice

Katakana Writing Practice



If you wish to take Japanese language courses, you must take a placement test at the orientation. You will be tested for grammar, reading, writing and speaking ability. Students with no prior learning experience in Japanese will be tested for Hiragana and speaking only. Those who wish to take J0 classes do not have to take placement test.


You will be placed in the appropriate level strictly based on the result of the placement test. You can only take classes of the designated level. At Rikkyo University, students’ level is not solely determined by their knowledge or learning experience. Rather, we examine your ability by actual performance to use correct words appropriately in the context. While you may be dissatisfied with class placement, we do not make any additional arrangements. Hence, if you wish to take higher level of the Japanese course, we advise you to study hard before you take the placement test.


Levels for Japanese Language Courses


Requirements to Attend the Courses


Designed for students who have no prior learning experience in Japanese and want to learn daily-life Japanese expression and vocabulary.

J1, J1S

Designed for students who have no prior learning experience in Japanese but can read/write Hiragana and Katakana or those who have prior experience with only a limited knowledge (not yet mastered basic conjugations of verbs and adjectives or vocabulary of less than 500 words, etc.).

J2, J2S

Designed for students who have a very basic knowledge of Japanese (basic conjugations of verbs and adjectives and a vocabulary of 500 words).

J3, J3S

Designed for students who have already mastered the first half of fundamental sentence structure and fundamental vocabulary (about 1000 words).


Designed for students who can communicate with close friends, or who can deal with very popular, well-known topics in Japanese.


Designed for students who can deal with everyday situations in Japanese.


Designed for students with average daily Japanese comprehension. Students can read magazines or newspapers by using a dictionary, and write their opinion in appropriate Japanese.


Designed for students who can express one's opinion about politics, economy, international affairs, and so on with high-level Japanese. Students can read magazines or newspapers without using a dictionary, and write their opinion in appropriate, sophisticated Japanese.


For students who have mastered a high level of grammar, Kanji and vocabulary and are also able to study or do research in Japanese.

Seminar on Japanese Language and Culture


(for J2-J4 students only)

For students in J2-J4 levels, the seminar is conducted in Japanese as much as possible with Japanese vocabularies and sentence patterns that participants have already learned. This class aims to enhance the students’ understanding of the Japanese language by using varieties of materials such as animation, films, manga and novels.



Course Contents of Each Level


Contents of each level


Grammar & Vocabulary, Listening & Conversation, and Total skills

J1, J1S

Grammar, Listening & Conversation, Reading, Writing and Total Skills

J2, J2S

J3, J3S


Grammar, Listening & Conversation, Reading, and Writing





J8-1 A & B: Japan Culture and Japanese Society A & B (Spring and Fall semesters)                            

J8-2 A & B: Various aspects of Japanese Language A & B (Spring and Fall semesters)

J8-3: Advanced Essay Writing for Academic Purpose (Fall semester)

J8-4 : Advanced reading for academic purpose (Spring semester)        

J8-5: Japanese for Job Hunting (Spring and Fall semesters)

J8-6: Japanese Skills for Employment Examination (Spring and Fall semesters)

J8-71 and J8-72: Business Japanese Oral 1 and 2 (Spring and Fall semesters)    

J8-8: Business Japanese: Writing and Business Documents (Spring and Fall semesters)

J8-9 A & B: Advanced Japanese A & B (Spring and Fall semesters)


    * J1~J3 and J1S~J3S have different speed of progression. However, those classes have same attainment targets.

    * The level you will be placed in is based on the placement test results. Please understand that your level might be different from what you have expected.


J0, J1S, J2S and J3S students have to take classes 3 time a week.

J1~J3 students have to take all 5 classes per week.

Students, who are J4 and higher, take the respective level of classes according to the result of placement rest. Students cannot take or audit classes in any other level, except the one in which they are placed.


For J1 and J1S, classes are conducted mainly in English. As classes progress, instructions in Japanese will be added gradually.


Although there are no classes exclusively for Kanji; however, students learn Kanji as part of their vocabulary in each class. Students can take a “Kanji Test” conducted once every two weeks in class after self-studying about 30 words assigned every week from the handouts. The Kanji test score will not be included in students’ grade for the semester.


“Rikkyo Kanji Examination” is offered twice per semester for the students who desire to study

Kanji. Students should consult with your Japanese instructors regarding the textbook and the application for this test.


Students who wish to study Japanese outside classes can borrow workbooks at the Center for International Studies.



Since attendance is important, students who are absent more than four times do not receive any credits.


Mid-term/Final exam, assignments, and quizzes/presentations/discussions in class will all be graded.